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Ellard “Obie” O’Brien | St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame
Attended Boston Bruins training camp in Hershey PA in 1948, when he was 18 years old.
First St. Catharines Jr. A hockey player to break the 50 goal mark. He scored 58 goals in 48 games during the 1949-50 season.
Was selected to the 2
nd all star team and finished second in the rookie of the year award with the Tulsa Oilers of the USHL during the 1950-51 season. Played professional hickey from 1950-1962 with the Boston Olympics, Tulsa Oilers, Boston Bruins, Quebec Aces and Philadelphia Ramblers.
Named Captain of the Hershey Bears in 1954 and as captain led the team to two consecutive Calder Cup championships in 1957-58 and 1958-59 seasons.
Upon retirement from hockey worked as a sales representative for Molson’s Brewery working in the Niagara District.
Became involved with the St. Catharines Blackhawks organization, coaching the Jr. B team and for a time the Jr. A team in 1963-64 and 1964-65 seasons.
Served on the local and national board for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization.
Inducted into the Hershey Bears Hall of Fame in 2018.
Obie O’Brien had an easy going personality, great sense of humour and was a rock to his family, friends and community.