Honoured by all past and present members.
ILL EAGLES HOCKEY TEAM
The Ill Eagles are an Old Timers Hockey team that was formed in 1974 by Art Langley, Don Wallace, and several others. It grew out of a lavv)lers’ Touch Football team by the same name, and merged with a group of insurance brokers and business people in North Bay to form an Old Timers Hockey team.
Original members of the team included the following;
Pete Palangio, Bobby Kennedy, Rob Martyn, Don Young, Greg Wright, Mark
The team participated in many Old Timer tournaments over the years. They started with no success, moved to little success, and finally achieved moderate success. Many players played for a number of years and then retired. Alumni of the Ill Eagles would number more than 100. Younger players have joined the team keeping the organization vibrant and competitive. Over the years we have lost a number of members including; Art Langley, Dave McLaren, Ernie Ladds, Murray Young, and Jerry Kervin. All of these gentlemen were good hockey players and great friends. There are still a good number of players in their 60’s and 70’s who continue to play.
The Ill Eagles have supported the community through a trophy donated to the North Bay Trappers Triple AAA midget hockey team each year for many years for players with Outstanding Heart and Dedication. They have also supported the Feasibility Study for a new arena, and the Community Waterfront Friends improvements at the waterfront.
Members can play three times a week and maintain physical fitness and close friendships established over the past 38 years. There is a lot of dressing room banter, and some great stories over the years. One of the best aspects of membership on this team is that children are encouraged to play along with their fathers when possible. This is great fun, and strengthens the bond between fathers and sons and between players. It is more of a large hockey family than a hockey team.