George Faulkner (ice hockey)

Robert George Faulkner (born December 27, 1933, in Bishop's Falls, Newfoundland) is a retired professional hockey player. In 1954 he became the first professional hockey player from Newfoundland and Labrador when he signed with the minor-pro Shawinigan-Falls Cataracts of the Quebec Senior Hockey League.

George Faulkner
Born (1933-12-27) December 27, 1933
Bishop's Falls, Newfoundland, British Empire
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 156 lb (71 kg; 11 st 2 lb)
Position Left wing/Defence
Shot Left
Played for Shawinigan-Falls Cataracts
Jacksonville Rockets
Playing career 19501975

Playing career

Shawinigan Falls Cataracts

In 1954 George became the first player from Newfoundland to sign a professional contract with an NHL team. Faulkner played four seasons with the minor-pro Shawinigan Cataracts from 1954 to 1958. The Cataracts were owned by the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League.

Conception Bay CeeBees

In 1958 the 24-year-old Bishop's Falls native was hired by the town of Harbour Grace as the community's recreational director. He helped run the hockey program with stadium manager Lorne Wakelin at the new Conception Bay Recreational Centre which opened in January 1958. His first task was to form a senior hockey team. The Conception Bay CeeBees, with George on defense as their playing-coach, were immediately a dominant force in the Newfoundland senior league making seven finals appearances in their first nine seasons, including four all-Newfoundland hockey championships.

1966 World Hockey Championships

In 1966 Faulkner, at age 32, won a Bronze medal and led Canada's national team in scoring with 6 goals and one assist in 7 games at the World Hockey Championships in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. He finished 8th in tournament scoring with 7 points and tied for 3rd in goals with 6.

Personal life

George was born in the town of Bishop's Falls located on the shores of the Exploits River in Bishop's Falls, Newfoundland, Canada. His parents were Lester, also born in Bishop's Falls, and Olive who was a native of Point Leamington. Lester's mother (Svea) was born in Burträsk,Sweden and his father (William) was born in Sherbrooke, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia. George had four hockey-playing brothers (Lindy, Seth, Alex, and Jack) and two sisters (Marie and Elizabeth).He first learned how to play hockey on the Exploits River with his brothers. His brother Alex was the first Newfoundlander to play in the National Hockey League. George started his hockey career at age 15 playing with the Bishop's Falls Woodsmen in the Grand Falls Senior league. In 1951 he played Junior B with the Quebec Citadelles.

His biography, titled Faulkner: A Hockey History, was published on November 30, 2011. It was written by Tom P. Rossiter, a retired educator.

As of 2016, at the age of 82, he still skates and sometimes plays hockey. In February 2016, he participated in a parents-versus-kids hockey game with his grandson George Faulkner Jr. "I can say now that I've played with my two sons, Bob and Peter, and now I've played with my grandson," he said.[1]

Career achievements

Championships

  • 1952 Quebec Junior B Championship with the Quebec Junior B Citadelles.
  • 1952 Ottawa District Hockey Association (ODHA)-Quebec Junior B Championship with the Quebec Junior B Citadelles.
  • In 1953 won his first all-Newfoundland senior hockey championship and Herder Memorial Trophy with the Grand Falls All-Stars.
  • Won the Quebec Senior Hockey League championship in 1955 and 1958 with the Shawinigan Falls Cataractes.
  • In 1955 won the Edinburgh Trophy with the Shawinigan Falls Cataractes. This was an east-west minor-pro hockey series between the champions of the Quebec Hockey League and the Western Hockey League.
  • Four Herder championships as playing-coach with the Conception Bay CeeBees in 1960, 1961, 1965 and 1967.
  • Won three Herders as Newfoundland provincial senior hockey champions with the St. John's Capitals, in 1973, 1974 and 1975.
  • In 1979 coached the St. John's Mike's Shamrocks to a Herder championship.

Awards and honours

  • Bronze medal winner with Canada's National Team at the 1966 World Hockey Championships
  • Inducted into the Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame in 1982[2]
  • Inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame in 1994[3]
  • Honoured by the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame as a member of Canada's National Team of 1966.[4] Manitoba was home to the National Team from 1965 to 1970.
  • Voted Best Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Player in a 1994 poll by The Telegram[5]
  • Named Top Newfoundland and Labrador Athlete of all time in 1999 by The Telegram
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2010
  • Torch bearer at 1992 Newfoundland Summer Games
  • Torch bearer at 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

Career statistics

Note: GFSHL = Grand Falls Senior Hockey League, GFISL = Grand Falls Inter-town School League, QJBHL = Quebec Junior B Hockey League, NAHA = Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association, QJAHL = Quebec Junior A Hockey League, QHL = Quebec Hockey League, NSHL = Newfoundland Senior Hockey League

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW GP G A Pts PIM
1946–47 Bishop's Falls Plant Midgets
1948–49 Bishop's Falls School Team GFISL
1948–49 Bishop's Falls Woodsmen GFSHL
1949-50 Bishop's Falls Woodsmen GFSHL
1950–51 Bishop's Falls Woodsmen GFSHL
1950–51 Bishop's Falls High School GFISL
1950–51 Grand Falls Junior All-Stars NAHA-Jr.
1951–52 Quebec 'B' Citadelles QJBHL
1951–52 Bishop's Falls Woodsmen GFSHL
1952–53 Bishop's Falls Woodsmen GFSHL
1952–53 Grand Falls All-Stars NAHA-Sr.
1953–54 Quebec Citadelles QJAHL
1953–54 Quebec Frontenacs QJAHL
1954–55 Shawinigan Falls Cataracts QHL 59182543
1955–56 Shawinigan Falls Cataracts QHL 52171633
1956–57 Shawinigan Falls Cataracts QHL 55192645
1957–58 Shawinigan Falls Cataracts QHL 51191736
1958–59 Conception Bay All-Stars NAHA-Sr. 14201333
1959–60 Conception Bay CeeBees NAHA-Sr. 13111122
1960–61 Conception Bay CeeBees NAHA-Sr. 10101626
1961–62 Conception Bay CeeBees NAHA-Sr. 7369
1962–63 Conception Bay CeeBees NSHL 16121426
1963–64 Conception Bay CeeBees NSHL 20152439
1964–65 Conception Bay CeeBees NSHL 20194563
1965–66 Canada's National Team IIHF 22111324
1965–66 Conception Bay CeeBees NSHL
1966–67 Conception Bay CeeBees NSHL 40354681
1967–68 Conception Bay CeeBees NSHL 40343569
1968–69 Corner Brook Royals NSHL 3863137
1969–70 Corner Brook Royals NSHL 32143751
1970–71 Did not play senior hockey
1971–72 Jacksonville Rockets EHL 70004
1971–72 St. John's Capitals NSHL 26122335
1972–73 St. John's Capitals NSHL 33132740
1973–74 St. John's Capitals NSHL 2011
1974–75 St. John's Capitals NSHL 721113

References

Bibliography

  • Rossiter, Tom P. (2011). Faulkner, A Hockey History: Stars and Records. Breakwater Books.

References

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