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Templeton has been compared to Hockey Hall of Fame coach Brian Kilrea for his longevity and respect in the hockey world. He coached the Hamilton Fincups to the Memorial Cup in 1976, and was the longest-serving coach in North Bay Centennials history, serving as their boss for twelve of the team's twenty seasons. He coached the Canadian World Junior team in Piestany. He also coached the Barrie Colts and Sudbury Wolves in the OHL, the Niagara Falls Flyers, and the American Hockey League's Nova Scotia Voyageurs.
Templeton twice won the OHL's Coach of the Year award, represented by the Matt Leyden Trophy, in 1975 and 1994. He also twice won the OHL Executive of the Year award, in 1992 and 1996. He died in 2003 from kidney cancer. He was posthumously awarded the Bill Long Award for lifetime distinguished service to the OHL in 2005.
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