January 08, 2016

Frank Waite

This is Frank Waite. "The Deacon," as he was known, was a playmaking star wherever he played

The Saskatchewan native dominated the minor leagues, teaming up with the likes of Obs Heximer and Yank Boyd. Four times in a five year span the spindly center led all players in assists in the CAHL.

That included the 1930-31 season, even though he missed a lot of time playing. At least he had a good excuse. The New York Rangers called him up for a total of 17 games that season.

Despite his obvious playmaking brilliance, Waite was only used sparingly. He did score one goal, and set up three others.

Waite continued on in the minor leagues until 1933. It was at that point he moved to Trail, British Columbia. He coached all levels of hockey in Trail, from the famed Smoke Eaters senior team to youth hockey. For his dedication to the game and to the community, he was named as the Trail Citizen of the Year in 1972.

Frank Waite passed away in 1989 at the age of 84.

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