Donald Henderson Dan Bain was a Canadian amateur athlete and merchant. Though he competed in and excelled in sports, Bain is most notable for his ice hockey career. While a member of the Winnipeg Victorias hockey team, with whom he played for from 1894 until 1902, a skilled athlete, Bain won championships and medals in several other sports, and was the Canadian trapshooting champion in 1903. In recognition of his play, Bain was inducted into halls of fame, including the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1949. In his professional life Bain was a prominent Winnipeg businessman and community leader and he became wealthy as a result of operating Donald H. Bain Limited, a grocery brokerage firm. Bain was an member of numerous community associations, the president of the Winnipeg Winter Club. The Mallard Lodge, a building on the shores of Lake Manitoba built by Bain as a personal retreat, the son of Scottish immigrants, Bain was born in Belleville, Ontario and moved with his family to Winnipeg, Manitoba, as a young child. His father, James Henderson Bain, was a buyer for the British government. His mother, Helen Miller, was a seamstress, Bain was the sixth of seven children, having four sisters and two brothers. Bains first championship came in 1887 when he captured the Manitoba roller skating championship at the age of 13 by winning the three-mile race, at the age of 17 he won the provincial gymnastics competition, and at 20 he won the first of three consecutive Manitoba cycling championships. In addition Bain was a top player in his home province. In 1895 Bain first played ice hockey when he answered a classified ad placed in a newspaper by the Winnipeg Victorias. Though he played with a stick held together by wire. Bain quickly became a centre and leader for the Victorias. This was exemplified during a February 14,1896 game against the Montreal Victorias for the Stanley Cup and it was a 2–0 victory for Winnipeg that gave them the Cup. This victory marked the first time a team outside of Quebec had won the trophy, the team was greeted by a huge crowd at the Canadian Pacific Railway station when their train, decorated with hockey sticks and the Union Jack, returned to Winnipeg. They were led to a feast in their honour in a parade of open sleighs as fans gathered to celebrate the championship. The Montreal Victorias played Winnipeg in a challenge to reclaim the Cup in December 1896, though Bain scored two goals in the game, Montreal recaptured the Cup with a 6–5 victory
Image: Dan Bain 1900
alt = Eight young men pose wearing identical sweaters with a buffalo logo on their right breast. They are all in hockey skates and holding sticks
alt = Fourteen men pose around a silver trophy. Several are wearing identical sweaters with a buffalo logo over the left breast and are holding hockey sticks.