Hounds mourn passing of Legendary Coach Walter Dubas
September 19, 2012
Late Dubas led Hounds to first N.O.H.A. Jr. A Champioship
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It is with great sadness that the Soo Greyhounds organization announce the passing of Walter Dubas.
The grandfather of Hounds GM Kyle Dubas, and Director of Game Day & Community Relations Megan Dubas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday at the age of 83.
The elder Dubas first stepped behind the Hounds bench in-time for the 1964-65 season, becoming just the 2nd coach in team history.
Over the course of the next five seasons, Walter would lead the Hounds to the top of the N.O.H.A standings including three consecutive regular season championships (1966-67 to 1968-69).
Hard-work, and determination would pay dividends during Walter's third season as Hounds head coach.
After finishing atop the NOHA standings, the Dubas-led Hounds won their first McNamara Trophy as N.O.H.A. Junior A Champions by defeating the North Bay Trappers in six games and later advanced to Game 7 of the Eastern Canadian championship versus Cornwall, that resulted in a heart-breaking loss late in the game at a jam-packed Sault Memorial Gardens.
At the conclusion of the 1968-69 season Walter retired from his position leaving a solid foundation with the Hounds for those who followed.
To-date, he remains the Hounds franchise leader for coaches winning percentage at .667.
Visitation will be held Friday (September 21st) at 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at Arthur's Funeral Home.
Funeral service is set for Saturday (September 22nd) at 10 a.m.
COACHING RECORD (Win-loss-tie)
1964-65; 25-15-1, 49 pts (2nd)
Post-Season - Lost in semi-final to Garson Native Sons in Game 6
1965-66; 23-15-2, 48 pts (2nd)
Post-Season -Lost in final to North Bay Trappers in Game 6
1966-67; 30-10-0, 60 pts (1st)
Post-Season - Won McNamara Trophy as N.O.H.A Junior A Champions; Lost in Eastern Canadian best-of-7 quarter final vs Cornwall in Game 7
1967-68; 24-14-2, 50 pts (1st)
Post-Season - Lost in semi-final to North Bay Trappers in Game 7
1968-69; 34-12-2, 70 pts (1st)
Post-Season - Lost in Final to Sudbury Wolves in Game 7
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