SIHR members will convene in picturesque Parry Sound, Ontario, for the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Society. Located 225 KM north of Toronto, the popular vacation destination is the birthplace of NHL legend Bobby Orr. The meeting will take place at the Bobby Orr Community Centre.
The official hotel is the Parry Sound Inn & Suites, 292 Louisa Street, Parry Sound, (toll free) 1-866-745-8666 or 705-746-2700. Rooms are $125/night or $155/night for a suite. When booking by phone, please use the booking code "Hockey Research". If using the web form via the link below, please use group code 020874 and PIN hockey.
Born in Parry Sound on December 1, 1937, Bill Beagan served 13 years in the Canadian military. In 1967 Scotty Morrison, Referee-In-Chief of the NHL, invited Beagan to officiate in the NHL as Beagan had great credentials as a hockey official with the Ottawa District Hockey Association and at various military bases in the United States.
in 1969 Clarence Campbell, President of the NHL supported his appointment as Commissioner of the International Hockey League. As Commissioner of the IHL, Beagan also served as a Director of the Amateur Hockey Association of United States from 1971-1976.
In the 1976 Winter Olympics, Innsbruck, Austria, Beagan was an Officiating Supervisor representing the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States. Beagan" then went on to relaunch the Eastern Hockey League, which he ran for two years. He served briefly as Commissioner of the Ontario Major Jr. Hockey League from late 1978 to early 1979.
n 1981 he became General Manager and part owner of the IHL Toledo Goaldiggers and won two successive IHL Season Championships and two Turner Cups as IHL Playoff Champions in three years.
In 1985, he accepted the job as Commissioner of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) a position he retained for 13 years. During his tenure, he was instrumental in bringing national attention to collegiate hockey, through cable television with Pro Am Sports System, Prime Television and the Fox Sports Net including national coverage of the NCAA Championship. He also experimented with video and instant replays, which were the forerunner to instant replays in the NHL. He believed strongly in the development and upgrading of officials and partnered with NHL using collegiate hockey as a training ground for budding NHL officials. He was very proud of developing more players for the NHL through the College system than ever before.
Upon his retirement and in recognition of his remarkable and outstanding leadership in collegiate hockey, the CCHA established the "Bill Beagan Trophy" to recognize the most valuable player (MVP) in the CCHA Playoffs.
Beagan was appointed to the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame in 2004.
Dave Burrows grew up in Toronto and began skating on the Pine Point Outdoor Arena in Etobicoke. As he ascended to the junior ranks, however, the budding rearguard became the property of the Chicago Blackhawks. He spent two seasons in the service of the St. Catharines Blackhawks of the OHA before turning pro with the CHL Dallas Blackhawks and the WHL Portland Buckeroos in 1969-70. He remained in the minors until the Pittsburgh Penguins picked him up in the Intra-League Draft of 1971. To his pleasant surprise, when he joined the club, he was partnered on defense with his childhood hero, Tim Horton.
Burrows remained as a Penguin mainstay throughout most of the 1970s. During that time, he established himself as one of the NHL's best defensive rearguards. And although he lacked almost any scoring knack in the offensive zone, he was well equipped to cover his own end of the rink. In his prime, he could skate faster backwards than most players could move forwards, and as such, could stifle any one-on-one threat with exceptional efficiency.
In 1978, Burrows was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he continued to play his usual solid game for the two-and-a-half years that followed. He made a return trip to the Penguins fold to round out the 1980-81 campaign, his last in pro hockey. He scored 29 goals in 724 games, but was one of the best in the league at his role.
After retiring from professional hockey, Burrows owned an industrial maintenance business in Brampton Ontario where he did everything from lawn care to painting fences. This was followed by full-time retirement to the Parry Sound area.
Burrows was appointed to the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame in 2004.