First Name: Hugh
Last Name: Little
Sport: Hockey
Inductee Type: Athlete
Year Inducted: 2004
Home Town: Halifax
County: Halifax County

The late Hugh Little was an outstanding athlete in hockey, tennis, and curling from the 1930’s through to his senior years in the 1970’s. The Halifax native led his school and junior hockey teams to several Maritime titles. As a member of the 1937-38 Halifax Junior Canadians, he led the Memorial Cup tournament in scoring and was named to the Canadian Junior All-Star team.

The Boston Bruins showed interest when he was at Upper Canada College in Toronto, Ontario, offering him a contract which he turned down to attend Dalhousie University. It was in 1939, after two years of negotiating, that the 19-year-old Little signed a two-year contract with Boston.

In December, 1939, he joined the Omaha Knights of the American Hockey League, scoring 12 goals and 16 assists in 30 games before being recalled by the Bruins to join their practice squad for the Stanley Cup final against New York. His hockey career ended a year later when he was injured in an exhibition game while playing with Hershey against the Bruins.

As a curler, Little’s rink won a Johnson Cup, was a three-time runner-up in provincial Brier playdowns and won both provincial senior and mixed titles.

As a tennis player, Hugh Little won many singles and doubles championships throughout Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.


• Provincial Grade 9 Hockey Title
• Won Maritime Championship High School Hockey
• Played Senior Hockey with Halifax Wolverines
• 1938 Member Canadian Junior All-Star Team
• 1939 1st Haligonian to Sign NHL Deal Boston Bruins
• Coached Hfx Seagulls Maritime Midget Championship
• Began Playing Tennis at Age 12
• Won Eastern Cdn Under-15 Junior Singles Title ’34
• Won Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles Titles 1935
• Ranked 5th Provincially in Senior Standings as Jr
• As Adult Won Doubles Championships ’41 & ’46
• Won Equestrian Under-21 Honours at Age 15
• 1937 Top Honours at NS Provincial Exhibition
• Helped Curling Rink win Johnson British Consols
• Won Provincial Sr Curling Championship 3-Times
• Golfed a 6 Handicap at Ashburn Golf Club
• Won Several Golf Club Tournaments
• Won the Left-Handers Golf Championship
• A Successful Insurance Executive