Ferdinand “Fernie” Flaman (Dysart, SK) born in Dysart and raised in Regina, “Fernie” Flaman played with a variety of Regina minor hockey teams until 1943 when the Boston Olympics, a Boston Bruins’ farm team, enticed him to move to the United States. With Flaman’s help, the Olympics dominated the Eastern Amateur Hockey League from 1943 to 1946, capturing the league championship each year. Next, he was moved to the Hershey Bears, the Bruins’ best farm team, staying half a year before capturing a permanent spot with the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins.
Flaman played 14 full seasons in the National Hockey League, from 1947 to mid-season 1950, he played with Boston. During the 1950 season, Flaman was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. That year, he enjoyed a Stanley Cup Championship with the blue and white and remained with them until 1954 when management traded him back to the Boston Bruins. He then became the fourth captain in Bruins’ modern history. Flaman was probably best known for his stubborn ability to prevent other teams from scoring. During his NHL career, he played 910 games, collected 34 goals and 174 assists, for a total of 208 points. Six times, Flaman was selected for the NHL All-Star team. Following his NHL career, Fern would begin his coaching career as player, coach, and general manager for the Rhode Island Reds of the AHL in 1963-64. Later he would spend 19 years as the head coach of the Boston Northeastern University’s Division 1 Huskies Hockey Team.
Flaman was inducted into the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965, the Northeastern Hall of Fame in 1989, the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990, and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.