The Dauphin Kings won the 1952-53 intermediate title in Manitoba. Tommy (Stymie) Love is far left, third from top.
Thomas Hawthorn Love
Born: February 21, 1928 (Dauphin, Manitoba)
Died: January 13, 2015 (Dauphin, Manitoba)
Tommy Love played junior hockey in his native Manitoba with the Portage Terriers and Brandon Wheat Kings, while his older brothers taught him masonry.
His father, also named Thomas Love, did the stonework on Dauphin’s municipal building on Main Street in 1907. Thomas Love married Rose Cobb, the only daughter of other local settlers, and together “they raised a family of boys famous for brick-laying ability plus hockey prowess,” according to “Dauphin Valley Spans the Years,” the official history of the Dauphin Historical Society.
After getting a job at the Cominco smelter in Trail, B.C., Stymie Love played for the famous Trail Smoke Eaters in 1948-49, scoring seven goals with nine assists in 38 Western International Hockey League games.
After just 16 games with the senior Kamloops (B.C.) Elks the following season, Love returned to his Dauphin hometown, where he would play intermediate hockey for the next decade.
The centreman won a provincial intermediate title with the Dauphin Kings in 1952-53 alongside teammate and brother Johnny Love, who was also a centre. The Kings won the Edmonton Journal Trophy as Western canadian champions in 1953-54.
After retiring as a player, Love helped found the Dauphin Kings junior team, one of the four inaugural franchises in the Central Manitoba Junior Hockey League in 1967-68. In 1968-69, Love coached the Kings to a Turbull Cup championship with Butch Goring as a scoring star and Ron Low in goal. The Kings missed a chance at the Memorial Cup by losing the final game of a sen-game series against the Regina Pats. (The Pats were then swept in four straight by a Junior Canadiens team featuring Gilbert Perreault.)
An avid outdoorsmen, Love lived in a cabin in Waterhen, Man. He spent winters in Osoyoos, B.C., and Corpus Christie, Tex.