OHA recognizes Robertson’s hockey contributions

Don Robertson

CAMBRIDGE – Don Robertson, general manager and president of the Dundas Real McCoys, will be presented with a Crystal Puck Award for his contributions to the Ontario Hockey Association during the 2010-11 hockey season. The presentation will be made prior to Friday’s (Feb 24) Allan Cup Hockey game in the JL Grightmire Arena. Game time is 7:45 p.m.

The OHA Crystal Puck Award recognizes an individual’s outstanding achievements or contributions to the association. Also being recognized in other venues for their contributions will be Winston Auld of Chippawa, Wayne Cowell of Dresden, Russell Masterson of Niagara Falls, Jim Orr, Central Ontario Junior C Convenor, and Ed Wagner of Alvinston.

Robertson joined the OHA as a game official in 1974, and had the good fortune to work as a linesman in an Allan Cup national championship at Brantford. Over the years, he refereed at the Junior and Senior A level until an injury (smashed ankle and foot) spelled an end to his career.

In 1981, he became GM of the Rockton Real McCoys Intermediate B hockey club and proceeded to lead the team to three consecutive OHA championships. Three years later the McCoys joined the Senior AAA loop as Flamborough Motts Clamatos. The club won the John Ross Robertson Cup in 1985, ’86, and ’87, and along the way an Allan Cup as Brantford Motts Clamatos.

Robertson was a founding member and former chairman of the board of the Colonial Hockey League and held the positions of president and GM of Brantford Smoke. The Smoke won a CHL championship in 1993.

In 2000, Robertson along with Ken Mann and an executive group, founded the Dundas Real McCoys. The club has won the JR Robertson Cup seven times with him as president and GM and has appeared in the Allan Cup national championship tournament six times but has yet to win the title.

In 2003, he brokered a deal for a local ownership group to purchase the Montreal Canadiens’ American Hockey League farm team in order to keep the Hamilton Bulldogs in Hamilton. He played a large part in the Dundas Hockeyville project in which the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres played an exhibition National Hockey League game in the JL Grightmire Arena in September 2010.

Robertson was the recipient of the Ontario Hockey Federation Award as Executive of the Year in 2009 for his contributions to Senior Hockey. In 2003 he received the Behind the Scenes Award from Tourism Hamilton, and is currently Co-Chair of Legacy Project, which will see more than a million dollars spent on improvements to the JL Grightmire Arena.

When he is not being a hockey architect, Robertson is owner-broker of Com/Choice Realty franchise at Dundas. He has been a licensed realtor since 1974 and owns Duck Sports Inc., which does consulting work focusing on marketing opportunities and franchise acquisitions.