Home ] About Us ] Links of Interest ] The Hall ] Bursaries ] Members ] News and Events ] Membership Quick List ] Kiosk Pictures ] CSHF Picture Gallery ] Video Gallery ]


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





Hockey Captain 1966
Position: Center
Birth Date: 1943 Slocan, BC
From: Chatham, Ontario Canada
Height 5'6" Weight 165 Lbs 
Shoots Right

Little Mel Link

Dekers Club Hall of Fame

Michigan Hall of Honour

WCHA Awards

Additional Photos and Artifacts 

Category - Modern Athlete

Mel was born in Slocan City, British Columbia in 1943 but the family was moved eastward shortly after that, as were thousands of Japanese-Canadian families. After staying in Northern Ontario for 3 years, the Wakabayashi family arrived in Chatham in 1950. Mel soon became involved in sports, particularly minor hockey and minor baseball. He went on to excel at both sports at the local level with the Chatham Junior Maroons and Ontario Baseball Association championship teams. Mel continued his excellent play at college and at the international level while playing hockey for 12 years in Japan. He went on to coach the Japanese National Hockey Team at several international events including one Winter Olympics.

President of Seibu Canada which owns and manages the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto where he resides.

  • 1963
    • Entered University of Michigan on a hockey scholarship but could not play due to freshman ineligibility
  • 1964
    • Scored 21 goals and 17 assists, including 2 goals in championship game, as Michigan beat University of Denver for NCAA Championship.   In a game against Loyola University in Montreal, received his only minor penalty (on a questionable call) during his university career.
  • 1965
    • Lead team in overall scoring with 17 goals and 21 assists and was Western Collegiate Hockey Association scoring champion with 13 goals and 17 assists in league.  
    • Won Hall Downes Award as team Most Valuable Player and was First-team All-American.
  • 1966
    • Led team in overall points with 19 goals and 33 assists and led WCHA in league scoring as well as serving as Team Captain.
    • Named WCHA Most Valuable Player and ranks in top 25 in career scoring and in career assists.
  • 1967 through 1979
    • Played in Japan; 5 years with Seibu Railway Team and 7 years with Kokudo
    • While at Michigan, lettered in baseball for the Wolverines as a second baseman, attended spring training with Detroit Tigers.
    • Was Head coach of Japanese National Hockey Team at 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid and at three world "B" Hockey Championships.
  • 1967
    • Inducted into Dekers Booster Club Hall of Fame at University of Michigan
    • Signed contract with Detroit Reg Wings.  Played a few games with Memphis Wings in the Central Hockey League and then went to Johnstown in Eastern Hockey League where he scored 8 goals and 18 assists.
  • 1984
    • Head Coach of Kokudo Team from 1984 to 1994
  • 2001
    • Selected as one of Top 50 Players in 50 Year History of Western Collegiate Hockey Association
  • 2006
    • Inducted into University of Michigan Athletic Department Hall of Honour
Inducted into Chatham Sports Hall of Fame 2005