St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

Roy was born in St. Louis in 1922  and grew up in South St. Louis playing Baseball as a youth.  In his teens he joined the CCC's and worked on a damn project in Oregon. He joined the Navy during WWII where he served as a Gunners Mate in the North Atlantic aboard a destroyer escort. He met June Meyer at a St. Louis Flyers game and they married in 1946.

During the 50's he played for the Octopus Hockey club of St. Louis. Their games consisted of home and home series with the Memphis All-Stars.

In the early 60's Roy was involved in efforts with Ed Olson to start home and home games with teams in Peoria and Pekin, Illinois.  This evolved into a Tri-State league with teams from Pekin, Peoria, Chicago, and Keokuk, Iowa.  The St. Louis players represented Springfield, Illinois as the Falcons.  This league continued into the mid 60's when Winterland was built on St. Charles Rock Rd.

With the base of players from the Springfield team and young players coming out of the youth programs the Senior Men's League was formed at Winterland and soon blossomed into several teams at different levels. It wasn't long before the Blues came to town and youth level hockey boomed.  Roy started a Learn to play program in Granite City in 1967 during the first year of the rinks existence.  That took off and the next year Roy, along with rink manager Bill Hodge, formed the Granite City Amateur Hockey Association with Squirt and PeeWee A and B squads. The Granite City Organization grew to cover all Youth age groups in just a couple years.

During the early 70's Roy enjoyed coaching the Midget team in the newly formed Spanish Lake Organization.

In 1973 Roy became a member of the NHL Off-Ice Officials in St. Louis. Many people will remember him as the man that gave out numbered scraps of paper to kids prior to the Blues games. The kids would come to the penalty box after the game to exchange these numbers for broken hockey sticks.   Because of his exceptional attendance at Blues games Roy would kid Garry Unger that he was competing with him for the Iron Man title. Roy has three sons, Larry, Lon and Tim. All three sons enjoyed years of working Blues games with their Dad before he retired as an Off-Ice Official in 2005. 

Roy's other interests in his lifetime included playing baseball, boxing, flying airplanes, riding motorcycles and his horse, Rocky.  Roy was also an accomplished artist. He painted the likeness of his favorite sports figures, and would present them these gifts. His favorite people were naturally hockey players.

Roy along with June, his wife of 60 years, loved following his sons' and grandchildren's endeavors and seldom missed a game, school function or recital.  We miss him greatly.