Lifetime Member Bill Bowman Passes, News (Hespeler Minor Hockey Association)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Lifetime Member Bill Bowman Passes
Submitted By tonyh on Tuesday, June 2, 2015
It's with great sadness that we bring you news that one of our lifetime members, Bill Bowman, passed away on Sunday. 

Bill Bowman was a longtime coach in Hespeler Minor hockey.  During the 1980’s and 90’s no coach in Hespeler was consistently more successful than Bill.  Coaching a difficult age group by coaching the Hespeler Juvenile team, Bill was able to impart his coaching philosophies on his players and his teams always performed well.  Many players made the decision not to play for local Jr B, C, and D teams so they could play for the Hespeler Juveniles.

Under Bill’s guidance for 10 consecutive seasons the Juvenile teams always seem to be in contention for OMHA titles. There are a number of banners hanging in the Hespeler Arena which celebrate the accomplishments of the decade long dominance.  As a Head Coach, Bill’s teams won 4 OMHA titles (80-81,87-88,88-89, and 89-90)along with a handful of finalist and semi-finalist finishes in OMHA playoffs.

 

Bill was a no nonsense type of man who deflected the attention away from himself. He made players want to play for him. You knew where you stood with him as he wasn’t afraid to tell you exactly how he felt.  However to a player, they will all tell you how much they enjoyed representing Hespeler with Bill as their coach. No other person even volunteered to coach the Juvenile teams as they all knew it was Bill’s job as long as he wanted to coach.

 

After 10 consecutive years Bill handed the reins of the team over to his assistants.  And while the team had success there was no arguing that everyone missed Bill.  Shortly after his retirement his players celebrated his 10 years of excellence with a party that took place at the arena which was incredibly well supported by his players and members of the hockey community.

 

Bill was 77 years old and leaves behind his longtime supportive wife Marilyn as well as 3 boys in Jeff, Greg, and Chris and their respective families.  Hespeler has lost one of its finest men. His legacy lives on in his former players who were privileged to call Bill their coach.

This article has been viewed 1578 times.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 08
    Jan
    Organization
    It is with deep sadness that we inform everyone of the passing of Paul Metcalfe, head coach of the U8 Sharks. His sudden passing is tragic and hard to understand.  Paul was a committed community member who had volunteered his time with HMHA for ...
  • 22
    Dec
    Organization
    Provincial COVID19 restrictions require our programming to be suspended. The restrictions take effect December 26th and lasting at least 28 days until January 23rd. Restart date may change. We wish everyone a safe holiday season and look ...
  • 24
    Nov
    Organization
    The City of Cambridge informed HMHA late Monday afternoon that the Region of Waterloo Public Health Unit was requiring strict adherence to the 10 person maximum limit for all ice arenas across the region due to the COVID Red Zone restrictions. We ...
  • 21
    Nov
    Organization
    The Waterloo Region has entered the COVID Red - Control Zone as part of the provinces COVID-19 response framework. This change will impact our programming. HMHA will transition all programming as of Monday November 23rd for the next 14 days. HMHA ...
  • 15
    Nov
    Organization
    This year I want to make our fundraising efforts for Hespeler Minor Hockey Association easier by using an app called FlipGive.
  • 11
    Nov
    Organization
    We would like to remind all players and their families that participation in Game Play or Tournaments that are Non Sanctioned by Hockey Canada and OMHA after September 30th is not allowed. 
  • 02
    Nov
    Organization
    New Normal...Same Fundraising! While so much of our lives and how hockey looks this year is different, one thing that is not different is the importance of fundraising to our organization.
  • 22
    Oct
    Organization
    Hello everyone, HMHA has received a number of concerns around ice schedules and fees.  We feel the best way to respond to this is with information.
Printed from hmha.ca on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:42 AM