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Memorable Manitobans: Walter “Hergy” Hergesheimer (1927-2014)

Hockey player.

Born at Winnipeg on 8 January 1927, son of Henry Hergesheimer and Magdalena Jonatschick, brother of Philip Hergesheimer, his 22-year hockey career began at the age of 16 years. In the 1950s, he played 315 games in the National Hockey League and scored 114 goals, winning the Calder Trophy in 1950 as a member of the Cleveland Barons. He was named league rookie of the year and playoff Most Valuable Player. In 1951, he joined the New York Rangers and scored 26 goals that year, and 30 goals the following year, finishing fourth in NHL scoring behind Gordie Howie, Ted Lindsay, and Maurice Richard. He played in the 1953 and 1956 NHL All-Star games, entering the record books for scoring two goals in two minutes. In recognition of his hockey prowess, he was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (1987) and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (2009). He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 27 September 2014 and was buried in the Glen Eden Memorial Garden.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 September 2014.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 August 2020

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