Friday, June 30, 2017

Owen Sound, Ontario: Owen Sound Sports Hall of Fame

The Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre is the obvious place for the Owen Sound Sports Hall of Fame. Sure enough, one of the main corridors in the building is dedicated to that cause.

And, not surprisingly, the guy whose name is on the front of the building gets top billing in that Hall. The picture here has a tribute to him.

Harry Lumley picked up the nickname "Apple Cheeks" when he was a youngster in Owen Sound. He worked his way up the ladder and actually broke into the NHL at the age of 17 - the youngest NHL goalie in history. Harry bounced around from team to team once he arrived in the league to stay. He is best-known for having 13 shutouts in 1953-54, which stood as the league record for almost two decades.

Lumley wasn't the best goalie in the league then, as he had one more win than loss in his career. But he was a first-team all-star twice and played in four All-Star games. You have to remember that there were only six goalies in the NHL back then, so you had to be mighty good to be a starter. That's all why he is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Here's a little recap of his career in Toronto:

There are some other players in the Hall with NHL connections. There's even one familiar name to Buffalo lacrosse fans. Bob Hamley played on the championship teams in 1992 and 1993 with the Bandits. He also was a good coach in the indoor league for several years.

Good to see they remember Bob, and "Apple Cheeks," in Owen Sound.

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