Ken McOnie


Kenneth Duncan McOnie

Born: July 27, 1930 (Halifax)
Died: August 1, 2013 (Halifax)


Ken McOnie played 12 seasons of senior hockey in the Maritimes, earning a reputation for being fiercely competitive. He was no stranger to the penalty box, especially during the playoffs.

McOnie won a Maritime junior championship in 1950 with Halifax St. Mary’s. In 11 Memorial Cup playoff games that season, he scored twice and added four assists while accumulating 40 penalty minutes.

At age 21, he began playing senior hockey in Nova Scotia, suiting up over the years for the Chester Tigers, Lunenberg Falcons, Stellarton Royals, Bridgewater Hawks, New Glasgow Rangers, Halifax Wolverines, and Halifax Tartans. He rarely scored more than a single goal in a season, more often placing his name on the scoresheet in the section for penalties. In 1954-55, he led his league by serving 90 minutes.

His playoff penalty totals stand out, including 38 minutes charged in just 10 Allan Cup playoff games in 1954.

He suited up for three games with the Moncton (N.B.) Flyers in 1953-54, but was released without recording any points. He did serve 26 penalty minutes.

McOnie was fined $50 in 1953 for jostling referee Dewar Judson and fined another $50 days before Christmas in 1954 for punching referee Alex Robertson.

McOnie, an electrician by trade, worked for Maritime Tel for 30 years.


Defenceman Ken McOnie prepares to administer some lumber to an opponent.


Halifax Wolverines.


Hockey team sponsored by Keiths brewery.


One thought on “Ken McOnie

  1. Ken McOnie was a skilled hockey player. I grew up listening to the stories of his fierce playing style. More than the penalty minutes, he assisted in many goals scored during games. He was an enforcer but that wasn’t the only skill set at work on the ice. Old timers remember more than penalty minutes.

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