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11-15-2012, 12:32 AM
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D Fred Higginbotham

1896 Stanley Cup Champion

Ultimate Hockey:
Fred Higginbotham was Winnipeg's brilliant cover-point
Putting a Roof on Winter:
The "Remarkably Steady" Fred Higginbotham
Habs Eyes on the Prize:
Fred Higgenbotham was a heavy hitter and a good "lifer." He was the primary carrier for getting the puck from the defensive end.
Library and Archives Canada - Backcheck: a Hockey Retrospective
The violent death of Fred Higginbotham in September 1896 shocked Winnipeg. The popular all-round athlete had helped the Victorias win Manitoba’s first Stanley Cup only seven months earlier. A monument to Fred Higginbotham, bearing the insignia of the Winnipeg Victorias, stands in the cemetery of his hometown in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Light hearted Fred Higginbotham, than whom there was no better known or better liked young man in Winnipeg, met with an accident Sunday afternoon which brought to a tragic and untimely termination his earthly career, so full of brightness and promise. It appears that he was spending the afternoon with his friend Mr. Joseph Hall, at the latter's residence on the river bank beyond River park, and towards evening was playing with the children, giving them a ride on a pony. He jumped on the pony's back himself to show how he could ride, when the little animal swerved suddenly around a post and he was caught across the eyes by a wire clothes line, which he had not noticed, and was thrown backward from the pony. Though he made an attempt to save himself he fell heavily on the ground striking on the back of his head, sustaining, as it was subsequently discovered, a fracture of the spinal cord. He was removed to the house and medical aid summoned, but from the first the doctors saw there was no hope of his recovery. His whole body was paralyzed, but he retained consciousness until 5 o'clock in the morning, when evidences of complete collapse began to manifest themselves and from that time he gradually sank until 8.40, when he breathed his last, dying in the arms of his bosom friend, Mr. Hall. Only a few in the city knew of the accident Sunday night, and the news of the young man's death, when announced yesterday morning was a sudden, and severe shock to his hosts of friends, and everyone who spoke of the sad event did so in terms of deepest sorrow.

The deceased came to Winnipeg about twelve years ago, from Bowmanville, Ont., where his father still resides. He was an enthusiastic devotee of amateur athletic sports and was identified with the leading sporting clubs of the city. In the palmy days of lacrosse he was a star member of the 90th champion team. He also went to Vancouver seven years ago and played a year with the lacrosse team of that city. When hockey took a place among local sports he was one of the first to take up the game, as a member of the famous Victoria club. He played twice with the team of that club on eastern tours, being one of its bulwarks. He went east with the team last winter, when they won the championship of the world. He also figured conspicuously on the football field a few years ago.
Manitoba Free Press Sept. 8, 1896

On Sunday afternoon Fred Higginbotham was seen on the streets of Winnipeg. He was in his wonted good humor, and no doubt had an unconscious pride in his athletic prowess. Those who saw him as perhaps the most foremost of Winnipeg’s athletes and as he passed along nodding or smiling at those he met, little was it thought that no more would Fred be seen alive. It is many a day since death had caused such widespread sorrow and regret in this city. Wherever one went yesterday he was certain to hear people speak of Fred Higginbotham, and not a word but the kindliest was uttered. Cut down in the youth and bloom of life with a career of prosperity and happiness before him that will never more be seen. Hockey circles have lost one of their, finest players. But not alone with hockeyists mourn his loss. Athletes in general will suffer by his demise, and without any exaggeration it may be said that Winnipeg has lost one of its most popular young men.
Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame:
Also absent from the 1901 squad was Fred Higginbotham who made a major contribution to the 1896 Stanley Cup victory. Higginbotham died in a freak horse-riding accident just seven months after the Vics’ first cup victory.

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