The Winnipeg Falcons Hockey Club

Program from the 7th Olympiade, Antwerp, 1920      Figure skating & hockey from the Olympic program

the world's first Olympic Hockey Champions.


On Sunday February 28th 2010, the men's hockey gold medal game was played, just 57 days short of 90 years after the Falcons won the first Olympic hockey gold medal in Antwerp. Once again, Canada prevailed over the United States, with a breathtaking sudden-death overtime goal by Sidney Crosby.
How the world and the Olympics have changed during those nine decades!
Headline- Falcons are Olympic champions

Falcons Club picture 1919-1920      Plaque awarded by the Canadian Olympic committee

This is the story of the Winnipeg Falcons, the world's first Olympic Hockey champions. The Falcons are unique among Olympic hockey teams: not only were they the first champions, but because their descendants, almost all of Icelandic heritage, still unite to form a common front whenever the reputations of their fathers, grandfathers, uncles or great-uncles are threatened.

I started this website in September 1999 to re-educate the world about Canada's long-forgotten hockey heroes, the Winnipeg Falcons. I also have a personal interest, since my father Konrad (Konnie) Johannesson played defense on the team. For more about his aviation career, click here.
Their story is divided into 10 parts, hopefully in some kind of chronological order.

Part One - The Team:   The history of the Falcons, from the team's beginning in 1911.
Part Two - The People on the Team: Who were they, the world's best hockey team?
Part Three: The 223rd Battalion, Canadian Army: Seven team members enlisted in 1916 and went overseas. All survived.
Part Four - the Road to victory: What did it take to win the gold medal in ice hockey at the VIIth Olympiade?
Part Five - The VIIth Olympiade: How different the games were from our modern political, photographic and media extravaganzas.
Part Six - Tourist pictures taken after the Games in Antwerp and Paris.
Part Seven - Home at Last, in Triumph: Let the bandwagons roll, for the best of all reasons.
Part Eight - Atonement: After almost 90 years of disdain and neglect, what's been happening?
Part Nine - Legacy & Mementos: All we have left after almost 90 years.
Part Ten - Some other interesting pictures.


On November 24th, 2012 the Winnipeg Free Press published a special section about the Icelandic Community in Manitoba, including an article about the Falcons. Go to: Golden Boys Article.


2010 Olympic News:

There are still a few articles available in the media about the Falcons and the 2010 Olympics:

Feb. 12th: The NHL website.
Feb. 14th: The Lindsay Daily Post.
Feb. 16th: The Globe & Mail.

David Square's book David Square's book

When Falcons Fly:

Canadian author David Square has written an excellent book
about the Falcons, for more information go to:   "When Falcons Fly"





Podnieks book

December 2009:

Canadian hockey author Andrew Podnieks has written a new book:

"Canada's Olympic Hockey History 1920-2010"

which contains an excellent chapter about the Falcons.
You can see it and all his other books at Andrew's website

February 2010:

Computer-regenerated pictures of the Falcons, the American, Czechoslovakian, Swedish and Swiss teams and of all the Olympic participants are now available for downloading.
Click here to view and select the pictures.

Falcons' questions? Email to Brian J.           Website comments? Email to webmaster.
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