James (Jimmie) Joseph White - 1910-1989
James (Jimmie) Joseph White (LeBlanc) began his hockey career in his hometown of Port Elgin, NB.
He came to Berwick in 1936 and became an instant star with the Berwick Bruins Senior Hockey Club.
He was instrumental in the 1936-37 season when the Bruins won the Nova Scotia Senior Hockey Championship. Jimmy was noted as a play maker who played both ends of the rink. After three seasons with the Bruins, Jimmie left Berwick in 1939 to play senior hockey in other parts of the country including Ontario, Quebec and Pictou County.
He returned to Berwick in 1946 and played until the rink burned in1949 then resumed his career into the 1960's in the new arena.
Jimmie is the hero in a local hockey legend. As the story goes it was 1938 and the Bruins were down 2-0 to Kentville in provincial play down action. Late in the third period, the Kentville announcer informed the crowd that Kentville would be playing Halifax in the next series and what time fans could catch the train. After hearing this, Jimmie scored 2 goals and set up another in one minute twenty one seconds. Berwick won the game 3-2 and went on to play Halifax.
Jimmie was known for his physical fitness which led to a long hockey career, spanning four decades. Jimmie was a strong player in the Western Kings County Hockey League in the 1960's while over 50 years of age.
As well as playing a long time he played in many places including Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
He retired from Canada Packers and moved to Pictou in mid 1960's.
Jimmie White was a true hockey star, one of the best to wear a Bruins sweater.
Inducted June 2003