40 Years and Still Going Strong in Community
Over the past 60 plus years, Spokane has been a force in the amateur hockey world with a total of eight national titles. That tradition of winning dates back to 1949 when the Spokane Flyers won the U.S. Senior Championship for the first time. Spokane wouldn’t stop there, as they repeated the following season and added four Canadian Allan Cups (1970, 1972, 1976, and 1980). In 1991 the Spokane Chiefs captured their first Memorial Cup and a second in 2008. That winning hockey tradition is remembered and kept alive through the Spokane Oldtimers Hockey Association.
Back in 1974, a group of our Spokane hockey heroes got together and organized what would become the Spokane Oldtimers Hockey Association. Let’s take a quick look at our founding members.
Vern Kneeshaw, Jerry Fodey, Carl Cirullo, Dan McDougald, Tony Hemerling, Blinkey Boyce, Don Scherza, John Dolan, Red Tilson
These men held the organizations first impromptu meeting on March 23, 1975. At the first meeting President Kneeshaw joked that Don Scherza probably wasn’t old enough at the time to officially be an ‘Oldtimer’ and today, 40 years later, the organization consists of men as young as 21.
Our organization is made up of three levels of skaters. The Masters – age 50 and over, The Grinders – age 21 and up, and The Jets – a transition group between the two, all call Eagles Ice-A-Rena their home.
We have a few fundraisers each year and the first Oldtimers Hockey Tournament was held in 1981 and celebrated in 2006, 25 consecutive years of fun and fellowship. Attending the Spokane tournament has been a tradition for many teams each season and the Masters group is extremely proud of their exciting tradition!
In addition to the Oldtimers Hockey Tournament the Grinders hold a Memorial Golf Tournament. This year they are celebrating their 35th Memorial Golf Tournament held on June 21 at Downriver. Please click on the events tab for more information on both tournaments.
All events the Spokane Oldtimers present provide monies to both local charities that include both hockey and non-hockey causes. The group is known for sponsoring Spokane youth hockey players via scholarships. We encourage these young men and women to apply for them on this site, but remember, we will interview the candidates and place a great deal of value in schooling! We also provide monetary assistance and support to our local teams and provide money to the likes of the Vanessa Behan Nursery, Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, the Mark Rypien Foundation and others. Please 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.
USA Hockey Registration
Required for everyone skating with the Spokane Oldtimers Hockey Association.
Plese apply via the form below. We will review the applications and schedule an interview with both the player and parents.
Spokane Oldtimers c/o
6321 N Addison St.
Spokane, WA 99208
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