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Brendan Macken

Brendan Macken

Brendan Hubert Macken was born on January 21, 1923, and raised in Montréal, Quebec. He was the son of two accomplished tennis players from Dublin, Ireland who had a myriad of trophies between them before marriage brought them to Canada. Brendan suffered through health issues in his early childhood including scarlet fever, quinsy, and rheumatic fever but that did not stop him from going on to become an accomplished tennis player with many accolades garnered over his extensive professional career. Macken, like many Canadian boys, played hockey as a child; but with his tennis parents, he and his siblings began learning the sport at a young age. It was at the age of 14 he began learning tennis more formally on the Westmount public courts which led him to ultimately joining the Mount Royal Tennis Club. Playing from the early days with his sister Patricia and brother Jim, one could tell this family of tennis enthusiasts really loved the game. Brendan and Jim competed against and with each other on many courts over their professional careers. Brendan’s time at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA was a turning point in not only his tennis life but personal as well. Enrolling in 1945 after being scouted through his win at the Toronto Cricket Club in 1944, his years at William & Mary were filled with tennis and romance. It was there that he met his then sweetheart Elizabeth who he would go on to marry and with whom he would celebrate over 66 years of marriage. Prior to their formal engagement when they were still in the...
Colin Graham

Colin Graham

Colin Graham was born in Rudgwick, Sussex, England on October 30, 1944. Son of an English War Bride Pauline White, she and husband Frederick Graham moved to Canada in 1945. Colin did not play many league sports in his youth; however, sports did play a formative role for him. Into his adulthood, league sports became not only a passion, but an important part of his everyday life stemming mostly from his dedication to his kids. He has been married to his wife Bernadette for 56 years with whom he had three children: Jamie, Lynne, and Tracy. As a coach and board member across multiple organizations, Colin was instrumental in starting and growing both women’s hockey and lacrosse in Aurora. Beginning his hockey coaching career in 1968 after friend Bob Little asked him for help, Colin took a short break, until his children’s growing involvement in league sports prompted him to take up coaching again in 1980. Hockey would take up a good portion of his coaching career. He had a generally laid-back approach to his coaching style. Making sure the kids were getting fair play time and having fun were always Colin’s priority. “Sometimes you have to make tough decisions, but the kids were always first.” Building women’s hockey in Aurora is one of Colin’s longstanding legacies. A tireless advocate for women’s hockey, Colin recognized the lack of organized girls’ hockey in Aurora and founded the York Region Hawks Girls hockey team in 1991. Before this he started as a manager of the Aurora Minor Hockey Association Rep Team, serving in that role from 1984-1991 and being named a...
Lois Thompson

Lois Thompson

Born on a farm in Wellington County, Ontario, Lois Thompson has been involved in Softball in Aurora for more than five decades. While serving in an administrative role with the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F) in 1959 in Trenton, Ontario, Lois spent her downtime playing softball on the R.C.A.F. team. Later in the 1960s upon moving to Aurora, she became an active player locally in the Aurora Ladies Softball league with the Doane Hall Pharmacy team. It was during the 1970s when her own daughters began to play softball that Lois felt the drive to volunteer, first being a part of the introduction of T-Ball to the Aurora Minor Ball system. In 1977, one of her daughters joined the Aurora Diggers Bantam team, and Lois recognized the need for the team to expand its reach. She, along with some colleagues, founded the Aurora Diggers Girls Softball Association, which was able to promote the sport at a high level, helping with equipment, coaching, and finances. As the first and to date only Treasurer of the Diggers Association, Lois has been an integral part of the institution’s success and in particular their growth into a House League in 2009. Lois recognized when a role had to be filled and would undertake it herself, motivating others to help along the way. Her role with the Diggers expanded with their success, and she began to attend the Provincial Women’s Softball Association (P.W.S.A.) meetings – eventually earning an appointment with them and beginning a 25-year term on their Board of Directors. Concurrently, Lois identified the need for a regional league and was a founding...
Steve Vickers

Steve Vickers

Born in Toronto in 1951, Steve was enrolled into hockey by his parents as a way to socialize and make friends. He struggled in his first year but found his footing mid-way through his second, which led to him moving up through the junior leagues. In the 1968-69 season of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, Steve played with the Markham Seal-a-Wax “Waxers” who dominated the league championship and won the Sutherland Cup. Steve followed his time in Markham with two years on the Toronto Marlboros, scoring an amazing 43 goals in his final year. Steve’s esteemed NHL career began when he was drafted in 1972 into the New York Rangers, the team with which he would spend his entire professional career. Before his official start with the team, he was invited to practice with them in preparation for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Once on the Rangers as a true NHL Rookie, Steve developed an on-ice rapport with fellow forwards Walt Tkachuk and Bill Fairbairn, forming a renowned trio known as the Bulldog Line and netting himself 30 goals and 23 assists. He also earned the nickname “Sarge” for an old army jacket he would wear to practice. In November of his rookie year Steve made NHL history, scoring hat tricks in consecutive games – the first rookie as well as Ranger to do so. The first night of this feat is memorialized at Madison Square Garden as the November 12th entry for their Garden366 series of photos. Steve’s accomplished first season is best remembered for him winning the coveted Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year, 1973. Hockey...
Reginald “Reg” Chappell

Reginald “Reg” Chappell

Reginald “Reg” Chappell was born in Windsor on August 26, 1947. To say that he was drawn to the water from a young age would be an understatement; when he was three years old, he had to be tied to a picnic table because he refused to stay out of the deep water! One of Reg’s earliest memories is pretending to swim in the backseat of the car while his dad was driving. He would pretend to dive and propel though the ditches and culverts as the car drove by. All Reg wanted to do was be in the water, but the family could not afford swimming lesson until he was twelve years old. In 1962, when he was in grade nine, Reg was asked to coach the Herman Collegiate Institute High School dive team. This was the beginning of his coaching career and he continued to coach the high school dive team through university. Reg also joined the high school swim team and his coach, Keith Buckley, inspired, motivated and guided him both athletically and academically. In 1966, the swim team won the High School Championship and Reg shared the Individual Senior Championship award with a fellow teammate. When Coach Buckley left the school, Reg felt the absence of his positive influence both on the deck and in the classroom. He went on to fail grade twelve twice, and found a job at a local factory where he worked for four years while completing high school through correspondence courses. In 1969, after the passing of his mother, Reg fulfilled her wishes for him to return to school and...

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