HAROLD HILLIER

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Date of Birth: 1920
Place of Birth: Bishop’s Falls, Nfld.
Inducted: 1995 (Builder Category)

Harold Hillier made a contribution to the administration and promotion of hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador that is equal to any and better than most. For more than 30 years, his service and contributions as secretary, treasurer and especially as registrar allowed the Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association to function in an extremely efficient manner and operate in a fashion that was of great benefit to players and teams. His dedication and his willingness to devote hours and hours to the association played a major role in its office providing the high level of administration that it has.

From the father working within the local minor hockey organization, Hillier moved into the provincial executive in 1966, and the association benefited greatly from his expertise and knowledge until 1999.

It was in 1981 that he put in place the “individual player registration file” that is still functioning in an effective manner. Always alert to new ideas from other branches of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, he incorporated the best of these ideas into the provincial office as he earned the respect of hockey people across Canada. Some of these ideas were used when he drafted a new NAHA constitution format in 1983.

Hillier was selected the 1984 CAHA C.P. Air Executive of the Year after receiving the Gold Stick award in 1977, and the CAHA Merit Award in 1968.

Long a solid supporter of minor hockey at all levels, a provincial bantam championship trophy was named in his honor.