Certain names have consistently been associated with the game of hockey in northwestern Ontario over the years. One such name belongs to Thomas Bernard McCormack. However, it is by the nickname of 'Bones' which he is best known.
Bones enjoyed over 50 years of association with the game of hockey, both as a player and builder.
While growing up in Port Arthur, Ontario, he displayed an impressive amateur hockey career which culminated in an Allan Cup victory with the Port Arthur Senior Bearcats in 1939. Following that season, Bones left to serve in the Navy, returning in 1946 where he turned his expertise to the building-side of the game.
Bones coached the Port Arthur Current River Comets juvenile hockey team for two years before getting involved with the Port Arthur West End Bruins hockey club. While with the Bruins, Bones served as the secretary-treasurer for six years as well as supervised the minor hockey program.
Moving on to the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association in 1956, Bones served as a Director for 14 years, acting in both the Vice-President and President's capacity.
In 1970 he became involved in the executive branch of amateur hockey in Canada, being elected Vice-President of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, a position he held for 6 years. While serving in that role, he became the minor hockey chairman and contributed greatly to the overall amateur hockey program in Canada.
The true mark of an individual's accomplishments can be measured by the respect that they earned from their peers. In the case of Bones McCormack, his contribution to the sport of hockey in Canada and northwestern Ontario has been well recognized. In 1978, Bones was awarded the highest honour of the CAHA; the Meritorious Award for his more than 30 years of service. In the same year, Bones became the first recipient of the TBAHA's Meritorious Award and in 1984 was elected a life-member of his local league.
Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 26, 1987