Date of Birth: 1970
Place of Birth: Grand Falls, NL
Inducted: 2022 (Builder Category)
Paul Glavine was both president and assistant coach with the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts; helping build a senior hockey team that would go on to play in four Allan Cup Canadian senior hockey semi-final games — eventually winning the Canadian championship in 2017; one of just three teams in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador to capture an Allan Cup.
Paul is no stranger to hockey circles across our province. He began playing in 1976 with the Windsor Minor Hockey Association. He played high school hockey with St. Michaels and then with Junior 50’s in the St. John’s Junior A Hockey League before cementing himself into the Senior Hockey circuit in the province. He played several years with the Badger Bombers and Grand Falls Windsor Cataracts learning the managed side of senior hockey from many legends.
During his playing days he also found time to coach high school hockey and minor hockey for fifteen years. He coached the 1995 Exploits Valley Bantam team to the Atlantic Irving Oil Cup.
Where Paul really began making his impact on the game was in 2001 when he was instrumental in the rebirth of the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts Hockey Club. He was the founding member and served as the President for ten years. Then he then moved into the Director of Operations of the club for six years having several stints as both an assistant and head coach. Leading the Cataracts to an astonishing five Herder Memorial Championships. His coaching record with the team was 106 wins, 44 loses and 9 overtime losses. The quality of players that join the team in his twenty-year tenure was a true testament of his ability to attract and build great hockey teams and something fans embraced.
Paul was a big piece of why the Cataracts Hockey Club was identified as more than just a hockey team. He built a brand that the community was proud of and supported. A night out to a Cataracts game was entertainment like no other.
Paul has been advocating for all levels of hockey and truly has a passion for the game like no other. He represented the team and community with dignity and earned respect for his time and efforts.