would like to thank the Association and all those who submitted
tributes to David. They mirrored our thoughts and fond memories
of him, and will assist in the void left by his untimely passing.
David's Sisters and Brothers in Law and their Families.
Barbara and Michael O'Reilly, Shawn, Edward, Kearren, Robert, Avery,
Simon and Digby.
Ann and Gordon Bacque, Dave, Deb, Scott, Christopher, Dorothy, Paul,
Devlin, Colm, Hannah, Ian, Lori, Jennifer, Michael, Alexander, Thomas,
Sarah, Taosiach, and Jessie.
"KEEP YOUR HEADS UP"
Dave McMaster has had an
incredible history in women's hockey. He was a pioneer and very
special friend to so many female hockey players. He coached Team
Canada in 1990, coached many years for the University of Toronto
Lady Blues and Leaside Girls Hockey Association. We have all lost
a very treasured friend, but his legacy will live on in the lives
of all those who had the honour of knowing this wonderful individual.
Honouring Our Friend
We have received so very many calls from Daves friends and
colleagues about the man who was giving, caring and kind
about the man who always had a smile and a warm word of encouragement.
Everyone wants to do something for Dave to let him know how much
he was appreciated and loved and to let him know his life has left
an everlasting legacy for female hockey.
We believe there is something we can all do for Dave. He would
be the happiest person in the world if he knew that each and every
one of his friends in womens hockey continued to lead this
world in a special way. He loved the game and the people in it.
He always found the positive and said something about it. He found
the strengths in a team and in its players who are people first
and athletes second. He loved his teams and the opposing teams.
There was no opposition, just team-mates wearing different coloured
jerseys and serving different roles as team staff, officials, volunteers
or fans. All were members of Daves team.
He was always there to help and to support. We will miss this physical
presence, but we need not miss the lessons he taught us. What would
make Dave happy today? If every one of Daves friends followed
his example and paid someone a compliment, even once a day, think
of how they would feel both the giver and the receiver. We
encourage you to take the time in hockey and in your daily life
to find something positive in something or someone and tell somebody
Dave will remain forever in the hearts of those who were fortunate
enough to know him. It is up to each of us to carry his message
so others can continue to benefit from his wonderful lessons.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Fran Rider, Executive Director
Ontario Women's Hockey Association
#3-5155 Spectrum Way
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 5A1
Thank you for the
info Fran. Dave was indeed a dear friend. He will be missed.
We at Seneca are deeply saddened
by the news of Dave McMaster's passing. Our Alumni Women's Hockey
Team remember Dave with fondness. I have had many emails today from
them, expressing their sadness. Dave was always a great supporter
in women's hockey and we at Seneca particularly enjoyed his support
of college women's hockey. I would appreciate it if you could forward
our condolences to Dave's family and the coaching staff and team
Manager, Athletics and Recreation, Seneca College
Thank you for including me with
your information. I truly appreciate it. Dave was a wonderful person.
I have never been coached by him but I have always had the utmost
respect for his passion and love of the game of women's hockey.
I know that ALL will truly miss him and his talents.
The Ottawa Raiders wish to express
Our deepest sympathies to the McMaster family in their loss of a
very special family member. Dave was a long time personal friend
and a pioneer in the promotion and development of womens hockey.
His wisdom, guidance and support in helping the Raiders get established
will be remembered.
Mel L. Avery
Ottawa Raiders - NWHL
Dave would always shake your hand
or give you a big hug when he seen you at the rink. What I respected
the most of Dave was his honesty, I played for him in Hamilton in
1987 and he told me straight up that he only had a spot for a utility
player. I decided that I would retire from playing and referee full
time. Dave and I met many, many times after that he was the coach
and I was the ref. Dave treated you as a referee with a quiet respect
and manner that you only wish other coach's would too. Off the ice
he always was pleasant to talk to, his accomplishments speak for
themselves. Dave's passing leaves a void in our rink's of life.
Valerie Burrell Feb/2003
Dave was a gift to women's hockey.
When all one's love for hockey was forgotten, he renewed your spirit.
He believed in each and every persons potential to be the
best hockey player they could be. He always went the extra mile.
For example when I wasn't scoring he brought me a tape on how to
shoot, and some exercises on how to strengthen my upper body. At
this time I wasn't even on his team, but rather an acquaintance.
He cared enough to believe in me. He always greeted me with a warm
smile and a great big hug. He always knew what I had been up to
in hockey, and was always full of encouragement and praise. Dave
was a kind hearted, sweet, generous, jolly man who gave so much
to women's hockey. His passing is a great loss to women's hockey.
Womens Varsity Team
University of Western Ontario
David McMaster lived and breathed
womens hockey. He was generous with his knowledge of the game,
sharing his insights about building greatness into the womens
program. In addition to his accomplishments as a coach, Dave helped
many players earn university scholarships in the US and Canada.
His expert knowledge about the university system, his coaching contacts
and connections with varsity teams, threw open the doors wide for
our players. Dave was a good friend. His gentle chiding, bear hugs
and generosity will be missed.
Since the first day we met Dave,
we knew he was a great hockey person and friend. Having had the
opportunity to play for him was a great experience. He never passed
by without a handshake and hello. We will miss seeing his smiling
face around the arena. Our condolences to his family.
Janet Hudson & Carolin Boushel
To: McMaster Family
On behalf of the members of the Prince Edward Island Hockey Association,
please accept our heartfelt sympathy in your time of great sorrow.
David's contributions to hockey in particular Female Hockey will
be an every lasting legacy.
Your Friends in Hockey.
He was a man who cared a lot about
the development of women's hockey. He put a lot of time and effort
into the teams he coached (which were many) as well as the kids
camps he worked at. He knew more about hockey then anyone I know,
and he was well respected by not only his players, but also referees,
other players, coaches, and parents. He treated everyone with the
respect they deserved and he was a highly motivating person. He
will be missed by all including the hockey community.
