AFTER THE RCAF Flyers lost their first two exhibition games as Canada's Olympic designees in December '47, a handful of non-Air Force men were brought in to bolster the roster. Among them was retired Army sergeant Ab Renaud. "Most sportswriters were figuring that we weren't strong enough," recalls Renaud, now 89, "but as history points out, we were." Entering its final match, against the Swiss, Canada was tied with Czechoslovakia for first place. On slushy ice, goalie Murray Dowey had his fifth shutout, 3-0, in eight tournament games. Says Renaud, "When we stood there, and they gave us our medals [pictured]—you don't forget."
THE 10,000 FANS who showed up to see the Edmonton Mercurys try to wrap up the gold for Canada against the U.S. "looked for a real roughhouse slam-bang affair" between two teams known for their physical play, according to a story in the Edmonton Journal. The 3-3 tie in the final game (pictured) was the only blemish on Team Canada's record, as the team went 7-0-1. It was the country's only gold medal of the '52 Games, but it wasn't until a couple of weeks after the team returned to Edmonton that officials honored the players with a parade, the last golden celebration that Canadian pucksters would enjoy for 50 years.