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Bruce Huff
Born: June 22, 1934
Discipline: Sports Writer
Years Active: 1953 - Present
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It seems as if he and his trademark column “Off The Cuff” have been around forever. He’s been at it for some 55 years and shows no signs of slowing down. Sports has been his life and newspapers afforded him the best seat in the house.
Stanley Cup, Olympics, World Series, Grey Cup, Super Bowl, Indianapolis 500, Queen’s Plate, Mann Cup lacrosse, Ali-Chuvalo, world championships in practically every sport — he’s seen it all. From the time he was a teen-age writer for his hometown weeklies in Dresden, to his first job in Tillsonburg through stops in Chatham, the London Free Press (twice), Sport London, Toronto Sun and Toronto Star, he’s been commited to his craft.
He’s been quick to shun accolades although awards and citations are plenty. Being a champion to the little guy has been a longtime trait. Away from the keyboard he has found little spare time in retirement as the founding chairman of the London Sports Hall of Fame committee, the first chairman of the London Oldtimers Sports Association, a charter member of the London Sports Council, co-ordinator of the Grandstand Display project at Labatt Park, director of the Intercounty Baseball League hall of fame committee and the person responsible for bringing the hall to London as a permanent site.
He is a member of the Canadian Oldtimers Hockey Hall of Fame, the Dresden Sports Hall of Fame, the Ontario Legends of Fastball and has been honoured as a London Hockey Man of Distinction as well as being London’s Sportsperson of the Year in 2003.
He’s a pretty fair athlete too having competed in baseball, fastball and lacrosse at the senior level. He was a multi-sport performer in high school and held his school record for the mile. Since retirement in April of 1994 he has played and coached in more than 1,500 oldtimer hockey games including winning gold with London Huff N Puff in the Snoopy World tournament in Santa Rosa CA, being player-coach of a successful tour of Scotland, and being captain of his team in the recent World Cup in Quebec City where they finished second. He is also player-manager of an elite senior slo-pitch softball team that plays across North America and has competed in the Pan-AM, Canadian and Ontario Masters Association track and field events. Cited in the Who’s Who of Canadian Sport, he was born June 22, 1934 in Morpeth, Ontario.