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Learning the game of hockey while growing up in Fort William, this athlete's defensive talents saw him contribute to victories in the amateur and professional ranks. A standout defenceman with the Fort William Canadiens from 1951-1955, he was part of the team's domination of junior play in the region as Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association (TBAHA) Junior Champions for three consecutive years from 1952-55. Not surprisingly his talents did not go unnoticed, and he was soon adding to victories in the professional realm.

Advancing to the professional ranks, he joined the International Hockey League (IHL) in 1955 with the Cincinnati Mohawks. Dominating the league with their strong play, he was part of their back to back titles as IHL Champions, claiming the Turner Cup in 1955-56 and 1956-57. Selected an IHL Second Team All-Star member in 1957, he advanced to the First Team All-Star ranks the following season.

Claimed from Montreal in the 1958 NHL Intra-League Draft, he donned jersey #19 for the Detroit Red Wings. Playing in the days of the 6 team league, he hit the ice in sixty NHL games with the club over three seasons (1958-59, 1959-60 & 1962-63). Simultaneously lending his defensive abilities to the Edmonton Flyers of the Western Hockey League (WHL), he added a WHL championship to his record of success in 1961-62. From 1963-68 he alternated as a defenceman between the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey league (AHL), and the Memphis Wings and Fort Worth Wings of the Central Hockey League (CHL). His 16 year career included playing in close to 800 professional hockey games.

Following a short hiatus, he was back on the ice, this time in his hometown, as a defenceman, coach and team captain with the Thunder Bay Twins during the 1970s. Moving from on the ice to behind the bench, he went on to contribute as a builder, coaching a number of local teams during the 1970s and 80s, passing along his experience and talents to the youth of his community, which he had gained through his close to 40 years of involvement in the game.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30, 2000

Lou Marcon

Fort William
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