It seemed that whatever sport Junior Wilson participated in, he excelled in. As the son of Hockey Hall of Famer, Gordon 'Phat' Wilson, it was not surprising that one of the sports Junior took to at an early age was hockey. In 1945-46 he earned his first of many titles, being named the Most Valuable Player in the Port Arthur Minor Hockey Association. While with the Port Arthur West End Bruins Juvenile Team from 1947-49 he led his team to the District title and garnered MVP honours in 1948-49. In Junior hockey action with the West End Bruins from 1949-53, he simply won every award he was eligible for - MVP, Most Gentlemanly and League Leading Scorer.


Junior's talents soon earned him entry into the professional ranks, being signed on by the Boston Bruins in 1953 for a couple of Stanley Cup playoff games. Moving to the Hershey Bears, Junior suffered a knee injury during pre-season action in 1953-54, missing much of that first year. Back in action with the Bears until 1956, Junior's AHL record included 123 points in 129 games. Joining the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League in 1957, Junior finished out his professional career in 1960 with the Quebec Aces. Returning to the Lakehead, he continued his involvement in hockey as a player with the Lakehead Pros and Thunder Bay Oldtimers from the 1960s through to the 90s.


Junior's talents as a smooth working, long hitting baseball player saw him serve on many championship teams including the Port Arthur Giants, Port Arthur Red Sox and Big Eds, totalling 8 City titles from 1949-1965. His talents on the diamond did not go unnoticed, earning League batting titles and MVP honours. A standout at shortstop his quick effective cross diamond throws were fast and accurate. Outstanding at the plate, he could be relied upon for that clutch play when it really counted.


Not only did Junior contribute his talents as an athlete, he also gave back to sports as a builder - serving as a coach of Little League baseball and bantam hockey during the 1960s and 70s and through his involvement with the Thunder Bay Oldtimers Hockey League.


Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30, 1995

Gordon "Junior" Wilson

Inducted: 
1995
Sport:
Hockey
Community:
Port Arthur
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