Friday, November 16, 2018

Meehan Enters Newmarket Sports Hall of Fame

Gerry Meehan, softball pitcher Dr. Robin Mackin, and Bernie Salter of the Newmarket Soccer Club.
Gerry Meehan was inducted into the Newmarket Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 4, 2018. Meehan's family moved from Toronto to Newmarket in 1953, and he reflected on his time growing up playing on local rinks and frozen fields. "You have to understand there were no officials, no rules," he said. "You had nothing but your own skills and character to get you by. There were bullies out there too, but you had to survive somehow."

While growing up in Newmarket, Meehan attended St. Michael's College School, which had ended its junior hockey team (the Toronto St. Michael's Majors) after its 1961-62 season. The team transferred to the Toronto Neil McNeil Maroons, operated by Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, Ontario, and Meehan played seven games for that team, which finished first in the Metro Junior A League. However, that league folded in 1963, and Meehan and seven other Maroon players transferred to the Toronto Marlboros, with their coach, Jim Gregory. The 1964 team was one of the top teams in Canadian junior history, and the team won the Memorial Cup in 1967.

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