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Garry Kearns

Born in Peterborough in 1935, Garry was a good athlete who excelled at every sport he played. During his formative years, he was considered to be the city’s all-round best young athlete. He won the Fred Craig Memorial MVP Award as a member of the South End Bantams, a team that went to the OBA finals. He was a member of the Outboard Marine Bantam Hockey Team that went to the OMHA finals in 1948/49. He was the leading scorer for the 1953 Junior “B” Hockey Team.

He went on to play ball for the senior Petes and football for St. Peter’s High School. He was described as a heady player, a good hitter, and was quick on the base paths. While small in stature, Garry was a fearless hockey player who wowed the crowd with his slick stick-handling and speedy skating.

Garry received an athletic scholarship to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. He was the National Collegiate Scoring Champion during the 1955-56 season and was named to the collegiate All-American first team. He amassed 144 points in three seasons with RPI. He played professional hockey for Milwaukee of the old United States League and coached minor high school hockey in Milwaukee and Troy, NY before returning to coach the RPI team. He retired in 1969 to pursue his career as an Architect. He was one of the greatest players ever to play for RPI.

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