|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1950|
February 22, 1875|
Montreal, QC, CAN
|Died||September 27, 1946
Montreal, QC, CAN
|Played for||Montreal Victorias|
Charles Graham Drinkwater (February 22, 1875 – September 27, 1946) was a Canadian ice hockey player, businessman and philanthropist. Drinkwater played for the Montreal Victorias in the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) in the early era before professionalism. Drinkwater was a rare player in that he had the ability to play both forward and defence with equal skill. Drinkwater was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950. Drinkwater was a member of four Stanley Cup winning teams during his career. After hockey, Drinkwater became a partner in a stock-broker business and a supporter of music orchestras in Montreal.
Drinkwater was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He was educated at Montreal High School and McGill University. Drinkwater was an accomplished hockey and football player in his teens, he starred with the Montreal Hockey Club junior team in 1892–93, the same year that the Montreal HC went on to win the first Stanley cup in that same season. Drinkwater also played a prominent role on McGill's football team.
After graduating from McGill in 1895, Drinkwater joined the Victoria Hockey Club of Montreal. Drinkwater scored nine goals in eight contests, helping the Victorias win the Stanley Cup. Drinkwater would also win the cup in 1896, 1897, 1898 and 1899 (as Captain). Drinkwater's excellent skating made him one of the best players early in the game of hockey. Drinkwater was named one of the original trustees of the Allan Cup by donator H. Montagu Allan in 1909. Drinkwater was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950.
Business and music involvement
Drinkwater became a stock-broker and rose to partner of the firm Oswald & Drinkwater, later to become Drinkwater Weir & Company. Along with his wife Muriel Greenshields, he became a supporter of music in the city. He was the organizer of a February 11, 1934 benefit concert of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra that cleared all of its debts and provided a surplus for future efforts. Drinkwater was vice-president of the Orchestra until it suspended in 1941. He continued supporting music with the Les Concerts Symphoniques and the Montreal Little Symphony until his death in 1946 at his home at 3511 Peel Street in Montreal.
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