MMHA is saddened by the death of John “Chick” Webster

The Mattawa Minor Hockey Association is saddened by the death of John “Chick” Webster, who died peacefully in his home in Mattawa on Thursday.

Chick, a nick name given to him during his playing days for his love of chewing Chicklets gum, had been the oldest living NHL player for the past year, from January 4, 2017 until the time of his death.

Chick played junior hockey in Toronto and then played with five different pro and semi-pro leagues; EHL, AHL, NHL, PCHL, and WHL.

He was also an Army Veteran who served overseas during the Second War in England, France, Germany, Holland and the North Sea.

Chick played 14 games with the New York Rangers during the 1949-50 season and during his 15th game he broke his hand and finished out his career in the minors and retired after the 1952-53 season.

Chick worked in Toronto for a while and then in 1969 moved to Mattawa, where his wife, Leona`s parents lived.

His love of hockey has been passed down through his family from generation to generation. His great-grandson Noah currently plays on our Pee-Wee team.

Last year, we had the opportunity to capture four (4)generations in a photo… Chick Webster, Chick’s son Rob, grandson Gant and great grandson Noah.

Mattawa Rockets Atoms team with former NHL player Chick Webster

Chick was always interested in what was going on in Mattawa Minor Hockey and at the Mike Rodden Arena and would often visit to watch kids play. In recognition of his life-long interest and dedication to hockey, the Mattawa Minor Hockey Association created the Chick Webster Award which is presented annually to the career player in minor hockey who has best demonstrated leadership and respect. We are grateful that Chick would attend the Awards Ceremony and present his trophy personally to the winner each year.

The Mattawa Minor Hockey Association extends its sincerest sympathy to Chick`s family and friends.

There will be a time of Remembrance at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Mattawa on Saturday February 3rd from 2 to 4pm.

Mattawa Rockets pay it forward again this year!

The Mattawa Rockets gave back to the community again this Christmas by collecting donations of items to be wrapped and delivered to the residents of the Mattawa Nursing Home. Last year there was a similar undertaking but the recipients of the gifts were associated with the local Community Living organization.


The Mattawa Rockets solicited donations from the community in early December. Mattawa and area residents were very generous.  MMHA and the Rockets would like to thank the community for giving so much.

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On December 20th, the Mattawa Rockets, parents, and coaching staff got together, pizza was enjoyed by all and Santa spread some Christmas cheer!

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And then, the wrapping of all the generous donations from the community began …

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On December 21st, the wrapped gifts were distributed to the residents of the Mattawa Nursing Home by the Mattawa Rockets, parents, and coaching staff.

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Thank you everyone for helping make our goal a reality!

Bantam Rockets give back at Christmas !!!

During the month of December the Bantam Rockets were challenged to bring a canned food donation for the Mattawa Food Bank to each practice. Each time they brought a donation their name went into a draw for one of two gift cards for merchandise at McEwen’s. The Bantam’s collected a basket full of goods for the Food Bank and the lucky winners of the gift cards were Bryant Elliot and William Thompson.

Way to go Rockets !!!