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Born in Fort William in 1919, this builder of hockey first played the game, which he would later contribute so much to as an organizer. Making his way up through the minor hockey ranks during the 1930s, Chris became a member of the first Columbus Club Junior team. Not wanting to leave the hockey scene following his playing career, he volunteered his time as a member of the executive of the Fort William Columbus Club Canadiens.

In 1949 Chris was elected the President of the organization, a position he would go on to serve in for 15 years. While at the helm of the club The Fort William Junior Canadiens won an incredible 10 district titles, 2 Manitoba titles and twice competed in the Western Canadian finals. Building a minor hockey program which included 3 bantam, 2 midget and 1 juvenile team, the club won all three district crowns one season and provided opportunities for hundreds of young athletes.

An effective organizer, Chris served as a member of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association Junior A Hockey Committee and was involved with the sport of Football, serving as President of the Lakehead Rugby Football Union during the early 1950s.

For his contributions, Chris was one of two people honoured by the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association at a President's Night gala in 1961. When recounting the most rewarding aspect of his building career, it was the satisfaction of watching the many players who had come up through the organization make a success of their lives - whether in a professional hockey career, education or any field of endeavour they undertook. Spoken like a true builder.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 10, 1994

Chris Asseff

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