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Memorable Manitobans: George Henry “Whitey” Merritt (c1860-1916)


He worked for 30 years for the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1883, he joined the 90th Regiment and served with them during the 1885 North West Rebellion under the command of Hugh John Macdonald. Active in amateur sports from an early age, as a boy he played lacrosse with Isaac Pitblado. He joined the Winnipeg Victorias hockey club around 1892 and was the goalie during their 1896 capture of the Stanley Cup in Montreal. He died at Winnipeg on 31 May 1916. His pallbearers were six former teammates: J. C. G. Armytage, D. H. Bain, Roddy Flett, A. B. Code, C. J. Campbell, and W. E. Robinson.


“George H. “Whitey” Merritt old time athlete dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 June 1916, page 20.

“Veteran’s funeral,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 June 1916, page 5.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 April 2014

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