The story of hockey in
Capreol’s first enclosed skating and curling club was formally opened on Friday, Jan.25, 1929 on the north side of the eastbound track. The club had separate entrances, skating and hockey at the west end, curling at the east end. When the day’s activities came to a close, the lights were turned off and doors locked. Occasionally several of the local lads, who knew where the keys were hidden, would sneak in for some after hours skating. The curling club was preferred for the night’s entertainment over the skating rink because of its superior ice surface. In September of 1944 the rink and curling club burned down and the same year volunteer’s built a new Capreol Curling Club on the same location. An outdoor skating rink was built on Freguson Avenue, which had lights for night time skating and a small shack to put on skates. There were numerous skating surfaces on frozen ponds and back yard rinks. A favourite recreation spot for children was Ormsby Creek. It flowed under Dennie Street and pooled in behind Ormsby Ave, at times up to 3 feet deep. The creek then coursed under the downtown area and emptied into the river. From 1944-50, the only hockey rink was on the
Over the years, Capreol Minor Hockey has developed from its ranks fourteen professional hockey players; Joffre Desilets, Pete, John and Danny Horeck, Gregg Coulson, Doug Mohns, Ginnero (Jim) Farelli, Terry Crisp, Doug Paul, Floyd Thomson, Ron Hindson, Jim Mayer, Fred Boimistruck and Gary Coupal. Capreol had several dominant teams in the early years like the CNRA’s, Dukes, Millionaires, Royals, Combines, Mohawks, Flyers and Red Wings. In 1929 Joffre "Dizzy" Desilets was a member of the Capreol CNRA’s, when they were champions of the Capreol Town League, Vermilion League and winners of the Murphy Trophy. Joffre signed on with the Montreal Canadiens when he was 20 years old and played 118 games with them from 1935-38. One evening in 1938 Joffre was introducing his brother Romeo around the Canadiens dressing room, "We've got a Romeo & Juliet in our family. There's Romeo here and we've got a young sister named Juliet." Joffre finished his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks, playing 74 games with them from 1938-40.
Fred “Broomstick” Boimistruck worked on various CNR track gangs out of Capreol,Ont. during the summer months of the late 1970's and is currently a locomotive engineer for Via Rail in
Jim “Patrick” Mayer works for the CNR as a locomotive engineer out of Capreol, Ont. Jim starred with the Chelmsford Cougars of the NOHA in 1971 and then played the next 4 seasons with the Michigan Tech University Huskies of the WCHA. In 1974 Jim was drafted in the 20th round by the New York Rangers of the NHL and started his pro career with the WHA's Calgary Cowboys in 1976-77. The next year he played 51 games for the New England Whalers and started the 1978-79 season with the Edmonton Oilers before moving to the CHL's Dallas Black Hawks. That year Mayer was chosen to the league's second all-star team, following a 33 goal season and also established a CHL record, scoring 6 goals in a game on
Floyd “White Pine” Thomson worked 3 summers for CNR in
Gregg "Collie" Coulson was hired as a fireman by CNR in 1941 following his retirement from hockey. When it became known steam engines would be replaced by the more powerful diesel engines, Gregg trained for his engineer’s license and received it in 1946, retiring from CNR in 1976 after 35 years service. A longtime resident of Capreol, Coulson was rookie of the year with the Barrie Colts of the OHA-B and played on their championship team in 1934-35 when they defeated the St. Michael's College Buzzers 3 games to 1 to win the Sutherland Cup. During the 1935-36 season Gregg played defense for the Pittsburgh Yellowjackets and Baltimore Orioles of the Eastern Amateur Hockey League. A couple of Gregg’s teammates with the Yellowjackets were future Hall of Famer’s Gordie Drillon and goalie Frank “Mr. Zero” Brimsek. From 1936 to 1939 Gregg played with Coniston H/C of the NBHL and Collingwood Shipbuilders of the OHA-I. Wearing jersey number 14, Coulson played 47 games with the 1939-40 Syracuse Stars of the International American Hockey League and in 1940-41 played with the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL. Gregg moved to Capreol in 1940 and was reinstated as an amateur in January 1941. Gregg Coulson was inducted into the Allandale Hockey Hall of Fame.
