Date of Birth: 1922
Place of Birth: Sceviour’s Island, Nfld.
Inducted: 1996 (Builder Category)
Claude Anstey’s service and varied contributions to Newfoundland and Labrador hockey spanned more than 45 years, starting in 1955 with the Corner Brook Hockey Association. He was elected to the Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association executive in 1965 and served in a variety of positions until 2000. He was provincial president for 16 years, from 1970 to 1986 when he declined nomination. In addition to president, he filled the positions of Western, Junior and Senior vice-presidents prior to serving as past-president.
As provincial president, he represented this province at the national level with the welfare of his home branch foremost in mind but still sensitive to the needs of hockey nationally. Under his leadership, all levels of provincial hockey from minor to senior achieved acclamation and respect across Canada.
His major achievement was growth in all areas of hockey, development, participation and competition. Under Claude Anstey’s leadership and guidance, hockey has grown to great heights in this province. During his lifetime, he was awarded the NAHA Gold Stick Award, the NAHA Outstanding Service Award and the Canadian Amateur Hockey Outstanding Award.
An example of his great love for hockey and of his willingness to work long and hard for its betterment is demonstrated by the manner in which he headed the effort to obtain and establish a Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame.
He also participated in basketball, soccer and distance running when he was young.