Date of Birth: 1962
Place of Birth: El Paso, Texas
Inducted: 2013 (Athlete/Builder Category)
Todd Stark owns a life full of extremely important hockey achievements with a career that overflows with success and is exceptional in many aspects. From his early hockey in Guelph, Ontario to very valuable and rewarding performances in Western Newfoundland, he has established himself as a tremendous hockey personality.
Prior to arriving in Corner Brook for the 1985-86 highly successful season, he compiled an outstanding record of hockey success. After an excellent minor hockey career he moved into big time Ontario hockey with Guelph in 1981-82 and continued his excellent on-ice performances with Sir Wilfred Laurier College that included a university hockey championship.
With the Corner Brook Royals in national Allan Cup competition in the 1985-86 season, he was an important ingredient in the team’s successful season. He continued in Corner Brook the next year and was a member of the talented Port aux Basques Mariners team that won the 1988-89 Canadian Hardy Cup title. He was very prominent in both high level victories by Newfoundland teams and contributed greatly to the two national championships. His Allan Cup involvement continued in 1991-92 with a New Brunswick club.
His exceptional coaching career began with the 1985-86 season as he coached Deer Lake to the Veitch Memorial Trophy as provincial junior hockey champions. He was team captain and league most valuable player with Deer Lake when the team won the 1997-98 West Coast Senior Hockey League championship. Deer Lake won the provincial midget “B” title with him as coach in 1998-99.
His rewarding performances continued in 2000-01 as captain of the Deer Lake Red Wings who won the Herder Memorial Trophy as provincial senior hockey champions. He came out of retirement in the 2004-05 season for game six and game seven of the Herder Memorial Trophy finals. He set up an important goal in game six and set up the winning goal in game seven for the Deer Lake Red Wings that gained the provincial title for Deer Lake.
From his first venture into Newfoundland and Labrador hockey, he was a credit to the sport and a constant contributor to all the teams for which he played.