Allan Cup Champions 1969
Front Row L to R - Wes Lillie (manager), Vance Millar, Joe Hogan, Gord Renwick (president), Ron Hergott, Rio Caron, Bob Ertel, Bill Wylie (coach).
Middle Row - Toots ‘Doc’ Last, Boat Hurley, John Nickerson, Fern Belanger, Billy Hway, Bob Maxwell, Howie Dietrich, Pete Brennan, Erroll McGibbon, Ed Heather, Dr. Gary Ramsay.
Back Row - Pete Panagabko, Corby Adams, Ron Smith, Doug Kelcher, Don Snider, John Beechey, Ron Boomer, Larry Ziliotto.
The Hornets qualified for the Eastern Canada Allan Cup finals by beating the Gander Flyers 4-1 in games, with the deciding game played in Newfoundland.
Their opponents were the Victoriaville Tigers, representing the Quebec league which had defeated the Ontario champions the previous four years.
Six tough games were required before the Hornets moved on.
Galt city council had to pass a special by-law before Game 2 to permit the playing of a sports event in the city after 1:30 p.m. on a Sunday.
In the final game, Victoriaville had a decided edge in shots on goal. But Boat Hurley, considered perhaps the finest senior goal- ie in Canada, was in goal. Victoriaville badly outshot the Hornets yet Galt held a 1-0 lead after the first period. John Nickerson, who played defense beside high-scoring partner Ron Hergott, said to Hurley: “There Boat We’ve got you the lead. Now hold it!” Hurley did, winning the game, despite facing a barrage of shots.
The Hornets hosted the championship final for the 1969 Allan Cup in Galt, Ontario and defeated the Western champion Calgary Stampeders in four straight games to win the championship.
The 1968-69 Galt Hornets were inducted into the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.