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Phat Wilson
Phatwilson
Position Defence
Teams Port Arthur Bearcats
Born December 29, 1895(1895-12-29),
Port Arthur, ON, CAN
Died July 26 1970 (aged 74),
Pro Career 1917 – 1932
Hall of Fame, 1962

Gordon Allan "Phat" Wilson (December 29, 1895 – August, 1970) was a Canadian amateur ice hockey forward who won the Allan Cup three times as a member of the Port Arthur Bearcats. Regarded as one of the top amateur players of his time, Wilson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.

Hockey careerEdit

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Wilson and teammates return to Port Arthur with the Allan Cup in 1929.

A native of Port Arthur, Ontario, Wilson did not even know how to skate when he joined the town's church league in 1914.[1] Serving as a substitute, he improved his skating enough that he earned a full-time role on his team the following year and played two seasons of junior hockey before joining the Port Arthur War Veterans senior team at the age of 18.[2]

Wilson moved to Iroquois Falls, Ontario for a season to play in the Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA) in 1921–22 before returning to Port Arthur a year later to play for the Port Arthur Bearcats. He was a top player in the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association, leading Port Arthur to an Allan Cup championship in 1925 as Canada's national senior champions. Wilson and the Bearcats repeated as champions the following year and won a third Allan Cup in 1929.[1] Professional teams took note of his play; teams from Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto all offered him but he declined, preferring to remain in his hometown.[2]

He was an outstanding offensive defenceman who won several scoring titles during his career.[1] He retired as a player in 1932 at the age of 37 and took on the dual role of coach and manager of the Bearcats.[3] In recognition of his career in Port Arthur, Wilson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962 and the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in its inaugural class of 1982.[2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gordon 'Phat' Wilson profile. Northwestern Ontario Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2010-07-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Phat Wilson biography. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2010-07-24.
  3. "Phat Wilson gets post", Montreal Gazette, 1932-05-31, p. 11. Retrieved on 2010-07-24. 

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