Doug “The Diesel” Mohns worked for the CNR in Capreol, Ont. during the summer months in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He started out working in the Express Office with Doug Lefebvre and the Miles brothers, and finished up working in the Round House as a machinist helper. “I remember having to carry a heavy grease gun around on the big diesel engines and it was hot as hell. I suspect that had something to do with my ending up on the ice.” Doug was one of only a handful of players who made the leap from junior hockey to the NHL, where he played 1,484 games, including playoffs, from 1953 to 1975. While with the Barrie Flyers of the SOHA he won the Memorial Cup in 1950-1951 and scored 6 goals and 12 assists in 10 games, leading the Flyers to their 1952-53 Memorial Cup win. Early in 1954, Coach Lynn Patrick of the Boston Bruins had nominated the 19 year old Doug Mohns as the NHL’s fastest skater, and a poll of opposing goaltenders would probably have placed the rookie forward among the league’s hardest shots. One of the first goalies to sample a Mohns special was Terry Sawchuk of
Growing up in Capreol, on many winter evenings you could find The Horeck Brothers on the
The Horeck Brothers - Pete, John & Danny
“CAPREOL ICE – MELTERS”
by George Quackenbush
With the ice turning liquid for seagull and duck,
We know it’s time to dispose of the puck.
So for Capreol Mohawks let’s do all we can,
To express our faith in the goodness of man.
Now cheers for our goalies, Les Laird and Bruce Miles,
I trust they will surely approve of our smiles.
The times they’ve been shot at, the pucks they have stopped,
It’s only in Pro their performance is topped.
We mustn’t lose Prescott, the son of the Mayor,
And give him the credit for doing his share.
And also Jim Beatty, from Capreol Yard,
It’s great to know Jimmy is always on guard.
And what about Boom Boom, young Norman Giroux,
You’d think jet propulsion was pushing him through!
And when Dougie Fraser gets on defense,
The game we call hockey begins to make sense.
The little Scots White brothers, Terry and Doug,
Fit right into hockey like bugs in a rug.
And brotherly love is a coach’s delight,
So don’t start a battle with brothers named White!
When Candler and Drago and Rene Lepage,
Take off like a Chrysler from Mohns’s garage.
The blue line turns green as tho’ trying to say,
“Sudbury Youth Centre, keep out of the way!”
For getting a rival team into a frenzy,
A lot of the credit should go to MacKenzie.
And rubber legs Kibsey, the electrified wire,
Who mustn’t be crossed or you’re playing with fire!
Bob MacDonald, Lorne Adams and Mr. Pete Dennie,
Whose names are a legend for earning their penny,
And I hear Ronnie Sweezey defending the case,
Of Cayan and Hamlin, so hard to replace.
Now I think it’s high time for us to approach,
The key man, Stan Martin, beloved as a coach,
Reviewing his players, his face really glows,
While he ponders the future of prospective Pros.
Which brings us to Farelli and young Dougie Mohns,
Our boys who are kings on professional thrones.
So let’s shout our welcome on this happy day,
To those who deserve every Hip! Hip! Hooray!
Neil Young, Bill Park, Waley Crow, Leo Desilets, Deuford Carl Sadler (goalie), Gord Jackson, George Allan, Bill Michaud, Ron Desilets, Joffre Desilets. Winners of the Capreol Town League, Vermillion League and M.B. Murphy Trophy. Photo courtesy of the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre.
The new arena of the Capreol C.N.R. Athletic Association with facilities for skating and curling was formally opened on Friday, January 25, 1929. A varied program was arranged by the local committee working under the direction of M.B. Murphy, superintendent at Capreol. The rink had a playing surface of 180 by 80. In the morning the rink was thrown open for general inspection while several curling matches were contested. At 2 o'clock in the afternoon a parade was formed at the Y.M.C.A. and headed by the Capreol brass band, marched to the arena where a hockey game was played between North Bay and Capreol. The puck was faced by W.T. Moodie, Gen. Supt. C.N.R Northern Ontario district and the winning team was to be awarded the Murphy Trophy which had been presented by Supt. Murphy of Capreol. After the game a banquet was held in the Y.M.C.A. The evening program called for two hockey games, the first a juvenile match between Depot Harbor and South-Parry Sound and the second, a senior tilt between Capreol and Toronto C.N.R.A.
Back Row; Hart Young, Louis Orser, Ron Bills, Clifford Ranger, George Hamilton, Bill Orser. Front Row; Matt Nisbet, Delbourne Briscoe, Earl Harvey, Cecil Dennie, Paddy Coulson, Mascot Billie Harvey.
