2017 IHHF Bio Series: Peter Moffat

Peter Moffat
Officials’ Category ~ Class of 2017

In 1959 Peter Moffat traveled to Chicago, Illinois, to visit some friends and he ended up staying for ten years. As a young man who grew up loving the game of hockey in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, the city had captivated him and the local arena would obviously be one of the first places he would go. It was there, at Rainbo Arena, that Peter met Alan Carvell Jr., the owner of Rainbo, who with his wife June opened Chicago’s first indoor ice surface a few years earlier in 1956. Mr. Carvell was looking for someone to start running hockey programs and officiating clinics and Peter was looking for work. It was a perfect match.

Peter’s experience with playing the game easily parlayed into officiating it. The clinics started small, but soon grew in size and would catch the attention of many National Hockey League officials such as Vern Buffey, John D’Amico, Art Skov and Bruce Hood. Peter continued to play the game, but it was officiating that began to take over. Peter had developed a couple of very important friendships, first with William “Torchy” Peden, a world class Canadian cyclist who ran the pro shop at Rainbo and helped Peter tremendously with the direction he planned on taking his programs. And second with Chet Stewart, who helped launch amateur hockey on the North Shore as well as help establish the National Ice Hockey Officials Association. It was during these clinics in the 1960’s that Peter was appointed the first Referee-In-Chief for the state of Illinois and it was Mr. Stewart that was instrumental in making this happen.

That appointment meant the end of Rainbo Arena for Peter. He received a call from Bill Beagan, the commissioner of the International Hockey League, who hired Peter to be their first full-time official. From there the list of stops include officiating the Central Hockey League, the American Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, the NCAA, the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League.

After an on-ice collision in Winnipeg that left Peter injured he decided to step away from refereeing and pursue a career in camping. He directed camps for the YMCA of Chicago, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri and New York City. After New York Peter was hired to be the director of the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation by Ron Joyce in Oakville, Ontario. After ten years of that Peter, his lovely wife Cheryl and their son Brandon moved back to North Bay to operate some Tim Hortons restaurants. Today Peter is still active in the family business of 27 years. He’s an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847/269-2922 or e-mail Norm at jacole@comcast.net.

Categories: Hockey Headlines, IHOA, Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame, Leadership in the News, Officials

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