Jack Fritz came to Nova Scotia in 1938 to line up with the Sydney Millionaires who were then undertaking the ambitious task of putting together a team capable of providing a serious challenge for the Allan Cup. He had been playing in Northern Ontario when the call came for him to take a position with the Millionaires that year.
Fritz came to Sydney, liked what he saw and stayed on with the Millionaires through until the end of the 1940-1941 season when the Millionaires iced their greatest team. Hockey followers from that era will have no trouble recalling the greatness of that team. Those close to the operation know what a major contribution Jack Fritz, a converted defenceman, made to the team.
Fritz was named the outstanding defenceman in the Eastern Canadian playoff round when they upset the highly touted Montreal Royals to win a berth in the national final against the Regina Rangers. He was a leader again when the Millionaires battled the Western champions before bowing out after taking a 2-0 series lead.
Fritz was also a member of what is called the greatest amateur team Nova Scotia has ever known, the 1945 HMCS Cornwallis team. The Cornwallis team was of a deprived a chance to win the Allan Cup by a ban imposed on travel for military personnel in anticipation of the Normandy invasion during WWII. Nine members of this team went on to play in the NHL or AHL.
Jack Fritz was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1987. He was also inducted with the 1948-49 Sydney Millionaires in 2000.
• 1938-41 Played for the Sydney Millionaires
• Named Outstanding Defenceman Eastern Cdn Playoffs
• Member 1945-46 HMCS Cornwallis Hockey Team
• Commanding Officer HMCS Caribou