Frank Fredrickson’s hockey career began in Manitoba. In 1920, he led the Winnipeg Falcons to an Olympic gold medal, after captaining the team that same year to an Allan Cup win. This marked the first time ice hockey was contested at the Olympic Games. Fredrickson was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958 and to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1959.
Fredrickson moved to BC in 1920 to play for the Victoria Aristocrats (later, the Cougars). With the club six years, he became the Pacific Coast Hockey Association’s top scorer in the 1922/23 season with 41 goals in 30 games.
In 1925, he led the Victoria Cougars to a Stanley Cup victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The next season, he led the team to the Stanley Cup finals again in 1926, narrowly losing to Montreal.
Fredrickson left the province (when the Patricks sold their interest in the Western Canada League to the NHL) to play for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, the Boston Bruins, and the Pittsburgh Pirates until 1932 when he retired from hockey due to injury.
Fredrickson returned to Vancouver in 1935 to coach hockey and referee with the Western Canadian League. He coached the UBC Thunderbirds through the late 1940s and the early 1950s for a total of seven years, resulting in the 1949-50 win of the Hamber Cup championship.
Fredrickson is also inducted in the UBC Sports Hall of Fame. For his UBC biography, please visit www.ubcsportshalloffame.com