Paul Jeffery Minaker
Born: February 5, 1959 (Ottawa)
Died: September 6, 2014 (Picton, Ontario)
Paul Minaker played three seasons as a goaltender with Ottawa 67’s and London Knights of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League.
He joined the hometown 67’s for the 1977-78 season, recording a goals-against average of 4.57 with one shutout in nine games. He became the team’s starting goalie the following season. In 52 games, he posted a 4.90 GAA. He had two shutouts. After the last of those, the 67’s would play 132 games before another Ottawa goalie recorded a shutout.
Ottawa head coach Brian Kilrea opted to go with Jim Ralph as his starting goalie in 1979-80 with rookie Mike Vezina as a backup. Minaker was traded to the London Knights, though the teams would not agree on compensation for several months. London eventually agreed to give up a fourth-round draft choice, though they had wanted to pay cash for Minaker.
The goalie went 16-21-1 with a goals-against average of 4.80 for the Knights. He also suffered strained knee ligaments soon after joining the team.
The foot-11, 165-pound netminder enrolled at Queen’s University in Kingston, where he briefly played goal for the Golden Gaels.
Minaker eventually became a vintner as owner of 33 Vines Winery, located on Highway 33 in Ontario’s Prince Edward County.