Sport: Hockey: Year Inducted: 2008
Larry Gabri is a name synonymous with hockey in Cornwall for his efforts behind the bench and as an organizer.
After a playing career that culminated with a CJHL Championship and quarter-final appearance in the Memorial Cup in 1965-66, Larry turned to coaching.
His first job behind the bench was with the Minor Midget traveling team in 1974-75. Larry guided the Major Midgets to a third place finish in the 1975-76 Canadian Championships after winning the Ottawa District title in Pembroke.
As an assistant coach with the Cornwall Major Pee Wee “AA” traveling team in 1981, Larry helped lead the club to the Cornwall Pee Wee Hockey Tournament Championship which led to the first ever appearance for a Cornwall team wearing the Royals uniforms in the prestigious Quebec City International Tournament.
Larry’s coaching resume was padded in 1991-92 thanks to Major Midget tournament wins in Peterborough and Belleville as well as a League title. That season culminated with a third place finish in the Provincial Championship.
His devotion to hockey in Cornwall didn’t stop behind the bench as he spent over a decade in just about every role on the Cornwall Minor Hockey Association’s Board of Directors.
Larry was a key member of the organizing committees for two Provincial Championship tournaments and the Canadian National Midget “AAA” tournament.
He also served as Co-chairperson of the Fred Page Cup in 2003 helping to make it one of the most successful on record.