First Name: Cliff
Last Name: Roach
Sport: Hockey
Inductee Type: Athlete
Year Inducted: 2002
Home Town: Sydney
County: Cape Breton County
Details:

Cliff Roach was a high scoring centre from Sydney who led the scoring of almost every team and league for which he played. Roach’s name has been synonymous with excellence, beginning with being a Cape Breton Junior champion with the Sydney Mines Yazers in 1939-40, through to being part of the Sydney Millionaires in the early 1950s.

Roach has been inducted into the Sport Hall of Fame twice throughout his career. He was first inducted in 1980 with the Truro Bearcats, the 1946 baseball team that he led in playoff batting, as well as in 2000 with The Sydney Millionaires of 1948-49, who he led in playoff scoring. Roach was the first Sydney player of his era to sign a pro contract, joining the Providence Reds of the AHL in 1946-47. He then coached the Sydney Millionaires from 1951 through 1953 before becoming a scout for the Montreal Canadiens for whom he worked until 1958.

Facts:

• Won 8 Team and League Hockey Scoring Championships
• Led 1946 Baseball Truro Bearcats Maritime Playoffs
• Had a .434 Batting Average
• After Retiring Joined Dominion Steel & Coal Corp.
• Inducted NS Sport Hall of Fame with Truro Bearcats
• Inducted NS Sport Hall of Fame Sydney Millionaires

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