Back L to R; Richard Veenis, Stanley Conron, Billy Elliott, Wilfred Lepki, Allan Knapp, Billy Napier, Harold Mohns, Jack Scott, Ivan Lalonde. Front L to R; Donald Mills, Balfour Thomas, Jack Virtue, Mr. Wallace, Stanley Napier, Donald McCann.
Hockey is the major activity at C.H.S. No other sport rivals in interest this true Canadian sport. Our High School is proud of the fact that nearly all of the players which compose the following teams in the town; Bantams, Tigers, Fire Eaters, Cubs, Midgets and Nickel Belt Senior B, are made up from fellows attending C.H.S., and we might also state that Jack Scott is now playing for the Sudbury Wolves. Capreol Town Hockey League is now in full swing and is comprised of the following teams; Norman, Hanmer, Senior B, Nationals, Fire Eaters. C.H.S. Team is getting better organized now and although many of our fellows play on other teams, we nevertheless able to put a snappy team into action. The league with Sudbury and the neighbouring high schools has been delayed in starting, but when it gets underway we shall enter a team which should write its name on the hockey map.
Back L to R; Margaret McLean, Helen Nepitt, Doris Boyd, Enid Studer, Mary Wychara. Front L to R; Mildred Deavy, Emma Nepitt, Mr. Wallace, Dulci Studer, Florence Lajambe.
The girls hockey team was organized in 1930 and since that time have only lost one game, which is an exceptional record. Team play, fast skating, keenness of mind, and fair play are the mottos of our star girls. Dressed in Their snappy black, red and white uniforms, they carried all before them, winning victory after victory. The girls hockey club shall retain happy memories of the interesting trips to Parry Sound, Sudbury, Copper Cliff and Foleyet. A great deal of the success of the girls hockey club goes to Mr. Neil Young, ex-sports promoter of Capreol Arena, J.E. Kennedy, manager and coach, Mr. Durant, Mr. Charlie O'Leary, and the most Jim Scott and Mr. Harvey Bradley. Much appreciation and thanks is tendered to the C.N.R. For their kindness in giving sport passes to the girls for their enjoyable trips. 1935 team hockey photos from the first Capreol High School yearbook – Northern Monarch
You can view this photo of the 1944 Arena fire and many more depicting Capreol's past at the Capreol Heritage Centre (old fire hall) NORMHC Photo from the Aldege Pitre collection.
The Capreol Royals formed in 1946 and the team took on all comers. Back L; Rev. Clinton A. Brittain, Stuart Shane, George Hoag, Jim Miles, Dave Shane, Ken Gustafson and Mr. Clark. Front L; Terry White, Doug Mohns, Joe Close, Ron Sweezey and Lorne Adams. Not present when photo was taken were Doug Fraser, Bob Mazzuca, Jim Farelli and Stan Martin. Jim was at Scollard Hall and Stan was in
The following two seasons Doug Mohns and Terry White played for a Sudbury juvenile team and shared the MVP award just prior to Doug's move to Barrie. Boston Bruins chief scout Hal Cotton spied Mohns during the winter of 49'-50', when he was playing for the Sudbury Bruins. "I had a good night when Mr. Cotton saw me," said Mohns, "I scored two goals and we won 3-1. He asked me if I'd like to come to Barrie and I said I sure would."
.Back L; Jack Leigh, Harold (Chun) Campbell, Jim Gray, Bill Ouellet, Stan Martin, Wilfred Lepki. Front L; Harry Kibsey, Ron Sweezey, Fred Moir, George Hoag, Eddie Hanzel , John Lambovitch, Jack Boudreau.
Back left; coach Stan Martin, Elie Martel, Joey Hanzel, Jerry Scollard, Ross Fines, Jack Barrand, Buddy Walsh, trainer Doug Fraser. Front left; Lyall Shane (broken arm), Doug White, Jim Holmes, Neil Gleason, goalie Bruce Miles, Aime Charbonneau, Bill Nasi, Pentti Hiironen, stick boy Bob Perkins.
At the time of the photo the Capreol Wolves were leading the Nickle Belt Juvenile Hockey League, chalking up three wins and a tie. The following year the team moved up to Intermediate and named the Capreol Flyers. "These two teams brought back many pleasant memories of playing for Capreol, especially the Flyers of which I had the privilege and honor of being team captain. Always a CAPREOL FLYER.....Buddy Walsh."
The Capreol Flyers finished the season in first place, beat Espanola and North Bay in the playoffs, then lost to Sault Ste. Marie in the Northern Ontario finals.
