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Pat Doherty (1928 - 2015)

Kitchener's own Mr. Hockey

Updated Thursday February 16, 2017 by Kitchener Sports Association.

 

 

 

PHOTO: Pat and his daughter,Kathy Masters, pose at the Jan. 2010  KSA Olympics Dinner. (The torch is the one Pat carried to the cauldron lighting at Kitchener City Hall on Sunday, December 27, 2009.)  

 

 

 

 

August 11, 2015: Notice of Pat's passing. (570 News website)

 

It’s a sad day for Kitchener’s hockey community.
Pat Doherty — the man who came to be known as Mr. Hockey — has passed away..
Doherty spent over three decades involved in minor hockey. He served as coach, manager, and president of the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association..
Doherty was also a former teacher at Sacred Heart and St. Jerome’s. He was considered a pillar in the community, and a rink at the Activa Sportsplex is named after him...
He died at 87.

Pat Doherty was born in Campbellford in 1928 and came to Kitchener in 1955. He has served as coach, manager and president of the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association, was founding president of the Hub All-Star League (1972), manager of the Kitchener Ranger B's for two years and head instructor of the Don Hayes' Hockey School. 

Doherty wrote a manual for hockey coaches and instructors and an organizational manual (1973) which are both used across Canada. He became chairman of the OHA board in 1982 and was first president of the Hockey Development Centre for Ontario in 1984.

A former teacher at Sacred Heart Elementary School and St. Jerome's High School, he joined the Waterloo County Separate School Board in 1968, serving as a consultant and safety officer until his retirement in 1989.

His thirty-five years' involvement with minor hockey was recognized with the Special Achievement Award by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation in 1985. His numerous other recognition awards include the individual KSA Award of Excellence in 2007 and a "Community Sports Hero" Celebration 2010 award on March 14, 2010 presented by MPP John Milloy.

Pat had the honour, accompanied by his daughter Kathy, of carrying the Olympic Torch on the final leg of the Kitchener segment of it's cross-Canada tour and was guest of honour at KSA's Olympic dinner in January 2010.

Thanks Pat, it's not only the hockey community that misses you.

Alliance Hockey tribute to Pat Doherty (by T. Martindale)

Waterloo Region Record article (Aug12/2015)

Pat Doherty's obituary




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