Family members along with many friends and players from two local sports leagues
gathered at the Port Stanley Arena on November 14th to honour Paul Caldwell. George
Wilkinson, President of the Senior Hockey League, conducted the ceremony on behalf
of both leagues.
Caldwell, who passed away this summer, was the driving force and founder of both
the senior baseball and senior hockey leagues in Port Stanley.
The "Port Stanley Wooden Bats Senior Baseball League" began play in 2006 with four
teams of players who were 50 years of age or older. Many had worked with Paul at
Ford Talbotville or had played with him on various teams. By 2011, the league had
expanded to its current six teams with 100 players. Post game celebrations are always
at the Port Stanley Legion where Paul was a past President.
The "Port Stanley Senior Hockey League" , started in 2011, is open to players 60
years of age or older. Unlike the baseball league, the senior hockey league has
nine groups of five players each. A rotating system combines three groups forming
a "team" for any particular day. These 45 players play a 50 game schedule over the
course of the winter at the Port Stanley Arena. Games are played on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays. Goals are of course celebrated back at the Legion.
The baseball and hockey leagues are commemorating Paul's legacy with a plaque honouring
his foresight and desire to get seniors actively exercising in this community. Artwork
by Wooden Bats commissioner Rick Hodges has been re-created on the plaque which
will hang in the arena for all to see.
The two leagues along with Port Stanley Legion #410 lost a dear friend this summer,
one whose persistence and dedication will be irreplaceable.