Back L; coach Jack Boudreau, Tom Wilson, Tony Bevilacqua, Stan Finson, Jim Wood, Albert Richardson, coach Nels Marquis. Middle L; Sandy McLean, Jack Stewart, Robert "Butch" McKinley, Jack Higgins, Ken Stanzel. Front L; Marcello "Mooch" Delgreco, Gary Kwasnitza, Jim Stanzel.
Jr. B team's hockey sweaters and socks were hand-me-downs from the previous season Capreol Wolves following their move up a division to Intermediate. Photo by Leo Trusz. Players names courtesy of Jack Stewart.
Back L; Robert Krystia, Robert Mersereau, Hank Dunsby, Danny Prevost, Jim Cushman. Front L; Terry Crisp (3 time Stanley Cup champ), Grant Dunsby, Terry Prescott, Doug Paul, Romeo Auger. Photo courtesy of Stu Thomas.
Back L; Ray Davies, Joey Hanzel, Jerry Scollard, Lorne Adams, Jim Beatty, Harold Mohns, Stan Martin. Front L; Ray Mohns, Doug Fraser, Norm Giroux, Hank Sprega, Les Laird, Ron Sweezey, Lyall Shane, Doug White, Terry White.
Mohawks were an Intermediate team competing against district teams including Chelmsford, Tom Armstrong's Garson Native Sons, Red McCarthy's Espanola Eagles, Sudbury Caruso Miners and Sudbury Donovan sponsored by International Hotel, Rubic & Babys. The Mohawks formed in the fall of 1951 and final year was 1957.
Back L; Bill Cayen, Rudy Mazzuca, John Cleminson, Ross "Red" Hamlin, Rene Lepage, Hap MacKenzie, Jim Stanzel, Terry White, Bob MacDonald, Don Chandler, manager Harold Prescott. Front L; Lorne Adams, Bruce Miles, Harry Kibsey, Jim Beatty, Doug Fraser, Doug White, Norm Giroux, Les Laird, coach Stan Martin. Goalies Bruce Miles & Les Laird are wearing Capreol Flyers hockey sweaters.
Back L; Butch Desjardin, Joe Hanzel, Garth White, Norm Giroux, Roger Delorme, Ray Campbell, Rudy Mazzuca. Front L; Stu Thomas, Stan Martin, Marcello Delgreco, Don Prescott, Phil Del Papa, Toby Leipula, Bruce Paul. Photo courtesy of Stan Martin.
Front L; Gaston Laforge (goalie), Dave Carisse, Rene Proulx, Dave Fortier (NHL), Keith Winn, Neil Marquis, Richard Bona (goalie).
2nd row L; Mike Poirier, Doug Marion, Dan Coulter, Gary Neven, Claude Lequerre, Jim Hanson, Pete ? (owner).
3rd row L; Dan O'Connor (coach), Mr. Land (owner), Mike Violette, John Duchene, Bob McDonald, Leo Bertuzzi (head coach).
Back L; Dr. Huneault, Don Brankley (trainer), Bob Hiller (manager). Photo courtesy Shelley McDonald Bechamp
In 1969 the Garson-Falconbridge Native Sons of the NOJHA moved to become the Chelmsford Candiens. The league folded in 1972 when Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie joined the OHA. The team moved to Rayside Balfour in 1973. In Chelmsford's 3 seasons in the NOJHA, members from Capreol included Dave "Ca-Ca" Carisse, Neil Marquis, Bob McDonald, Jim Mayer (NHL), Dennis "Nibs" Crisp, Ricco Dicarlantonio, Bob McCauley, Richard "Nutty" Kelly, Allan "Howie" Young & Don "Branks" Brankley (trainer).
The Garson-Falconbridge Native Sons teams of the 1960's were stacked with hockey players from Capreol including Floyd "White Pine" Thompson (NHL), Ron "Rooster" Hindson, brothers Stanley & Stewart Thomas, Ray Thomas (WHA ref.) Norm Gelinas, Tim "Geebo" Morris, Bob McLeish, Garth White, Neil Marquis, Gerry Cummings, Dave Colasimone, Bob Del Papa & Allan "Howie" Young.
Back L; Manager Leo Degagne, goalie Nathan Higgins (injured), Marty Lusk, Danny Dotto, Ross Jordan, David Degagne, Jeff Lingard, Tony Marquis, Brian Barnicott, coach Woody Waddell. Front L; Mike Bevilaqua, Rick Dubreuil, Steve Edens, Rob Mazzuca, Bruce McDougall (from Chelmsford), Fred Boimistruck.
