Brian Hind (1947 – )

Sport: Hockey
Year of Induction: 2017

About

Brian was born in Chatham in 1947, attended elementary school in Dover Township and attended John McGregor S.S. where he competed in football, basketball, volleyball, golf, track, cross-country and badminton. He was a two-time Athlete of the Year at JMSS. He went on to play junior hockey for the Maroons and Wallaceburg Hornets. He earned a hockey scholarship at St. Lawrence University and for eleven seasons after university, played for several intermediate and senior teams in Southern Ontario. Wherever he played he was a leader on and off the ice as evidence by his being named captain on many of the teams where he played.

Career Highlights

Early Years

  • 1963 – 1964, at 15 years of age Brian made the Jr. Maroons and was named Rookie of the Year as team won the Border Cities League that year
  • 1964 – 1965 – won the juvenile league scoring title and also spent time with the Jr. Maroons
  • 1965 – 1966 – played junior for the Wallaceburg Hornets – led the team in scoring and made the all-star team
  • 1966 – 1967 – played his last year of junior hockey for the Jr. Maroons – was second in team scoring, was chosen league most sportsmanlike player and again was an all-star

University – 1967 – 1968 to 1970 – 1971

  • Earned a hockey scholarship to Division 1 St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York which played in the East Coast Athletic Conference – freshmen were ineligible to play – as a sophomore, led his team in scoring with 35 points – 11 goals and 24 assists in 24 games – as a junior, tied for the lead in scoring with 36 points – 15 goals and 21 assists in 26 games – was named team Most Valuable Player – as a senior, had 33 points – 21 goals and 12 assists in 24 games – was named team MVP again
  • Graduated with a BA majoring in Economics

Senior Hockey – 1971 – 1983

  • after graduation, returned to Chatham and in first year back led two local men’s hockey leagues in scoring – for the next eleven years, played either senior or intermediate hockey and excelled wherever he played – played for Bothwell Barons, London Kings, Petrolia Squires, Dresden Lumberkings and Chatham Maroons.
  • 1973 – 1974 – with the Sr. “B” Bothwell Barons led league in scoring with 32 goals, 44 assists, 76 points and had only 6 minutes in penalties
  • 1975 – 1976 – played for the Intermediate “C” Dresden Lumberkings who won their league title but lost to Tweed in the Ontario final in game seven – led league in scoring with 36 goals, 44 assists, 80 points and only 6 minutes in penalties
  • 1977 – 1978 with the Sr. “A” Petrolia Squires led league in scoring
  • 1982 – 1983, playing again for Dresden they won the Ontario Intermediate “C” Championship – was Brian’s last year of competitive hockey

Awards & Recognitions

  • 1980 – received an award for being the first player to score 500 points in the Continental Hockey League (CHL) which was one of the top senior leagues in Canada competing annually for the Allan Cup
  • 1983 – retired from competitive hockey as the all-time leading scorer in CHL history
  • 2011– was inducted into the Dresden Sports Hall of Fame in the Male Athlete category

In retirement Brian has played oldtimer hockey and slow-pitch with teams across southwestern Ontario. His Windsor hockey teams of 2003 and 2005 won provincial championships in the Canadian Adult Hockey Recreation Association and his slow-pitch team from Windsor won the Canadian Masters Championship in 2004. In 2017 at age 70, Brian lives in Petrolia and is still playing slow-pitch and oldtimer hockey.

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