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Born in Orillia, Ontario on May 19th, 1893, Charles 'Charlie' Boyle moved to Fort William in 1919. Before coming to the Lakehead, Charlie was an accomplished track and field athlete. In 1911 he won three gold medals at the Canadian Junior Championships and twice competed in Olympic trials where he narrowly missed making the Canadian squad.

Upon his arrival at the Lakehead, Charlie became active in hockey. Although he was not extremely active as a player, Charlie devoted most of his life to organizing and helping run minor hockey programs. A member of the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association for over 40 years, Charlie served as President of the organization four times.

One of the driving forces behind the TBAHA in its early years, Charlie was a 'behind the scenes' volunteer who worked tirelessly for minor hockey, hard work which did not go unnoticed.

In addition to receiving a Lifetime Membership to the TBAHA, the people of the Lakehead district honoured him with a 'Charlie Boyle Night' at the Fort William Gardens in 1961. It was here that he received the Meritorious Award from the CAHA, the first person to receive this prestigious award for contributions to minor hockey in Canada. Sadly, Charlie passed away five years later in 1966. However, the legacy of dedication and commitment he made to minor hockey will live on forever.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 29, 1990

Charlie J. Boyle

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