Wally Black taught many to skate

ERIC BENDER -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 1:38 PM ET

A man who taught the Lindros brothers and hundreds of others to skate over the years has died.

Known over the past decades for Wally Black's Power Skating and Stickhandling School, the 82-year-old Black retired from on-ice teaching just three years ago.

"He's kind of an institution in minor hockey in London for a lot of years. He influenced a lot of kids," said John Alguire.

Alguire and Black became close friends after Black's wife, Marjorie, who died in 2002, taught figure skating to Alguire's daughters.

Walter William Black, always known as Wally, died Nov. 21.

He was born in Winnipeg, played junior hockey in Quebec City under Punch Imlach and served in the Second World War. He stayed overseas after the war to play pro hockey with the Nottingham Panthers. His connection with the Panthers helped several London players get jobs with Nottingham.

Returning to Canada, Black settled in Sarnia, where he became a sales representative for the Heinz company, then came to London. During that time, he started his skating schools.

He became the initial skating instructor for the Greater London Hockey Association, Alguire said. He also was the instructor for the Chatham minor hockey system. He was the uncle of TV commentator Rod Black.

"He was an avid hockey personality," Alguire said. "Even in the hospital, when he couldn't speak anymore, he wanted the TV turned (to see the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions). He was an avid London Knights fan."


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