Duane started playing hockey with pickup teams on outdoor rinks in Farran's Point and Ingleside. At 14, he joined the Morrisburg Long Sault Orphans. It was not long before Duane was recognized for his talent.
At the age of 18, he was invited to a Boston Bruin training camp in Oshawa. While playing with the Oshawa Generals, Duane played with NHL legends Bobby Orr and Wayne Cashman. The following year, Duane played in Bowmanville and was a member of the League's All-Star team.
Returning to Eastern Ontario, Duane played his final year of junior hockey with the Brockville Braves. He had two 4-goal games with the Braves and Duane was the first inductee into the Brockville Braves Hall of Fame.
Duane continued to play intermediate hockey in Southwestern Ontario in Port Colborne and Georgetown. While playing with the Georgetown Raiders, his team won the League Championship and completed in the playdowns for the Hardy Cup. Duane continues to play hockey today but has also taken up a new sport, cycling. He has cycled many miles, one of his longest trips was from Niagara Falls to Florida.
Duane Rutley accepting from Harry Webber.