Robert Thorpe

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Year Inducted 1993
Category Athlete
Sport Lacrosse, Hockey

BIOGRAPHY

Bobby Thorpe, a private in the Canadian Army who played lacrosse whenever he could leave his base at Brampton, led the club to its first ever home victory with three goals.  He participated in several different leagues and teams.  Originally, in 1943 he played Jr. A for the first St. Catharines Team “Falcons”.  In 1944 he won a Mann Cup with the St Catharines Athletics and in 1945, an Ontario Lacrosse championship.  After leaving the army, Thorpe played minor pro hockey in several cities and had a very successful lacrosse career in Peterborough, winning four consecutive Mann Cups, 1951 to 1954.  He signed a professional hockey contract with the Detriot Red Wings but a concussion ended his NHL career before he could even play one game.  In 1944-45, he played in the Quebec League with the Quebec Aces and in 1945 was with the AHL Buffalo Bisons.  From 1948-51, he played with the US Hockey League.  Getting his release from the St. Catharines Athletics Lacrosse, he moved to Peterborough where he was a player / player-coach in Senior A Lacrosse.  In 1960, Thorpe was the Assistant Manager of the St. Catharines Teepees.  Later in life, he became president for the St. Catharines Old Boys Lacrosse Association.  He was inducted into both the Canadian (1986) and Ontario Lacrosse Halls of Fame.  Thorpe passed away in 2002 in St. Catharines.

SPORT AFFILIATIONS

  • A.H.L. – Buffalo, Springfield, Cincinnati
  • U.S.H.L. – Dallas, Fort Worth
  • P.C.H.L. San Diego – Champions
  • Old Boys Lacrosse Association

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • St. Catharines Athletics Mann Cup