Glory Once Eluded Them, but Life Has Still Been Kind

Forty years ago, an underdog team of Vancouver-based amateur hockey players were 22 minutes away from an Olympic gold medal. They lost to the powerful Soviets.

By Tom Hawthorn 18 Feb 2004 |
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Seth Martin, 70, is a retired Cominco firefighter who lives in Trail. Ken Broderick is hockey development manager for Tim Hortons in Toronto. He turned 62 on Feb. 16.


Hank Akervall, who coached Lakehead University to a hockey championship in 1967, was recreation director for Thunder Bay, Ont. He died at age 62 on Feb. 18, 2000. Barry MacKenzie, 62, is coordinator of player development for the Minnesota Wild. He was president of Notre Dame College at Wilcox, Sask., where he coached Wendel Clark, Russ Courtnall and Curtis Joseph. He lives in Sudbury, Ont. Terry O???Malley, 63, became president of Notre Dame College on July 1. Rod Seiling, 59, is president of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association. He played 979 NHL games and is the only member of the 1964 Olympic team to have played in the 1972 Summit Series.


Gary Begg, 63, a lawyer and engineer, has been a real-estate developer in Colorado. Roger Bourbonnais, 61, is partner of a Vancouver law firm. Ray Cadieux, 62, is a chartered accountant in Winnipeg. Terry Clancy, the 60-year-old son of hockey great King Clancy, plays frequently for Toronto Maple Leafs old-timer teams. Brian Conacher, 62, is president of the NHL Alumni Association. He is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Lionel Conacher. Paul Conlin, 60, is an Ottawa lawyer. Gary Dineen, 60, has coached junior hockey in Massachusetts for 26 years. He lives in West Springfield, Mass. Bob Forhan, 67, is former mayor of Newmarket, Ont. He is president of iPlan, a real-estate management firm. Marshall Johnston, 62, is former head coach of Team Canada and ex-general manager of the Ottawa Senators. He was fired as director of player evaluation for the Chicago Black Hawks in November. He played 251 NHL games and now lives in Bemidji, Minn. George Swarbrick owns an electrical business at Plattsmouth, Neb., south of Omaha. He turned 62 on Feb. 16, sharing a birthday with goaltender Broderick.


Father David Bauer, the head coach, died at age 64 on Nov. 9, 1988. Bob Hindmarch, the general manager, 73, is professor emeritus of human kinetics at the University of B.C.

Bauer, Bourbonnais, Johnston, MacKenzie, Martin and O'Malley have been enshrined in the International Ice Hockey Federation in Zurich, Switzerland. Bauer was named posthumously to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.  [Tyee]

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