Lee Fogolin's exceptional hockey talents led him to an 11 year professional career and saw him lay claim to a Stanley Cup title.


Lee learned and developed his defensive hockey skills while playing midget, bantam and junior hockey in Fort William during the 1940s. In 1945 he played for the Galt Red Wings of the OHA Junior 'A' Circuit before signing a professional contract with the Detroit Red Wings in 1946. Lee spent the 1946-47 season with the Red Wings' farm team, the Omaha Knights of the USHL. The next season was spent with Indianapolis of the AHL before moving up to join the Red Wings' line-up for most of the 1948-49 season.


In 1950 Lee contributed his defensive skills to the Red Wings' Stanley Cup victory, earning Lee entry into a very select group of northwestern Ontario hockey players to attain NHL supremacy.


During the 1950-51 season Lee moved on to the Chicago Black Hawks, where he remained for the next five years. A big man, Lee was known as the policeman of the Hawks and was reputed to be one of the NHL's hardest checkers. At one point in his career with Chicago, Lee was actually noted to have stopped as many shots as the Hawks' goalie Al Rollins during two periods of play. Not surprisingly Lee was selected as a member of the 1951 All-Star Team defensive line-up.


Following the 1955-56 season, Lee retired from the NHL and was signed on as the playing coach of the Calgary Stampeders of the WHL, after which time he returned to Port Arthur where he began coaching local teams.


From 1960-64 Lee served as the coach of the Port Arthur Senior Bearcats, with 1962 marking the first time a Canadian team ever won the Ahearne Trophy, emblematic of European Ice Hockey supremacy. During the 1970s Lee also served as coach of the Thunder Bay Twins, topping off his four decades of involvement in the game of hockey.


Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 17, 1988


Lidio "Lee" Fogolin

Inducted: 
1988
Sport:
Hockey
Community:
Birth Name:
Lido Fogolin
Port Arthur
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