Sports Wall of Fame

Holmes, George

Holmes, George
Full size image of plaque

George Holmes was born in Niagara Falls where, with his father George Sr.'s coaching, he learned to play goal on the old Stamford Racetrack pond, and in the Hermes and Legion Hockey Leagues.
At age 14, he was given a chance to tend goal for the newly formed Jr. "8" Cataracts. following a year of midget hockey, George was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens organization. He was assigned to the Peterborough Petes and two years later joined the Montreal Junior Canadiens where in the 1961 -62 season, he won the Dave Pinkney Trophy awarded to the Ontario Hockey Association Jr. "A" leading goaltender. He completed his junior hockey with the Eastern Professional Hull-Ottawa Canadians and at the season's end joined the Niagara falls flyers as back-up goalie at the Memorial Cup finals in Edmonton.
With NHL expansion not yet reality, George chose not to pursue a professional career and returned to Niagara Falls where he has enjoyed many years coaching both Jr. "8" and Atom hockey and playing with local intermediate, old timers and recreational teams. 

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Title 12th annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - George Holmes award
Creator  Simon, Pat
Description  Mayor Wayne Thomson presenting the award
Notes  Induction January 2001 ;
Date  2001.
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