Date of Birth: 1933
Place of Birth: Freshwater, Carbonear, NL
Inducted: 2005 (Builder Category)
Nobody in the history of hockey within Newfoundland and Labrador fills the definition of “builder” more than Frank Moores. He is the ideal member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame in the “builder” category.
Not only was Frank Moores responsible for the construction of the S.W. Moores Stadium in Harbor Grace in 1958, he was also responsible for the establishment of the Conception Bay CeeBees hockey club that enjoyed exceptional success from 1958 to 1969.
It should be noted that until 1986 when Bay Arena was open in Bay Roberts, the Harbor Grace Stadium constructed by the group led by Frank Moores provided the complete north area of Conception Bay with a top level hockey facility that was utilized for many other community events and programs. The S.W. Moores Stadium remains vital to thousands of residents of Conception Bay and Trinity Bay with all levels hockey, including the Herder Memorial Trophy competition being played there.
It can simply be said that it is because of Frank Moores’ concern and interest that Conception Bay North has been played during the past 45 years. This is indeed a remarkable contribution to the community by a remarkable leader.
In 1954 Frank Moores formed a group of local individuals into an association that had the main objective and goal of constructing an artificial ice surface facility to serve the residents of the area. Using the family business as the catalyst to start the project, with vital support and assistance from his father, Silas, Frank Moores forged ahead.
It was the driving effort of Frank Moores that created one of the finest and most popular hockey teams the province has ever seen. The CeeBees won four Herder Memorial Trophies during a ten-year period, making the playoffs every season and the finals eight times.
Frank Moores was president of the CeeBee Hockey Association for its first nine years, prior to his successful time in politics. His interest and leadership made certain that and extremely large numbers of local players were provided with the opportunity to play hockey at the highest level possible within the province.
His foresight instilled great community pride while making certain that young Conception Bay North hockey players, female and male, were afforded the chance to play hockey in a fine facility. The fact that local residents are still using the S.W. Moores Stadium extensively is a credit to Frank Moores. Frank Moores is a hockey builder in the true sense of the word.