Saturday, April 3, 2010

STORY: MOORE, KENNETH STRATH


Given permission to use: Jennifer Rattray

MOORE, Kenneth Strath - (Born: 17, February, 1910, in Balcarres, Saskatchewan – Died: December 1982) -

Played for the Regina Pats during the 1929-1930 season.


He was a player who competed in the 1932 Winter Olympics.

In 1932 he was a member of the Winnipeg Hockey Club the Canadian team which won the gold medal, (Winning 5 games and tying one game: (Canada needed a win or a tie to secure a gold. In the final game played against the United States to 2-2 tie in a game called after three scoreless overtime periods). He played one match and scored one goal. Moore was one of Canada's first indigenous Olympians and a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation in Saskatchewan, although his parents were originally from Northern Manitoba. He married Edith Mae McDougall and has one daughter, two granddaughters and one great grandson. He died in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Kenneth Strath Moore, a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation, was born in Balcarres, Saskatchewan the third of eight children. When his two older brothers died attending Residential School, his parents moved the family to Regina, Saskatchewan, where they became one of the initial First Nations families to reside in that city.

At a young age, Moore demonstrated athletic ability which was matched only by his sportsmanship. One of the early indications was the Eilers’ Medal, awarded to a player in the Regina Junior Hockey Association who, in the estimation of the fans, was looked upon as “the cleanest athlete”.



Moore would excel at hockey, baseball, lacrosse, rugby, basketball, speed skating, and every sport he played, receiving years of glowing coverage in newspapers in Regina and throughout Western Canada. In newspaper articles, Moore is described repeatedly as “the outstanding player for his team” and a “super sniper” who “possessed a terrific shot … and a turn of speed that carries him out of many tight spots”.

As a family of extremely modest means, Moore’s parents James and Edith sacrificed to provide him with the equipment he needed to participate in sport. All family savings went to purchase skates, jerseys and other equipment. His athletic ability enabled him to win scholarships and achieve an education. At a time when few Canadians, and almost no Aboriginal Canadians, attended university, Moore’s athletic ability enabled him to win scholarships. He attended Campion College and Regina College on athletic scholarships, where he captained hockey and rugby teams, and was described as “the most versatile athlete in the College.”

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Added by: Ron "Scoreboard: Johnston - The Olympics, however, were not the end of Moore’s career. He was a member of the Kimberley Dynamiters in 1936 when they won the Allan Cup and he was invited to tour with them for the 1937 World Championships. Before he could leave, however, he was dropped as a member of the team for unknown reasons. He then shifted to coaching, first with the St. Boniface Athletics of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association, then the St. James Canadians.

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The following story: given by permission of the University of Regina - The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan, story by Jennifer Rattray (her grandfather)

Moore toured the country as a member of the Regina Argonauts Baseball Team at the age of just 15. Moore was a National Junior Hockey Champion with the Regina Pats, scoring the winning goal with 40 seconds left in the game to bring home the Memorial Cup in 1930. Moore won two Allan Cup National Hockey Championships, and in 1932 reached the pinnacle of his career when he traveled to Lake Placid, New York, to play in the Olympic Games where he received a gold medal. That gold medal made history, as Moore is believed to be the first Aboriginal person to win an Olympic gold medal.

While success marked his athletic life, tragedy would mark Moore's personal life. Only three of his siblings survived to adulthood. In addition to losing his two older brothers at residential school, a younger brother Percy died as a teenager in a grain elevator accident, and Moore's youngest brother Lloyd died in the Second World War aboard the St. Croix. His brother Victor survived the war, winning the Military Cross for distinguished and meritorious services in battle.

Today, Moore's achievements would be extraordinary. In the 1920's and 1930's in Canada, Moore's achievements are heroic in nature. Moore represents excellence and the particular poetry that occurs when talent and heart come together to overcome poverty, prejudice and tragedy.

After his retirement from sport a Winnipeg newspaper noted that "It is doubtful if any other athlete in Canada has a record that will stand up to that of Moore's." Moore gave back to the community by coaching the St. Boniface Athletics to the MAHA Junior North Division Hockey Championship title in 1942 and 1943, and the St. James Canadians to the south junior titles and the Provincial Junior Hockey Championships in 1944.

In 1976 the Kimberley Dynamiters team Moore played on was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and in 1987 the Winnipegs, Moore's 1932 Olympic Hockey Team, was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.