Members of the Capreol Hawks midget team came up with no less than five titles during the 1977-78 season. Capreol finished the season in first place with 20 wins, 7 losses and 3 ties. In the playoffs they defeated the Valley East Midgets in 2 games and in the finals beat the Garson Falcons in 5 games. The Hawks won the Region 7 Silver Stick Tournament in
Front row, left to right: #19 Rick Dubreuil, #16 Ray Kennedy, #30 Nathan Higgins, #15 Steve Edens, #35 Don Cariati. Middle row, left to right: Allen Barnicott, #4 Rob Mazzuca, #2 Ken Burns, #17 Dean Gelinas,#12 Todd Grenon, #3 Mike Ryan, #20 Dave Degagne, Dennis Crisp (Coach) Back row, left to right: Bruce Miles (Owner & Manager), Doug Currie Sr., (Assistant Manager), #11 John Hanzel,#22 Marty Lusk, #10 Doug Currie Jr., #18 Fred Boimistruck, #21 Tony Marquis, Dan Ouellet (Coach). Absent when picture was taken were Jean Marquis (treasurer) and Denise McKinnon (publicity). Photo & names courtesy of Dan “Slim” Ouellet.
1929 to 1931 Capreol Caps – Nickel Belt Hockey League
Sadler, Carl Deuford
Statistics courtesy of the Society for International Hockey Research
Hockey teams competing in the NBHL during the 1929-30 & 1930-31 seasons included the Capreol Caps, Cochrane Dunlops, Creighton Mines Eagles, Falconbridge Falcons, Sudbury CIL, Sudbury CPR, Sudbury Dominion Bridge and Sudbury Knights of Columbus. Future NHL legend Toe Blake played 7 games with Cochrane during the 1929-30 season, scoring 3 goals and 4 PIM. Playing 8 games with Sudbury CIL the following season, Toe had 7 goals, 1 assist and 10 PIM.
Capreol Lion’s Hockey-Rama – June 21, 1975
Capreol – If this small town of 4,000 people, 20 miles northeast of
Located on the 2nd floor of the Capreol Heritage Center, featuring the Diesel Doug Mohns display. Phenomenal three floors of photos and artifacts depicting Capreol's heritage on display at the Old Fire Hall.
Five minutes after the Montreal Canadiens train pulled out of
Reverend H.W. Davies, United Church minister in Hornepayne, Ont., denied he demanded the cancellation of a hockey game and curling match on Sunday February 13, 1955. A report said the activities were cancelled after legal action was threatened under the Lord's Day Alliance Act and a town policeman went to the arena. The game was between the Capreol Juveniles and Hornepayne Panthers. The Capreol coach, Elie Martel, said his team made the 600-mile round train trip at great expense. Reverend Davies said he understood five persons protested the game being played on a Sunday, but he was not one of them and he did not know the names of the persons who protested.
Initially the ice at the Capreol Memorial Commuity Centre was natural and the windows along the side of the building were opened to allow cold air in to facilitate freezing. The first hockey game was a disaster. Either Garson or Falconbridge played Capreol and the place was full of cheering fans. It was a cold night and all the windows were closed. The roof was steel and the moisture from the crowd condensed on the steel before falling like rain from the wood beams to create ridges on the ice surface. Soon after, insulation was added to the steel to prevent this from occurring again. - courtesy of Donald L. Judd
Joffre Desilets, Capreol recruit to the Canadiens, scored 3 goals when the Whites tied the Reds five-all at Sudbury's Stanley Stadium on Oct.29, 1937. Joffre's line mates for the game were Toe Blake and Pit Lepine. The Montreal Canadiens, of the NHL, were opening a pre-season exhibition tour. Proceeds of the game were for Christmas welfare work by the Sudbury Lions Club.
