Huff & Puff
AboutOur organisation started in 1985 as a recreational hockey league for London’s senior adults (55 and over). We now have THREE divisions TO ACCOMMODATE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF PLAY.
HistoryNovember of 1985 saw the beginning of a senior hockey league which over the next few years was to mushroom into the present day Huff N’ Puff Fitness Association. When a bunch of the boys got together on a Wednesday morning to play a game of recreational hockey, there was no vision of the eighty or more game schedule that exists today. These were not just seasoned veterans of hockey rinks, most had served their country in World War II. Some had even faced the rigors of German prisoner of war camps. The group included Stan Butler, Al Finch, Ted Froats, Doug Good, Ron Hughes, Doug Southerst, Gray Poley, Ed Loney, Ben Benedetti, and others.
At the start of each game, in true Canadian hockey tradition, the hockey sticks were thrown to centre ice where one of the group dispatched them, one by one, to either end of the rink. Those landing together composed one team while the other pile was the second team. As they left the ice that day, Doug Good announced that he was sure “huffing and puffing”. Ed Loney picked up on Doug’s comment saying, “That’s what we’ll call ourselves - The Huff and Puffers!” and so the name was born. Ed Loney and Ted Froats arranged the purchase of sweaters bearing the name “Huff N’ Puff” and the original logo.
In 1986, an additional 25 players had joined the group and the activity was moved to Silverwoods Arena and another hour of playing time was added. Several members got together on non-hockey days and many wives accompanied them. This introduced the co-ed element to the association. In the spring it was decided to stay together and play l0-pitch, also a co-ed activity.
By 1989, the hockey players numbered one hundred and fifty. The schedule was expanded to Monday and Friday as well as Wednesday. The tenacious nature of the original ten players set a high standard for those who were to follow. It is their strong leadership values that made Huff N’ Puff the association it is today. They set their ideals high and had the ambition to carry it out. From us who followed, we thank you.