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Memorable Manitobans: Alan Charles “Huck” Woodman (1899-1963)

Athlete, salesman.

Born at Winnipeg on 11 March 1899, son of John Woodman and Sophia Littlejohn Woodman (1871-1964), he attended Trinity College. He played for the Winnipeg Falcons during the 1919-1920 season, participating in the Allan Cup victory and Olympic championship in the 1920 Games at Antwerp, Belguim. In the following years, he played less frequently with the Falcons, occasionally on their roster as a substitute, though he did play in the Carnival Series All-Star tournament (1922), and for the Commerce team of the Bankers hockey league (1923-1924). He also took on coaching, first with the Kenora Thistles (1922) and later with the Canadian National Railway (1928), one of the Big Four teams.

Following his Olympic championship, he accepted a job offer from the T. Eaton & Company to all members of the Falcons, where he worked prior to becoming a clerk with the Imperial Bank (1922-1924) and Oldfield, Kirby, & Gardner (1925), as timekeeper with the Dominion Bridge Company (1927), and a salesman with the International Paint Company (circa 1929). In 1938, he became Branch Manager at International Paint, holding the position until his death.

He married around 1948 and, with his wife Hilda “Dena” Woodman (1900-1963), he had two children.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 900 Windermere Avenue on 17 April 1963 and was buried in St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Library and Archives of Canada.

“Winnipegs fail to stem tide of speedy Falcons and meet second defeat,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 January 1921, page 11.

“Twenty minutes overtime play necessary to reach decision,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 December 1921, page 16.

“Last period rally gives Winnipegs win over weakened Falcon crew,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 January 1922.

“Winnipeg all-stars for carnival series,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 February 1922, page 9.

“Champion Royal team meet Unions tomorrow,” Manitoba Free Press, 19 January 1923, page 14.

“Commerce holds Royals to tie,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 February 1924, page 15.

“Looking over the Big Four teams,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 November 1928, page 22.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1963, page 32.

Obituary [Hilda Woodman], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1963, page 24.

Obituary [Sophia Woodman], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 1964, page 36.

When Falcons Fly by David Square, 2007.

Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 March 2014

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