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Bill Booth
Position Defence
Teams Lachute
Valleyfield Braves
Brighton Tigers
Durham Wasps
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born August 20, 1919(1919-08-20),
Montreal, QC, Canada
Died September 25 1986 (aged 67),
Pro Career 1939 – 1963

William Walton "Bill" Booth (August 20, 1919(1919-08-20) – September 25, 1986) was a Canadian ice hockey player who mainly played in Great Britain during the 1940s and 1950s, although he is best remembered as a Coach with the Durham Wasps. He is a member of the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.


Although he learned to skate by he age of eight, Bill Booth did not start playing ice hockey until he was 14-years-old. However, he was still good enough to gain a place with Lachute in the Mount Royal Intermediate League in 1939-40 when he was 20-years-old before icing with Valleyfield Braves.

In 1943 whilst serving with the Canadian Army during World War II, Booth played in two exhibition games against the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. In 1944, Booth went to Europe with the Army. After the war, he stayed in Europe playing services hockey.

Booth joined the Brighton Tigers in 1946 following his demobilization from the army. Booth played with the Tigers for three seasons — winning the Autumn Cup and the league championship in 1946–47 as well as the league championship in 1947–48. In 158 games played for the Tigers, Booth's statistics are: 26 goals, 41 assists, 67 points and 250 penalty minutes.

Booth joined the Durham Wasps in 1949 as Player/Coach, a position he held until 1963 when he became the head coach for the 1963–64 season. Under his tenure, the Wasps won the Northern tournament seven times and the playoffs three times.

Booth retired from playing in 1963 after he had suffered from jaundice. He then married a local girl, Isobel, before continuing his involvement with British ice hockey by writing articles for the monthly magazine The Hockey Fan. Booth's involvement with ice hockey continued into the 1980s when he was north-eastern correspondent for the Ice Hockey World magazine.


  • Named to the ENL All-star B Team in 1947.


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