Lauren Atkinson, Varsity Player
University of Western Ontario's Women's Hockey Team
When I heard the news about Dave,
many memories came back to me. I never played for Dave, I was always
on the other bench. You always knew you would be playing against
a well coached team. After the game though, Dave would always make
a point of shaking my hand and spending a few minutes with me. It
was that small gesture that I will always remember about him. My
thoughts are with his family at this time.
Dave's encouragement and support
of my daughter and others has contributed greatly to their personal
development, self esteem and love of hockey. He genuinely loved
and cared about these young women and took pride in their accomplishments.
Their love of him was also clear. He will be greatly missed but
never forgotten. Thanks Dave. Rest in peace.
Like so many others, our family
was horribly saddened this week by Dave's passing. His accomplishments
were legendary, and the testimonials this week from past and present
superstars of Canadian women's hockey speak volumes about his hockey
knowledge and coaching ability. What impressed me most about Dave,
however, was that you didn't have to be a superstar for Dave to
make you feel like one. Our daughter first came to know Dave as
a high school opponent two years ago and then played for him this
year as a member of the Willowdale Red Wing Bantams, one of the
three teams he was coaching in his 'retirement'. Whether it was
calling after an injury, unexpectedly delivering exam preparation
notes, his intuitive sense about when a player needed a little extra
encouragement, or his good humour and memorable nicknames for the
girls, Dave profoundly affected each and every girl. Few of the
girls will ever play at the competitive levels where Dave made his
reputation, but, in the unfortunately short time that he knew them,
he ensured that they were all just a little bit better equipped
for life itself.
"Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant.
It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of
In Dave McMaster’s memory
I fondly share with his family and friends….
“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage
to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs
of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by
the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. In the
end, leaders are much like eagles…they don’t flock,
you find them one at a time!”
Stoney Creek Junior Sabres
Team Ontario 03’
Hockey has lost a great supporter
and friend and so have I. For over 20 years, I have considered Dave
McMaster a friend. He always had a smile and a hug for me. He could
make me laugh, and he was always looking for the positive side.
Dave and I worked together on many teams, and camps, for the Winter
games, the Ontario teams for the World's and the Nationals. He was
fair and honest and dedicated. He will be missed. My condolences
to his family. Dave will leave behind him, a family who love him,
and a multitude of friends who respect him. I will miss him.
On behalf of all of us at Bill
Bolton Arena women's hockey.
Dave McMaster: A Hockey Life
"Get yer butts down!"
A hard, older man's voice, sharp in the cold air of the rink. This
is a man who has coached the men's and women's national teams. This
is a man who is on a first name basis with Sunohara and Heaney.
Who has run the rink at U of T, who teaches English at a private
girls' school with, of course, a winning hockey team. We bend our
knees, assuming the "position of
readiness", inside edges biting the ice.
"Skate, skate, skate! Keep your feet moving!"
The drill is probably rudimentary to six year olds, but it has been
thirty or more years since most of us were such. Away from this
downtown rink, we're lawyers, medical illustrators, computer consultants,
speech therapists, mothers, doctors, technical writers, businesswomen,...but
here, most importantly, we are hockey players. This older guy with
the beat up skates and the bum knees and the goalie's eye for an
angle, has made us so.
"Look before you pass!"
He never treats us like a bunch of crazy old broads, even though
our friends and family probably think we're nuts. At our first sessions,
some of us had no idea even how to put the equipment on. We wobbled
and shuffled and fell a lot. Dave doesn't care, as long as we keep
trying. We tease each other, cheer each small success. We are lucky
to have him for two years, September to April.
"Hey, Killer! Keep your head up, eh?" He laughs, not unkindly,
as two of us smash into each other during a puck handling drill.
We weave around pylons, we learn to pivot, we learn to do cross-overs
and go backward. "Cut your C's!" He cruises up and down,
checking on each and every one of us to make sure we understand,
making a few adjustments, occasionally rolling his eyes as we banter
with him. Some of us have been driving kids to the rink for years;
wearing our older kids' equipment. Some of us have borrowed stuff
from husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends. All of us have our own reasons
for deciding one day, that it was our turn to pull on the jersey.
Dave consults his clipboard. He knows more drills than most people
know the names of movies. While we pause and drip sweat, he lays
down a stick in the middle of the far blue line. Time to barrel
through his favourite, the "Canada drill", where you skate
full tilt down the ice on the right boards, pivot, go backward from
blue line to blue line, pivot, tight 180, head back down the centre
of the ice, stop with spray at the hockey stick he bravely stands
behind, cross-over step and skate back up the boards the other side
start over again. We fly, or at least it feels like we do. Dave
has given us this beautiful, challenging, intelligent game. He has
made us feel as if it was just waiting for us, a bunch of middle-aged
women, as if it was a gift we just needed to unwrap. Here, he says
taps our shin guards, you can not only do it, you can do it better.
I know you can shoot and hit the net. You can go faster, you can
pass in patterns, you can defend, you can screen the goalie and
tip it in. We feel as if we are truly Canadian now, blades flashing
as we stick our elbows out going into the corners. Dave comes out
to watch "his" players at one of our league games. I chat
with him, realize suddenly that he is proud of us. Of us! I tell
him how nice it is that he doesn't treat us any differently than
he would any of his charges. He chuckles, and he tells me he had
older sisters in Saskatchewan who played better than he did, so
he didn't have a choice about how he viewed women! And it is then
that I realize how wonderful he is, that he loves the game so much,
that he is passionate about making it accessible to anyone. We do
the same drills as the stars do, because Dave wants us to see that
hockey is for all of us.
