THE HOCKEY ICELANDERS OF SARGENT AVENUE
Icelanders were the first foreign nationality to establish a settlement in an area that would become part of Manitoba. They established 'New Iceland' along the west coast of Lake Winnipeg between Winnipeg Beach and Hecla Island in 1875. A steady stream of immigration followed with a yearly average from 700 to 2,000 settlers.
By 1881, hardship and disease had taken a heavy toll and many families would leave for southern parts of the province including opportunities in Winnipeg.
A small Icelandic presence already existed in Winnipeg and would help the newcomers settle in. As the rapidly growing city expanded, an Icelandic enclave was established in the city's West End along Sargent Avenue.
By 1897, second generation Icelanders were attending Winnipeg schools and participating in sports. Many started playing ice hockey in Winnipeg as early as 1896. By 1920, they would be world champions ... read their story here