Humber Valley's most famous player has to be Ken Dryden, the former goalie of the Montreal Canadiens. But his father Murray and brother Dave also were quite involved in the league in the early years.Ken was a member of the Islington Hornets, one of the league's first 2 teams, as a 7 year old. Right from the beginning, Ken's talents received rave notices. From the Toronto Star in 1955: "This game on Thursday night was a spine-tingler, with the Hornets gaining a 2-2 tie on the sensational acrobatic stopping of 7 year old Kenny Dryden, who made 37 saves while the University settlement goalie made 3". And remember, he was playing against older boys (under 11 years old)!Murray has been a stalwart in the Humber Valley community for many years. He was active in hockey and baseball leagues, as a director of the Kingsway Kiwanis Club, and as a Sunday school teacher, elder and Steward in the Humber Valley United Church for many years. In our league, he helped coach and manage a number of the younger teams, and also was a director in the early years. Dave was 6 years older than Ken and his hockey career was already blossoming before the league began. But Dave spent a year or so coaching his brother's team, the Hornets, with his dad.
Dave went on to play junior hockey at St. Michael's College and with the Toronto Marlboros; then played with Chicago and Buffalo in the N.H.L. and Edmonton in the WHA.Ken was an All-Star in high school basketball at Etobicoke Collegiate, and also in the Kingsway baseball league as a pitcher and hitter.Ken went to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and again starred in one of the top teams in U.S. college hockey. His team won 67 games and lost 3 over several seasons and he is regarded as the best-ever college goalie. He was an All-American three times, and in 1969, was named the outstanding athlete at Cornell. Ken wanted to pursue a law career and so joined the Canadian National team in Winnipeg for the 1969-70 season. He signed a pro contract with Montreal in 1970, and after 1 year with the Montreal Voyageurs in the American Hockey League, he became the Canadien's #1 goalie in 1971, replacing Rogatien Vachon and Phil Myre. He won the Calder Trophy,
as the league's outstanding rookie, and in the 1972-73 season (his 2nd), was selected on the 1st All-Star Team and won the Vezina Trophy. Quite a record! And, how can anyone forget Ken's performance in the final Canada-Russia game in 1972.Ken's hero as he grew up was his brother Dave, who, being older and also a goalie, helped Ken learn the skills. In 1971, they met each other for the first time in the NHL, when they were opposing goalies in a Montreal/Buffalo game. Ken's sister, Judy, and mother, Margaret, shared the rest of the family's interest in sports. Education and participation in all aspects of life was a strong family belief, and both boys have demonstrated how well they met these challenges.Humber Valley congratulates Ken and Dave on their past hockey success, and thanks all the Dryden family for their contributions to minor hockey and the community over the many years.