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Memorable Manitobans: Danny Summers (1924-1999)


Born at Winnipeg on 25 March 1924, son of Bill and Mona Summers, he was educated locally. After military service in the Second World War, he played the 1945 season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He then enjoyed a lengthy career in hockey, playing as a defenceman for the Calder Cup champion Providence Reds in 1949; for the President’s Cup and Edinburgh Trophy champion Winnipeg Warriors of 1956; for the International Hockey League’s Turner Cup champions the St. Paul Saints in 1960-1961; and for the Allan Cup champion Winnipeg Maroons in 1964. He subsequently spent many years as a hockey scout, with the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, and San Diego Sharks, drafting stars like Marcel Dionne and Brian Leetch. He was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (1993) and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1995). He died at Winnipeg on 15 July 1999 and his cremains were spread at War Eagle Lake.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1999, page 24.

“Summers played in Grey Cup, Allan Cup,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1999, page 52.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 March 2022

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