Lloyd Gilmour: BC Hockey Legend

June 4th, 2010 by Paul Austin Leave a reply »
There's nothing worse than looking up at the scoreboard, and seeing that it's the bottom of the eighth inning, in a 3-4 game, you're one run behind, there's no more time to lose, and realizing you have a hockey stick in your hand...

Lloyd Gilmour was born in Cumberland, B. C., and grew up playing hockey, and his junior days were spent with the Nanaimo Clippers, where his play gained the attention of the New York Rangers, who in 1949 asked him to try out with the New York Rovers (a Ranger farm team). However, during the off-season in 1950 Lloyd was involved in a logging accident in which he severely injured his back, pelvis, hips, and legs and endured a hospital stay of six months.

Miraculously, defying the experts, Lloyd was back skating soon after; however he realized he was unable to perform at the level he was accustomed to and retired two months later, but with the 1952-53 season came the opportunity to get back in the game as a linesman in the Okanagan Senior Amateur Hockey League, and within two years, Lloyd was refereeing in the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Throughout the late 50’s and 60’s, Lloyd logged hundreds of thousands of miles ...

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