We talked about Don Grosso a number of weeks back, playing through the Great Depression. Well there was another guy from the Sault that is well known still today, Hec Pozzo.
Pozzo had a great career himself, starting with the London Monarchs after his time with Grosso on the Sudbury Cub Wolves.
By 1939-40 he was in the EHL with the Atlantic City Gulls and scored an amazing 38 goals and 52 assists in his second season with them.
He spent the next season with the Minneapolis Millers, earning close to a point per game. From there he stayed in the American Hockey League with Pittsburgh, Providence, Hershey, Buffalo, Cleveland and finally St. Louis where he would stay for three seasons, still earning almost a point per game.
Hec’s dedication to hockey was unique and unwavering. He ended his career with the Soo Greyhounds in the NOHA in the early ’50s, spending three seasons with them and even having Grosso as a coach for part of that time. He made some outstanding plays on a line with John Offidani and Ron Lay, some say one of the best senior lines in the country.
And when he hung up his skates, some thought it would be the end of him for hockey but he continued to coach at the Midget, Juvenile and Junior levels.
And when he wasn’t coaching he was sitting in the stands of Memorial Gardens watching the plays.
A scholarship award was made in Pozzo’s name for the Sault Major Hockey Association for “the player who best combines academic achievement with high standards of hockey endeavor, planning to pursue post-secondary education.” Old Hec broke down during his response to the tribute paid to him and expressed sorrow at losing touch with his old friends.
It was said of him that “he toiled in the trenches of hockey as a player and coach and was always just a step away from the ultimate successes in hockey but no one ever had a greater passion for the game.”