Thank you, Dave. For believing in the game. For believing in us.
We will never forget you.
I have known Dave McMaster for
many years and he is a man I truly admired. Two of my fondest memories
in hockey were watching Dave coach Team Canada to world titles at
the First World Tournament in 1987 and the First Official World
Championship in 1990. These events put women's hockey on the map!
Every time I saw Dave, he went out of his way to give me a warm
greeting. He was respected by the hockey world and will be deeply
I send my personal wishes to his family.
Mayor, City of Mississauga
Honourary Chairperson, 1987, 1997 and 2000 Women's World Hockey
Member of Board of Regents, Ontario Women's Hockey Association
I think he has affected every
female hockey player either directly or indirectly in some way.
I remember when he recruited me to go to U of T, and when I chose
Guelph he never had a negative thought about me. He was always interested
in how my game and life were doing, and I think he was one of the
kindest men that I have ever met. His place in female hockey is
legendary, but I am sure his place in life was much more. I saw
him at Christmas briefly at a hockey tournament, and it was so easy
to give him a big hug, and to put a smile on my face. He was such
a caring person, and even though I never got a chance to play on
one of his teams, he definitely affected me very much as a player
and as a person.
Thanks Dave for everything
What a sad day for Women's Hockey.
Dave McMaster has been a constant in women's hockey for so many
years. I cannot think of anyone who has supported women's hockey
more than Dave. I remember the meetings when we were developing
the Ontario Women's Hockey Association, Dave was such a positive,
committed force. In my time in women's hockey in Ontario two people
stand out as the ultimate champions for the OWHA in the early years
.. Dave McMaster and Cookie Cartwright.
Records & Scheduling
On behalf of the members of the
Prince Edward Island Hockey Association, please accept our heartfelt
sympathy in your time of great sorrow.
David's contributions to hockey in particular Female Hockey will
be an every lasting legacy.
Your Friends in Hockey.
George Trainor, President
I would like to pass on my condolences
to Daves friends and family. Daves passion for developing
female hockey programs and people has helped take the female hockey
program in Canada to another level. I recall Dave calling up to
register for the female hockey coaching clinic held at the 2000
Womens World Hockey Championship in Mississauga. I told him
that he did not have to register as I would like him to be a part
of our expert coaching panel. Daves response to me was a humble
one he told me that he had so much to learn about the game
and felt that he could learn more from being a participant in order
to interact with everyone attending the conference and by sitting
back to learn from the exceptional coaches in the game.
Canadian Hockey Association
Manager, Female Development Programs
Dave was a wonderful, unique and
caring individual. I actually met him playing against him in high
school hockey, and then had the opportunity to play for him on several
occasions in tournaments. Through the years that Dave and I were
friends, I got used to and loved being able to walk into a rink
and see him sitting there, happy as ever in his black cap and Leaside
Hockey jacket, always ready to give me hug and see how things were
going. Looking back on not only my hockey career but also my life
thus far, the contributions that Dave has made are immeasurable.
Dave, I miss you beyond words. You are in my prayers every night
and I know that you are now with God. You are a true angel.
Dave McMaster was possibly the
smartest hockey mind we've ever run across. His ability to produce
champions came from not only caring about "the game" but
about the person who played. His ability to show us that a balance
was needed between family, school and hockey is what made him a
mentor to so many both on and off the ice. We are saddened by his
loss and will greatly miss him.
Debbie & Keith Bland
It's hard to really find a place
to start talking about the tragedy of not just hockey's but the
worlds loss of a great person. As my coach for the first time this
year, Dave was what always dragged me to the ice when I dreaded
those late night or morning practices. Just knowing that he would
be there encouraging me, along with the rest of my team always was
a huge comfort. He was an amazing coach who really made the game
fun. I only hope that he knew how much he has helped me and meant
to me. I think above all Dave just loved to watch hockey being played.
This is evident as he could always be found in an arena somewhere.
After our team was told about his passing we were all it total shock.
Since that time we have gone on to play a couple games and it was
almost unbearable not having his voice and presence on the bench
with us. On behalf of the entire Jr. Toronto Sting team we would
like to express our condolences as well as share how affected we
were by this loss as well. Through this tough time it is important
to remember that although Dave is not physically on the bench with
us, I know that he is in spirit. In fact, Dave is with every female
hockey player. He lives within us as not just a memory, but as an
idol and someone we will never forget. He lives within every coach
who cares about each individual player and within any person who
simply loves the game of hockey. He is everywhere and because of
this we will never let him fade.
I know that Dave is in a better place and that he continues to coach
each and everyone of us. For that I thank him.
I remember some time last year,
when Mr. McMaster asked me what I wanted to study in school. I was
a little frustrated because I had no idea what I wanted to do with
my life. He then told me, when he went to school, he went to Law
School. After about the third day, he said he
dropped out to become a teacher. "I wanted to make people laugh,"
was what he said. He was an amazingly beautiful man. He made everyone
he knew laugh. If you were down or not feeling well, no matter what
he did, simply his presence would bring your spirits up. I cannot
into words what this man meant to me, and so many other people.
I have never had anyone believe in me so much, and go to such great
lengths to make me believe in myself. I treasure every moment I
ever spent with Dave. He taught me so many lessons, on and off the
ice. He has made me a better person, and I love him for that, and
also for his unbelievable corny, yet amazing sense of humour. Mr.
McMaster, I finally brought the bologna! I know you're watching
over us. Thank you so much for everything, You were my mentor, and
are my role model.
Alison Fair #15
Toronto Jr. Sting
I am very fortunate to have had
the opportunity to have Dave as my coach at U of T. He was such
a friendly 'people' person, and always a pleasure to be around.
