Louis “Lou" Kiley
His hockey career spanned the years 1946 to 1963,- a time when playing coaches were still in vogue, when defensemen were mainly of the “stay-at-home” and “rock ‘em” varieties, and where shifts were sometimes as long as the game itself! This first-ever veteran inductee began his career in Saint John, and then moved on to play in Trois-Rivières, Shawinigan, Boston, Charlottetown, Saint John, Amherst, Bathurst, Moncton and Halifax.He played on four Maritime championship senior teams; on three of these he was a player-coach. This perennial all-star was signed by the New York Rangers but a serious knee injury ended his dream of playing in the NHL. Fans flocked to the arenas to watch him play, knowing that he was one of those who, as they say in the ranks, always gave 110%! Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 5th, 2004.
Played with NB junior champion Saint John Maroons in 1948-49
Signed to a tryout with the New York Rangers in 1949
Played in the Quebec junior league with Trois Rivières in 1949-50
Named playing coach of the Saint John Beavers in 1952, and led the team to the Maritime senior championship in 1953
Coached Amherst Ramblers to Maritime senior title in 1961 and 1962
Won third consecutive Maritime championship with the Moncton Hawks in 1963
A fan favourite where-ever he played; known for his rugged style of play; respected by team mates and opponents for his intensity and leadership
Retired in 1964.