Sports Wall of Fame

Boston, Doug Walter

Boston, Doug Walter
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Doug wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but a hockey stick. He started his serious hockey playing about the age of 13 with the Mailands of the Toronto Hockey League. In 1927, the Park Dale School Hockey Team became the Senior Major Champions with Doug playing on defence.

Doug played next in the Junior Ontario Hockey Association (O.H.A.) with Parkdale Canoe Club. His first major championship was in 1935 with the Royal Canadians winning the Ontario Intermediate Hockey League title. He also played for the Evening Telegram at Varsity

In 1936 through 1937, Doug was a champ once again, playing with the Toronto Dominions and winning the O.H.A. title. The Dominions also were in the semi finals for the Allan Cup. King Clancy recognized Doug’s talented hockey skills. Doug received an invitation to the Pro-Try-Out in Lake Placid, New York. He trained with the Montreal Canadians (1938-39) of the National Hockey League.

From 1937-1940, Doug played Left Defence for the Kirkland Lake Blue Devils and won the Northern Ontario Hockey Association Championship. His dream of winning the Allan Cup came in 1939 - 1940, when the Devils were victorious over the Calgary Stampeders.

Doug continued his hockey fame in the Golden Horseshoe, (1940-44), playing Senior "A" O.H.A.. His teams included: St. Catharines Saints, Niagara Falls Cataracts and Oakville.

Not only was Doug an outstanding hockey player, he also coached the Niagara Falls Cataracts in the O.H.A. Jr. "B" League. In 1949, the Cataracts made it to the Sutherland Cup Semi-Finals.

Doug’s reputation was included good, clean body-checking, playing fair and fast as well as a potent scoring threat.

During his off-season, Doug enjoyed playing Intercity Industrial Softball with the Welland Cyanamid Team (1940 - 45). He bowled, (Bova’s) for Welland Cyanamid and liked to play golf.

Doug was once quoted saying: "Winning the Allan Cup realized one of my life’s dreams. The other was to play on an Olympic team. That never happened, but making one dream come true is more than what happens to most people." 

Additional Images & Resources

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From the library's image database (click the link to view the full record)

Title 15th annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Doug Walter Boston
Creator  Simon, Pat
Description  family members accepting the award from Mayor Ted Salci (centre)
Date  January 18, 2004.
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From the library's image database (click the link to view the full record)

Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Doug Walter Boston Athlete Hockey 1900 - 1950 era
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 2004 ;
Date  January 13, 2004.
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