Frank George Mario
Sport: Hockey: Year Inducted: 1980
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, (born February 25, 1921) playing his junior and senior hockey in Regina, Frank George Mario was on the winning Allan Cup Champion team of Regina, Saskatchewan in the days when the Allan Cup was the emblem of amateur hockey.
He was on the Boston Bruins negotiating list and in the first year of the Second World War joined them and played regularly.
In 1942, Frank came to Cornwall and joined the army on the famous “Hill 31”. He played for the army team, which had an outstanding array of hockey stars. He married a Cornwall girl, Enid Seymour, in the fall of 1943.
After the end of the war, Frank returned to the Bruins. After some time with Boston and the Hershey Bears of the American league, he became the property of Hershey Bears in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. He had many years of outstanding play at centre with this team winning the American League Championship.
In the year 1944-45 season, Frank moved to the Quebec Aces under Punch Imlach playing alongside the great Jean Beliveau. He continued to make his home base in Cornwall and returned to coach the Cornwall senior team in the Eastern Senior League under Ray Miron, which included Whitby Dunlops and Belleville Seniors, who had success in the early days of International hockey with Soviet Russia.
Frank then went on to coach in Victoria, BC in the Western Pro League (which won the Championship) and from that into scouting in the NHL. He scouted for St. Louis Flyers and then when Ray Miron became General Manager of the Denver Colorado Rockies moved into their organisation. He is still at present in this same position doing mostly all amateur hockey throughout North America.
He died June 18, 1995.