Friday, December 28, 2018
Father David Bauer was a catholic priest, chaplain at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the father of the Canadian National Program.
Following the days when the winner of the Allan Cup would represent Canada at the World Championship, Bauer, with the help of Dr. Bob Hindmarch, championed the idea of a National team of Canada’s top amateurs to compete internationally. The two (2) brought together this National Team in time for the 1964 Winter Olympics. Canada would finish fourth in 1964, but it was the start of what is now Canada’s most successful National sport program.
Bauer went on to coach a number of amateur teams, and continued as coach for Canada’s National Program as well.
Father David Bauer received the Order of Canada in 1967, was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1967, the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1992, and the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.