Jean Baptiste “Jack” Laviolette

Jean Baptiste “Jack” Laviolette – Inducted 1988

Born in Belleville in 1879, Jack Laviolette gained sufficient acclaim during his athletic career to become one of only three athletes to merit induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canada Sports Hall of Fame. The “Speed Merchant” was an elegant player whose exploits provoked terror in the enemy camp. He excelled in hockey, lacrosse, motorcycle and car racing, and was a daredevil pioneer in Canadian aviation. During his fifteen year stint as a hockey player, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League, and was a member of their Stanley Cup winning team in 1916. He had an excellent shot, was a very clean player, and brought tremendous colour to any game he played. In 1918 he lost a foot as a result of an automobile racing accident. The following year he returned to the ice surface as a referee. He died January 10, 1960 in Montreal.

1988, athlete, hockey,