Hind has pas­sion for hockey

For­mer Jr. Ma­roon to be en­shrined in Chatham Hall of Fame

The Chatham Daily News - - SPORTS -


Brian Hind honed his sharp­shoot­ing skills on a hockey net he fash­ioned out of burlap bags.

He shot ev­ery puck, ball and tin can he could find at a neigh­bour re­cruited to play goalie.

His deadly ac­cu­rate wrist shot took Hind to the Chatham Jr. Ma­roons and to St. Lawrence Univer­sity. It also made him a record-set­ting scorer in the Con­ti­nen­tal Se­nior Hockey League.

He’ll be in­ducted into the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame in the ath­lete-leg­end cat­e­gory dur­ing the an­nual cer­e­mony Thurs­day at the WISH Cen­tre.

Hind, 69, still plays old-timers hockey. Triple-by­pass heart surgery four years ago cost him a sea­son, but it couldn’t keep him off the ice for good.

“I al­ways had a pas­sion for the game,”said Hind, who now lives in Petro­lia.

Hind grew up root­ing for the Sr. Ma­roons. He went to their games with his mom and dad, who had sea­son tick­ets.

“Watch­ing the Ma­roons was in­spir­ing as a young kid,” he said. “You wanted to do that.”

He be­gan his four-year ju­nior ‘B’ ca­reer with the Jr. Ma­roons as a 16-year-old in the 1963-64 sea­son. He was the rookie of the year for the Bor­der Cities league cham­pi­ons.

He skated for the Jr. Ma­roons again in 1964-65 while also play­ing ju­ve­nile hockey. He won the ju­ve­nile scor­ing crown.

In 1965-66, he joined the Wal­lace­burg Hor­nets. He led them in scor­ing and made the all-star team.

He re­turned to the Jr. Ma­roons in 1966-67, mak­ing the all-star team again and win­ning the league’s most sports­man­like player award.

“Peo­ple al­ways said I was a fast skater,” he said. “I had good moves around the net and the abil­ity to fin­ish shots. … I was a good set-up man as well and I was lucky to have a lot of good wingers.”

Hind went to St. Lawrence for four years and played NCAA Di­vi­sion I hockey for three. (Fresh­men were in­el­i­gi­ble.)

He was the Saints’ lead­ing scorer as a sopho­more and ju­nior, and the team MVP as a ju­nior and se­nior.

He was an as­sis­tant cap­tain as a ju­nior and co-cap­tain as a se­nior.

St. Lawrence al­ways seemed to play big games against Cor­nell, which was back­stopped by fu­ture Hall of Famer Ken Dry­den.

Hind’s sopho­more sea­son ended with a loss to Cor­nell in an ECAC play­off game at War Memo­rial Arena in Syra­cuse, N.Y., although he did put one goal past Dry­den.

His ju­nior sea­son in­cluded a loss to Cor­nell in the cham­pi­onship game at a Christ­mas tour­na­ment at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York.

“We al­ways gave them a good game,” Hind said. “They had to work for their wins.”

He came home af­ter grad­u­at­ing rather than turn pro. Af­ter play­ing in lo­cal leagues for a year, he joined the newly formed Both­well Barons se­nior team.

Then came stints with the Lon­don Kings, Petro­lia Squires and Sr. Ma­roons as he es­tab­lished him­self as one of the top scor­ers in the Con­ti­nen­tal league and the On­tario Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion.

He also played two in­ter­me­di­ate ‘C’ sea­sons with the Dres­den Lum­berk­ings. They lost the pro­vin­cial fi­nal in 1975-76 but won in 1982-83.

Hind was a three-time scor­ing cham­pion and re­tired as the Con­ti­nen­tal league’s all-time lead­ing scorer.

He was in­ducted in 2011 into the Dres­den Sports Hall of Fame. He lived in the town for 19 years.

Play­ing for other old-timers teams as he moved across south­west­ern On­tario for work helped him fit into the com­mu­ni­ties.

“It’s al­ways a good way to meet peo­ple,” said Hind, who found him­self shar­ing the ice with for­mer se­nior ri­vals. “Your arch­en­e­mies are now your bud­dies.”

Brian Hind played hockey for three sea­sons at St. Lawrence Univer­sity from 1968 to 1971. He’ll be in­ducted into the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame on Thurs­day.


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