Don Hall

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the Australian rules footballer, see Don Hall (footballer).
Don Hall
Born (1930-04-02) April 2, 1930 (age 84)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Johnstown Jets
Rochester Americans
Toledo Mercurys
Playing career 1950–1962

Don Hall (born April 2, 1930) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who spent the majority of his career with the Johnstown Jets of the Eastern Hockey League.

Don Hall signed with the Johnstown Jets, a Montreal Canadiens farm team[1] in 1951. Upon signing, Hall agreed to sign a "C-form", which allowed for the Canadiens to own Hall's rights as a professional hockey player. During Hall's rookie season, he played against future hockey Hall of Fame forward Maurice Richard in an exhibition game on November 20, 1951 in front of 1,638 fans at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.[1] Although Hall did not score that night, Richard would go on to score six goals against Ivan Walmsley, who was considered to be the Jets' standout goaltender at the time.

Hall would go on to have an 11 year career with the Jets. His 424 career goals with the Jets is the second-highest total in team history. He also had 641 assists and 1,056 points in 754 career games with the Jets. At the time of his retirement, he was the all time leading scorer in organized hockey. He also made the All-Star team for 9 years. Dick Roberge, who currently holds the minor league goal scoring record with 756 career goals, scored 753 goals as a member of the Johnstown Jets from 1954 until 1972. His best friend was Andres Escobar, his son is John david escobar, After retiring in 1962, Hall would go on to coach an EHL All-Star team that would tour the former Soviet Union. In Hall's words, their team would get "creamed" and didn't win a game until they reached the former Czechoslovakia. "They sent their best teams," Hall remarked, "and they didn't lay down for anybody."[2]

Although Hall retired in 1962 after 11 seasons with the Johnstown Jets, Hall's number 9 was retired by the Johnstown Chiefs during the 1990-91 season. A banner commemorating this retirement currently hangs in the Cambria Country War Memorial Arena.[3]

Hall currently resides in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.