Kenneth Pentin "Le Clou" Farmer, CM - Born July 26, 1912 in Westmount, Quebec – Died January 12, 2005 in Montreal, Quebec was a Canadian ice Hockey left winger, businessman and a president of the Canadian Olympic Association (Canadian Olympic Committee).
Farmer was raised in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec where he spent every summer playing tennis and every winter playing Hockey on the frozen ice of Lac St. Louis.
Farmer entered McGill University in 1930 and starred for four years as a left winger with the Redmen, and helped McGill win three Queen’s Cup Hockey championships in 1930-31, 1932-33 & 1933-34, two Quebec Senior Hockey League titles in 1930-31 & 1933-34 and one Quebec Amateur Hockey League (Montreal Senior Group) championship in the 1933-34 season.
Farmer was a member of the Redmen in 1932 when the team beat both the Canadian and U.S. Olympic Hockey teams at exhibition games in Lake Placid, New York.
Farmer once scored five goals and eight points in a 12-2 McGill win at Harvard (Jan. 8, 1934) and ended up with 53 goals and 93 points in 64 career games with the Redmen. The 5-foot-9, 144-pound forward was nicknamed "Le Clou" (The Nail) for his ability to keep the puck on his stick. Also known as the "Mighty Midget", he was described as a skating keg of dynamite with a build to match and a shot every bit as explosive.
Farmer also played three seasons with the McGill tennis team (1930-33) and was the Canadian intercollegiate doubles champion in 1932.
After graduating from McGill with a commerce degree in 1934, Farmer played for the Montreal Victorias of the Montreal Senior Group Hockey League.
In 1936 while playing for the Victorias, he was asked to join the Canadian Olympic Hockey team (Port Arthur Bear Cats).
Albert Pudas was the source of this praise, the Canadian coach, writing about his team in a letter to his hometown newspaper, the Port Arthur News-Chronicle. “Ken Farmer,” he added, “says he is the best Hockey player in Canada, except Hooley Smith. That is a great spirit to have.”
Farmer went on to become the second leading scorer at the 1936 Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany with 10 goals and four assists in eight games, including a 5-goal game against Hungary.
When the war broke out in 1939, Farmer proudly served with the Royal Montreal Regiment / RMR. He later served with the Manitoba Dragoons, took part in the liberation of the Netherlands and was eventually was discharged with the rank of Major in May, 1945.
Farmer served as president of the Canadian Olympic Association (now known as the Canadian Olympic Committee) from 1953 to 1961, chaired the National Advisory Council on Fitness and Amateur Sports from 1962 to 1965, and helped organize the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
From 1977 to 1983, Farmer was President of the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada ( 1980 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton).
Kenneth P. Farmer was a Honourary Lifetime Governor of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
Kenneth Farmer was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1971 as a builder.
In 1982, Farmer was made a member of the Order of Canada celebrating his life long contribution to amateur sport.
Ken Farmer was inducted into the McGill Sports Hall of Fame in 1999