He had an amazing sense of humour and a way of making everyone feel
important -- he took a genuine interest in everyone! The women's
hockey community will certainly miss this very special man. Thanks,
Dave McMaster is truly the best
coach I have ever had. I had the privilege of playing on his team
one year at Leaside. It was the first year I had ever played select
hockey but his words of support and encouragement gave me all the
confidence I needed to play up to the level of the other girls.
He not only made me a better hockey player, but he made me realize
every time I stepped on the ice why I loved hockey so much. I only
played for him that one year, but every time I saw him at the arena
after that he always had a smile on his face and would give me a
great big hug along with some encouraging words. Dave McMaster was
a wonderful person and captured the true spirit of what a coach
should be. He will always be a reminder of why I love the game of
hockey as much as I do. Thanks Mr. McMaster
Our condolences from across the
border on the loss of a great hockey person, and a great man. I
always looked forward to our encounters and conversations. He brought
so much to the game, and his passion for it rubbed off on so many.
He'll be missed as a great friend.
North American Hockey Academy
I remember some
time last year, when Mr. McMaster asked me what I wanted to study
in school. I was a little frustrated because I had
no idea what I wanted to do with my life. He then told me, when
he went to school, he went to Law School. After about the third
day, he said he dropped out to become a teacher. I wanted
to make people laugh, was what he said. He was an amazingly
beautiful man. He made everyone he knew laugh. If you were down
or not feeling well, no matter what he did, simply his presence
would bring your spirits up. I cannot even put into words what this
man meant to me, and so many other people. I have never had anyone
believe in me so much, and go to such great lengths to make me believe
in myself. I treasure every moment I ever spent with Dave. He taught
me so many lessons, on and off the ice. He has made me a better
person, and I love him for that, and also for his unbelievable corny,
yet amazing sense of humour. Mr. McMaster, I finally brought the
bologna! I know youre watching over us. Thank you so much
for everything, You were my mentor, and are my role model.
Alison Fair #15
Toronto Jr. Sting
My daughter, Alison
Fair, is currently the captain of the Toronto Jr. Sting, one of
the three teams Dave was coaching this year. Needless to say, Alison
loved Dave very much and is having a tough time accepting his death.
Dave scouted Alison 2 years ago when she was playing Midget AA for
Leaside. Dave wanted her on his team at BSS; but she wasnt
a student there. Then last year she played for Dave in his first
year of coaching the Toronto Jr. Sting. It was a very talented team
that Alison found herself, initially, as one of the weakest players
on the team. By the end of the season Dave had transformed her into
one of the best players on the team. Then, this year she was made
captain of the team by Dave. She was also selected to the NMGHL
all star team where she scored a goal and had an assist. We are
extremely grateful to Dave for his interest in Alison and his love
and teaching that has made Alison the player she is today. Unfortunately,
we didnt know Daves past achievements until now that
we read about them after his death. His contribution to womens
hockey in this country is obviously enormous and Im sure there
are many players like Alison for whom he has brought out their potential.
While it was my
two daughters who got me to start the game of hockey in my mid-forties,
it was Dave who showed me how to play and, more importantly, I love
the game. Everytime I met Dave at an arena, we would share a big
hug, a joke or two, an update on my daughters' hockey as well as
his teams...and then he would look me straight in the eye and ask
about "Mom's game"! He always had a coaching tip and a
good word to say...I truly believe that when I first met Dave at
Bill Bolton arena, he recognized my passion for the game before
I did. He was so enthusiastic about teaching my classmates and I
the basics...and he was thrilled when we finally managed to score
a big goal, make a great pass or forecheck with confidence!!! Dave,
you gave us all a wonderful gift - "believing in ourselves"!
Thank you for enriching our journey...
Chantal Locatelli, #12, alias "MOM", and Nicole and
was an amazing blend of coach,teacher,mentor and friend who treated
everyone with respect, particularly his players-of any age- because
he was as comfortable coaching novices as he was elite players.
He was an important part of our family having coached all three
of children- Brad,Kate and Molly, who he was coaching on two teams
when he passed away. We all learned a lot about values from Dave.
We all miss him greatly but remember him fondly. The attached photo
was taken of Dave with our children this past December at a Red
Wings fun skate. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Congratulations to Dave's Bishop Strachan School hockey team on
winning the Confederation Cup in Newfoundland the weekend of February
7th, 2003. The team wore black arm bands in his memory and there
was a minute of silence for him at the opening game.
David R. Allgood
I knew Dave McMaster
from my days as a broadcaster on the old U of T radio station when
Dave coached the Lady Blues, (with a young player named Karen Hughes).
I would continue to see him as recently as 3 months ago at The Ice
Gardens, What characterized Dave was a tremendous commitment to
women's hockey. He was without any kind of political agenda. He
just enjoyed seeing the sport progress and was committed to its
development. A true fan and friend of the game, Dave followed my
career closely and could talk to me about how I had done on a recent
broadcast. He followed the careers of those he coached and shared
in their successes.
A great friend of the game, he died far too young and will be missed.
I, like so many
people who heard the sad news about David ,was shocked last week.
I have read the many tributes paid to David and without a doubt
it is clear David has had a tremendous influence on many,many hockey
players. I was somewhat struck by the fact that the tributes I read
did not acknowledge the other half of David's life and that of course
was his influence he had on so many students over the years. I had
the unique privilege of not only having been one of David's students,but
I also had the privilege of being the parent of another recent student
of David's, plus the privilege of having coached against my old
David was a great influence as a teacher in the early days of St.Georges
College. While we aspired to be great hockey players David had to
make do with what he had!!.Those were the very early days of David's
coaching career and I can assure everyone that none of us had any
idea of the heights to which David would ultimately aspire and achieve.
