Spokane Oldtimers: Nearly 40 Years
Over the past 60 plus years, Spokane has been a force in the amateur hockey world with teams from the city having won eight national championships. That tradition of winning dates back to 1948 when the city scored its first title when the Spokane Flyers won the U.S. Senior championship. Just last year the Spokane Chiefs won their second Memorial Cup.
Inbetween have come victories in another U.S. championship (1950), four Canadian Allan Cups (1970-, 1972, 1976 & 1980) as well as the first Memorial Cup in 1991. That winning hockey tradition is remembered and kept alive through the Spokane Oldtimers Hockey Association.
Back in 1975, a group of former Spokane hockey players got together to organize what would become the Spokane Oldtimers Hockey Association. Now, although many of the names have changed, 30 years later the organization is still going strong in the hockey community.
In looking back through the notes on the organization, a founder and honorary lifetime member, Vern Kneeshaw, recalled the first impromptu, meeting took place on March 23, 1975. Less than a week a week later Kneeshaw, along with Jerry Fodey, Carl Cirullo, Dan McDougald, Tony Hemerling, Blinkey Boyce, Don Scherza, John Dolan and Red Tilson gathered to officially form the organization. Kneeshaw joked that Scherza probably wasn't old enough at the time to officially be an "oldtimer."
Kneeshaw was voted the group's first president and from that day forward the group has helped keep the tradition of Spokane hockey alive and well.
The first Oldtimers Tournament was held in 1981 and in 2006 celebrated 25 consecutive years of fun and fellowship. Attending the Spokane tournament has been a tradition for many teams each season.
The organization consists of three levels of skaters, The Masters - age 50 and over skaters, the Jets, a transition group with a variety of skaters and abilities, and a younger division - The Grinders - who all call Eagles Ice-A-Rena home.
In addition to the Spring Tournament that is coordinated by the Masters Division, the Grinders present other fundraisers: a June golf tournament and from time-to-time a spring game versus the Calgary Flame Alumni.
All events that the Spokane Oldtimers present provide monies to both local charities that include both hockey and non-hockey causes. The group annually sponsors youth hockey players and teams as well as providing money to the likes of the Vanessa Behan Nursery, Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, the Mark Rypien Foundation and others. Contact us if you have a worthwhile charity we might be able to help.
Spokane Oldtimers Mission Statement
The Spokane Old-timers Hockey Association is a benevolent organization whose mission is to support and promote the game of ice hockey and to assist individuals and charitable organizations of the Inland Northwest through fellowship and fundraising activities.
Use the link below to do your on-line registration for your USA Hockey membership, which is required for all members of the Spokane Oldtimers Hockey Association. Click here to register.
Scholarships Offered By Spokane Oldtimers
We have a NEW process where applicants meet on a regular basis with association board members who will contact you with the schedule.
In order to apply you need to fill out the following information and submit it to the Spokane Oldtimers along with a personal letter that tells us why you would be a worthy candidate for our consideration. Return to: Spokane Oldtimers Hockey, c/o Eagles Ice-A-Rena, 6321 N Addison St. Spokane, Wa 99208 or watch for a new drop-box at the rink.
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