At that time the school had two extra-curricular activities, hockey and Commencement. The town was fortunate in possessing an enclosed wooden rink on the site of the present curling rink and we played regularly against three Sudbury schools. There was no attempt to sort players into classes, each school fielded the best team it could. Small as we were we had no difficulty in holding our own against Sudbury High and Tech, but so far as I can recall, we never defeated Copper Cliff which was the recognized cock of the walk. The burning of the old rink and war-time restrictions on transportation finally forced us to drop out. I remember taking a team to Sudbury in a howling blizzard to play one of the Sudbury schools on an open-air rink in Queen's Athletic Park, - Sudbury had no enclosed rink then. The wind blew and the snow flew. Every few minutes play had to be stopped because no one could find the puck. One of the amusements of the game was watching rival players tear a snowbank to pieces on the rink surface, each determined to be the first to find a puck which, as a matter of fact, was in another snowbank. At intermission everyone piled in and shovelled loose snow into the teeth of the gale which blew it back and distributed it more or less evenly over the surface of the rink. As soon as part, any part, of the ice surface had been brought up to view play was resumed. I am told that hockey to-day is not like that, but it was good fun for all, and on the return trip in the bus the male chorus was splendid. I didn't think they had it in them. Excerpt from Recollections of Capreol High School by principal L.A. Gilbert.
Hon. Mike Quigley of Illinois In The House of Representatives
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Mr. QUIGLEY. Mr. Speaker, this month the city of Chicago lost a hockey legend, Doug Mohns. Doug was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks from 1964 to 1971, where he played left wing on one of the greatest lines in NHL history—the ‘‘Scooter Line’’—with Kenny Wharram and Stan Mikita. Doug was a stalwart player in the NHL at a time when there were only six franchises. Rivalries were intense, no one wore helmets and players were intimately acquainted with the strengths and weaknesses of every opponent they faced. Mohns earned the nickname ‘‘Dougie the Diesel’’ because his piston-like legs dug into the ice and propelled him like a locomotive. He enjoyed his best season with the Blackhawks in 1967, when he tallied 25 goals and 35 assists in just 61 games. His impact on the ice was instrumental to the Blackhawks’ first ever regular season title. Mohns went on to have four 20-goal seasons with the Blackhawks. Mohns’ durability and versatility as a skater contributed to his remarkable longevity. During a span of 22 seasons in the NHL, he played in 1,390 games and seven all-star games, while amassing 248 goals and 462 assists. I join the city of Chicago in remembering one of the greatest hockey players to ever step on the ice, Doug ‘‘Dougie the Diesel’’ Mohns.
Capreol native Gary Kwasnitza on the right, wearing #3 sweater and Barry Grundy of the St. Boniface Mohawks check Spokane Jets Tom Rendall as he fires puck on goalie Allie Reynard during third game of 1969-70 Patton Cup finals. The Mohawks went on to win the game 6-5.
Gary Kwasnitza developed his defensive skills in the Capreol Minor Hockey system. He played for the 1952-53 Capreol Wolves, finishing his Junior B hockey in Aurora, Ontario. Later Gary worked for the Bayer company and played in the Intermediate Ontario Hockey League. Gary was a member of the St. Boniface Mohawks of the Manitoba Senior Hockey League from 1967 to 1979, making it to the Allan Cup finals in 1968 and 1973. In the 1967-68 western semi-finals the Mohawks defeated the Port Arthur Bearcats 3 games to 1. In the western finals St. Boniface blanked the Drumheller Miners 3 games to 0. 1968 marked the 60th anniversary of the Canadian national senior ice hockey championships. The Victoriaville Tigers defeated the Mohawks 4 games to 1 and returned home with the Allan Cup. In the 1969-70 play downs the St. Boniface Mohawks beat the Fort William Beavers 3 games to 1 and the Yorkton Terriers 3 games to 2. In the western finals the Spokane Jets defeated the Mohawks 3 games to 1.
The 1972-73 season saw the St. Boniface Mohawks playing in the Canadian Central Hockey League, where they finished with 32 wins and 6 losses. Captain Kwasnitza and the Mohawks defeated the Spokane Jets 10-4 at St. Boniface’s Bertrand Arena in the seventh and deciding game of the Patton Cup series.
