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associucd won 15 Provincial Championships and a Dominion Cham­ pionship. Allie Bell of Poplar Point was Coach for the Terriers when they won the la tter event (1941-42).

Mr. J. P. Bend is now 85 years of age. With his wife he is still enjoying life in Poplar Point. Through the years he has served the community well, not only in the sports field but as a councillor for 27 years and as a Reeve for two years.

Bryan Hextall, a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Bend, needs no introduction to hockey enthusiasts. He turned pro in 1934 and played with Vancouver Canucks until 1936 when he left them to play with the Philadelphia Ramblers for a season. From the latter team he moved on to the New York Rangers (1937-1948), and his next affiliation was with the Cleveland Barons (1948-49).

He was named All Star in the National League for three con­ secutive seasons - 1939-40, 1940-41, and 1941-42, and was Individ­ ual Scoring Champion 1941-42.

At the present time he is Coach of the Portage Terriers and is also in the lumber business at Poplar Point. Three of Bryan Hextall's sons, Bryan [r., Denny and Rickey are now following in their father's footsteps and are playing pro hockey. We predict that you will be hearing more of these boys!

George Little, a well-known Poplar Point sportsman was ap­ po in ted team manager of the Portage and District Terriers Junior "A" hockey team for the 1968-69 season.

George is also actively interested in baseball and softball. He played several seasons as shortstop with the Poplar Point seniors who compiled an enviable tournament record. His crisp fielding in baseball and fine hands in goaltending at hockey earned him the nickname "Slick."

After his baseball playing days ended, he and his wife, Olive, organized a girls' softball team at Poplar Point. The team rarely lost and later several players graduated to the CUAC Blues, Mani­ toba senior ladies softball champions and Dominion finalists for several seasons.

The Little's two daughters, Bobbi and Frankie, were top pitchers on both of these teams. George was manager of the Poplar Point team and later with the Blues.

Hockey and ball have not been the only sports enjoyed by the people of Poplar Point. As in most places through the years, activities have been many and varied.

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