To rename the Sarnia Arena in honour of Pat "Whitey" Stapleton.

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Pat "Whitey" Stapleton was the first guy from Sarnia to ever play full-time in the NHL. He had a stellar, all-star career there with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was also a key defenseman for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series against Russia. He was on the ice for the series winning goal that was scored with 34 seconds left in the final game. There are some who say it was the greatest if not the most important game ever played and that goal was the greatest goal ever scored. I think it speaks volumes for the kind of player Whitey was that coach Harry Sinden  - who had three future NHL Hall-Of-Fame defensemen on the bench - had Whitey on the ice for the last 34 seconds to stop the Russians from tying the game. 

Whitey inspired and led the way for a whole generation of NHL hockey players that came from the Sarnia Minor Athletic Association and they all learned to play hockey in the Sarnia Arena.

We would like the City of Sarnia to re-name the Sarnia Arena - which over the years since Whitey played there, has produced so many professional hockey players - in honour of Pat "Whitey" Stapleton.

It would be our way of remembering him and thanking him for the inspiration he provided to the hockey players who followed him and to keep the memories of what has happened in that building alive to inspire the hockey players yet to come and most especially, for the way he represented our city and our country in 1972.

Whitey passed away at the age of 79 on April 8, 2020.