For five decades this outstanding Fort William born sportsman dedicated himself to area athletics serving as an athlete and builder of both hockey and baseball.


A standout at centre ice playing for Fort William teams during the 1940s and 1950s Moe earned numerous awards including MVP honours with the Elks and Hurricane-Rangers Midget and Junior teams. In 1952 he played in the International Hockey League with the Milwaukee Chiefs becoming the league scoring champion. He returned to Fort William for the 1954-55 season travelling to the Allan Cup finals with the Fort William Beavers.


Moe's involvements in athletics as a builder covered 40 years. He spent time behind the bench with the Fort William Junior Hurricanes and Canadiens and the Port Arthur North Stars and took Thunder Bay bantam and midget teams to provincial and national championships. In 1982-83 his team won a bronze medal in the Air Canada National Midget Championships. Starting in the 1940s Moe also coached Little League, juvenile and senior baseball and was involved in the early development of lob-ball in Thunder Bay.


Actively involved in the organizational side of hockey Moe was Co-founder of the Andrews Hockey Association, President of the Fort William and Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Associations, Vice-President of the Thunder Bay Juvenile Hockey League and a Director with the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association. It was no surprise to anyone in the hockey world when Moe was named the Volunteer of the Year by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association in 1989. Moe's unexpected passing in 1991 was a great loss to the sports community.


Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 26th, 1992


Alex "Moe" Irving

Inducted: 
1992
Sport:
Hockey
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