Date of Birth: 1964
Place of Birth: Corner Brook, Nfld.
Inducted: 2017 (Player Category)
This smooth-skating defenceman is one of the finest players produced in Corner Brook.
Kearsey enjoyed six-years with the Corner Brook Royals, winning a pair of Herder Memorial Trophy Championships and an Allan Cup. When his playing days were done, Kearsey coached the Royals to the 2002 Herder title, marking the first time since 1988 the west coast city copped a Newfoundland senior hockey championship.
A forward coming up through the minor and junior ranks, Kearsey was converted to defence with the Royals, and prospered. By his third season with the Royals, he was a point-per-game player, and the best defenceman on a team that won back-to-back Herder Championships in 1985-86.
It was the 1985-86 season the Royals won the Allan Cup Canadian senior hockey championship — becoming the first Newfoundland team to do so — sweeping Nelson, B.C. in a best-of-seven national final. The Royals won the deciding game 7-0, with Kearsey scoring a pair of goals.
In provincial senior play, Kearsey scored 67 goals and registered 181 assists for 248 points in 225 games. In 1986-87, he finished ninth overall in league scoring with 19 goals and 73 points in 42 games.
Behind the bench, Kearsey won a Herder in ’02, and the following year took over the Deer Lake Red Wings and was named the west coast league’s top coach.