Bert Corbeau – Nominated by PSHOF,
Corbeau, a big defenceman, joined the Halifax Crescents of the MPHL for the 1913-14 season. The next season saw him sign with the Montreal Canadiens of the NHA. He scored 7 goals the next season with the Canadiens in 23 games and received a whopping 134 minutes in the penalty bin. He was joined on the team by fellow Penetanguishene native Howard McNamara as the Canadiens captured their first franchise Stanley Cup, beating the Portland Rosebuds in five games. Corbeau played with the Canadiens until 1922.
He had another distinction of being with the Toronto St. Pats when they changed names to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1926-27 where in 41 games with the Leafs, Corbeau had a goal and 3 points in his last NHL season.
Corbeau played two more years of pro hockey for the Toronto Ravinas and the London Panthers of the CPHL before retiring after the 1928-29 season.
Con Corbeau– Nominated by PSHOF,
Free agency would play a large part of Con Corbeau’s enigmatic playing career. His professional playing career began in the interesting 1905-06 season which saw him play for three International Hockey League teams.
He won the Stanley Cup with the Toronto Pros of the Ontario Professional Hockey League in 1907-08, a season which saw the huge defenceman post the second most penalty minutes. In 1908-09 season, he played for the Pittsburgh Athletic Club of the WPHL, the Toronto Pros of the OPHL and the Haileybury Silver Kings of the TPHL. The next season, he finished with the Berlin Dutchmen of the OPHL.
He joined the Toronto Tecumsehs in the 1912-13 season then joined the Toronto Blueshirts along with fellow hometown defenceman George McNamara. They captured the Stanley Cup, Con’s second. In 1914, he played for the Glace Bay Miners of the NSEPHL before retiring.
Andrew “Andy” Bellehumeur - Nominated by PSHOF,
Playing his early hockey for Penetanguishene and Midland Juniors and Midland Intermediates, his reputation as a talented, rugged defenceman grew.
In the 1925-26 season, he helped the New Ham¬burg Intermediates of the OHA win the All- Ontario Championship. In 1930 and 1932, he helped the Windsor Bulldogs to league championships. In 1932-33, he played 16 games for the NHL Montréal Maroons.
Between 1933 and 1936, he suited up for the Syracuse Stars of the IHL, the Kansas City Greyhounds of the AHA before joining the Rochester Cardinals of the IHL for the 1935-36 season.
In 1936 he joined the Tulsa Oilers of the American Hockey Association. A popular leader as playing-coach during six seasons in Tulsa, he played in 221 games and got 71 points and 304 minutes in penalties, acquiring 200 facial stitches as well..
In 1941-42, he left Tulsa and joined the Dallas Texans for 15 games before retiring.
Howard McNamara - Nominated by PSHOF,
From the outdoor rinks of Penetanguishene, he was literally one of the biggest players of his era, tipping the scales at 240 pounds. By the age of 15 in 1908, he was playing with the Montreal Shamrocks of the Eastern Canada Hockey Association.
In 1909-10, he played for both the Berlin Professionals of the OPHL and the Cobalt Silver Kings in the National Hockey Association. Next was Waterloo of the Ontario Professional Hockey League before he headed to the East Coast in 1912 to suit up for the Halifax Crescents. In the 1912-13 season, he joined Con Corbeau on the NHA Toronto Tecumseh’s. In 1914-15, he played for the Toronto Shamrocks.
The following year, 1915-16, he played with the Montreal Canadiens, helping the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup. In 1917, Howard joined the 228th Batallion hockey team and was sent overseas for combat duty on February 10.
After the war, he played ten games for the Habs before retiring.
George McNamara - Nominated by PSHOF,
George McNamara was playing big league hockey by the time he was eighteen years of age.
The hulking defenceman played in the Northern Ontario Hockey Association for the Sault Marlboros in the 1904-05 season. He would next play for the Canadian Soo Algonquins, the Cobalt Silver Kings and the Montreal Shamrocks of the Eastern Canada Hockey Association. In 1910-11, he joined his brothers Harold and Howard with Waterloo of the OPHL.
In 1912-13, he played with the Toronto Tecumsehs where they became known as the ‘Dynamite Twins’ because of their bone-crunching body checks. They later joined the Toronto Blueshirts where they captured the Stanley Cup in 1914. He next played for the Toronto Shamrocks before joining the Canadian Army and the 228th Battalion hockey team of the NHA for the 1916-17 season before being shipped overseas. .
After the war, he coached the NOHA Soo Greyhounds where they won the 1924 Allan Cup. He was elected as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958.
Harold McNamara - Nominated by PSHOF,
A much sought-after player at a young age, Harold joined his brother George with the Sault Ste-Marie Marboros between 1904 and 1905 before they both joined the Canadian Soo Algonquins. He was with the Edmonton Pros in 1908 when they made an unsuccessful challenge against the Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Wanderers.
He then played with the Toronto Pros of the OPHL, the Renfrew Creamery Kings of the OPHL and then joined the Edmonton Pros as they won the Stanley Cup in the spring of 1909. In 1909-10, he played for the Cobalt Silver Kings of the NHA and the Renfrew Creamery Kings the next season.
The 1913-14 season saw him as the player/manager of the Halifax Crescents of the MPHA and the next season, he joined his two other brothers on the Toronto Ontarios of the NHA. In 1916, he played for the Montréal Canadiens.
