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Memorable Manitobans: John Linthwaite “Lin” Bend (1922-1978)


Born at Portage la Prairie on 20 December 1922, son of Jack Bend and Annie Ada Wilson, he grew up and was educated at Poplar Point. He began a hockey career with the Portage Terriers (1941-1942), winning the Memorial Cup with the team and leading it in goals and assists. He then played eight games with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League before enlisting in the Canadian Army (1942-1945). After his military discharge, he returned to professional hockey, playing for six years in the American Hockey League and United States Hockey League. He then returned to farming at Poplar Point, where he was active in promotion of minor hockey until 1968 when he moved to Winnipeg and worked for the provincial ombudsman. He died at the Grace Hospital on 6 April 1978 and was buried in the St. Anne’s Anglican Cemetery. He was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (1993).


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1978, page 109.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Patrick Bend for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 April 2016

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