Hockey Manitoba is saddened to report the passing of Buck Matiowski.
Matiowski, President of Hockey Manitoba from 1984-1985, was a trailblazer for several hockey firsts in Manitoba such as organizing the first-ever provincial women’s hockey tournament in 1955 or founding Western Manitoba’s first summer hockey school in Brandon in 1967. He coached and ran women’s hockey in the rural communities of Shoal Lake and Bisset and in 1968 wrote a groundbreaking report called “Task Force on Hockey Violence” for the use of the CAHA. In 1976 he introduced a new plan to divide the province into regions for the organization of amateur hockey, a system that is still used to this day.
The innovation and forward-thinking of Buck Matiowski improved the game of hockey in Manitoba forever.