Date of Birth: 1942
Place of Birth: Grand Falls, Nfld.
Inducted: 1996 (Player Category)
Al Dwyer Jr. was one of the finest hockey players to come out of Grand Falls. A playmaker who possessed impressive defensive talents and could play in all types of games, he was a forward with speed to burn and a great scoring touch. He was the top scorer for the Grand Falls Cataracts’ provincial senior hockey club for six seasons.
After a tryout with the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Hockey League, Dwyer played provincial junior hockey with the Grand Falls Jays for three seasons and has two Veitch Trophy titles on his record.
As a member of the Andcos in 1963, 1964 and 1965, he was the Grand Falls senior league’s scoring champion and Most Valuable Player. He was named the Grand Falls Cataracts’ Most Valuable Player for the 1968 provincial senior hockey semi-finals and, in 1970, he was the Most Valuable Player and top scorer for the Cataracts. He was a member of the Cataracts’ club that won the Herder Memorial Trophy and the provincial senior championship in 1971 and 1972, and earned the Most Valuable Player and top scorer awards for the Cataracts in 1970.
Named to the Western all-stars for the 1970 season, he was voted Grand Falls Male Athlete of the Year. He won the Howie Clouter Memorial Trophy as the top senior provincial hockey player combining sportsmanship and ability in 1974 and 1975.
In addition to his hockey, Al Dwyer Jr. was one of the province’s finest baseball players, and was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame.