Percy Nichols (1916 – 2004)
Perhaps the most well-known and accomplished hockey player from Bobcaygeon, Percy Nichols has been a lifelong local resident. As a youngster, he garnered a great deal of notoriety for his on-ice skills, and with his brother Ernie and cousin Irvin, formed the famous “Nichols Line” of the 1930s. He turned professional in 1938, signing with the Baltimore Orioles of the American Hockey League. He led the Peterborough Petes to the 1940 Eastern Canada intermediate A championship. In 1941 he played for the New Jersey Skeeters, then the 1942 Kingston Frontenacs. He also played for the championship Debert, Nova Scotia squad. Following overseas World War II duty, he played OHA Senior A for Peterborough, and for Vancouver, Pacific Coast Hockey League champion in 1948. Following his playing days, Percy coached in Bobcaygeon for two decades, including an OMHA champion midget club in the 1960s. More than a sportsmen, for 25 years he sat on Bobcaygeon municipal council, as a councillor, deputy-reeve and reeve.