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Memorable Manitobans: Harold Edward “Bullet Joe” Simpson (1893-1973)

Hockey player.

Born at Selkirk on 13 August 1893, son of Joseph William Simpson (1854-1949) and Elizabeth Purvis (1859-1949), brother of George Douglas Simpson, he began a sporting career with the Winnipeg Selkirks prior to enlisting in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Following his military discharge, he joined the Edmonton Eskimos in 1921 then moved to the National Hockey League's New York Americans in 1925 where he played until 1931. He subsequently worked as a coach and general manager of the Americans. He was inducted into the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame (1962) and Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (1985). He died at Coral Gables, Florida on 25 December 1973.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“‘Bullet Joe’ dies at 79,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 December 1973, page 43.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 July 2021

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