Harold E. Ballard Award
Presented in recognition of outstanding service, loyalty, and contribution to the Toronto Marlboro Hockey Club.
Growing up in Toronto as the son of a renowned skate manufacturer, Harold participated in a wide variety of sports including hockey and speed skating.
As a young adult he would switch his focus to the management side of sport and lead the “Toronto Sea Fleas” to a National Senior “A” hockey title, winning the Allan Cup in 1932.
Turning his attention to the Marlboro hockey Club as it’s President and Chief Financial Officer, he contributed to another Allan Cup victory in 1950, and two Memorial Cup titles in 1955 and 1956.
It was in 1962 that Harold, along with partners Stafford Smythe and John Bassett, purchased the Maple Leafs from Major Conn Smythe before taking over full control in 1972 where he owned the club up until the time of his passing in 1990.
Mr. Ballard and his family will always be remembered for their outstanding support of the Marlboro Hockey Club.