Date of Birth: 1945
Place of Birth: Twillingate, NL
Inducted: 2016 (Builder Category)
Wally Dalley devoted more than 30 years to hockey, played a major role in minor and intermediate operations and was a key factor in many hockey successes as he served as recreation director in Springdale and Twillingate.
He was instrumental in the establishment of a minor system, a successful coach for 10 years, coordinator for numerous provincial tournaments and was a dedicated minor hockey parent. He brought his enthusiasm and expertise to provincial minor hockey, serving as central director for eight years and provincial chairman for four years. He participated in all aspects of hockey at the intermediate level and made a lasting contribution that has impacted hockey’s growth and development in Central Newfoundland Labrador.
His 25 years of intermediate play was highlighted by a provincial championship in 1972. He was a level four coach during 10 years of minor coaching and a level four referee’s certificate holder. As an intermediate coach he led the Twillingate Combines to five first place finishes in the Central Beothuck League and three consecutive provincial championships. This was a period of tremendous hockey interest in the region.
While heading Springdale’s recreation in 1964, he contributed valuable involvement in Springdale’s first minor hockey system and was a major aspect of obtaining funding that allowed the Springdale Stadium to open December 1, 1972.
His hockey efforts did not go unnoticed. He was presented with the CAHA Outstanding Service Award in 1999 after earning the Outstanding Service Award for minor hockey in 1979 and the Outstanding Service Award for intermediate hockey in 1984. He was involved in every aspect of hockey, first within Central Newfoundland and then within the entire province.
Hockey is simply better in Newfoundland Labrador because of Wally Dalley’s contribution.