Dr. Robert L. Vaughan enters the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame as a stalwart in hockey, not only locally but throughout the Canadian Hockey league. Dr. Vaughan was instrumental in bringing an Ontario Hockey League franchise to Belleville in 1981. Since then, he has provided stability and strong leadership for the Belleville Bulls. As Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Ontario Hockey League for ten years, “Doc” worked with his colleagues on changes that have made the game safer for the players and more attractive to the fans.
On June 4, 1993 in London, Ontario, the “Bill Long” Award was presented to Dr. Vaughan by the Ontario Hockey League: “In Recognition And Appreciation For Outstanding Contributions And Dedication To The Development Of Junior Hockey”.
On December 12, 1992 he was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation for having made a significant contribution to his community and his fellow Canadians.
Dr. Vaughan was inducted into the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.0