Edgar “Duck” Acorn (1910 – 1998)
Though a highly successful multi-sport athlete, “Duck” Acorn’s most significant contribution to his native Prince Edward Island is in the sport of harness racing. From 9 years of age until the age 71, he never missed a race at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Over the years he was a director and as secretary/treasurer, he established the Gold Cup and Saucer Race, one of Canada’s most prestigious racing events. He also established the “Duck” Acorn Stakes for 3 year olds.
He was an active member of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes formation in 1934 and was named Honorary Director of that association. He was also Honorary Director of the P.E.I. Standard bred Horse Owners’ Association and named the 1992 Horseman of the Year.
In hockey, “Duck” had the distinction of playing for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Charlottetown Abegweits, all in the span of the 1930 season. He left the following season to perform with the Sydney Millionaires. Thirty years later, he was active in hockey as a coach, helping to lead the Milton’s Old Spain team of Charlottetown to victory as the Island hockey champs in 1960.
He started curling in 1940 and quickly established himself as one of the leading skips in the province. He won the several prestigious championships. including the British Consols’ Trophy – one of PEI’s top honours in curling – in 1947, 1951 and 1953. He became president of the Charlottetown Curling Club in 1948 and during his 4-year term as president, he succeeded, after a lengthy battle, in having females admitted to membership in the Club for the first time. Later in life, “Duck” would become involved in active campaigning for senior sports and social activities. He was also an avid hunter and conservationist.
In short, “Duck” was very influential as a player, coach, and administrator in hockey, curling, golf, and hunting. He was inducted into the PEI Sport Hall of Fame in 1985.