top of page

 (1935 – 2023)


SPORT | Hockey

POSITION | Executive Member, Administrator



Stobbs, Bill

Bill was born in Windsor, grew up in Leamington, and after a short career with the Toronto Dominion Bank, joined Union Gas in 1956 with whom he remained for 40 years. Bill had a number of roles with Union Gas that took him to Petrolia, Sarnia, London, and Burlington, but much of his time was spent in Chatham and immediate area. No matter where his work took him, Bill served his community and province as a volunteer in hockey arenas and meeting rooms throughout Ontario. He lived in Chatham for four years in the early 1970’s and has permanently resided in Chatham since 1997 and continues to work here with the hockey community.


1979 – 81 – Was President of Chatham Pontiacs Senior Hockey Team

1982 – Was OHA Junior “D” League Convenor

1988 – 2012 – Was board member for Ontario Hockey Association (OHA)

Served as Director, Vice-chairman, Chairman, and Advisory Board Member

Was also Chairperson of Great Lakes Junior “C” League (GLJC)

Attended most GLJC League Meetings in role of OHA Life Member Observer – was OHA Advisor to GLJC Executive Board and GLJC teams

2008 – With Bill Saunders, re-wrote GLJC Constitution

2015 – Reviewed changes made by GLJC General Managers and updated its Constitution

1988-99 – Was Chairman of OHA Senior Hockey League

1995-2003 – Was Director of Hockey Development Centre for Ontario (HDCO) which distributes funding to Ontario hockey organizations

1995-2003 – Held positions with Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF), initially (1995-1999) as Chairperson of Senior and Adult recreational Hockey

1999-2003 – Was Treasurer

In late 1990’s and early 2000’s – was the only volunteer hockey voice at Hockey Canada (HC) level promoting Adult Recreational Hockey – HC later hired a full-time staff person to undertake this responsibility

1998 – Became an Honourary Member of the Chatham Maroon Alumni

Annually does an audit of the Maroon Alumni’s banking practices and produces an audit report for same – at Maroon Alumni Officer’s Meeting, conducts its annual election of officers

Beginning in 2003 – member of Chatham Minor Hockey’s (CHMA) Tournament Committee for over 15 years – has served as Co-Convener/Host at the Memorial Arena for CMHA’s Annual (pre-Christmas) Silver Stick Hockey Tournament

For 2 years in early 2000’s served as Special Advisor on Provincial Hockey Matters (i.e. HDCO and OHF) to CMHA

Beginning in 2003 – OHA Chairperson of the Western Division of GOJHL (Junior “B” League) for over 15 years

Beginning in 2010-2011 season – charted game ‘on ice’ playing time and game performance of all 16 year old players for several Junior “B” and Junior “C” teams for over 15 years

2002 – 2003 – Covered Chatham Jr. Maroons home games for the Windsor Star and occasionally, was an analyst for CFCO Radio

In Addition

While working and living outside Chatham, Bill was involved in community activities, both sports related and non-sports related. In Chatham his community involvement included serving as a volunteer and executive member in local and provincial service clubs and agencies. These included the Chatham Jaycees, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Chatham-Kent PAY IT FORWARD, and Chatham-Kent United Way.

Awards & Recognitions

1991 – Certificate of Appreciation towards the Advancement of Women’s Hockey in Ontario from Ontario Women’s Hockey Association

1992 – Ontario Hockey Federation Past President’s Award

1999 – Hockey Development Centre for Ontario Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions towards the Development of Hockey 2002 – Ontario Hockey Federation Certificate of Appreciation for contributions made towards the success of the CHA Annual Meeting held in Toronto

2002 – Hockey Development Centre for Ontario Award for Program Development as Inline Hockey Team Leader for Central Canada

2002 – Ontario Hockey Association Centennial Award (as an OHA Board Member)

2003 – Ontario Hockey Federation Volunteer of the Year Award

June 2007 – Ontario Hockey Association Gold Stick Award for outstanding contributions to the game other than as a player

June 2010 – Ontario Hockey Association Life Membership

2014 – Ontario Hockey Federation Senior Hockey Involvement Award in recognition of years spent actively promoting Adult Recreational Hockey in Ontario as well as work in other provincial branches of Hockey Canada

​Bill passed away on Jan 12 of 2023, he was 88 years old.

bottom of page