Calvin Berle Swenson
Born: April 16, 1948 (Watson, Saskatchewan)
Died: January 1, 2014 (Stony Plain, Alberta)
Cal Swenson was an original member of the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association.
In 102 games over two seasons with the Jets, Swenson scored 12 goals and added 25 assists. In 1973, he skated in all 14 Jets playoff games, scoring a lone goal to go with five assists, as the Jets lost the Avco Cup finals to the New England Whalers.
He was signed by the fledgling club after spending four seasons with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League, where he had seasons of 11, 18, 27 and 35 goals. In 1970, he once scored a hat-trick in the first 5:57 of play, only to watch as the Oilers lost the game, 4-3, to the Kansas City Blues. His NHL rights were owned by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the time he signed with the rival WHA.
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound forward played his junior hockey with the Melville (Sask.) Millionaires, the Brandon (Man.) Wheat Kings and the Flin Flon (Man.) Bombers.
After his stint with the Jets, Swenson, known as a stylish playmaker, concluded his playing career in the American Hockey League with the Jacksonville (Ala.) Barons and Syracuse (N.Y.) Eagles.
In his first season in civvies, Swenson coached the Amarillo (Tex.) Wranglers to the championship of the Southwest Hockey League, a six-team senior amateur circuit.
Swenson died suddenly on New Year’s Day. He was 65.