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This long-time builders’ association with hockey goes back to the early 1930s where he started as a player in the minor ranks before going on to spend time as a referee, coach and administrator marking over 60 years of involvement in the sport from the local to the international level.

His hockey playing career began in the minor leagues of his hometown of Port Arthur where he would advance to the junior division before rounding out the decade and his playing days along the North Shore with the Nipigon Intermediates.   

Picking up a whistle in the 1940s he took to the ice as a referee in the Fort William Minor Hockey Association, going on to oversee games at all levels of play into the 1950s, including Memorial and Allan Cup playoffs. Getting involved in the administrative side of the game he served on the FWMHA executive from 1948-54, including time as President from 1951-54. Advancing up the ranks he spent a decade on the executive of the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association (TBAHA), leading the group as President from 1958-62. 

From there it was on to the national level and the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) where he was involved with the countries top amateur hockey program from 1958-72.  During that time, he helped establish national leadership clinics and represented Canada at tournaments and meetings around the world. He also helped integrate the North American and European game by coordinating tours between teams from both sides of the Atlantic, including the 1961-62 Port Arthur Bearcats successful Ahearne Cup appearance.  Serving as President of the CAHA from 1966-68 he did similar work in forming partnerships including negotiating agreements between the NHL and amateur hockey associations in Canada (CAHA) and the United States (AHAUS). 

Well known and respected within the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) he served on the Executive of the IIHF from 1966-72 taking on a number of roles including 1st & 2nd Vice President and President of the North American Division. A member of the IIHF Directorate at 5 World Championships and the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble, France he was Chairman of the Directorate at the 1972 Games in Sapporo, Japan. He was also one of the four signatories of the agreement to play the 1972 Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet Union national teams.

Relocating to British Columbia in the mid-1960s he dedicated himself to the amateur hockey program in that province, helping to form the Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League in 1973. Serving as the organizations Executive Director and as their President from 1975-79, he saw it through an amalgamation with the British Columbia Junior Hockey League which he headed up from 1983 until his passing in 1997.

This outstanding builder’s over 60 years of dedication to amateur hockey, from the local to the world level, saw him earn recognition in many forms including receiving a Life Membership from the CAHA (1973), induction into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame (1995), BC Sports Hall of Fame (2001) and the Hockey Hall of Fame (1993) and the naming of two junior hockey awards The Fred Page Cup in his honour. A fitting tribute to a man who did so much for the game.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 27, 1986

Fred Page

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