Gary Kwasnitza was head coach of the 1975-76 edition of the St. Boniface Mohawks, finishing the season in second place with a record of 20 wins and 11 losses. In the Western Canada Patton Cup finals the Spokane Flyers beat the Mohawks 3 games to 0. “Experience was the big thing.” noted St. Boniface Mohawks coach Gary Kwasnitza. “I’m glad we could get into a series like this against a good hockey team like
Ron “Rooster” Hindson played his entire minor and juvenile hockey in
Ron Hindson’s professional hockey career began in 1965-66 when he suited up with the Fort Wayne Komets of the IHL. The next 3 seasons, wearing #7 sweater, Ron played for the Nashville Dixie Flyers, winning the EHL Rookie of the Year Award in 1966-67. Hindson was selected to the 1st All Star Team in 1969-70 while playing with the St. Mary’s University Huskies. The following season Ron was the Most Valuable Player of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Hockey Championship Tournament. Ron joined the Greensboro Generals of the SHL for the 1971-72 season. In his 4 seasons with the Generals Ron played 240 games and had 160 points. Hindson was selected by the Chicago Cougars in the 1972 WHA General Player Draft. Ron was traded by the Generals in February of 1975 to the Winston-Salem Polar Twins where he remained until the team folded on
1975 London CNRA tournament. Back L; Dave Del Papa, Bob McDonald, Dan Ouellet, Jim "Woody" Waddell, John Thomas, Richard Kelly, Ricco DiCarlantonio, Ross Denney, Bob Stibler. Front L; Len Taves, Vince Moxness, Denis Pitre, Dennis Crisp and two friends of Dave Del Papa.
The Capreol C.N.R.A. hockey team formed in 1974 and their final season was 1991, when they were crowned “The Hockey News” Tournament Champions. The team rode the rails to Stratford and London, Ont. for C.N.R.A. hockey tournaments during their first 3 years. On their second trip to London a private coach was coupled to the tail end of the “Canadian” in Capreol for the trek to Toronto. The team used regular train service to London and then reverse for the trip home.
Team Capreol Championship Photo’s & Information Courtesy of Robert"Stibby"Stibler.
In 1977 the squad became “Team Capreol”, establishing their name and sweaters after the 1972 Team Canada win over the Soviet Union, except in blue. Also at this time Robert Stibler spearheaded a campaign to hold the tournaments in Capreol. In 1979 they branched out into a Railway Workers Tournament, which allowed the CPR employees in Sudbury and other railways to participate. Capreol boys Rob Adams & Dave Colasimone worked for CPR in Sudbury, Rob was Coach & Dave was the General Manager for the CPR railway workers hockey team. “Team Capreol used to play a shinny game of hockey at noon once a week at the Sudbury Arena against the CPR hockey team, then retire to the Ledo Hotel for libations”, recounted Robert Stibler. Soon a second tournament was added each winter, one in late January and the other in early March. “Open”, “Recreational” and “Old Timers” divisions were added to the hockey tournaments as the players grew older. In 1980 Team Capreol established an annual Baseball Tournament each summer and kept the ball rolling for about 7 years.
Back row, left to right: Bob Stibler, Allen Austin, Tim Morris, Tony Lancia, Tom Lennox, Dan Quellet, Jamie Crawford, Kevin Harvey, Dennis Crisp, Dave Carisse, Bob Del Papa, Richard Kelly, Randy Prescott. Front row, left to right: Dave Morris, George Boucher, Hal Grenon, Eddie Hanzel, Bob Vaillancourt, Ricco DiCarlantonio, Elmer St. Jules
Back row, left to right: Larry Lambovitch, Dave Carisse, George Boucher, Bob Stibler, Dave Morris, Dennis Crisp. Middle row, left to right: Richard Kelly, Ricco DiCarlantonio, Bob Fitzsimmons, Kevin Harvey, Dan Ouellet, Tom Lennox, Tom Anderson, Rick Ross
Front row, left to right: Mike Dashney, Eddie Hanzel, Bob Vaillancourt, Bob Del Papa, Tony Lancia, Elmer St. Jules
1980 Town of Capreol Community Newsletter
Team Capreol had a very successful year this winter with a combined total of 26 wins & 3 loses in tournaments played. Here is a summary of the team’s accomplishments:
Capreol Men’s Invitational Hockey Tournament – Dec.7,8,9/79, 3 wins, 1 loss to Parry Sound in the Semi-Finals.
Verner – Jan.18,19,20/80, lost to Lebel Huskies in Semi-Finals.
Capreol Railway Workers Hockey Tournament – Feb. 1,2/80, took the championship with 3 wins, beating Fort Erie.
Noelville – March 1,2/80, took the championship by beating Hargar.
Dowling – March 28,29,30/80, took the championship with 4 wins.
Timmins – April 4,5,6/80, beat Iroquois Falls to take the championship in 5 wins.
Chelmsford Men’s Industrial Hockey Tournament – April 18,19,20/80, lost to Peterborough in the first game. Peterborough went on to become the Champions. Team Capreol beat Orilla in the final to become Consolation champions.
