Inducted: 2024

There is no conversation about senior hockey on the west coast of the province without Andy Brake’s name coming into play. The love of the game and the work behind the scenes has brought Brake to the Hockey Hall of Fame as our first Builder Inductee.

Known as the backbone of the Deer Lake Red Wings for three decades, Andy has also served on provincial hockey senior and adult hockey councils and committees for more than 10 years.

Like most builders, the origins of their hockey involvement is as a player. Andy first played minor hockey in Corner Brook. As fate would have it, the team’s goalie was unable to play, so Brake left the forward ranks, put on the pads and never looked back. From that start to winning a Veitch championship in as a player, in 1976.  20 years later as the General Manager, Brake’s Deer Lake Video team captured the Veitch again.

He made an indelible mark when he started the senior hockey team in Deer Lake in 1997. The Red Wings went on to win two Herders under Andy’s leadership and many league other West Coast championship titles. After his local and provincial volunteer commitment, he went on to become President of the West Coast and Central West, respective senior hockey leagues. Andy was awarded the Charlie McCarthy Award in 2011.