Tony Licari

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Tony Licari

Tony Licari c 1940.jpg

Licari pictured in a 1940 newspaper
Born(1921-04-09)April 9, 1921
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died July 4, 2013(2013-07-04) (aged 92)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg; 11 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Dallas Texans
Detroit Red Wings
Indianapolis Capitals
St. Louis Flyers
Ottawa Senators
Harringay Racers
National teamFlag of Canada.svg  Canada
Playing career 19411954

Anthony Licari (April 9, 1921 – July 4, 2013) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played nine games in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Detroit Red Wings.

Canadians citizens of Canada

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Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

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National Hockey League North American professional ice hockey league

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Playing career

Born in Ottawa, Licari played high school hockey for Ottawa Technical School before joining the Perth Blue Wings junior team of the Ottawa City Hockey League. In 1940, he joined the Guelph Biltmores of the Ontario Hockey Association for one season. Licari turned professional in 1941 with the Dallas Texans of the American Hockey Association. World War II interrupted his professional career and he enlisted in the RCAF. While in the RCAF, he was able to continue play in senior hockey, playing for the Ottawa RCAF, Vancouver RCAF and Ottawa Equipment Depot teams.

The Perth Blue Wings are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Perth, Ontario. They formerly played in the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League. The Blue Wings became a privately owned franchise in May 2013.

The Ottawa City Hockey League (OCHL) was an amateur ice hockey league with junior, intermediate and senior level men's teams in Ottawa, Canada. Founded in 1890 by the local Ottawa Hockey Association, the OCHL was created to organize play within the city of Ottawa. It is considered the second ice hockey league to form in Canada.

Ontario Hockey Association

The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is the governing body for the majority of junior and senior level ice hockey teams in the Province of Ontario. The OHA is sanctioned by the Ontario Hockey Federation along with the Northern Ontario Hockey Association. Other Ontario sanctioning bodies along with the OHF include the Hockey Eastern Ontario and Hockey Northwestern Ontario. The OHA control 3 tiers of junior hockey; the "Tier 2 Junior "A", Junior "B", Junior "C", and one senior hockey league, Allan Cup Hockey.

After the war, he played exhibition matches with the Wembley Lions in England. In 1946, Licari joined the Indianapolis Capitals of the American Hockey League (AHL). His play earned him a call-up to the NHL Red Wings where he played for nine games, scoring one assist. After the nine games, Licari returned to the minors. After two further seasons with Indianapolis, he was traded by Detroit to Chicago, where he played with their AHL affiliate St. Louis Flyers for one season in 1948-49. He left the AHL ranks, and returned to senior hockey with the Ottawa RCAF Flyers for two seasons. He also played with the Ottawa Senators of the Quebec Senior Hockey League (QSHL) in 1950.

The Wembley Lions were an English ice hockey team.

Indianapolis Capitals ice hockey team

The Indianapolis Capitals were an American Hockey League professional ice hockey team based in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1939–1952. The Capitals were a farm team for the Detroit Red Wings. Indianapolis won the Calder Cup in 1942 and 1950. They played in the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum.

American Hockey League ice hockey league in the United States

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In 1951, he moved to England to join the Harringay Racers where he played professionally for three seasons. Licari was a member of the Racers' Autumn Cup winners in 1952. He returned to Canada and played one more season of senior hockey for the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association before hanging them up.

Harringay Racers refers to multiple British ice hockey teams based in Harringay, London, United Kingdom.

The Autumn Cup was an ice hockey competition in the United Kingdom between 1946 and 2000. The competition was originally divided into English and Scottish competitions, known as the English Autumn Cup and the Scottish Autumn Cup between 1946 and 1954 when it became the British Autumn Cup until 1960. The competition did not take place again until 1967 when it was resurrected as the Northern Autumn Cup before it again became a national competition in 1983. Following a series of major sponsorships during the 1980s it became known as simply the Autumn Cup in 1991 before a sponsorship deal with Benson & Hedges renamed it the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1982 until their association ended in 2001 and the Autumn Cup discontinued.

The Pembroke Lumber Kings are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Central Canada Hockey League and are the winningest team in CCHL history as well as 2011 Royal Bank Cup National Junior A Champions.

Licari died on July 4, 2013 at a hospital in Ottawa. [1] [2]

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  1. "Anthony LICARI Obituary: View Anthony LICARI's Obituary by Ottawa Citizen". Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  2. "Kelly Funeral Home Barrhaven - Anthony "Tony" Licari". Retrieved 2013-09-08.