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Known as the ‘Rabbit’ this outstanding star from the early days of hockey learned his skills growing up in Kenora. Starting with the Kenora Juniors in 1914, Charlie would go on to enjoy 30 years of involvement in the game of hockey as a player and referee.

Serving overseas during World War I he returned home having been twice wounded and almost stone deaf. Not letting his injuries stand in his way, he served a year with the Kenora Thistles Senior team in 1919 before making his way out west playing with such teams as the Winnipeg Victorias, Moose Jaw Maple Leafs and the Regina Capitals. In 1924 Charlie made his debut with the Portland, Oregon Rosebuds of the old Pacific Coast Hockey League. When the PCHL disbanded, the Rosebuds were purchased and became known as the Chicago Black Hawks. In 1926 the Black Hawks were admitted to the National Hockey League which marked the beginning of Charlie's nine seasons in the NHL, which would include 397 games played, 84 goals and 88 assists.

In 1928 Charlie was traded to the New York Americans where he played every position on the front line. One of the smaller players in the NHL, he stood a mere 5 and a half feet tall and weighed only 145 pounds. His speed and agility saw him as the 12th leading scorer in the old Canadian Division for the 1934 season and earned him the reputation as the league’s best ‘ragger’. Charlie remained with the Americans until 1935 when at the age of 37 he went on to spend some time in the International Hockey League before being appointed an official by the NHL serving as a referee and linesman from 1939-45.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 25th, 1993

Charlie "Rabbit" McVeigh

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