February 01, 2014

British Hockey Legend Pep Young Passes Away


Canadian born British hockey legend Harold Young (pictured above, on the left) has passed away at the age of 86. He was universally known as "Pep." He was a star with the Fife Flyers on the ice, and, with his trademark Montreal Canadiens baseball cap, unmistakeable off of it.

Fife Today newspaper tells us the story of Pep Young:

Born in Montreal, Pep learned to skate on the outdoor rinks formed on rivers and lakes outside his native city.

He played right wing at Westmount High School and then skated in Junior ‘A’ with Verdun Maple leafs.

In 1948, aged just 21 he came to the UK to ice with Earls Court Rangers- one of the top teams in London - before returning to Canada where he played with Granby in a Senior B league.

His return to these shores came out of the blue.

He was playing baseball in the park when he was approached about a moved back to Scotland.

‘‘I knew I wasn’t going to make the NHL because I was not big enough so I reckoned I could try again,’’ he told Fife Flyers match night programme in 1998 interview. ‘‘I intended to stay for two years - but I never went home.’’

Pep boarded the ship and sailed across the Atlantic, arriving in the UK seven days later before being deposited in Fife. It was a move that changed his life.

Read the full story here.

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