2001-02 West Kings High School Hockey Team
There was little to suggest in the fall of 2001 that the upcoming season for boys' hockey at West Kings would be anything other than another winning campaign. By the time all was said and done, a special group of boys had teamed up to produce one of the truly memorable seasons in the history of hockey at the Auburn school.
The Wolverines went undefeated in league play, were victorious in three different tournaments and advanced to the semifinals at provincials before being defeated by a deep and talented Millwood squad that went on to capture the provincial banner.
Carol Hampsey started curling “too many years ago to remember,” she says – but when pressed, suggests it was probably in 1965 or 1966, at the Berwick Curling Club.
She began her competitive curling career throwing first stones for a team skipped by Betty Adams. “In later years,” she says, “I usually played the mate position, as I didn't really like skipping.” This, she points out, “was left to Elaine Prall or whoever else would have me on their team.”
Allison Stanley (Al) Hale was born in Berwick August 5th, 1941, the son of the late Allison and Phyllis Hale, of Cambridge. Brought up in Cambridge, Al spent his younger years playing sports locally with other young boys in this area.
His first foray into organized sports was playing Pony League Baseball in Kentville at the age of 16. His first attempt at organized hockey was to attend the very first hockey school in Canada (held in Kentville in 1959). That same year, Dr. Ron Thorpe, a well-known local Doctor and sports enthusiast, formed a Fastball team in Cambridge called the Tigers. Al became the first baseman on this team.
Clinton Joseph (Joe) Gillis was fun to watch – a fan favorite in every arena he played in. A wry smile, a wink or maybe a little dry wit, combined with raw talent – skill, size, speed and strength. No one played with more spirit and sportsmanship than Joe Gillis.
Almost from the start, Joe showed all the qualities that could have made him a successful professional hockey player. He had the knack of being able to anticipate where the puck was going, and he was so strong and sturdy on his feet, you couldn't get his stick off the ice.
Gordon Morse, or Gordie as he liked to be called, was born to humble beginnings in Harmony, Nova Scotia. He was a lifelong resident of the Berwick area, many of them living in the town proper. He loved the town of Berwick and the area he grew up in.
While growing up and working hard, Gordie was active in sports, hockey in the winter and baseball in the summer. Although he was an avid baseball player, playing on many teams representing the town at the district and provincial level, he might be best remembered for his prowess as a hockey player.
Barry Corbin has coached, mentored and nurtured young athletes for more than 40 years, enjoying success in a variety of sports at a number of levels.
His coaching career began in 1972 when the Lakeville native, not yet out of his 20s, coached an Aylesford bantam girls' softball team to the western Nova Scotia banner. That same year, he coached a Chisholm's Pharmacy-sponsored women's softball team to the championship of the Berwick/Greenwood & District ladies' league.