Inducted - 2023
Bob Deschamps began playing organized hockey as a youth, for St. John Bosco in Cornwall’s Holy name Society League. A smooth skating left winger, Bob was often referred to as the fastest skater on the ice. He spent four seasons in the mid1960’s with the Cornwall Royals, two of those seasons saw the Royals win the league championship and head off to the Memorial Cup Playdowns. As a Domtar employee playing in the Papermill League, Bob made the switch from Left wing to Right Defense, keeping that position for the rest of his hockey career. Defense suited Bob, as his quick acceleration, fluid skating style and keen hockey sense, seemingly allowed him to control a game at will.
Following Junior hockey with the Royals, Bob played the next five seasons in the North Stormont Hockey League. From 1970 until 2015, Bob skated with the Cornwall Hubs, often winning Best Defenseman or MVP awards at the numerous tournaments that the team entered.
Bob accepting his award from committee member Jim Riddell.