Harold MacFarlane (1922 – 2011)

Sport: Hockey
Position: Coach, Owner
Year of Induction: 2005


Harold was involved in hockey at the local and provincial level for over 45 consecutive years. Starting as a coach in the minor system, then president of the Chatham Minor Hockey Association, and, up until 2004, when he was still involved with the Chatham Junior Maroons.

Career Highlights
  • 1957-58 – President of Chatham Minor Hockey Association
  • 1958-59 – coach of Chatham Rotary Juvenile Hockey Team which lost only 1 game all season, including 3 against Junior “B” teams, and ultimately became first CMHA team to win an Ontario Hockey Association Championship
  • 1959-60 organized and coached first Jr. Maroon Hockey Club – since this time, for over 40 years, was continuously involved with the Jr. Maroons in various positions
  • 1989 – purchased Jr. Maroons and became Owner-President of club
  • 1992 – sold team to new owners but stayed on as director of the club and worked for the Jr. Maroons until 2004

Awards & Recognitions

  • 1991 – award from City of Chatham recognizing his dedication to hockey as Jr. Maroons won second consecutive Western Ontario League Championship
  • 1992 – received certificate from City of Chatham recognizing “Contribution to the Expertise and Dedication to Junior Hockey” in city
  • 1992 – awarded Special Recognition from Ontario Hockey Association for “Continued Service to the Association”
  • 1993 – awarded, by Province of Ontario, Commemorative Medal for 125th Anniversary of Confederation for “Contribution to the Fellow Citizens of the Community”
  • 1996 – included in a Special Edition of Chatham Daily News entitled “Sports Legends for Junior Hockey in Chatham”
  • 1998 – received Special Award from Chatham Maroon Alumni Association for “Outstanding Efforts and Time, Assisting and Developing Junior Hockey in Chatham for over 42 Years”
  • 2002 – received Ontario Volunteer Service Award by Ontario Government for having completed 10 years of volunteer work
  • 2003 – inducted into Chatham Maroon “Heart and Soul” Volunteer Wall of Fame for dedicating himself unselfishly to the betterment of Junior Maroon hockey in the city
  • 2004 – at “Founders Night” was recognized by 1959-60 players and 2003-04 players as founder of Jr. Maroons

Harold died in 2011 in Chatham at the age of 89.

Career Highlights