Don Hinnegan (1911 – 1994)

Sport: Hockey, Softball
Position: Forward, Pitcher
Year of Induction: 2004

About

Don was born in Wallaceburg but moved to Chatham with his family at a very young age. He showed great promise in several sports while attending Chatham Collegiate an continued his excellence throughout his life. Don is best remembered as a standout hockey player for the original Chatham Maroons where he became know as “Honey Boy” because he was such a sweet player. He became best known for his scoring ability, his poke checking, and especially his performance on the power play. Don was also a very fine softball pitcher for several teams that competed provincially. He went on to manage, coach, officiate, umpire, and referee in the games that he loved.

Career Highlights
  • 1925 – 1930 – while at CCI, starred on most of school teams which were very successful – pitched softball, played centre and was captain in hockey, and played quarter position in rugby

Hockey 1927 – 1928

  • At age 17 and still in high school, played for the original Chatham Senior Maroons
  • 1930 – 1931 – starred for Maroons who went to OHA Finals by beating University of Western Ontario, London East, La Salle, Stratford, and Hamilton – lost in finals to Royal Military College 3-2 in two-game total goal series – scored first goal of second game to tie total score at 2-2
  • 1932 – 1933 – was standout performer on the Michigan-Ontario League Champion Maroon team
  • 1934 – 1935 – starred on M-O League Champion Maroons team that went on to lose to Falconbridge in All-Ontario Finals in Allan Cup playdowns
  • 1937 – 1938 – was a standout player for the Maroons who went on to win OHA Senior “B” Championship giving Chatham its first OHA Championship – scored first goal in final game against Niagara Falls as Chatham won 3-0
  • After 1938-1939 season, Maroons disbanded because arena was condemned and his hockey career was virtually over since new arena not built until 1949

Softball

  • For over 20 years was one of the premier pitchers in area – pitched first no-hit  no-run game in City League history

Bowling

  • Was an excellent 5-pin bowler and won many awards over the years – in 1980 was on Ontario 5-pin Bowling Association Championship team and finished 5th at the Canadian National Championship
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