Weldy Young

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Weldy Young
Weldy Young 1897.jpg
Young in 1897
Born October 4, 1871
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Died October 27, 1944(1944-10-27) (aged 73)
Collingwood, ON, CAN
Position Defence
Playing career 1890–1905

Weldon Champness Young (October 4, 1871 – October 27, 1944) was a Canadian businessman and athlete. Young was an ice hockey player for the Ottawa Hockey Club, playing in its founding years in the 1880s and in the 1890s. Young later became a member of the Dawson City Nuggets which played against Ottawa in the 1905 Stanley Cup challenge. His brother George Young was one of the original Ottawa players and the two played together for Ottawa from 1889–1891.[1] Young later became an investor and executive in mining in the Cobalt, Ontario area.

Playing career[edit]

Young first played for Ottawa HC in 1890 and played for the team until 1899. He moved out west, finding work in Dawson, Yukon Territory during the Gold Rush. He was recruited by the Dawson City team which challenged Ottawa in the 1905 season, although he was unable to participate due to his duties as a federal civil servant during a federal election at the time. He also found work as a referee in the Temiskaming League after retiring as a player.[2] When the National Hockey Association (NHA) was holding merger talks with the Canadian Hockey Association, Young was the representative of the Haileybury club, although the club was owned by Ambrose O'Brien.[3]

Mining career[edit]

After leaving Ottawa, Young joined the mining business in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. By 1911, he was back east in Haileybury, Ontario during the "silver rush" in the area and he became an investor in several mines.[4] Young later became the president of Young-Davidson Mines, Weldon Coal Mines and vice-president of Matachewan-Hub Pioneer Mines Limited.[5]

Young died at his home in Collingwood, Ontario on October 27, 1944. He was survived by his wife Jessie Williams. Young was buried in the Trinity United Church cemetery in Collingwood.[5]


  • Kitchen, Paul (2008). Win, Tie or Wrangle. Manotick, Ontario: Penumbra Press. ISBN 978-1-897323-46-5. 
  1. ^ Kitchen(2008), pp. 340–341
  2. ^ "Toronto Pros at Haileybury". The Globe. February 20, 1908. p. 9. 
  3. ^ Cosentino, Frank (1990). Renfrew Millionaires. General Store Publishing House. p. 89. ISBN 0-919431-35-6. 
  4. ^ Mining World Co. Inc (1911). Mining and Engineering World. Mining and Engineering World. p. 983. 
  5. ^ a b "Weldon C. Young, 72, Mining Head Dies". Toronto Star. October 28, 1944. p. 2. 
Preceded by
Herbert Russell
Ottawa Senators captain
(Original Era)

Succeeded by
Chauncey Kirby