Herb Pinder Jr.
was born in Saskatoon in 1947. He attended elementary school in
Saskatoon, joined the Kinsmen Peewee Hockey League and played for the
Blackhawks. He played for Aden Bowman when they won the provincial
midget championship in 1962-63.
Herb joined the Saskatoon Blade Bees, who
were the Prairie junior B champions and moved up to the Blade juniors in
the Saskatchewan League in 1965-66. He also starred on the 1966-67 Blade
team and he was selected as one of the team captains during the
Saskatchewan League’s all-star game.
He was recruited to join the 1967-68
Canadian National Team and would be part of a strong Saskatchewan
influence on the team. Jack McLeod was the team's coach and Brian
Harper, Ted Hargreaves, Gary Begg, Fran Huck, Gerry Pinder, Morris Mott
and Marshall Johnston were other Saskatchewan players on the team.
Canada lost to Finland early in the tournament,
rebounded to beat Sweden and then Czechoslovakia but lost 5-0 to the
Russians in a crucial game. As a result, the Russians won the gold and
the Canadians settled for the bronze. It was the last medal Canada won
at the Olympics
Herb suffered an ankle injury, had surgery
three times and had a promising career cut short. He became a lawyer and
a prominent player agent and today represents 24 players in the National
always a summertime pastime for Herb, who won the Saskatchewan junior
championship in 1965 and played on the provincial team at the Canadian