Team GB Win Surprise Ice Hockey Gold in 1936 | The Olympics On The Record

Team GB Win Surprise Ice Hockey Gold in 1936 | The Olympics On The Record


Great Britain is NOT a major
team in international ice hockey. The national side has not
qualified for the Olympic Games for decades, their last
appearance coming in 1948. Since world rankings were
introduced in the 1980s, their ranking has never reached
higher than 21st. You have to go back to
the 1920s and 1930s for a time when Britain were a
significant force in the game. Canada, on the other hand, has a long history of ice
hockey success. The Canadian team dominated the
Olympic Winter Games in 1924. Great Britain, thanks to half
their team being brought up in Canada, won bronze. Scotland, England, Wales,
Canada – who cares as long as they’re
competing for king and empire? And then came the 1936 Winter
Olympic Games in Germany, where British ice hockey
enjoyed its finest hour. Yeah, hockey! Remember that
match we had on holiday? What a game that was! Get in! That was AIR hockey, Jan.
This is ICE hockey. Yeah – ice air hockey. A group of 13 British athletes, born in places like
Huddersfield, Beckenham, Bootle and Barking, managed to turn
the form book on its head. The secret, even the biggest GB
fan would admit, lay a long way from
the British Isles. They were born in Britain, but players like Kilpatrick,
Dailley, Stinchcombe and Archer had all been raised on maple
syrup. In fact, all but two
of the British players learned their hockey
on Canadian ice. By 1936, Canada had not lost
a single match in the history
of the Olympic Winter Games. Their record – played 17, won
16, one draw, lost none. Goals for – 209, goals against
– 8. When GB had the misfortune to face the might of Canada in
1928, they were thrashed 14-0. To solve that problem in 1936, the British had one solution –
more Canadians. Carl Erhardt led the
Canadian… I mean, British team. Jimmy “The Parson” Foster
became the lynchpin. A goal-tender originally from
Glasgow, he made his name in his adopted home of Winnipeg and stood out in the Canadian
leagues. He and winger Sandy Archer, also from Winnipeg via
the East End of London, had both kept their
British passports and they faced suspension from
the Canadian Hockey Association for their loyalty to
the Great Britain squad. But they played on regardless. Foster kept three shutouts in
seven games, Archer scored twice. Team Canada, fortunately, had the opportunity to solve
their differences on the ice because, inevitably, Canada faced off against Great Britain in
Germany. Canada vs Great Britain – or
you could say Canada vs Canada. The dramatic match ended with the Canadians with
the British passports beating the Canadians without. More officially,
Great Britain beat Canada 2-1. GB went on to win against
Czechoslovakia and tie against the United
States and, with that, Great Britain
snatched Olympic gold. Canada lost the title under its
own name, but won it under Britain. The record books state the
result in black and white. Canada… I mean, Great Britain were men’s ice hockey gold
medallists 1936.

8 thoughts on “Team GB Win Surprise Ice Hockey Gold in 1936 | The Olympics On The Record

  1. Bad, very bad. Gonna do a similar piece about the Nigerian Bob team that are all yanks after these games?

    No, thought not.

    Not the sort of message I expect to see from the Olympics.

  2. The Olympic Committee approved the Format of that Tournament before it even began and said all the Players on that British Team were allowed to Play in the Winter Olympics. All but 1 of the Players on that British Team was Born in Great Britain anyway.

  3. Sounded abit rude to us we won fair a square our players were born in UK.

    Side not the British invented ice hockey on a pond in Canada

  4. Well done to Team GB!, I think that GB/UK are the only Nation to have Won Ice Hockey Gold & Mens & Womens Gold in Field Hockey at the respective Olympics!, I think it's fair to say that Canada have not Won Gold in Field Hockey!.

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