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Currently (2003) lives in Richmond, BC but work takes him to Japan often

1934 Colored All Stars Baseball Team
1937-38 SR. Maroons
1949-50 St.Clair Maroons
1953 BR.431 Bantam Baseball All Stars
1956 BR 431 Bantam Baseball All Stars
1958-59 Rotary JUV. Hockey
1959-60 Senior Maroons
1969-71 S. Elliott Perf Racing
1973 Kinsmen Pee Wee Baseball Team
1974-75 JMSS Boys Basketball Team
1977-78 Chatham Royals Inter. "C" Hockey
1979 Huron & Erie Beverages Midgets
1983-84 & 1984-85 Maple City Jr.Ice Crystals
1985 Chatham Juvenile Baseball Team
1985-86 JMSS Girls Basketball Team
1986-87 BR28 Bantams Team
1989-90 CKSS Boys ""AA" Volleyballl Team
1992-93 JMSS Girls Basketball Team
1997 Sun-Out Diamonds Sr. Baseball Team
1998-99 JR.Maroons
Archie Stirling
Arthur Pelkey
Bill Atkinson
Bill Robinson
Bill Stobbs
Bob Weedon
Brian Wiseman
Carrie Carleton (Dillon)
Casey Maynard
Ches Dawson
Courtney Babcock
Leyte Wilson "Copper"
Dale Lahey
Dan Lewis
Dave Allin
Dave Gagner
David Seton
Dennis McCord
Derek Krete
Don Gillett
Don Hinnegan
Doug Allin
Doug Anakin
Doug Melvin
Earl Flat Chase
Ed Myers
Ed Wright
Elaine Hinnegan
Fergie Jenkins
Fran Crummer
Gene Dziadura
George Aitken
George Bruette
Harold Gillies
Harold McFarlane
Herb Wakabayashi
Irma (Grant) Isaac
Jim Maynard
Joe Zimmer
Joe Malo
Joelle Batten-Daigneau
John McKay
Karrie Williams
Keith Crummer
Larry Babcock
Larry Lahey
Lloyd Davidson
Marion (Watson) Stanton
Martin Aarts
Max Lenover
Mel Wakabayashi
Mort Giles
Norman Morris 'Chirp'
Peter Gilbert
Randy Rybansky
Richard Doey
Ron Blommers
Ross Babcock
Ron Coristine
Ross Day
Roy Galloway
Roy Oscar 'Doc' Miller
Sandra Tewksbury
Shae-Lynn Bourne
Shirley Pilson
Smoke, R.S.Reynolds
Tyson Parry
Wilfred  Harding

Position: Forward
Birth Date: 1944
From: Chatham, Ontario
Height: 5' 5" Weight: 138lbs
Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame

1980 Lake Placid Olympics Official Web Site





Category-Athlete Modern

Herb was born in 1944 in Nays, Northern Ontario, shortly after his family was moved eastward from British Columbia as were thousands of other Japanese-Canadian families during World War II. The Wakabayashi family, including three sons and two daughters, arrived in Chatham in 1950. Shortly after Herb became involved in sports, particularly minor hockey and minor baseball. He went on to excel at both sports at the local level with Chatham Junior Maroons, league champions in 1965 and five different Ontario Baseball Association championship teams. Herb continued his excellent play at college, and at international levels, culminating with representing Japan in hockey at three different Winter Olympic Games.

  • 1964
    • Entered Boston University.  Played  freshman hockey (freshmen were not allowed to play varsity sports) and had an outstanding year.
  • 1965
    • Set a Boston University, New England, and East Coast Athletic Conference record for most assists in a season (51)
    • Named New England Sophomore of the Year
    • Most Valuable Player in the Beanpot Tournament
    • Called to the All New England and All East Second Teams - playing with fellow Chathamite, Eddie Wright.  They became famous for their penalty-killing talents and during one span did not allow a shot on goal for 36 consecutive minutes of man-short play
  • 1966
    • Although his point production fell off his Honours did not
    • Named to All New England, All East, and All America First Teams
    • Named team Most Valuable Player and Athlete of the Year at Boston University 1967-68 - repeated as All American and All New England
    • Completed career as player with most assists (90) and was second in all-time scoring (145 points) for Boston University
    • Played baseball with BU Terriers in senior year, hitting .367 and leading team to regional finals of East Coast Athletic Conference playoffs
  • 1978
    • Inducted into Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame, described as one of the university's most outstanding hockey players
    • After university, went to Japan to play and coach hockey and ultimately played in three Olympics, in 1972 at Sapporo, 1976 at Innsbruck, and 1980 at Lake Placid, where he carried the Japanese flag at the Opening Ceremonies
Inducted into Chatham Sports Hall of Fame 2003