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Memorable Manitobans: Gordon “Gord” Pennell (1929-2015)

Athlete, coach, businessman.

Born at Winnipeg in 1929, son of Tom and Hilda Pennell, he grew up in the Weston area of the city. He was a partner in a sporting goods business. He played junior hockey in Winnipeg then with the Barrie Flyers. He played for seven seasons with the AHL Buffalo Bisons, and was an AHL All-Star and a member of AHL East Championship teams. He retired from professional hockey in 1957 and returned to Winnipeg. In 1959, he became the coach of the Winnipeg Rangers, serving for 23 years. In his later year, he played in senior and old timer leagues. In the early 1980s, he and the Winnipeg Club Oldtimers played the Soviet Select Oldtimers in Moscow. He was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 13 September 2015.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 2015.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 September 2015

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