Sports Wall of Fame

Kemp, Dave Sr

Kemp, Dave Sr
Fullsize image of plaque

Dave Kemp Sr. was very talented in many sports, but his claim to fame was hockey. He played his first senior A game for the Niagara Falls Cataracts at age 17. He was drafted by the Sudbury Wolves junior A team and went as far as the Memorial Cup finals. After his junior career ended, he played his senior hockey with the Frood Tigers, who won the Allan Cup in 1937. With the Frood Tigers, a world tournament was organized by Conn Smythe and the winning Tigers were considered to be world champions. Dave then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and played in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia for the air force team. Upon discharge, he played professional hockey in the United States with Philadelphia and Washington, retiring from professional hockey in 1947.
Returning to Niagara Falls, Dave refereed hockey and umpired baseball for many years. When the Niagara Falls Memorial Arena opened in 1949, Dave was the first timekeeper, and remained timekeeper for all sporting activities in the arena for 25 years.
Dave Kemp Sr. gave his best at all times and won a well-deserved reputation as a gifted athlete. 

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Title 8th Annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony- Dave Kemp Sr Athlete
Creator  Simon, Pat
Description  Mayor Wayne Thomson to right
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 1997 ;
Date  January 12, 1997.
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