Another of the Nice Guys from our Hockey Days has passed away. Ex- Oil Kings ('61-'62) Goaltender Harrison Gray, passed away in his hometown of Strathmore AB, on August 19th, just a little over 2 weeks shy of his 81st birthday.. He is survived by his wife Marie, his daughters Kellie Gray & Staccy Woods (Jeremiah), Brother Earl (Dianne), sister Peggy McLean and numerous grandchildren.
Harrison's hockey career included 2 years of Junior in Lethbridge followed by one with the Oil Kings.. He turned Pro with Detroit, who assigned him to the WHL Edmonton Flyers for the 1962-63 season. He also managed to play 1 game for the Red Wings that year. In subsequent years he saw duty with Detroit's CPHL clubs in Indianapolis and Cincinnati before moving to the EHL for 5 more seasons, spent with Knoxville,New Haven & Jacksonville. What doesn't show up on his record, is the time he spent with Eddie Shore's AHL Springfield Indians before he headed to the EH. Harrison returned to Strathmore permanently in 1969, where he took over the family excavating business. That was his final season, & it was spent with the Drumheller Miners of the Albeta Senior League. He was a pillar in "The Big S". He was a founding member of the local Kinsmen Club, & was a longtime member of the Strathmore Golf Club, to which he contributed greatly as they expanded from 9 to 18 holes. Rest in peace, Harry.