Frank Lacroix moved to Fort McMurray in 1978 and became known as “Mr. Hockey” due to his passion and dedication to the game.
Lacroix coached minor hockey at all levels, including the Fort McMurray Junior B Voyagers to the 1983-1984 Central Alberta Junior Hockey League championship.
Former Voyagers’ Monte Dewey said of Lacroix: “Myself, I learned a lot from Frank as a hockey player and also as a person because of the genuine relationships he developed with his players. He was always available to talk to when you had something on your mind or needed advice.”
Lacroix coached Dan Hodgson (2008 WBSHF inductee), who went on to play 114 games in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs before finishing his career in Europe.
Lacroix served as president of the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association for many years and in 1989 received the Alberta Sports Council Coach Recognition Award “Frank was Mr. Hockey in Fort McMurray. He was a big reason for the success of the minor hockey system and success of junior hockey,” said Eddie McCann, another former member of the Junior B Voyagers. “He gave a lot back to the community. People, who had the opportunity to play in other places, played in Fort McMurray because Frank was coach.”
In 1994 Lacroix coached a senior men’s hockey team to a bronze medal at the Arctic Winter Games and a year later he would be presented the Key to the City. Beacon Hill Arena was renamed Frank Lacroix Minor Hockey Arena in 1995.
Lacroix is inducted posthumously into the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame having passed away at age 53 in 1995.
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