Born: October 17, 1932
Died: March 21, 2014
Harry Haukkala was a place-kicker and fullback in football for two Canadian universities, winning a national championship with the McGill Redmen in 1960.
Raised in Verdun, Que., he played junior football for the Verdun Stampeders of the Quebec Rugby Football Union. The 5-foot-10, 225-pound athlete enrolled at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., where he was an all-star in two of three seasons.
Haukkala transferred to McGill in Montreal in 1960, where his powerful foot helped the Redmen overcome an 0-3 start on the way to a 6-3 season. On Oct. 29, he kicked a field goal, four converts and a single in a 57-6 win over Western in Montreal. The Redmen then travelled to Kingston, where a 15-9 McGill triumph left the schools tied. A one-game playoff was held in Kingston a week later for the Yates Cup to determine the Ontario-Quebec intercollegiate championship with McGill prevailing, 21-0.
The University of Alberta Golden Bears arrived in Montreal for the Churchill Bowl, won 46-7 by McGill, the school’s first national title since 1938. The 1960 Redmen were inducted into the McGill Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Haukkala graduated with an engineering degree in 1962. He was long active in charities in Montreal, particularly with the Montreal Shriners Hospital for Children. The resident of Trois-Rivières, Que., leaves Louise (née O’Neil), his wife of 49 years. He also leaves a son.
1960 McGill Redmen