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Following an outstanding 20-year amateur hockey career, which included an Allan Cup victory with the 1939 Port Arthur Bearcats, Joe turned his talents to the building side of the game for the next 30 years.

He started his coaching career with the Legion Seniors in Fort William in 1946 and went on to coach the Port Arthur West End Bruins junior team, leading them to the TBAHA district title in 1948-49. Active with the Fort William Beavers Senior team in the 1950s, Joe coached them to two district titles and was manager of the team that competed in the finals of the 1954-55 Allan Cup.

From 1972-81 Joe coached in the Westfort Hurricane Midget Club, leading them to three district titles. In 1975-76 he coached the Hurricane Midgets to victory at the Interprovincial Midget 'A' Tournament of Champions in Saskatchewan and three Hurricane teams that competed in the Wrigley National Midget Championships. In 1977 and 1978 Joe coached the Thunder Bay All-Star Midget teams that played exhibition games against the Moscow Dynamo Club, defeating them in 1977. In 1974-74 he was named Coach of the Year by the FWMHA, and a Life Member of the Hurricanes in 1980.

Following his involvement as a coach with hockey in 1981, Joe turned his coaching talents to Ladies Lob-Ball for six years, demonstrating once again his dedication and volunteer spirit which has benefited the sports community of northwestern Ontario for so many years.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 28, 1991

Joe "AJ" MacArthur

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