Date of Birth: 1910
Place of Birth: St. John’s, NL
Inducted: 2010 (Player Category)
Art Hamlyn established himself as a superior goalie by his great puck stopping performances between 1928 and 1944. Playing with St. Bon’s, Bell Island and the Royals he continuously demonstrated exceptional reflexes and great skating ability as he backstopped teams to local and provincial successes. A favorite of fans, who nicknamed him “Hammy”, he earned the confidence of his team-mates season after season.
He was a member of four provincial senior hockey championship teams, with St. Bon’s in 1928, 1933 and 1939 and with the Royals in 1941. The latter two were Herder Memorial Championships. On ten occasions he played a major and valuable role in St. Bon’s Boyle Trophy victories as St. John’s champions. Bell Island hockey benefited from his ability in 1940, 1942, 1943 and 1944.
The reputation that he earned between the pipes was of such high standard that when the St. John’s Memorial Stadium opened in 1954 the Art Hamlyn Memorial Trophy was put in place for the top goalie in St. John’s senior hockey.
The exceptional respect that he earned within hockey was displayed when he died in 1951 by the immediate tributes of his teammates and by the manner in which hockey fans in every area of the province mourned his death, including special tribute in Grand Falls.
A perennial St. John’s all-star while playing with St. Bon’s and the Royals, he also rowed with St. Bon’s crews in the Royal St. John’s Regatta from 1928 to 1936. Because of his great hockey ability, he was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.