Rev. William Griffin
One of the most talented area athletes in the 1940s, Coboconk native William Griffin’s on-ice achievements were a source of great pride and excitement for his community. An exceptional athlete, Rev. Griffin had the opportunity to play professional hockey and was scouted as a 14-year-old by the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He instead dedicated his life to Christian ministry, serving many communities and at head office of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. While pursuing his education, he continued to play hockey whenever he could, capturing provincial championships and playing alongside many future NHL stars and coaches. The “puck-chasing parson” passed away in 2022, leaving a legacy as one of the most talented and inspiring athletes from this region.
1992 Lindsay Collegiate Senior Men’s Rugby Team
A true example of inspiring generations of athletes for decades, the Lindsay Collegiate Spartans senior men’s rugby squad sparked a long run of dominance for local secondary schools and club teams. Undefeated through the 1992 season (15 wins, 0 losses), the Spartans mowed down the opposition at Kawartha and Central Ontario levels to advance to the Ontario (OFSSA) championships. Underrated by organizers, the team was fully prepared to compete against clubs from larger schools and cities, thanks to the solid and committed work of coaches Ron Augustine and Bruce Barrett. LCVI won all four OFSSA games to take the gold medal. Eight Spartans were named to the Ontario all-star squad, but it was the willingness to put the common goals of the team ahead of individual awards that led to success.
Little Britain OMHA Women’s Hockey Teams (1969 – 1974)
Considered pioneers for hockey in the region, the Little Britain Jet-Sets teams’ accomplishments and success inspired young women in the sport for generations to come. Setting the stage for the future of girls and women’s hockey throughout Central Ontario, the junior and senior teams from 1969 to 1974 began playing organized competitive hockey in Little Britain, which resulted in the game’s spread throughout the Tri-County and Central Ontario regions. The Jet-Sets squad won three consecutive All-Ontario championships and junior and senior teams captured several Ontario Minor Hockey Association league titles. Through courage and vision to move their sport forward, the teams have had a profound and positive effect on local female athletes ever since.
Lindsay Junior C Lions-Merchants Hockey Teams (1963 – 1965)
The legacy of this “team of distinction” has lived on in the Lindsay & District community for decades. Comprised of a talented group of local hockey players, many of whom still reside in the area, the Lindsay Lions/Merchants teams reached the Ontario finals in 1964 and 1965. The club, coached by former National Hockey League players Gus Bodnar and Clare (“Rags”) Raglan, provided outstanding entertainment for local fans who have never forgotten the thrilling games and achievements of the squad. Many players have been previous inductees to the Lindsay & District Hall, and several advanced through hockey systems over the years to enjoy considerable success at the Junior A, semi-professional and professional levels.