Today’s installment in a daily series that recalls the story of the 1962-63 Kingston Frontenacs, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their Eastern Professional Hockey League championship season.
Fifty years ago today, Wednesday, April 17, 1963
Kingston Frontenacs win the Tom Foley Memorial Trophy by defeating the Sudbury Wolves 6-3 at the Community Centre. The win gives Kingston the best-of-seven Eastern Professional Hockey League final 4-1.
It’s Kingston’s first league championship and the first time in league history a team not affiliated with the Montreal Canadiens has won the title.
“This club could play a bad game but it would still come up with a win and you need that if you hope to have a championship team,” Ron Brown wrote in the Whig-Standard.
Pete Panagabko scored twice for Kingston, while Dick Cherry, Don Blackburn, Pat Stapleton and Harry Sinden scored the other Frontenacs goals. Cherry’s goal was his sixth of the series.
Gord Labossiere, Len Ronson and Marc Dufour scored for Sudbury.
The crowd of 3,500 went into a state of delirium when Sinden received the trophy from league president Jack Urie.
The Whig-Standard’s Doug McConnell wrote that for three seasons Wren Blair ranted and raved behind the Kingston bench but when the championship came the general manager-coach took it quite calmly. While the Frontenacs were wrapping up the championship, McConnell wrote, Blair sat quietly in the press box.
“I guess,” Blair said later, “it was the realization that there was the culmination of three years’ work. I had accomplished something I set out to do three years ago.”
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