If his high school team of the late 60's and early 70's had any
idea of the gem we had amongst us I am sure we would have shown
him more respect then than we most definitely have now..
After I left St. Georges in 1971 I really had little contact with
David until approximately 8 years ago when my son was seeking admission
to my old school where David was ,amongst other duties, in charge
of the junior school interviews. When David asked my son what his
interests were and he responded "hockey" his admission
was guaranteed!! I then got to know David as a parent and it became
very obvious to me how much his boys at RSGC truly loved him as
a teacher. While David had to make do with me as a player in the
late 60's he had a much better player to coach when my son came
under his tutelage. On many an occasion when I would be picking
my son up from a game or practice David used to enjoy telling my
son what a fine hockey player he was in comparison to his Dad!!
The high esteem with which David was held by the boys at RSGC was
best exemplified when my son came home last Monday and told me about
David's death,quite clearly moved but also wanting to do something
to remember David by. I am sure there are many of David's present
students at RSGC , as well as many old boys, who will want to remember
David and hopefully with time the appropriate tribute will be arranged.
Finally I had the unique privilege to have been able to coach against
my old mentor and friend. Mark Napier and I coached the Etobicoke
Dolphins Intermediate AA girls hockey team last year and while our
record overall and against the Sting was not what we had hoped for
one of my fondest memories was taking David's jibes in the arena
knowing full well they were meant with the best of intentions. I
must say 32 years ago I never thought I would be shaking hands with
my teacher and high school coach in my role as a coach.
On behalf of my family I hope that you can pass on this message
to David's family with my heartfelt condolences. I hope I can speak
on behalf of the many boys at RSGC ,past and present, whose lives
he touched when I say he has been, and will continue, to be missed.
to the McMaster family. I will remember Dave as a pioneer of Women's
Hockey, one who had great passion for this game we all love today.
Dave contributions and respect he brought to our game are legacy.
He will be deeply missed, but not forgotten. May he rest in peace.
Dave was a teacher
by profession and we all learned a lot from him. Be positive, respect
your opponent and enjoy life to the fullest. He taught me early
in my coaching career to always remember that hockey is just a game.
Dave was a pleasure to be with. He will be greatly missed. I know
I will miss him and think about him every time I go into an arena.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.
Mississauga Ice Bears
President, Golden Blades Women's Hockey
District Representative, OWHA
It was always a
pleasure to be greeted by your warm smile and partner with you in
thoughtful and insightful conversation. Your competitive spirit
and sportsmanship will be missed. David, you enriched the game of
hockey and our lives. We were truly blessed to have known you and
we will miss you greatly.
The Players, Coaches, Staff and Friends of the Mississauga Junior
I am greatly saddened
by the passing of Dave McMaster... I unfortunately had never had
the opportunity to meet Dave personally, but I am more than aware
of the amazing history and reputation in women's hockey that Dave
I send my deepest sympathy to Dave's family and friends at such
a difficult time... I only hope that you heal in time...
Please know that Mr. McMaster was respected to the highest level
for his knowledge, experience and reputation... Dave knew how to
work with people and most definitely women hockey players... He
surely touched our hockey community with his knowledge and motivated
many to surpass their dreams at succeeding...
Dave will be greatly missed by those that he touched and those that
adored him from afar...
With My deepest sympathy. Yours in Hockey
Etobicoke Dolphins Sr. B Coach
Dave was a friend
to Ross and me for nearly thirty years, starting when he was coach
of the Mississauga Indians.
He was a pioneer in the formation of the Ontario Women's Hockey
Association. We elected him to be Vice-Chairman of the original
Steering Committee, along with Kay Cartwright, Chairman, and Maurice
and Shirley Landry. The eventual formation of our governing body,
which is unique in all of Canada, is a tribute to their wisdom and
I was privileged to work with Dave in the first World Women's events
of 1987 and 1990. Not only did he coach Canada's entry to championships
both times, but he also contributed valuable ideas to laying the
groundwork of a structure that would prosper for many years to come.
Dave was a fine coach, a believer in the sport of Female Hockey,
all, a gentleman. We will miss him.
I am so very sadden to hear about the lost of such great man. I
have had the privilege of knowing Dave both as a coach and as a
friend. I will never forget the final game of the first World Championships
in 1990 when I forgot my jersey! I was so upset, and terrified I
was going to get into trouble. When Coach McMaster found out, to
my surprise, he wasnt made, nor was he angry with me. Coach
just put his arm around me and, with a smile on his face, told me
to put on one of the extra jerseys we had and not to worry.
Coach then sent someone back to the hotel to get my jersey, so that
I would have it for the start of the Championship game. No matter
where Coach McMaster looked, the sky was always blue and the sun
was always shinning. Now as I embark on a career in coaching, I
hope that I too will be able to follow in his footsteps, to be able
to see the positive in every situation. He will be missed, but never
Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach
With Dave McMaster's
passing, female hockey has lost one of it's strongest supporters.
The tributes on the OWHA website are a testament to the many people
he touched and helped along the way.
My own contact with Dave came as a result of his coaching Leaside
AA teams at the Bantam, Midget and Intermediate levels during the
time I was the Leaside President. It would be a daunting task to
try to list all his achievements and I'm sure I would fall short,
so instead I'll simply point to the other tributes coming in from
past Leaside players.
I do want to share with you one experience that I will always remember
Dave by. It demonstrates his love for the game and his respect for
all the girls regardless of age or ability. At Leaside there is
little ice available for house league practice so we grab what we
can when the opportunity arises. The situation came about that an
hour of ice was free following an Intermediate AA practice. I did
the telephoning to bring out some Bantam age players but I had no
coach to run the drills. I asked Dave if he would help us out and
without hesitation he agreed. Switching hats from his top level
competitive team to a group of beginners, and with no assistant
coaches, he ran an hour of drills that were educational, interesting
and fun. The girls had a memorable hour with a World Champion coach.
