Date of Birth: 1943
Place of Birth: Grand Falls-Windsor, Nfld.
Inducted: 2009 (Player Category)
Al Bargery excelled defensively and offensively at every level of hockey from minor to senior during an impressive career that lasted more than 15 years. His outstanding play in all types of situations was such that he earned recognition as one of the top players to perform with teams from Grand Falls in a variety of competition.
He took full advantage of the excellent coaching that was available in Grand Falls, playing on teams that were coached by experts like Wes Trainor and Joe Byrne. His determination was a major asset to every team of which he was a member, especially in shutting down the top scorers of opposing teams.
From his exceptional minor hockey record through high school, junior and senior he established himself as a tremendous team player with valuable individual talent and skill. From the mid 1950’s to the early 1970’s Al Bargery simply played high level hockey for numerous teams.
He was still in a very rewarding minor career, when his ability gained him a spot on the Grand Falls Academy high school club in 1957. He was a valuable contributor as the team won the Sir Vincent Jones Shield, Grand Falls Memorial Trophy and the Grand Falls Junior League Trophy for 1958-59 and 1959-60.
Within the Grand Falls Senior League, he played from 1960 to 1962 with his Guards team taking the 1961-62 title. Al Bargery was a leader for the Vocational School entry in Grand Falls senior hockey that won the 1965-66 championship and he was the playoff Most Valuable Player.
On the provincial level, he stood out with the Grand Falls Junior Jays for three seasons, winning the Veitch Memorial Trophy as 1959-60 junior champions.
In senior provincial play, he had two Herder Memorial Trophy titles with the Cataracts and two Evening Telegram trophies for first place. On two occasions he performed in Allan Cup competitions.
As both a Cataract and an Andcos member he earned great respect for the manner in which he represented his home town and was voted an all-time all-star for the community in a newspaper poll.
Al Bargery’s love for hockey is clearly demonstrated by the fact that he has played with the Oldtimers Green Machine for 30 years.