Year Inducted: 2016
Gerry Lemire burst onto the Cornwall hockey scene as a defenceman with the Byron Gordon Cornwall Royals in 1963-64 as the team was a new entry into the Ottawa-Hull Junior Hockey League.
As a standout on the blueline, Lemire was a key contributor and captained the team in 1966 & 1967, both championship seasons in the CJHL. Gerry’s professional rights were held by the Montreal Canadiens.
He left Cornwall in 1967 for Florida and the Eastern Hockey League’s Jacksonville Rockets where he earned 21 points in 72 games.
He was named the league’s outstanding defenceman for the 1967-68 season.
Gerry was traded to the NHL’s expansion St. Louis Blues farm team in Kansas City of the Central Hockey League.
He attended the Blues’ training camp in 1968 before playing in 115 games with Kansas City over the next two seasons, playing alongside future NHL players including the Plager brothers.
Gerry retired after the 1969-70 season and returned to Cornwall.
His would spend many seasons travelling the world with the Cornwall Hubs for the remainder of his playing days.