Descriptions of the 1920 Falcons players from "Spalding's Athletic Library"


From the Hockey Hall of Fame Research Center Library, Toronto, Canada
and Birger Nordmark in Stockholm



"Hebbie" Axford, President
The man behind the wheel and the brains of the club. Fought well in the committee room to win a berth for his club in senior company, and followed up his success by piloting the Icelandic crew to premier honors of Western Canada. One of the old original Falcons.

Bobbie Benson, Left Defence
He has all the attributes of a first-class defence player and teams up to perfection with the sturdy Johannesson. His reckless habit of diving head-first into the fray no matter what the odds may be always excites the admiration of the fans. He broke into hockey at the age of fifteen. He is one of the old original Falcons, and has played with the Icelandic Club throughout his entire career. Age 25, weight 130 lbs, height 5ft 4 in.

Wally Byron, Goal
One of the best custodians playing amateur hockey in Canada, and noted for his remarkable consistency. He played a cool, steady and brilliant game all winter. He blanked the opposition in three out of fourteen games, and kept the score within three tallies on several occasions. Wally played with the intermediate Falcons in 1913-1914, and broke into Senior company with the 223rd Battalion Team in 1916-1917. Age 25; weight 143 lbs, height 5 ft 10 in.

Frank Frederickson, Center
The captain of this team and center ice expert without a peer. Nearly 50 per cent of the goals netted by the Falcons in their fourteen games came from his club (?), while the rangy star figured in many more tallies by timely assists. His stick-handling is always a treat to behold and his snappy combination breakaways down the ice with a teammmate are probably the most dangerous factor in the Icelandic attack. Attended both Kelvin and Collegiate (high schools), and first broke into the hockey limelight in inter-school sport along with Jimmy Gibson, Cecil Browne and Jack Asseltine. Frank is a very versatile young fellow being a gifted songster and an accomplished violinist as well as one of the greatest turned out. Age 24, weight 157 lbs, height 5 ft 10 in.

Chris Fridfinnson, Substitute Forward
Chris is known as "the useful sub", owing to the fact that he generally connects for a goal or two during his time on the ice. Played with the Y.M.L.C. Juniors three years ago with Halderson, and jumped into senior company with the Vimy team in the Military League the following season. Played an indifferent game with the Monarchs last season, but, like Halderson, showed his real hockey ability under the Falcon colours. Age 21, weight 127 lbs, height 5 ft 10 in.

Mike Goodman, Left Wing
Frederickson's left-hand bower and the tornado of the team. Combined nicely with Frederickson and Halderson and is a first-class goal-getter. Mike played the star role in helping the Falcons defeat Selkirk in four out of five occasions by bottling up the renowned Joe Simpson so tightly that he was unable to open up with his deadly corkscrew rushes. Mike piloted the Y.M.L.C. Juniors to the Manitoba Championships last winter, and helped Selkirk in their Allan Cup drive at Toronto against Hamilton.
Hallie (Slim) Halderson, Right Wing
Fredrickson's right bower and giant of the team. A clever all-round player with exceptional stick-handling ability. Played junior hockey with the Young Men's Lutheran Club team three years ago, and made his debut in the senior ranks in 1916-1917 with Ypres team in the Military League. Performed well in the Allan Cup final against Kitchener in Toronto. Joined Monarchs last winter, but failed to show his true form. Came back to life with a bang this season under the genial influence of the Falcon Club and played an important part in helping his team land the right to travel in quest of the Allan Cup. Is the matinee idol of the Falcon team. Age 21, weight 157 lbs, height 6 ft 2 in.

Konnie Johannesson, Right Defence
One of the giants of the team. He is a born defenceman and is almost unbeatable, his ability at blocking and checking being equaled only by his quick brain. He is a dangerous rusher, a gifted stick-handler, and packs a terrific shot, which, when trained properly on the nets, generally finds a billet. Was used as s spare on the Falcons team in their Independent League, and found a regular berth on the 223rd Battalion defence along with Benson and Byron. Age 23, weight 165 lbs, height 5 ft 11 1/2 in.

Allan (Huck) Woodman, Substitute Forward
Another giant. Can manipulate the rubber nicely and is a dangerous shot. Broke into senior hockey this season. Played with Tiger Juniors two years ago, and helped Y.M.L.C. win the Manitoba junior hockey honours last winter. Age 20, weight 165 lbs, height 5 ft 11 3/4 in

Fred ("Steamer") Maxwell, Manager
His coaching and knowledge of the inside points of the game did much to round the team into a finely-oiled machine. He compelled the boys to play their best hockey all season and handled the substitutes in a masterly fashion.

The rest of the team in Antwerp, not mentioned in the Spalding Library article:

Gordon Sigurjonsson, Trainer.
Bill Fridfinnson, Secretary-Treasurer.
W.A. Hewitt, Olympic Team Manager and father of Foster Hewitt, of Saturday night Canadian Hockey Radio Broadcasting fame.

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