For Dave it was just one more hour of his time given to making girls
hockey a better thing.
Dave, Leaside thanks you for that hour and for all the hours you
put in. The game of hockey is better off because of your efforts!
Leaside Girls Hockey
I met Dave McMaster at Stephanie
Boyd's hockey school this past summer. He gave a one hour workshop
to the senior ladies, many of whom (like me) were over forty and
playing their first few years of hockey. His love of the game and
support for female players of all ages was very evident. I thoroughly
enjoyed his knowledgeable and humourous presentation.
I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Dave again two weeks ago,
as one of the members of the Etobicoke Dolphins Girls Hockey League
Coach Selection Committee. I recognized him instantly when he entered
the room. Our brief encounter the previous summer had left a distinct
impression. My colleagues and I were thrilled that such a wonderful
person would be interested in helping our organization. We are all
deeply saddened by his passing.
One of the most memorable items in my two encounters with Dave was
his "PDAM". I have no doubt that all who met him PERCEIVED
his intelligence, wit and tremendous dedication. I sincerely hope
that all of us will DECIDE to ACT with similar integrity and grace
to honour his MEMORY.
I played for Dave at the University
of Toronto, and later went on to coach alongside him. Dave and I
may not have always seen eye to eye on things, but we had a great
deal of admiration and respect for one another. He taught me how
to recruit and talk to parents and players, and we were both passionate
about the game. Dave was an amazing individual and will be sadly
missed in and around the arenas.
26 years ago I remember Dave
showing up at rinks all across Ontario, I know because I use to
see him there. That was back when we use to have to go from one
end of the Province to the other just to play a game. That is how
long ago I noticed Dave had been involved in the game we love so
much...Female Ice Hockey. I used to wonder why a man would follow
OUR hockey so diligently. At first just watching, then slowly introducing
his views, to finally acting on what he felt was what we as females
needed to know to make OUR game successful. I would think that all
of us who knew Dave learned a little, learned a lot and always came
away with the same goal...make this game what you want to make it.
He was a teacher don't forget, it was in him to teach and so he
did. I know he loved OUR game, I know he inspired others to love
OUR game, I know he would want all of us to continue to grow and
be the best at this game as we can be. To teach others to love OUR
game as much as he did. Why else would he stand in a cold arena
for half his life! Thanks Dave for all you have contributed to OUR
One of the many Pioneers
coach. friend. funny. kind. caring. hockey fanatic.
These are just some of the words that can be used to describe Dave
McMaster. I have personally known him since I was about 10 years
old (6 years ago), when I played against him as the only girl on
a boys team. I was from then on known as the boy with the blond
ponytail sticking out! I played against him for the last 5 years,
but this year I finally decided on playing for him. Since September
I have never learned so much in all my years. Not just about hockey,
but about life. Anytime I spoke to him he would put a smile on my
I just hope he continues to watch over, and anytime I think of him
and step out onto the ice, he will still put a smile on my face.
Carina von Bredow #25
Toronto Jr. Stings
It is so difficult to put into
words the shock we have all experienced with Dave's passing. Dave's
love for the game and more importantly his love of the players was
second to none. Dave always had such genuine concern for his players
as a total person on and off the ice. As part of the staff on the
Toronto Sting I learned a lot from Dave. Lessons that will stay
with me for years to come. I was probably one of the last people
to see Dave, we met to talk about working together again next year.
He always talked about retiring but I don't believe he ever would
have. I would also like to say how proud I am of each of the players
on the Sting. This past week has been so hard on them, the team
made the tough decision to stay on the ice, despite our hectic schedule.
As hard as it was, they all knew in their hearts that is where Dave
would want them to be.
Toronto Junior Sting
On behalf of the Ontario Hockey
Federation, please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences during
this very sad time.
Ontario Hockey Federation
Difficult for me to condense sixteen
years of memories of someone who espoused our values so well and
was a true gentleman and a great person to know. I had the privilege
of knowing Dave first, in my role as a coach and as a volunteer
in the OWHA and secondly, as a parent with a daughter who played
for him at U of T.
As a parent I quickly saw that he was gifted and dedicated not only
in teaching hockey but also in teaching life skills. Dave continued
to call me " Dad " long after Lesley graduated and shared
in our family's pride in
seeing Lesley excel both off and on the ice during and long after
her four years at U of T. I am grateful for the role he played in
My regards and deepest sympathy to his family.
Hi, my name is Chris Bacque. I
live in Whitby, Ontario, and I am 14 years old. Dave McMaster (a.k.a.
Unk) was my godfather (and great uncle). I think that it is great
what your doing to remember him in the greatest way
possible. It means a lot to us (his family) and many others because
he would appreciate the kind observations of his life that you have
provided us with to help reflect on the many happy years that we
have spent with him. I am
glad that many of the hockey players that he coached along with
many other friends and family members, have put so much effort into
the remembrance of the kind, and positive outlook on life of his
that he has so willingly
shared with all of us. In closing I would just like to thank you
for your efforts, and to say that they have helped me get through
the tragic loss of a great family member and friend.
Sincerely, Chris Bacque
Dave coached our daughter , Kristy,
for 4 years with Leaside. I can still hear him yelling across the
rink, "Thompson, bend those knees!" To this day she still
hears his voice when she is defending her goalie. He taught her
discipline, respect and also showed her that her commitment to the
game and life was an asset she would always be proud of. He could
do any drill on the ice with the girls, they would give their all.
He believed in his players. Dave had respect for the parents as
did they for him. He encouraged our daughter to continue her education.
