Allan (Al) Wagar
Year Inducted: 2010
For more than a decade, Allan “Al” Wagar was the face of the Central Junior Hockey League’s Cornwall Colts.
Hockey is in Al’s blood.
Al was a member of the Cornwall Royals for two seasons beginning in 1973 before wrapping up his Major Junior Hockey career with the Kitchener Rangers in 1976. His numbers, 12 goals, 34 assists and 307 penalty minutes in 142 games would be a sign of how tough but dependable he would become as a coach, general manager and team owner.
Al began his coaching career in the early 1990’s with the Seaway Valley “AA” system.
Initially an assistant coach with the Don Derry owned hockey team, Al began a legacy that would eventually turn into 4 CJHL Championships and 6 finals appearances in 10 years, which many would consider a dynasty at the Junior “A” hockey level.
Al took over ownership of the Colts following the 1996-97 season and built on the foundation of the successful team on and off the ice.
That success included graduating a handful of players that would play in either the NHL or AHL and dozens more that would earn NCAA Scholarships. Colts graduates under Al include Jesse Winchester, Yann Danis, Cam Barker, and Kent McDonell.
The 2000 Colts, led by Al are still the only Cornwall team to earn a berth in the RBC Cup in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
In 2003, Al assembled the team that successfully bid to host the Fred Page Cup signifying Junior “A” excellence in Eastern Canada. It was that tournament’s success on the ice and at the box office that paved the way for Cornwall to host the RBC Cup in the spring of 2009.
Al left the Colts with a .725 winning regular season winning percentage, 2nd to none in the long annals of the CJHL and a playoff winning percentage of .620.
In 1997, Al was recognized with the Jacques Richard Trophy as Cornwall and area’s Top Sports Personality at the annual Cornwall Lions Club Sports Awards Dinner.