James ‘Jake’ Dupuis – nominated by David Dupuis,
Jake, a goaltender, led his Penetanguishene Midgets to the Ontario Finals in 1968-69. The following year, Jake played for the Hamilton Junior Red Wings of the Ontario Hockey Association. In 1970, he joined the Guelph C.M.C.’s of the Southern Ontario Hockey Association. In 1972, Jake was named to the first All Star team, was the league's leading goaltender and led his team in capturing the Centennial Cup, emblematic of Tier Two Junior Hockey supremacy in Canada.
In 1972-73, Jake moved to the University of Waterloo and made the First All-Star Team again. In 1973-74, he repeated as First All-Star goalie, leading Waterloo to the Western Division title, the On¬tario Universities Athletic Association playoff and then the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union championship.
Graduating from Waterloo with an Honors degree in the spring of 1976, Jake was awarded the Totzky Trophy, the University's highest honour, presented to the most outstanding male athlete of the year and the first hockey player to ever win the award.
Victor “Vic” Grigg – Nominated by PSHOF,
Victor, a defenceman, began his long hockey career in Midland and then in 1937 moved to the Penetanguishene Junior B squad for two seasons. The next two years Victor played with the Guelph Biltmores of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League. !n 1941, he turned pro with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL before going to war.
After the war, he played in 1946 with the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League and moved to the Providence Reds the same league the following year. He then joined the St. Louis Flyer of the AHL in 1947 and he stayed there for three seasons. In 1950, St. Louis won the western division of the AHL. He then joined the Ottawa Senators of the GPHL where he played for two seasons.
After retiring in 1956, he scouted for the Boston Bruins. He was one of the driving forces in the formation of the town’s Little NHL.
Philip `Babe' Marchildon - Nominated by PSHOF,
From 1933 to 1935 he pitched for the Penetanguishene Spencer Foundry Rangers and helped them to three league championships and the 1934 Ontario Finals. For the next three seasons he played for Creighton in the Nickel Belt League, taking them to the Ontario Finals in 1937. He then played for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League before joining the big leagues with Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics of the American League in 1940.
In 1941, he won 10 games, and the next season, he notched and amazing 17 victories. After the 42 season, Phil enlisted in the Canadian army and bomber duty. His plane was shot down in August of 1944 and he was a prisoner of war until the liberation of Europe in 1945.
He rejoined the As and found his pitching touch in 1946 by racking up 13 wins. In 1947 when he logged 19 wins and missed a no-hitter by one hit.
In 1976, he was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.
Jean Thompson – Nominated by PSHOF,
The local track & field coach, L.A. Wendling, took note of her long distance running ability and made her an almost instant champion in 1928.
She stunned everyone at the local level by not just winning but setting a new world’s record in the 800 meter event. Jean then went to Varsity Stadium in Toronto for the Olympic Provincial trials where she easily won, setting another world record with a time of 2:26. Later, in Halifax, Jean did it again by capturing the gold medal at the Canadian Olympic trials and setting yet again another world record.
Dubbed “The Penetang Pansy” and the gold medal favourite heading to the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, Holland, Jean badly pulled a hamstring muscle in practice and was laid up. Showing her usual quiet determination, she rested, bandaged her left leg and ran a strong first heat and won.
Hampered by her injury in the finals, Jean still captured fourth place and amazingly beat her personal best time and her old world mark for the fourth time. She was feted as a member of ‘The Matchless Six”.
Donald Tannahill – Nominated by PSHOF,
In 1965-66, Don joined the Niagara Falls Flyers of the Ontario Major Junior A League. In his second year with the Flyers he accumulated 78 points in 54 games helping the Flyers win the Memorial Cup. In his third year with Niagara Falls he made the OHA Second All Star team.
The NHL Boston Bruins made him their number one draft pick in 1969. He spent two years seasoning with the Oklahoma Blazers of the Central Hockey League. In 1972, he joined the Boston Braves of the American Hockey League.
Between 1972 and 1974 he played for the NHL Vancouver Canucks and then joined the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the fledgling WHA. In 1975, he joined the Calgary Cowboys of the WHA and in 1977-78 he played for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the CHL.
In 1978 he then came closer to home joining the Barrie Flyers of the Senior OHA club before retiring.
Charles ‘Charlie’ Noquet – Nominated by PSHOF,
With a natural love of sport, Charlie tried his hand at writing about it when he landed a job as a cub reporter with the Chicago Tribune in 1944. There he spent two years covering the White Sox, Cubs, Black Hawks and Chicago area sports. While in Chicago, he was greatly influenced by the writing style of John Carmichael which helped him develop his own deft style.
Returning to Huronia in 1946, Charlie began freelance sports reporting with the old Midland Free Press. During the late 40s, he also covered the area for the Toronto Star. He then joined the Penetanguishene office of the Free Press in 1973, handling everything from the town’s news, sports and even handled some of the advertising for the next four years. His ability to keep stats and box scores was legendary.
Charlie continued to cover his first love – sports, a career that spanned an amazing fifty years!
Oscar Louis `Bud' Dubeau – nominated by PSHOF,
Bud Dubeau had a love of sport from the beginning.
He played Jr. B hockey from 1937 to 1939 and then played another two years for the same club when they drop¬ped to Junior C. During this period of time, it ap¬peared the only way to get a job with Ontario Hydro was to play hockey. Bud became area manager for Ontario Hydro.
When the old Osborne Rink on Main St. burned down on April 22, 1946, Bud spearheaded the building of a new one by opening a bank account and looking for dona¬tions. The present arena opened in 1953 in great part due to his efforts.
In 1946-47, he was an organizer with the Penetanguishene Midgets and the following year, he also helped with the Bantams and the Junior “C’s. In 1949, Bud was involved in Lacrosse on the local level. He was past President of the local Legion, Huronia Credit Union and the Chamber of Commerce.