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D. A. (Dootch) Vitarelli

Dootch Vitarelli was a prominent figure in lacrosse and hockey for more than two decades, and he was also a highly-skilled golfer.

His hockey began with the Jr. C Monarchs and after one season stepped up to Jr. B. Ultimately, he elevated to Sr. B in the mid-1940s and played with both the Br. 52 Legion and McGillis Eagles clubs. He was a member of the 1949 Legion club which won the Ontario championship. Dootch also managed the city’s Jr. B team several seasons in the 1950s.

Championships seemed to follow Dootch wherever he played lacrosse – – Ontario Sr. B honours in 1946, ’47 and ’48, then the Mann Cup Canadian championship in 1951, ’52 and ’53.

His golfing laurels were also noteable. In 1949, he earned the Presidents’ Cup of the Kawartha Golf & Country Club, and two years later he was club champion. In 1957, he won the Commercial Press Trophy, a 36-hole battle for the championship of Peterborough. In 1990, he was a member of the Rehill two-ball championship team.

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