Sport Historian Coming to Brock University for Book Signing

An upcoming book launch and talk featuring sport historian and author Fred Addis will explore the life and hardships of Don Gallinger, a teenage hockey star from Port Colborne who rocketed to fame in the 1940s before his career was ended by scandal. Organized by Brock’s Centre for Sport Capacity and the Sport Oral History Archive, the public event takes place Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Pond Inlet at Brock’s main campus. Addis will speak about his new book, Gallinger, A Life Suspended, which tells the story of the gifted young hockey player’s rise to fame, jumping from Junior B level hockey in his hometown of Port Colborne to the NHL’s Boston Bruins at the age of 17.But his career in the NHL ended abruptly in 1948 when he became embroiled in a Detroit betting ring. He was suspended from the NHL for life for betting on league games.