Former Executive Director of Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association, Mr. George Allard died suddenly on November 24, 2009.
Born in “The Pas”, Manitoba on February 23, 1930 George was recognized as an outstanding Junior A goaltender with the Black Hawks and Brandon and signed a “C” form with Chicago.
He organized and played for the Flin Flon Intermediates who were the National AA champions in 1965. George was also a player, volunteer coach/ manager from 1956-67. He managed the Flin Flon Junior Bombers for three years and also worked as a scout for the New York Rangers.
George Allard served as the MAHA Executive Director for nearly three decades as well volunteering as the Secretary-Treasurer of Manitoba Junior Hockey League from 1967-1977. Awarded the CAHA Order of Merit in 1985, he also served on committees such as the First World Junior and the Government of Canada Hockey Review.
George was considered a pioneer in the game of hockey and was recognized for his vision, commitment and contribution to the sport. George was elected to the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders category in 1989. Hockey Manitoba recognized his long serving commitment to hockey and annually awards a scholarship in his name to a first year University student.
He is survived by his wife Doris and their 6 children along with 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral will be Monday, Nov 30 at John 23rd Catholic Church – corner of Portage Ave and Rouge Rd, Winnipeg, MB.