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Fr. Bauer

Father David Bauer, C.S.B., O.C. (Nov 2, 1924 - Nov 9, 1988)

This is a very brief summary of the sport Fr Bauer was most involved in: Hockey.

1961 Fr Bauer won the Memorial Cup in Edmonton (St. Michael's High School). In Sept.1961, he is transferred to St. Mark's College at the University of British Columbia.


1962 Fr. Henry Carr, C.S.B., who was the Superior of St. Mark's, gave a tremendous support for Fr. Bauer to go to see the final games of the World Tournament in Colorado Springs in order to check out the calibre of hockey. From this moment on, Fr. Bauer began to develop a new proposal for hockey and for the youth of Canada.
His Dream was to organize a team of young University players and/or Senior players who could play for their country and develop their academic and career options at the same time. During the summer of 1962, he presented his proposal to the C.A.H.A. at a special meeting in Toronto.


1964 In due course, they approved this concept and the University of BC's hockey team represented Canada at the Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. (One goal from gold medal).
Coach: Fr. Bauer won a personal Olympic Gold Medal for leadership and sportsmanship (this is the only one ever awarded in Olympic competition).


1968 At the Grenoble Olympics, Jackie McLeod was the coach and Fr. Bauer was the manager. Canada won a bronze medal.


1970 - 1980 Another group of Canadians pushed for the pros to play in International (World and Olympic Hockey), Canada had no teams for ten years.


1980 Lake Placid, Fr Bauer was Vice-President of Hockey Canada and managing director of the Olympic Hockey Team. Lorne Davis and Tom Watt were coaches. [The United States beat Russia for the gold medal, that was a "premiere".]


Father David Bauer was given the Order of Canada in 1967. He was one of the first of 55 Canadians to receive this great honour.
Fr. David Bauer has been inducted into the Waterloo County Hall of Fame in 1972, into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1967 and into the Hockey Hall of Fame on October 3, 1989 and the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1992. His brother, Bobby Bauer who was most famous within the Kraut Line (Dumart, Schmidt, Bauer) when he played for the Boston Bruins , entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996. Fr David Bauer entered the International Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders Category in Helsinki, Finland in April 1997.

IIHF News Release

IIHF News Release - 61st IIHF World Championship 1997 in Finland.


FATHER DAVID BAUER (CAN)


Father David Bauer, born November 2, 1924. Father Bauer twice won the championship title of Canadian Junior ice hockey: as a player in 1944 with Oshawa and 1961 as a coach with St.Mike's College. During his time in St.Mike's he had a belief that Canadian boys could play elite- level ice hockey and receive a solid, formal education, as well. He belie- ved that Team Canada was theproper vehicle for such a dream. In 1961 he began building a National Team and represented his country with this team at the Olympic Winter Games 1964 in Innsbruck, finishing fourth. He guided Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships in 1964 (bronze medal), 1966 (bronze medal) and 1967 (bronze medal) and at the Olympic Winter Games in 1968 in Grenoble (bronze medal). Father Bauer was Managing Director of Team Canada at the Olympic Winter Games 1980 in Lake Placid and in 1981 was named Vice-President of Hockey Canada and Chairman of the Olympic Programme. The Father Bauer Arena in Calgary, Alberta has named in recognition of Father David Bauer. He passed away November 9, 1988.
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Induction to builders' category in 1997 in Helsinki, Finland.

In the Spring 2017, Greg Oliver published " Father Bauer and the Great Experiment", The Genesis of Canadian Olympic Hockey.

ISBN 978-1-77041-249-1 published by ECW press

Father Bauer changed lives at the rink, in the classroom, and from the pulpit. From St Michael's College in Toronto to the University of British Columbia, Bauer was dedicated to his team, building not only great hockey players, but well-rounded men. Bauer created Canada's first national hockey team; he and his players, affectionately called "Bauer's Boys", carved a place for canada on the International Hockey scene. The inspired the country, and continue to inspire generations of players and sports enthusiasts today.

Through exhaustive research and countless interviews, author Greg Oliver explores a canadian Icon, the teams that he put on the ice, and the rocky, almost unfathomable years when Canada didn't play international hockey.Finally, for the first time ever, the whole story of Father Bauer and Canada's game is told in the rich details it deserves.