Who's who in NL hockey
[one of the pitfalls of beginning to name all those who made important contributions to NL's hockey development over the past 100+ years is to make inadvertent omissions. The goal is to start with the pioneers and work forward, with the hope of eventually naming all the key individuals.]
NL hockey pioneers 1895-1899
[includes those first hockeyists who formed the first St. John's first hockey club in 1895 to the formation of the first proper indoor arena for hockey and the first hockey leagues in the country of Newfoundland in1899.]
James Patrick Fox (1860-1899)
A. E. Nash
Sir Robert Gillespie Reid (1842-1908)
- Born in Scotland
- In 1890 the Railway magnate was awarded the contract to build a trans-island railway and set up the Reid Newfoundland Company.
- Encouraged and supported sporting activities, including hockey, for his employees, many of whom were Canadians.
- Exchanged land to build the Prince of Wales Rink in exchange for shares in the Rink Company.
- His influence resulted in more ice-time for hockey matches at the Prince's Rink.
Builders and organizers from 1899 to the end of the First World War in 1918
Francis J. Hunter
John M. (Jack) Tobin
Daily News - Wednesday, April 11, 1928
Sudden Passing of N. J. Vinicombe
Member of Board of Liquor Control Passed Away at His office With Startling Suddenness
Collapsing in his office after complaining of not feeling well Nicholas J Vinicombe, member of the Board of Liquor Control, passed away a few minutes later at seven o'clock last evening. The deceased who had been in indifferent healt for some time was at his office in the Board of Liquor control building, yesterday afternoon as usual. He was in his office waiting to lock up about 6.60 p.m. and did not feel very well. It was suggested to him to get a doctor, but he said he would be alright. Messrs, Abbott, Tulk and two others of the employees were in the ton flat when they came down stairs he had collapsed. Dr. Carnell administered restoratives until the arrival of Fr. Pippy who administered the last rites of the Church and almost immediatly aftwards Nicholas Vinnicombe had passed to the beyond. He was born in St. John's on January 14th, 1877, and was educated at St. Bonaventure's College. He entered the employ of James Stott in 1892 and established a business of his own in 1904. His career as a city councilor and member of the Legislature was a useful one. Being first elected to the City Council in 1916 and again in 1921. In 1919 he contested a seat in St. John's East, successfully and was re-elected in 1923 and 1924 in 1925 he was appointed a member of the Newfoundland Board of Liquor Control, resigning his seat in the House of Assembly. He leaves to mourn a wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. The funeral will take place from his late residence 150 Duckworth Street at 2.30 p.m Thursday.