Henry Calcutt was involved in virtually every Peterborough sporting activity in the last half of the 19th century. He was a prominent local cricketeer in the 1860′s who believed in “the intrinsic value of sports in character building”. He was president of the Peterborough Turf Club in 1863 and Peterborough Baseball Club in 1885; first president of both the Peterborough Lacrosse Club in 1867 and “Tuque Bleu” Snowshoe Club in 1874; and an executive member of the local cycling and football clubs as well. In 1870 Calcutt, a successful Ashburnham brewer, converted property from his flax mill to an indoor curling and skating rink in what is now James Stephenson Park. Fifteen years later he would go on to build the first local baseball park in its present “Riverside Park” location. Ever the entrepreneur, he offered home delivery of kegs of ale; built a resort “Idyll Wild” at the mouth of the Otonabee and Rice Lake; and a fleet of river steamers to ferry holiday throngs to his resort. He would organize regattas and tournaments of various sporting events and provide silver trophies, fine dining and of course a drink of ale.
Ron Horton was a gifted local athlete who excelled in both hockey and lacrosse. Ron played hockey in 1939 for the Peterborough Petes Juniors and for the Owen Sound Greys in 1940. He finished his Junior career with Kingston in the 1942-43 season where he led the team to the Ontario Finals against the University […]More Info
Louis (Lou) Nickle
Lou came to Peterborough to play junior lacrosse in 1951. Invited as a replacement player after his team was eliminated, Lou led Mimico to the Canadian Championship, the Minto Cup. The next season Lou joined Peterborough’s senior team, the Timbermen, and helped them to three Canadian Championships in succession. In 1952, playing Vancouver in Toronto’s […]More Info
Born in Newmarket, Greg Marchen moved to Peterborough at age two and went on to excel in three sports – hockey, softball and lacrosse. As a puck-chaser, Greg played Jr. B hockey in this city, then commuted for nine seasons to play Sr. A in Belleville, ON. He was offered a pro contract with the […]More Info