Ottawa, ON, CAN
|Died||July 30, 1987,|
|Pro Career||1934 – 1940|
John Louis "Lou" Bates (c. 1912 – July 30, 1987) was an ice hockey defender who played in the English National League for the Wembley Lions. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and died in London, England. He is a member of the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
Hockey career[edit | edit source]
Lou Bates toured Britain twice with an all-star team from Ottawa (1931-32 & 1933-34). Bates signed for the Wembley Lions for their inaugural season in 1934. Bates established himself as one of the most popular players in pre-war Britain and, as such, featured on a cigarette card and in a cinema advert for Player's cigarettes.
Bates played as the captain for the Lions until play was stopped in May 1940 due to the outbreak of World War II. When play resumed following the war in 1946, Bates returned to the Lions for the 1946–47 season as coach. He also coached Streatham in 1951.
Awards[edit | edit source]
- Named to the English National League All-star B-team in 1935–36.
- Named to the English National League All-star A-team in 1939–40.
- Inducted to the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950.
References[edit | edit source]
- A to Z Encyclopaedia of Ice Hockey
- British Film Institute
- Ice Hockey Journalists UK
- The Internet Hockey Database