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William (Bill) Mahoney

Bill was a natural athlete who excelled in several sports. He played with the 1953 Shamrocks which won Ontario Bantam A hockey honours and the next season was on the Ontario Midget Lacrosse Championship squad. Bill quarterbacked in football and pitched several successful seasons in City League softball, one of those reaching the Ontario finals.

In 1956, Bill became the first Peterborough native to play for the Peterborough Petes Jr. A hockey team where he enjoyed three good seasons. He was Captain in 1958 when the Petes won the Eastern Canada crown, and earned the Kearns Memorial Trophy as the City’s Athlete of the Year.

Mahoney turned pro with Ottawa of the CHL but opted to attend university where he was both a player and coach at Carlton and McMaster. He helped form a coaches association, conducted seminars on coaching, and organized the first hockey school which catered to pro players with emphasis on improving their skating skills.  He was also once named Coach of the Year in university hockey. Bill later had a brief fling with pro coaching with Washington and Minnesota of the NHL.

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