Don McQueston

Donald McQueston
Born: March 14, 1924 (Montréal)
Died: November 21, 2014 (Burlington, Ont.)

Don McQueston was a three-sport star at Montreal West Hill High, playing baseball, hockey and football for the Red Raiders. His teammate and friend was Doug Harvey, who went on to a Hockey Hall of Fame career in the NHL.

McQueston led his high school team in scoring in his sophomore year, firing 11 goals and adding 12 assists in eight league games in 1941-42.

The centre also skated for the Montreal Junior Royals and he was on the roster when the team lost the Memorial Cup finals in five games to the Winnipeg Warriors. A teammate on the Junior Royals was Kenny Mosdell, who later played for the Montreal Canadiens.

In a Junior Amateur Hockey Association game at St. Laurent Arena on jan. 23, 1943, McQueston fired five goals and added two assists as the Junior Royals defeated Verdun by 12-4. The spree helped McQueston finish in the league’s Top 10 in scoring, as he ended the 1942-43 season with 17 goals in 18 games.

He played a handful of games for short-handed teams in industrial and city leagues during the war, including Montreal Canada Car and Toronto Fuels. In 1944-45, McQueston skated in six games, scoring twice, with the Lachine (Que.) Rapides, a professional team.

McQueston enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force late in the war.

He was a noted fastball player after the war in Montreal, where he famously maintained his friendship with Harvey.

After starting his working career with Northern Telecom, he later worked in the insurance business.


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