St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

Tim's love of hockey began at the age of 10 when the St. Louis Blues arrived in town. Tim enjoyed playing roller hockey with the neighborhood kids on his steel-wheel roller skates on the asphalt playgrounds. His organized ice hockey experience started at age 15 when, at the urging of his friend Gary Crowder, he signed up for the Olsen-Whitworth (HOF) instructional league. From there he went on to play at Valley, McCluer High School and finally the Florissant Leafs Jr. B team.

After graduating from high school Tim faded from the hockey scene until 1991 when he was asked by Jim Hofer to be an assistant coach for the Francis Howell Varsity team. At that point the seeds of the future St. Peters Hockey Club were planted. Howell's home rink was North County Recreation Complex in North St. Louis County. The team practiced there on Sunday mornings at 6:15 am. Tim was employed by the City of St. Peters at that time and the City was planning for the construction of an Olympic pool facility that included a double gymnasium. Tim, Jim Hofer and Tom Connors (president of Howell Hockey) seized the opportunity to push to have a rink added to the planned St. Peters Recreation Complex. City officials ultimately agreed to make a rink a part of what is now known as the St. Peters REC-PLEX. But that was only the first step. The trio reached out to Tim's old friend Gary Crowder and started planning for a new club, the St. Peters Spirit, to play out of the new facility. St. Peters Mayor Tom Brown signed a City Proclamation declaring October 10, 1993 as Hockey Fun Day in St. Peters and the new club was born. On that date over 1,300 kids descended on the St. Peters City Hall grounds to meet Blues players and alumni and sign up to receive information on the new club. The new rink opened in 1994 and the Hockey Club had its first problem, a waiting list. Not to be deterred, Tim and his fellow organizers convinced City Officials to construct an additional temporary rink under a tent-like structure adjacent to the REC-PLEX in 1998. This temporary facility stood until it was replaced with the double rink facility known as the South REC-PLEX in 2007. Tim and the Club worked with the REC-PLEX management Jeff Hutsler, Rick Oloteo and Laura Lindsey in planning the new facility, a facility many point to as the crown jewel of hockey facilities in the St. Louis area.

Tim is honored to be inducted into the Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame and wishes to share this honor with the founding Hockey Board Members: Jim Hofer, Tom Connors, Gary Crowder, John Zoltanski, Dennis Diepenbrock, Art Wollmershauser, Deb Keller, Alan Meyer, Mike Post, Bill Griese, and Marlene Foehringer. Tim also wants to thank the City of St. Peters elected officials for their support of amateur hockey for the past 20 years. Tim's bio as a player, coach and administrator is summarized below:

  • Valley Hockey 1972-1974
  • McCluer High School Hockey 1973-1975
  • Florissant Leafs Jr. B 1974-1975
  • Francis Howell Varsity Asst Coach 1991-2000
  • Francis Howell Central Varsity Coach 2001-2003
  • Francis Howell North Varsity Coach 2007-2009
  • St. Peters Hockey AA Coach 1994-2002
  • St. Peters Hockey Board Member 1993-2006
  • St. Peters Hockey Club President 1994-2003
  • Missouri Amateur Ice Hockey State Board Representative 1994-2001