7 Gaukel Drive St George, ON N0E 1N0


About the Quilt Block


In the very early years of the Village “School Boy Hockey” was played in Lynden on natural ice.  Once kids had completed elementary school, there was no opportunity to play locally.  They played bantam, midget and juvenile at the Ayr arena.  It soon became evident that the community of St George needed its own arena.  In 1970 the South Dumfries Community Centre was built and officially opened.  This lead to the formation of St George and District Minor Hockey.   Now boys and girls could skate locally; this included figure skating, hockey and roller skating.  Hockey grew to include a Junior team, “The Dukes”.  The name honoured Earl (Duke) Gaukel; he was a construction worker during the building of the community centre, the first manager of the arena facility and continued in that role for 22 years.

At this time the St George area has had 4 individuals who associated with the National Hockey League (NHL):

  • Tommie Ivan (aka Tommy Ivanoff) – he was coach and general manager of 2 NHL franchises – he never played in the NHL his coaching career lasted more than 60 years and was nominated into the sport’s Hall of Fame because of his success coashing the Detroit Red Wings and running the front office of the Chicago Blackhawks.-
  • Don (Donnie) Johns – he played 153 games, as a defenceman, for Montreal Canadians, New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars.
  • Tom Fergus – he played centre position for Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks.
  • Adam Munro – was drafted, as a goalie, in 2001 by Chicago Blackhawks – he played with the Syracuse Crunch and the Toronto Marlies.

Today the South Dumfries Community Centre is busy year round facility.  The ice season runs from mid September to April for figure skating and hockey. The banquet hall facilities hosts numerous community and family functions.