Date of Birth: 1931
Place of Birth: Port aux Basques, NL
Inducted: 2012 (Builder Category)
Jim Hayward has been an extremely important and exceptional contributor to all levels of hockey in Port aux Basques for more than 30 years. As a valuable factor in every level of local hockey, he has generated more money for the sport than anybody else while devoting a great amount of time to working for hockey in the community.
His first involvement came in 1967 and continued at full strength until 1998 when an automobile accident forced him to retire. He made one return visit to Port aux Basques hockey in 1998 when he coached an alumni team for the CBC Hockey Night in Canada Kraft Alumni exhibition game.
He is regarded as a father of Port aux Basques hockey as he was deeply involved in every level of the sport in the community. He was very well known and very well respected at the provincial hockey level in reaction to many dealings with other communities.
It is interesting to note that his first hockey involvement was at the atom level and that this was followed by volunteer contributions to pee wee hockey and then to midget hockey. At all levels he played an extremely valuable role in the success that each achieved.
He next established Port aux Basques junior hockey and finally played a major role in the community’s senior hockey successful drive to a Canadian amateur hockey championship.
Hayward continuously demonstrated exceptional ingenuity in raising the funds that were necessary for Port aux Basques hockey to survive at every level. He was responsible for fund raising projects of all types, including publishing booklets and starting TV bingo. He was outstanding in this aspect of his hockey involvement and was responsible for hundreds and hundreds of Port aux Basques residents being able to enjoy playing hockey at every level of their lives.