My sports history started in my back yard (Dad made the rink), fields, gyms and arenas in Walkerville, Windsor, Ontario. Hockey, baseball (strike outs), basketball and football games of some type were played whenever and wherever we could. From the frozen over tennis court in Willistead Park, to the King Edward school yard and the Lincoln Road United Church gym we had our games. Played ice hockey in the winter on one of the largest ice surfaces in the world, Lake Erie. There were only two rules (if your foot went through the ice and got wet, you couldn't play as your foot would freeze.) (No slap-shots, if you cleared the man made boards (snow banks), the puck could go 100s of yards on the ice.) Sports were alway on our minds and pick up games were mostly every nights and weekend. The rule was you had to be home when the street lights came on.
This continued on into my adult life in the Mounties. Hockey -played 1000 games, refereed 1000 games, coached, GM, Referee-in-chief, Rules Committee member and many other sports responsibilities along the way. (Sportswave's Steve Erickson and I were ref partners and refereed in six different countries around the world.
Hopefully the photos will give you an idea of the fun my family, friends, colleagues and teammates have had over the years.
Since I stopped playing, I have continued to stayed involved first as the sports father for my girls and then as the Hockey GrandDad for my grand children. Have also followed my camera to sporting events in North America.
(Photo of Ron Hobbs and myself taken on the ice - circa, 1974.)
The boys of Walkerville, We were divided into public and private schools. King Edward and St. Annes.
At Bill Dunne's for a glass. In the two reunion photos, there are both coaches and three players from the Jr. team.
Our teaches/coaches and mentors as KE.
Doug Cowan & Arnie McCallum.
This High School Program helped me gain experience, discipline and marching skills that helped me when I got to Depot. Wore a kilt .
Myself on the rush. circa: 1969, Windsor, Ontario