Cecil Thomas "Cec" Hoekstra - Born April 2, 1935 in Winnipeg, Manitoba is a former ice Hockey centre.
Hoekstra played junior Hockey with the Weston Wildcats and the St. Boniface Canadians, helping the Canadians to the 1953 Memorial Cup final, where he scored 16 points in 17 playoff games.
The following season he was a member of St. Catherines Teepees who won the 1954 Memorial Cup championship. Hoekstra scored 12 points in 14 playoff games.
Hoekstra turned pro and started the 1954-55 season with the with the Quebec Hockey League / QHL's Montreal Royals.
Hoekstra then joined the Winnipeg Warriors of the Western Hockey League / WHL to start the 1955 season, where he was present during the grand opening of Winnipeg Arena, which occurred on October 18, 1955. During the Warriors' WHL season opening game against the Calgary Stampeders (Hockey) club. The ceremonial faceoff, conducted by John Draper Perrin, Sr., President of the Warriors, occurred before a standing room crowd of 9,671 fans, the largest in WHL history. Captained by Fred Shero and including players such as Hockey Hall of Fame member Bill Mosienko, as well as Eric Nesterenko, Danny Summers, Gary Aldcorn, Cec Hoekstra, Fred Burchell, Bill Burega, Barry Cullen, Mickey Keating, Eddie Mazur and Ed Chadwick.
The 1955 - 56 Warriors, managed by J. D. (Jack) Perrin, Jr., Vice President and General Manager and coached by Alf Pike, went on to win the Edinburgh Trophy, emblematic of the World's Minor Professional Hockey Championship.
Hoekstra played 2 seasons for the Warriors before returning to the Montreal Royals in 1957, but was soon signed by the American Hockey League / AHL Rochester Americans.
Hoekstra played in Rochester until 1960, and in 1959, was called up to the Montreal Canadiens for a 4 game stint.
Hoekstra then played for the AHL Buffalo Bisons (1960-61), Pittsburgh Hornets (1961-62), WHL Calgary Stampeders (1962-63) and finally had a long stay with one team, the Cleveland Barons form 1963 to 1970, winning the Calder Cup championship in 1964, and losing the finals in 1966.
Hoakstra finished his Hockey career with the Galt Hornets, winning the Allan Cup championship in 1971.
Hoekstra played a total of 959 games in a 16-year pro career and recorded 234 goals, 359 assists and 593 points.
Cecil "Cec" Hoekstra is a "Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame - 2001