April 28, 2015

John Arundel

Defenseman John Arundel had quite the career in hockey.

And a well travelled one at that.

Born in Winnipeg on November 4th, 1927, Arundel caught the interests of the Toronto Maple Leafs at an early age. By 1944 they brought him back east to play junior hockey with the St. Mike's Majors. He helped them win the Memorial Cup in 1945.

Arundel joined the Oshawa Generals for a season before returning to Winnipeg in 1946. He enrolled in classes at the University of Manitoba while playing for the Monarchs. By 1948 he again enjoyed a Memorial Cup championship, one of the few players to win multiple Canadian junior national championships with two different teams.

Upon graduating from junior hockey Arundel moved to Sydney, Nova Scotia and became a Millionaire - a Sydney Millionaires player, that is. Success followed him, as the team captured the Allan Cup as Canada's national amateur senior champions in 1949.

The Leafs, meanwhile, had not forgotten about their Western find. They signed Arundel for the 1949-50 season, and assigned him to the minor leagues. He split the season with two of Toronto's farm teams - in Pittsburgh and in Los Angeles - but also called him up for three games right around New Year's. He never registered a point, but did pick up nine minutes in penalty time.

That was it for John Arundel's professional hockey career. He returned to Canada's senior and semi-pro circuit, playing in Toronto, Saint John, Sudbury and Ottawa. He would live in Ottawa for many years after hanging up his skates.

At the age of 75 John Arundel passed away in Kemptville, Ontario in 2002.

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