Joseph James Rowledge
Born: February 22, 1926 (Nevis, Alberta)
Died: September 3, 2014 (Port Moody, British Columbia)
Jim Rowledge was a forward for the varsity hockey team at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He played three seasons from 1946-47 to 1948-49 and was one of 19 players cited when the Thunderbirds hockey team from that era was inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Rowledge’s coach was Frank Fredrickson, an Olympic gold medalist and Stanley Cup winner. Among his teammates was fellow forward Clare Drake, who would go on to a legendary career as coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey team. Rowledge’s final season coincided with the sports editorship of the Ubyssey student newspaper by John (Chick) Turner, a future prime minister.
Rowledge graduated as a civil engineer in 1949 before surveying the Alaska Highway. He later worked in Fairbanks, Alaska, before returning to Vancouver where he was a construction engineer.