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by Paul Dilworth
Paul Caldwell Commemorative Plaque
photo credit Paul Dilworth: Caldwell Family

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.


Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:52:48 PM EST

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