One of the very high points of the season was beating the Sudbury Nooners in the Semi-Finals of the Timmins Tournament by a score of 7 to 3.
Back row, left to right: Elmer St. Jules, Richard Kelly, Tom Anderson, Larry Lambovitch, Kevin Harvey, Dan Ouellet, Tim Morris, Tom Lennox, Dave Carisse, Cyril Ross, Bob Stibler. Front row, left to right: Frank Healy, Dave Morris, Ricco DiCarlantonio, Eddie Hanzel, Bob Vaillancourt, Rick Ross, Dennis Crisp, George Boucher
Back row, left to right: Randy Prescott, Larry Lambovitch, Tom Anderson, Mike Dashney, George Boucher, Dan Ouellet, Bob Stibler, Tom Lennox, Ricco DiCarlantonio, Tim Morris, Kevin Harvey, Rick Ross, Elmer St. Jules
Front row, left to right: Frank Healy, Dennis Crisp, Dave Carisse, Bob Fitzsimmons, Eddie Hanzel, Richard Kelly, Bob Vaillancourt, Dave Morris
Team Capreol travelled to Lake Placid in 1982 & 1983 to compete in Hockey Tournaments. In 1982 the team travelled by train to Montreal, where a Greyhound met the team at the station to take them the rest of the way to Lake Placid. “Our goal when we started all these Tournaments, was to donate to Capreol Minor Hockey, but then contributed to Minor Soccer, Co-Ed Minor Softball, Capreol Cadet Corp and any other minor organization that asked us for help”, commented Robert Stibler.
Back row, left to right: Len Taves, Guy "Ceguy" Either, Bob Del Papa, Bob Stibler, Dan Ouellet, Tom Lennox, Kevin Harvey, Ricco DiCarlantonio, Elmer St. Jules, Randy Prescott, Tim Morris. Front row, left to right: Dennis Crisp, Dave Carisse, George Boucher, Dave Morris, Eddie Hanzel, Dennis Danyluk, Rick Mayotte, Ken "Knucker" Kennedy
Back row, left to right: Bob Stibler, Kevin Harvey, Dan Ouellet, Guy Either, Mike "Rus" Rusin, Tom Lennox, Tim Morris. Front row, left to right: Ricco DiCarlantonio, Dennis Crisp, Wayne Greer, Eddie Hanzel, Rick Mayotte, Jeff Richards
Back row, left to right: Dennis Danyluk, Tom Lennox, Kevin Harvey, Bob Fitzsimmons, Bob Stibler, Jim Mayer, Brian Austin, Ron McTaggart, Eddie "Capp" Cappadocia
Front row, left to right: Jay Ouellette, Rick Mayotte, Darryl Stibler, Ricco DiCarlontonio, Stan Thomas, Dennis Danyluk Jr., Andy Buttazzoni, Dave Carisse, Dennis Crisp
Sketch by Team Capreol Artist Brian Laviolette in 1977
Front row, left to right: Tony “Meatball” Lancia, Elmer St. Jules, Bob “Cor” Vaillancourt, Frank “Francis” Healy, Randy “Rags” Prescott, Eddie “Deadface” Hanzel, Rick Ross. Middle circle, left to right around the bottom: Tom Lennox, Bob Delpapa, Dave “Ca Ca” Carisse, Ricco DiCarlantonio, Dan “Slim” Ouellet, Allen “Ali Boo” Austin, Bob “Fitzy” Fitzsimmons. Back row, left to right: Dennis “Nibs” Crisp, Dave “Tusk” Morris, George Boucher, Tim “Geebo” Morris, Bob “Stibby” Stibler, Richard “Nutty” Kelly, Kevin “Hang On” Harvey, Tom Anderson, Hal Grenon, Mike “Dash” Dashnay.
On April 1, 2018, Capreol's 1920's Godfredson Bickle water pumper ushered Lord Stanley to the Capreol Memorial Community Center for the towns 100th anniversary celebrations. Special guests on board "Old Betsy" included NHL hockey legend Floyd "White Pine" Thomson and his son Trevor, Mike Bolt and Mario Della-Savia (Keepers of the Cup from HHOF) and Lieutenant Brian Yenson of Station 18 Capreol was at the helm. More than 1,500 people dropped by to celebrate Capreol's incorporation as a town and view the NHL hardware on display. Alongside an exhibition of Capreol's illustrious hockey history was the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe, Vezina and Hart Trophies. The days activities were organized by the Capreol 100 committee and Red Hatters.
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