Bill Fitsell (1923- )
Bill Fitsell has been playing, coaching or writing about sports, particularly hockey, since 1935. Growing up in Lindsay, Bill was active in hockey, soccer, rugby, baseball and softball in the 1930s and 40s playing for one of the first O.M.H.A. all-star teams (midget) in 1939. On discharge from the Navy in 1946, he co-ordinated the Lindsay boys hockey league. He coached the O.M.H.A. Juvenile all-stars for four years, including the 1951-52 provincial finalists. However, his particular gift was writing and by the mid 1940s, he was active on the Lindsay Athletic Club and was secretary and statistician for the Tri-County Baseball League. Working in a variety of newspapers over the years, Bill ended up in Kingston, where he became involved with the International Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum. (1969-93), the International Ice Hockey Federation Museum and was founding president of the Society for International Hockey research. Bill also wrote the book “Hockey’s Captains, Colonels and Kings”, published in 1987 and is the creator of Hockey-Stax, a player and statistics record book.