Midget Hockey Team
Left to right, back row: Dr. Wm. Drennan of Lions Club, Walt Gardiner, Reg Basset, Norm Gardiner, Orville Kemp
of Lions Club, Bob Mullin, George Armstrong, George
Baldock of Lions Club.
Centre row: Bill Rogers, Gord
Downs, Bert Walker, stick boy Bruce Murray, manager and Lions
Club member Len Blacker, Karl Kowalsky, Jim Quinn.
row: Jim Cleaver, Bill Cooke, Bud Harris, Howard
Slade, Brian Rodgers, Harry Bentley.
courtesy Brian Rodgers and Anne Downs.
boys played on natural ice in the Commercial Building at the Fairgrounds
on various Town League teams, under the sponsorship of the Simcoe Lions
Club. In late, March 1948, this "All-Star" team was
entered in a midget tournament in Barrie. Although badly beaten,
this team represents the beginning of Minor Hockey in Simcoe.
From the 1 Apr 1948 Simcoe
"... lack of experience through the lack of ice for practice and
competitive play proved a terrific handicap for the Simcoe boys who
represented Simcoe in the Ontario Midget N.H.L. tournament at Barrie on
Monday and Tuesday. The local kids who were swamped in all three
games, were badly outclassed by Barrie, Copper Cliff and Weston."