Hockey & Bowhunting
Ron Alguire is a gifted athlete who has excelled in two distinctly different sports - hockey and bowhunting.
His hockey career as an imposing, smooth-skating defenceman has now spanned seven decades, and included two seasons with the Gordon Refrigeration Royals in the 1950's. After his junior hockey, Ron played one season with the Cornwall Emard Petros of the Ottawa Senior League at 21 years of age. He then served as captain of the St. Andrews Saints in the Long Sault Senior Hockey League, winning several league and playoff championships. In 1967-68, he played with the Howard Smith Beavers, winning the ODHA Shield. In 1969-70, he played with the Morrisburg Combines, winning the Ottawa District Intermediate "A" championship.
In the 1970's and '80's, Ron played most of his hockey in the North Stormont Hockey League, winning two league championships with the St. Andrews Saints and five more with the Avonmore Aces.
In 2004, he played with the Cornwall Hubs in the CARHA World Cup in Ottawa, where they were finalists.
Ron has continued to play at a high level, participating in the 55+ Ontario Senior Games several times: in 2000, in Collingwood, the local District 8 team finished 4th; in 2003, they won gold in London and repeated in Barrie in 2005; in 2007, they won bronze in Brockville; and in 2013 again won gold in Huntsville. At the 55+ Canada Games, they won silver in 2003 in Moncton, bronze in 2010 in Brockville, silver in 2012 in Sydney and Bronze in Edmonton in 2014.
Ron's archery and bowhunting career began in the early 1960s. In 1966, Ron and Murray Martin harvested a bull moose in Northern Ontario, believed to be the first with a bow and arrow in modern times. In the late 1960s, Ron was a founding member of the Ontario Bowhunters' Association (OBA), which worked with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to implement archery-only hunting seasons and minimum standards for equipment.
Ron was a director and one-time vice president of the OBA. He was also a Hunter Instructor and Examiner for a number of years, working to certify bowhunters across the province, and is also a measurer for the Federation of Recognition of Ontario Wildlife (FROW).
Over the years, Ron has harvested a number of deer, bear and moose that qualified for the Ontario (FROW) and North American record books (Pope & Young).
Ron Alguire accepting from Sharon McCullough.