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Al Purvis

Full name: Allan Ruggles "Al" Purvis
Gender: Male
Born: January 9, 1929 in Trochu, Alberta, Canada
Died: August 13, 2009 in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: Edmonton Mercurys, Edmonton (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Ice Hockey

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Allan “Al” Purvis moved to Calgary, Alberta as a child and attended Western Canada High School. By the time he was 19, he had already played junior hockey for a time with the Calgary Buffaloes as a defenseman and was nearly recruited by the National Hockey League’s Chicago Black Hawks, before joining the Edmonton Mercurys, a senior level ice hockey team sponsored by a local car dealership. Within two years of him joining the team, he was the team’s assistant captain and helped them win the Western Intermediate League Championship, which earned them the right to represent Canada at the 1950 World Ice Hockey Championships, where the team easily took the gold medal. It was this victory that would, two years later, catch the eye of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and send his team to the 1952 Winter Olympics, where Canada took the gold medal in the ice hockey tournament. In eight games played, Purvis scored two goals.

After the Olympics, Purvis returned to Calgary to work at his team’s sponsoring dealership and retired in 2002 as the company’s owner and chief executive after over half a century of service. He was also the director of the Edmonton Eskimos Canadian football team for many years, including the five consecutive seasons that they were Grey Cup champions, and played amateur baseball for the Edmonton Cubs and the Edmonton Dodgers. He was inducted into the Alberta Sport Hall of Fame in 1968 and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2002 as a member of the 1952 Edmonton Mercurys.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Ice Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Canada CAN 1 Gold

Men's Ice Hockey

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G AST PIM
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Ice Hockey Canada CAN Final Standings 1 1952-02-15 2 0 2
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Ice Hockey Canada CAN Round-Robin Match #4 1 1952-02-15 CAN 15, GER 1 1 0 0
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Ice Hockey Canada CAN Round-Robin Match #11 1 1952-02-17 CAN 13, FIN 3 0 0 0
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Ice Hockey Canada CAN Round-Robin Match #14 1 1952-02-18 CAN 11, POL 0 0 0 0
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Ice Hockey Canada CAN Round-Robin Match #17 1 1952-02-19 CAN 4, TCH 1 0 0 2
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Ice Hockey Canada CAN Round-Robin Match #22 1 1952-02-21 CAN 11, SUI 2 1 0 0
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Ice Hockey Canada CAN Round-Robin Match #28 1 1952-02-22 CAN 3, SWE 2 0 0 0
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Ice Hockey Canada CAN Round-Robin Match #30 1 1952-02-23 CAN 11, NOR 2 0 0 0
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Ice Hockey Canada CAN Round-Robin Match #36 1T 1952-02-24 USA 3, CAN 3 0 0 0
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