She is in her 4th year at the University of Ottawa and playing for
the Ottawa GG's. She would not have done this had it not been for
the "talks" with Dave. Dave had study times when they
were at tournaments, team meals, curfews and bedroom checks. We
used to laugh about it but it taught the girls that their education
was first. As parents, we were behind him all the way. He also taught
them that being away at a tournament was not meant to be a party,
they were there to play hockey. He had an excellent rapport with
the girls and they knew he was right. Dave gave so much to hockey
and all his players. It is so hard to imagine him gone. Kristy was
fortunate to see him in Montreal last fall. She has so many good
memories of her time with Dave. Our heartfelt condolences go to
the McMaster family. We will all miss him very much.
Moose, Karen and Kristy Thompson
Dave McMaster touched our lives,
and was such an important factor for many of us leading up to and
through our university days. His love for the sport of hockey and
his enduring commitment to do what he could to support and grow
women's hockey when not a lot of people really cared that much about
it is something that I will always remember and cherish for what
it allowed me to enjoy - as well as the pride I was able to feel
as part of his UofT "Lady Blues". His efforts as a builder/coach
well back over 20 years ago, helped pave the way to what we share
with all of Canada and a growing number of other nations as the
sport of women's hockey today.
Dave McMaster was a wonderful soul. He always had a kind word to
say and a warm smile to greet you - he will be missed dearly. Good-bye
Dave - I'll always remember you with kind, happy thoughts and memories.
Sophie Radecki UofT: 1980-85, etc
Dave McMaster was a dedicated
pioneer whose passion helped the female game secure its special
place in the world of hockey.
The best part of being involved in hockey is the very special friends
you make along the way. Like everyone else, I feel very fortunate
to have been able to cross paths with Dave. Dave never passed by
without a hello or a hug. Even during the hectic times at Provincials,
it didnt matter, he would take the time to stop by and give
you physically, a pat on the back. Its amazing just how much
that gesture recharged our batteries.
Dave touched so many, many lives in all aspects of the game of hockey.
Dave brought great values to the sport, his positive attitude, leadership
and above all his passion for the game and all its participants.
My sincere condolences to the McMaster family and also to the OWHA
family who has lost a very special friend. We will all miss his
smile and cherish his memory.
Dave enlightened all he met. Encouraged all with equality regardless
of talent or abilities. More importantly, he wanted to know and
understand his players, remembered them with clarity and their direction
both on and off the ice. A wonderful resource which we shall miss,
hopefully we can all continue his good work.
It's been a pleasure.
The Anso Family
I was sorry to hear of Dave's
passing. I last saw him at a funeral of a former teacher of his
just a few months ago.
I first met Dave when I attended my CAHA Level 5 coaching clinic
at York University in 1975 and met him several times there after
at rinks throughout Ontario. It was evident he loved hockey and
women's hockey especially. With my present involvement in women's
basketball I have come to realize how important it is to be just
the right influence on women athletes and Dave was just the right
influence. Please extend my condolences to his family. Hockey and
women's hockey in particular have lost a great soul. To those who
knew him, arenas will seem a little sadder with his loss but we
will always be heartened by the memory of his love of the game.
On behalf of the alumni of the
Mississauga Chiefs Senior AAA Hockey Club, the Board of Directors
is making a donation to the OWHA in memory of Dave McMaster. Dave's
legacy lives on in all of his players. He was truly committed to
Bob Allan, President
As a young coach just starting
out at Leaside, Dave McMaster was an icon to look up to and to learn
from. Dave not just coached the game, he taught his players how
to play and understand the game of hockey. Dave had an unwavering
dedication to the game and to his players. No matter the talent
level, he supported and challenged them to be the best they could
be. He was a true asset to the Leaside organization and the players
he helped develop. Dave truly cared for the players he coached and
met through hockey, not just their on ice abilities, but also their
family and school life. Dave McMaster made a lasting impression
on his players. Proudly I can say Dave became a friend and a great
supporter. The best lessons I learned from Dave were not about tactics,
but rather how to be very passionate about coaching, to be a teacher
and a mentor to the players and to show respect for everyone involved
in our sport. And most importantly to cherish the special lives
that cross our paths while we play this game we love so much.
Leaside Wildcats 1995-2002
I had the privilege of playing
for Dave for 5 years as a player of the U of T Lady Blues. He is
the best coach I have ever had. He instilled in me my passion for
hockey. I will be forever grateful for that. I will never forget
his great sense of humour and his incredible dedication to women's/girl's
ice hockey. He really made a difference.
It was a blessing to have known him and I am a better person for
it. I will ALWAYS remember him with the fondest of memories. My
deepest sympathy is extended to the whole family.
U of T Lady Blues 1982-87
I first met Dave back in my university
days. I was playing for the York Yeowomen and he was coaching the
U of T Lady Blues. He was always kind and had many words of encouragement
for me even though I played for the opposition. I knew he had a
passion for hockey but I had no idea he was so involved with womens
hockey until I finished at York and helped him with the U of T Lady
Blues Team. He lived and breathed hockey.
I saw Dave occasionally after that, always at a hockey tournament
somewhere. He always had a hug for me and a comment about my aggressive
play in my younger days he made me laugh. Thanks Dave!!
I was a small town girl wanting
to play organized hockey. For 6 years I played on outdoor rinks
( as girls did not play organized hockey where I came from) and
when I went to U of T (1982) I wanted to try out for the University
team. I called up the coach, Mr. McMaster, and asked if I could
register for the try outs. He asked me a lot of questions about
my hockey skills and explained that he had most of his team but
it would be a pleasure to meet me. So off I went to the gym for
dry land and then on the ice for practice. Needless to say my skates
and equipment where outdated compared to the other women, many of
whom came from the Toronto (players like Karen Hughes) area. I remember
the warm greeting he gave me and how he tried to make me feel comfortable.
