St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

Bill Fredrick was born in 1925 in Oilton, Oklahoma. At the age of sixteen, he moved to Bakersfield, California, where he played football for his high school team. In July 1942, he eagerly enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of seventeen, proudly serving our nation during WW II in the South Pacific. In 1945, immediately upon completing his service to our country, he married his wartime sweetheart, Miss Nadine Alvey, whom he met while stationed in St. Louis to attend electrical training school to become an Electrician's Mate. They have been happily married for sixty-six years, and have two children, Becky and Brent.

Bill and Nadine settled in Florissant, where Bill coached son Brent's baseball and basketball teams for several years. When North County made hockey available, so many boys signed up that they immediately required two leagues, Florissant and Valley. Brent volunteered his dad to coach even though Bill did not ice skate. Brent used to create his own rink by "watering" the concrete patio during the winter so that he could always have a rink handy. He spent many hours skating at Winterland Ice Rink in Bridgeton.

Several years later, Bill, then a planning executive with Emerson Electric, helped establish the hockey program at Chaminade high school, coached by Brother Wolfe. Bill organized all-star games for both junior high and high school players. In 1971, Bill created the Area High School Club Hockey League in partnership with Bill Cornelius of Union Electric, comprised of Chaminade, CBC, DeSmet, Lindbergh, St. Thomas Aquinas, Vianney and Whitfield high schools. After more support from the community, including dedicated parents too numerous to mention, and high schools which were willing to take some risk, that league eventually evolved into the Mid-States Hockey League. Sid Salomon II and family donated the use of the Arena for league playoffs, as well as the Sid Salomon Trophy. Bill spent many hours planning, networking, raising funds, guiding others, making tough decisions, and most importantly, providing young men with the opportunity to play hockey. He jokes that he did all the scheduling "BC," before computer, even as the league grew to 28 teams! Early in the 72/73 season, Bill met with Bill Selman and the SLU athletic director and arranged for each of the 28 teams to play rivalry matches at the Arena in front of the scheduled SLU college game.

Behind Bill stood Nadine, assisting every step of the way, the original "hockey mom," long before the phrase hit popular culture. Daughter Becky, herself an accomplished swimmer and diver, was by then married with a son. Brent went on to play hockey for the Chaminade Red Devils. He earned a hockey scholarship to the University of Dayton.

By 1974, Bill's increasing career responsibilities and demanding West coast assignments necessitated that he hand over the reins to the new board of directors. Throughout the years, Bill and Nadine have been ardent high school hockey fans and supporters, in addition to being spirited fans of the football Cardinals, baseball Cardinals, St Louis Rams, and, of course, St. Louis Blues Hockey. For the past thirty years, they have attended the Mid-States Club Hockey playoffs at the Scottrade Arena each March. They enjoy a very active retirement, most notably spoiling and caring for their two great-grandchildren, Zaven and Mira, who are so very proud of their "Grampy." Bill would like to thank his wife Nadine, son Brent, daughter Becky, grandson Zaven and two loving great-grandchildren.