September 09, 2017

Legends of Team Canada: Terry O'Malley

Terry O'Malley was a junior star and captain of the St. Michael's Majors when they won the Memorial Cup in 1961.

But the National Hockey League was not O'Malley's focus. Education and sport were. He went on to become an original member of Father David Bauer's Canadian national team program and was with the club from it's inception 1963 to it's dismantling in 1970.

During six seasons O'Malley played at four World Championships and two Olympic Games. The defensive defenseman was a member of bronze medal winning teams at the World Championships in 1966 and 1967 and at the Grenoble Olympics in 1968.

When Canada returned to play in international events in 1977 Father Bauer was able to convince Hockey Canada to re-establish the national team program in order to send a team of amateurs to the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. A surprise member on the final roster was 39 year old Terry O'Malley who would play at the Olympics 16 years after making his Olympic debut in Innsbruck.

O'Malley had spent much of the 1970s playing in Japan. In 1978 he settled in Wilcox, Saskatchewan where he became a long time teacher, hockey coach and president at Athol Murray Notre Dame College. During his time the likes of Rod Brind'Amour, Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Curtis Joseph have all passed through.

For his many efforts Terry O'Malley was recognized as a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall of Fame in 1998.

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