I will never forget how he told me the I had so much potential and
that he would like me to be part of his team. I was the 16th player
but that did not matter because all I wanted was the opportunity
to play organized hockey. I never knew that I would learn so much
under my coach Mr. Dave McMaster. he taught me so much about the
game and more importantly how to treat your teammates with respect.
He was knowledgeable and was able to keep things interesting and
fun. He had a good sense of humour and was a kind, patient and caring
For the past 15 years I have coached children and often talked about
the coach I had in university. I had watched Dave carefullly and
the manner in which I treat my players and conduct myself on the
bench came from his teachings. I have thought about Dave often and
wondered where he was. I never knew how involved he was in Women's
Hockey. I feel privileged to have had Dave for a coach as he was
a wonderful man and a great teacher.
My deepest sympathy to his family.
Sandra Furletti Blomberg
I was one of the many who was
stalked by Dave McMaster. It seemed he was at every game I played
while I was in High School. There was no question in my mind that
I just had to go to UofT to be coached by this man. I spent five
successful years there, and was fortunate enough to play for him
for two more seasons after that. He taught all of his athletes much
more than the game of hockey. Although I did not see it back then,
I realize now he was a role model for all of us. He lived his passion
with integrity. How many of us are living our passion?
I remember his big hugs and smiles; his corny jokes; his zany names
for his drills; that loud confident voice that called my name from
behind me on the bench when it was time for a line change, but mostly,
I remember a man who's heart was big enough for everyone who crossed
In memory of Dave McMaster, remembered
as a wonderful coach and a lovely person.
Sarah Skinner (Leaside) and her mother Linda Sumner
So many others from the Bill Bolton
Women's Hockey League have so aptly expressed how much Dave meant
to us. When I met Dave at Skills Classes it was my last shot...
I had tried another co-ed league and was on the verge of giving
up. How crazy was it to be a 40 year old starting to play hockey?
But from the first moment of his classes it seemed that it was more
ridiculous to be self-defeating."So you can't do a stop yet,
at least you keep moving!" or "Stop and look." Dave
said to the class, patting the back of one of the women,"This
woman was the last across the line last year in every drill. Now
she is the first. Now that's good work." What a teacher. He
inspired everyone whether they were the best or the worst. He was
glad to see you everytime you walked into the arena. Off the ice,
he and I talked about history, books, appreciating our parents,
and seizing the moment. He was so proud of his students. He delighted
in everyone and we delighted in him. Thanks Dave you will always
have a very special place in my heart, and I will always hear you,
everytime I assume the "position of readiness".
After reading all the tributes
about Dave there is not much more I can say about this great man.
I will always remember Dave for his famous quote " Offense
wins games Defense wins championships". Dave used that
quote several times when I played for the 1987 Hamilton Golden Hawks/
Team Canada. I believe that quote was very inspirational in our
success that season. I still use that quote when coaching today.
I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to share a very special
moment in Women's Hockey with a very special man.
Dave McMaster was my daughter,
Kristi's hockey coach for several years when she was playing in
the Leaside Girls Hockey League. We both were impressed with skilful
yet calm manner with which he treated all the players and the confidence
he gave them to succeed both on this ice and in life.
Our condolences to Scott and his sister and all other members of
I would like to express my sincere sympathy to Dave's family and
to the Canadian Hockey family. I had the opportunity as a player
at Providence College to compete against his teams at the University
of Toronto and always enjoyed the respect that he showed for our
game. He always had something positive to say no matter what the
outcome. Then in 1987 and in 1990 I had the opportunity to compete
against him with Team USA as a young assistant coach. . .no matter
how heated the competition between our countries, Dave found a way
to be a coaching mentor for me and provided me with so much encouragement.
. .I'll never forget going to Team Canada's practice and seeing
him out there in his helmet and shin guards with a smile on his
face. He continued to be a friend and mentor as I progressed with
my coaching career and I've had frequent encounters with him my
last ten years coaching at the University of New Hampshire. Dave
was special to women's hockey, not just to Canadian women's hockey.
Again, I offer my deepest sympathy.
Team USA Asst. Coach 1987 and 1990
Team USA Head Coach 1994
UNH Head Coach 1992-2002
Dave was one of the true pioneers
of female hockey. His passion for the game and positive enthusiasm
will never be forgotten - he was a great people person.
Dave McMaster was a special man
who cared a great deal about the people he knew. He had a terrific
sense of humour and made everyone feel comfortable. He loved his
hockey and the girls who played for him. He enjoyed his life and
could laugh at himself, too. The first press release from the Canadian
Amateur Hockey Association
that named him as the coach of the 1990 Canadian team that did win
the first gold medal for Canada said that he was 'certifiable' as
a level four coach. He got such a kick out of that and every time
he would call thereafter he would leave the message, "This
is the certifiable coach calling."< He was a very considerate
man. When I was ill, he called, sent cards and even funny little
slippers. The day before he died, he was talking to me and said
that he would never forget the night I called him to ask him to
accept being inducted into the University of Toronto Sports Hall
of Fame. He said he thought I was joking and went on to tell me
the depth of emotions he was experiencing at that time. I remember
he was so excited...just like a little kid with a lollipop. At the
induction, he was proud and had brought his family. . The strange
thing is both he and Karen Hughes were inducted that same year.
I had the privilege of calling Karen, too and opted to call her
first. He is so special in the minds of his followers that she did
ask if he was to be inducted and I believe if I had said no, she
might not have accepted at that point.
That is how much he was respected by someone of Karen's stature.
The funeral itself spoke volumes. The standing room only crowd and
the service itself were very memorable. We all cried and will always
remember this wonderful man....Dave McMaster.
From my heart.........