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Inspiring Canadians - In Sport and Life

Honoured Member

HERB CARNEGIE

Inducted in 2001

Member Details

Date of Birth: January 18, 1919
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario
Sport: Ice Hockey
Member Category: Athlete

Career Highlights

1950

Second All Star Centre, Quebec Aces

1954

Established the Future Aces Hockey School for boys aged 12-14

1977-1978

Canadian Senior Golf Champion

1987
Established Future Aces Foundation
2003

Named to the Order of Canada

Honoured Member HERB CARNEGIE
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Story

Herb Carnegie was likely one of the best ever players to never play pro-league hockey. He starred in Quebec senior hockey leagues in the 1940s and '50s. A smooth skating centre, Carnegie trained hard and following an outstanding junior career joined the Perron Flyers in Northern Quebec, eventually landing with Shawinigan Falls in the Quebec Provincial League before moving to Sherbrooke.  With the Sherbrooke Saints, Carnegie, his brother Ossie, and a third black player, Manny McIntyre from Fredericton, formed one of the most successful lines in league history.  Carnegie's acumen and skill earned him the MVP award for three consecutive years. In 1948, Carnegie led the Quebec Senior Hockey League (QSHL) with 79 points and won the QSHL scoring title with 127 points. In 1951, while playing with the Quebec Aces, Carnegie was selected along with teammate Jean Beliveau to the QSHL all-star team. Hockey is just one part of Herb Carnegie's story. He was a successful businessman and an excellent golfer, winning two Canadian Senior Golf Championships, in 1977 and 1978.  In 1996, Carnegie published his autobiography, A Fly in a Pail of Milk: The Herb Carnegie Story. Carnegie became incredibly influential in the lives of young people and inspirational to his community. In order to ensure others could have the opportunity to achieve their goals, Carnegie established the Future Aces Hockey School for kids aged 12-14 - the first of its kind in Ontario. The hockey school led to the Future Aces foundation. This has grown to provide 25 annual bursaries to young people, enabling them to pursue post-secondary education. Carnegie is the creator of the Future Aces Creed, a creed meant to encourage people to live up to their full potential and which is part of the North York School System's social curriculum. In 2003, he was named a Member, Order of Canada and, in recognition of his tireless community esteem-building efforts and his decades of commitment to the betterment of society, on May 2, 2005, North York Centennial Arena was renamed the Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Centre. This was fitting tribute to a man who'd been a major-league citizen all his life.


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