Lloyd Davidson (1923 – 1984)

Sport: Minor Hockey
Position: Administrator
Year of Induction: 1984


Lloyd Davidson was quoted as saying, “The belief that every boy had the right to play hockey on a team in his own hometown was our guide. We also believed that it was our responsibility to operate for the good of the boy, the sport and the association, in that order.” Beginning in 1950, Lloyd worked tirelessly for minor hockey in Chatham, Ontario, serving as chairman of both the Chatham Minor Hockey Association and later the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. Through his work and his writing of books and reports, Lloyd did much to shape the minor hockey systems in the province. Sadly, he died in England in 1984 shortly after his retirement.

Career Highlights
  • 1950-1960 – was executive member of Chatham Minor Hockey Association 
  • 1957-1958 – was President of Chatham Minor Hockey Association
  • 1960-1974 – was executive member of Ontario Minor Hockey Association
  • 1972-1974 – was President of Ontario Minor Hockey Association
  • 1974 – co-authored, with Dr. Barry McPherson, the study entitled “Minor Hockey in Ontario” which was a critical report on minor hockey based on three 1,000 completed parent questionnaire
  • 1974-1979 – Chairman of Ontario Hockey Council which was an advisory group to recommend rule changes and to investigate what, if anything, was wrong with minor hockey
  • 1980-1984 – Chairman of Hockey Ontario Development Committee which was to provide technical training for coaches, trainers, and referees to make the young hockey players’ environment more enjoyable 

Awards & Recognitions

  • 1966 – received an award from City of Chatham for “Outstanding Service in the Field of Recreation”
  • 1983 – was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement Award” by Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation
  • 1984 – was recommended by City Council that he receive an Ontario Bicentennial Award for his 34 years of work in minor hockey

In May 1984 Lloyd died in London, England at age 61 as a result of a massive coronary while on a month-long trip to celebrate his retirement.