1948 Team Canada - Ottawa RCAF Flyers
Winter Olympic Ice Hockey Champions
St. Moritz, Switzerland
André LaPerrière, Hubert Brooks, Andy Gilpin, Ted Hibberd, Pete Leichnitz, Irving Taylor, Wally Halder, George Mara, Murray Downey, George McFaul, Frank Boucher, Sandy Watson, Roy Forbes, Orville Gravelle, Reg Schroeter, Ab Renaud, Patsy Guzzo, Louis Lecompte, Frank Dunster
Missing from Photo: Ross King
Head of the Canadian Olympics Association - A. Sydney Dawes
Head of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association - George Dudley
Aircraftsman 2 Murray Dowey, Aircraftsman 1 Ted Hibberd, Aircraftsman 1 Orval Gravelle, Leading Aircraftsman Ab Renaud, Leading Aircraftsman Roy Forbes, Aircraftsman 1 Pete Leichnitz, Corporal Patsy Guzzo, Corporal Ross King, Aircraftsman 2 André LaPerrière, Flying Officer Frank Dunster, Flight Sergeant Louis Lecompte, Flying Officer Reg Schroeter, Flying Officer Hubert Brooks, Sergeant Andy Gilpin, Wally Halder (Naval Reserve), George Mara (Naval Reserve), Corporal Irving Taylor, Squadron Leader Corporal George McFaul, trainer, A.G. "Sandy" Watson, manager; and Sergeant Frank Boucher, coach"
The Ottawa RCAF Flyers team of Canadian Armed Forces personnel represented Canada during the 1948 Winter Olympics, winning the Gold medal for Canada.
The tournament was run in a round-robin format with nine teams participating. The RCAF Flyers had seven wins and one tie against the team from Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia also won seven games. The tournament was decided on goal average. Canada outscored their opponents 69:5 (a 13.8 goal average). The Czechoslovakia team outscored their opponents 80:18 (a 4.44 goal average).
On the final day the Swiss watched the Czechoslovaks beat the Americans dashing their gold medal aspirations, and then lost their opportunity for silver in a loss to Canada, finishing with a bronze.
Many of the players on the Royal Canadian Air Force Flyers hockey team that competed at the Games were Veterans of the war.
The 1948 Royal Canadian Air Force Flyers’ gold medal win was selected as the ‘greatest moment in Canadian Forces sports history’ in 2000 and the team was inducted into the Canadian Olympics Hall of Fame in 2008.