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Lou Bates
Position Defence
Teams Wembley Lions
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born c. 1912,
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Died July 30, 1987,
London, England
Pro Career 1934 – 1940

John Louis "Lou" Bates (c. 1912 – July 30, 1987) was an ice hockey defender who played in the English National League for the Wembley Lions. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and died in London, England. He is a member of the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.


Lou Bates cigarette card

Hockey careerEdit

Lou Bates toured Britain twice with an all-star team from Ottawa (1931-32 & 1933-34). Bates signed for the Wembley Lions for their inaugural season in 1934. Bates established himself as one of the most popular players in pre-war Britain and, as such, featured on a cigarette card and in a cinema advert for Player's cigarettes.[1]

Bates played as the captain for the Lions until play was stopped in May 1940 due to the outbreak of World War II. When play resumed following the war in 1946, Bates returned to the Lions for the 1946–47 season as coach. He also coached Streatham in 1951.

During the 1950 European championships, Bates was the Head Coach for the British team and guided them to a silver medal.[2]



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