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Provost Harvey

Harvey Provost
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1986

Harvey Provost is another Cornwall athlete who got his start with the OCOT programs under Joe St. Denis. During the early 1950’s, Harvey excelled in the minor football program and was successful at each of the levels of competition in this program.

Harvey attended St. Lawrence High School and was a member of the EOSSA Championship teams in 1955, 1956, 1957. He was an explosive hard-driving two-way tackle playing both offence and defence on these Championship teams.

In 1957, he was Captain and won the Most Valuable Player award for the team which included future Canadian Football League star, Moe Racine.

Upon leaving St. Lawrence in 1958, Harvey joined the Cornwall Emards Team in the Quebec Rugby Football Union. For the next 3 years, he made an outstanding contribution to the Emards’ team as an offensive and defensive tackle.

In 1958, he was selected for the award as the Most Valuable Lineman in the Quebec league. As a tribute to his versatility, in 1960, Harvey shifted his positions to the backfield as a fullback and line backer. He continued to play both offense and defense.

Harvey closed out his playing career with the Massena Warriors in the Northern New York League and served as their captain.

Following his playing career, Harvey turned to coaching, working as assistant to Gilles Leger’s Cornwall Classical College Team. They directed the college teams to two successful seasons including a league title in 1967. The following year, he served as line coach with Ed Lumley’s Cornwall Mustang Football Team.

An all round athlete, Harvey played senior lacrosse, in the Quebec Fastball League, in the North End League, and in intermediate hockey.