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.
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.