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Robert J. "Bob" Whidden (born July 24, 1946) was a professional ice hockey player and successful high school ice hockey coach. He played goaltender. He was born in Sudbury, Ontario and was involved in ice hockey in various capacities for over 50 years.

JuniorsEdit

During his junior career, he played with the famed Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). In 1967, he was a member of the Marlboros team that won the J. Ross Robertson Cup (OHA title) and Memorial Cup (Canadian Major Junior championship).[1]

Professional careerEdit

He played four years with the Cleveland Crusaders of the World Hockey Association where he was a back-up for the legendary Gerry Cheevers. In addition, he played with the Rochester Americans and Baltimore Clippers of the American Hockey League, Charlotte Checkers of the Eastern Hockey League, and the Mohawk Valley Comets of the North American Hockey League.[2]

CoachingEdit

Bob Whidden is one of the most accomplished head coaches in Ohio high school hockey. He spent 21 years at the helm of the hockey team at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, which is a western suburb of Cleveland. Whidden would make an immediate impact. In 1985, in his first year as head coach, Whidden would lead the team to become the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) State "big school" hockey champions. That team featured a young sophomore center named Todd Harkins, who would go on to have an NHL and minor league career.[3] Whidden coached several players that would be in the NHL draft including Todd Harkins, Brett Harkins, and Michael Rupp, who is now with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Eventually, Whidden's Eagles would win 10 OHSAA state titles, 7 Baron Cups (Greater Cleveland Championships), and finished with a career record of 507-149-28.[4] His 507 wins rank fourth most all-time in OHSAA history.[5] He retired in March 2005 after winning the 10th title and being named Ohio High School Hockey Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations'.

In July 2009, St. Edward named Whidden to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame, class of 2009.[6]

HonorsEdit

  • 1967 Memorial Cup Winner (player)
  • 10 OHSAA state titles (coach)
  • 7 Baron Cups (coach)
  • 500 Wins as a high school head coach
  • Cleveland Hockey Legends Ring of Honor[7]


ReferencesEdit

  1. Memorial Cup
  2. Bob Whidden's profile at hockeydb.com
  3. http://www.sjjtitanshockey.com/Titan_Tradition_History/1984_85_History/1985%20OHSAA%20State%20Champioinship%20-%20low%20res.pdf
  4. West Life Newspaper - Sports
  5. http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/records/ihrecrd.htm#CWA
  6. http://alumni.sehs.net/news/28512/Athletics-2009-Athletic-Hall-of-Fame-Inductees-Announced.htm
  7. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3130888

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