Sports Wall of Fame

Bell, Jack

Bell, Jack
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During the winter of 1945, an outdoor ice skating rink was flooded on the Stamford Green. This rink included lights, boards, regulation goal nets and lines painted on the ice. All of this was organized by Jack Bell and was maintained by his three sons (likely to keep them busy and out of trouble), along with many other volunteers. This undertaking enabled a hockey team from Stamford to compete in the O.M.H.A. Playoffs, by way of a bye. Inevitably, a January thaw came and melted the ice, resulting in a big scramble to rent the indoor ice at Thorold or Fort Erie. The team would be transported there, in the back of the Foulis Feed Truck. This did not discourage Jack, as it was just the first of many projects that he had envisioned.

The following year, outdoor rinks were built at the Halfway School, Drummondville, and Prince Edward Park. They were erected and maintained by volunteers from each of those locales. These undertakings became known as the birth of the Stamford Minor Hockey Association.

The building and maintaining of outdoor rinks was difficult and very frustrating. This led a group of local men: Jack Bell, Ab Foulis (who had a feed business) and Bill Meadows (who had a drug store at the five corners), to begin the process of building an enclosed arena. Their efforts resulted in the construction of the Stamford Memorial Arena on Frederica Street.

Jack Bell was appointed to the Arena Board and he was elected Chairman from 1952 to 1971. All the while, he remained active in Minor Hockey at both the local and provincial levels. He received the prestigious O.M.H.A. Man of the Year Award in November 1958 and later had the Jack Bell Arena named in his honour. Jack was also instrumental in starting the Stamford Figure Skating Club and helped to organize the very first Girls Hockey Game at Stamford.

There is no doubt, Jack would be so proud to see the activity in the arenas now, a long road from the early years of outdoor rinks. 
 

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Click to view photograph of Induction Ceremony  Click to view photograph of Induction Ceremony
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Title 14th annual Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Jack Bell
Creator  Simon, Pat
Description  L-R: In background Gord Singleton Committee Member, Jack Bell, Mayor Wayne Thomson
Date  January 19, 2003.
 
 
Scan from Sports Wall of Fame Brochure January 2003  Scan from Sports Wall of Fame Brochure January 2003
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Jack Bell 1900 - 1950 era Builder
Description  scan from book 14th Annual City of Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony ; date of photograph unknown ;
Notes  This image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture;
 
 
Stamford Kerrios Senior B Hockey Team  Stamford Kerrios Senior B Hockey Team
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Stamford Kerrios Senior B Hockey Team 1955 - 56
Description  era 1950 - 1970
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 1992 ; Top row L-R: Herb Sootheran, Malcolm Cushing, Gord Harley, Joe Mancuso, Tom Gallager, Vic Gill, Earl Southon, Bill McLeod, Gary Groves, Godfey Shrimpton ; Middle row: Jack Barnes, Doug Caveros, Vance Millar, Murray Johnston, Hank Sokolswki, Ed Mulligan, Anthony Mancuso, Tex McEwan, Jim Somerville ; Front row: Earl Germano (Co-Sponsor), Jack Lynett, Bud Heximer, George Holmes Sr., Mike Climac, Tom Smelle, Charlie Kerrio (President & Co-Sponsor) ; Inset L-R: Ray Gallagher, Buster Bartolomei, Ralph BIamonte Sr., Jack Bell Sr., Stu Moore (Manager), Allan Kellog ;
Date  1992.
 
 
 
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