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Hack Simpson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameHarold Alfred "Hack"•Simpson
Used nameHack•Simpson
Born26 June 1910 in Rosser, Manitoba (CAN)
Died30 March 1978 in Montréal, Québec (CAN)
Measurements190 cm / 91 kg
AffiliationsThe Winnipegs, Winnipeg (CAN)
NOC(s) Canada


Ice hockey defenseman Hack Simpson began his career with the Winnipeg Pilgrims of the city’s Junior Hockey League in 1927, playing with them for two seasons before moving to the University of Manitoba’s junior squad for 1929-1930. For his first senior season he joined the Winnipeg Hockey Club and, in 1931, captured the Allan Cup with his team, given annually to the senior men’s ice hockey champions in Canada. It was this victory that paved the way for the Winnipegs to represent Canada at the 1932 Winter Olympics, where they eventually won the gold medal at the hockey tournament. At the Olympics he played in five matches and scored six goals in the position of forward, a change decided by Coach Jack Hughes to capitalize on Simpson’s scoring ability. Simpson then trained to be on the Canadian rowing team for that year’s summer Olympics, but did not actually attend. He spent his first post-Olympic season with the Windsor Bulldogs of the International Hockey League (during its 1929-1936 incarnation), but also played one game with the Quebec Castors of the Canadian-American Hockey League. During this time he also had a brief stint with the National Hockey League’s Montreal Maroons, but was cut from the team in 1933. His final season as a player consisted of 14 games with the Montreal Royals of the Quebec Senior Hockey League. He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 as a member of the 1931 Winnipegs.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1932 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) Ice Hockey, Men Olympic Canada 1 Gold CAN Hack Simpson
  Ice Hockey Exhibition, Men Olympic (non-medal) Canada 2 2

Other participations

Games Role Details
1932 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony

Special Notes

Research notes

In 1972 lived in Montreal.

Quebec Death Index has a completely different DOB: June 26, 1910.

Created: Taavi Kalju at January 31, 2010 14:24, Last edited: Paul Tchir at October 29, 2012 12:50