Ellard “Obie” O’Brien

Nickname Obie _Hockey-300x350
Year Inducted 2019
Category Athlete
Sport Hockey


  • 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 2nd 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.