Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Olympic Hockey Card of the Day, Germany vs Poland 1932

These are actual cards from my collection that were issued for various Winter Olympic games either as souvenirs or as premiums in cigarette packages. I love the stance on the goaltender in this photo, a fair bit unorthodox. The rear of this card is translated;
"Winter Olympics: From the Ice Hockey match between Germany and Poland: Before the gate of the German". I assume that is referring to "in front of the German net".

Germany played Poland twice in the double round-robin, four team tournament at Lake Placid in 1932. They won 2-1 then 4-1 to secure the Bronze medal. The German goaltender pictured is 6'4" Walter Leinweber who played every minute for the Germans in 1932 posting a GAA of 4.50

Canada, represented by the Winnipeg Hockey Club captured the gold medal. They would beat Poland by scores of 9-0 and 10-0 and beat Leinweber and the Germans by scores of 4-1 and 5-0.


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