Jim Fowler (far left) of St. Mike’s Majors tries to score against Toronto Marlies goaltender Ken Broderick in a 1959 junior game.
Born: (Kirkland Lake, Ontario)
Died: November 16, 2014 (Marsh Lake, Yukon)
Member: Sport Yukon Hall of Fame (1990)
Jim Fowler played hockey as a teenager growing up in Ontario. After moving to the Yukon territory in 1965, he became a coach. He operated a hockey school from 1969 to 1989.
In 1974, Fowler was one of 16 Canadian hockey coaches invited to Moscow to watch the 1974 Summit Series pitting Canadian players from the World Hockey Association against the Soviet Union. He attended several coaching clinics and seminars.
Five years later, he helped found the Yukon Amateur Hockey Association and was a well-known coach and clinic leader. For his role in developing hockey in the territory, he was inducted into the Sport Yukon Hall of Fame in 1990.
Born in the mining town of Kirkland Lake, Ont., Jim Fowler played junior hockey in Toronto with the St. Michael’s Majors in 1959-60. His teammates on the team included such future NHL players as Arnie Brown, Larry Keenan and Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dave Keon. (Both St. Mike’s goalies also played in the NHL — Gerry Cheevers and Dave Dryden.) Fowler was a forward who scored two goals with four assists in 45 games.
Fowler played five games with the senior Sarnia (Ont.) Rams in 1961-62, recording two assists.
A longtime junior high and high school teacher, Fowler moved to the Yukon in his 20s after driving across country in a Jaguar convertible, according to the Whitehorse Daily Star.
Fowler, 73, died while skating alone on a Sunday evening on Marsh Lake. Though he was wearing a head lamp, it is believed he skated off the ice into open water on the lake. His body was found the following morning.