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02-05-2014, 01:25 AM
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As for the "racial" issues it probably had more to do with language issues, or cultural issues, I think. I've read Frank Fredrickson, captain of that Olympic team, didn't speak a word of english until he was 6 years old, and identified himself very strongly as an Icelander throughout his life. There's nothing wrong with that, but if you only speak your own language at home as a kid or teenager it gets a bit tougher to fully integrate with the rest of the community or city. Fredrickson got signed by Lester Patrick and the Victoria Cougars in 1920 at 24–25 years of age when he came back from the war. Defenseman Haldor "Slim" Halderson from that same team Olympic team signed with the Cougars in 1921, so that Olympic gold opened up a lot of possibilities for those players.

But, Carol "Cully" Wilson won a Stanley Cup with the Toronto Blueshirts already in 1914. Wilson was a 100 per cent Icelander, born in Winnipeg, Fredrickson's & Halderson's home city, as Karl Erlendson. His family later changed names. Wilson played for the all-Icelandic teams Winnipeg Vikings & Winnipeg Falcons and even played 2 games for the Kenora Thistles in 1910–11.

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