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Stan Baluik

Name

Stan Baluik

Community

Port Arthur/Fort William

Induction Sport

Golf, Hockey

Induction Year

2001

Biography

This exceptional Port Arthur athlete has enjoyed a sports career spanning 6 decades in two sports. A standout on the ice with the Fort William Canadiens Junior Club from 1950-54, he earned top scoring honours in his final season. On track for a professional hockey career, he joined the forward line of the Kitchener Canucks in the OHA and spent time in the QHL, WHL and AHL before his talents caught the eye of the Boston Bruins, signing with them in 1959-60.

Called up to the NHL for a few games with the Bruins, his skills were utilized to a greater extent by their AHL affiliate, the Providence Reds. A top point getter, his talents earned him the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Trophy as the 1959-60 AHL Rookie of the Year. Spending his final five years of hockey with the Reds, he retired with an impressive professional hockey record of 509 games played with 191 goals and 322 assists.

Developing his exceptional golfing skills at an early age while serving as a caddy, Stan was just 16 years of age when he played in his first of two Canadian Opens in 1952. A back to back District Amateur winner in 1954 and '55, he claimed the 1954 Ontario junior golf title, becoming the first golfer from northwestern Ontario to earn a provincial title. Turning professional at the age of 19, he was recruited as the Club Pro at the Fort William Country Club in 1956, a position he held until 1963. Dominating local golf championships, he earned numerous victories and was a three time winner of the Thunder Bay District Golf Association's District Open in 1957, 1960 and 1961.

As luck would have it when Stan was contemplating his future in hockey a local fan, who also happened to own a golf club, offered him a job as the Club Pro of the Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Accepting the offer, he hung up his skates and began what would turn out to be the longest career by a pro at the same club in the New England PGA section, having just completed his 37th season at Kirkbrae. Throughout his career at Kirkbrae, Stan has claimed victories in the Vermont and Rhode Island Opens and New England Pro-Am and Pro-Junior events and continues to pass along his knowledge of the game to golfers of all ages, something he has done for close to half a century.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 29, 2001