CLARENCE GOULDING

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Date of Birth: 1930
Place of Birth: Grand Falls, NL
Inducted: 2008 (Player Category)

The outstanding hockey career of Clarence “Clar” Goulding is filled with so many great achievement successes and with on-ice performances that he was voted an all-star in an Advertiser newspaper poll 45 years after he finished playing. He ranked among the finest defensemen to play hockey within Newfoundland and Labrador and was one of those responsible for the sport moving towards the high level that it occupies within the province.

Blessed with exceptional skill that included the ability to “read the ice” extremely well, his personal play was coupled with leadership and sportsmanship. He was an excellent role model for young players while earning great respect from teammates, opponents and fans. He was exactly the type of athlete any team would be proud to have as a member.

He broke into Grand Falls school hockey in 1946. His contributions were important for the three seasons that he was a member of Grand Falls Academy team as the school emerged as league champions and winners of the Jones Shield.

His Grand Falls Senior Hockey League career lasted six seasons with the CLB Wildcats and again his contributions were very, very valuable as the club won the League title for 1949, 1950 and 1951.

In 1948, he began his fruitful run with Grand Falls all-star teams in provincial senior competition. Often as captain or assistant captain but always a team leader, he led teams to four Herder Memorial Trophy provincial championships and to three Evening Telegram Trophy provincial champions.

Selected for the first Newfoundland all-stars in 1951, he was named an all-star player in every senior year from 1949 to 1959 and received the same honor in the 2004 fan newspaper poll of everybody who ever played with a Grand Falls team. This was a fitting tribute to one of the greats.