Builders

Thomas Crompton
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Name

Thomas Crompton

Community

Port Arthur

Induction Sport

All-round

Induction Year

1992

Biography

Immigrating to Port Arthur from Scotland in the early 1900s this dedicated sports pioneer contributed over 40 years of his life to the development of both soccer and hockey.

An outstanding soccer player Tom earned spots on the Celtic and Thistle football teams that played in local leagues in 1906 and 1907. Although the loss of an arm in an industrial accident in 1908 stopped his competitive involvement he remained dedicated to the sport of soccer as a builder. He went on to officiate at soccer matches in both Port Arthur and Fort William, serve on the Executive of the Scottish Soccer Team and act as President of the New Ontario Football Referees Association.

It did not take long before Tom also became involved with hockey. He organized a midget team in his local neighbourhood which played at the North End Rink. Located at the corner of Angus and Cumberland Street, it soon became known as 'Crompton's Rink' where area youngsters learned to skate and play the game of hockey.

It was during the 1920s that midget hockey started to take on a more organized structure in Port Arthur with the formation of the Port Arthur Midget League in 1922. Tom took over as President in 1926 and was instrumental in its early development, heading the league through to the 1930s. The midget league served as the training ground for many of Port Arthur’s future hockey stars.

During the 1940s he took over the helm of the Port Arthur Minor Hockey Association retiring as President in 1947, just five years before his passing in 1952 at the age of 72.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 26th, 1992