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Memorable Manitobans: Calvin “Ginger, Red, Torchy, Cal” Gardner (1924-2001)

Hockey player.

Born at Transcona on 30 October 1924, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gardner, he played three seasons of junior hockey in Winnipeg and, in 1943, he enlisted the Canadian military and served until the end of the Second World War. In 1945, he signed with the New York Rangers and played with the team until 1948. Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, he played there until 1952, helping the team to win two Stanley Cups, in 1949 and 1951. In 1949, he scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal and was twice selected to the NHL’s All Star Team. He was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks in 1952 and played with them for one season, after which he spent fours seasons with the Boston Bruins. He then played and coached Boston farm teams for four seasons and retired from hockey in 1961. He worked in radio broadcasting and promotion until his retirement. He died at Toronto, Ontario on 10 October 2001.


“Cal Gardner Stayed Loyal to Transcona,” Transcona Views and Advertiser (insert), Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 2001.

Cal Gardner, Wikipedia.

Toronto Maple Leaf Legends: Cal Gardner, Greatest Hockey Legends.

Cal Gardner, Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 30 October 2016

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