William “Bill” Hunter

Founder of Edmonton Oilers
Class of 1940
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Notables
  • After winning the 1966 Memorial Cup as owner, GM, & coach of the Edmonton Oil Kings, he wanted a more competitive league for Western Canadian clubs so helped organize and was the first chairman of the Western Canadian Hockey League (now the WHL)
  • Credited with bringing professional hockey to Edmonton 1972 in the form of the Alberta Oilers (now Edmonton) in the World Hockey Association (WHA)
  • He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2000
  • Was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
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