Since 2009,we have been conducting research and interviews with Dit’s family, friends, former teammates and those he coached. In addition to a pile of notes we have amassed a volume of information, photographs and archival video footage. Not everything would fit into the book, because most people aren’t interested in buying a four hundred page volume about a hockey legend form the 1920′ – 1940′s. But it would be a crime to keep this stuff hidden away. so we will be using this website to let the light of day shine on some of it.
Before we get onto that, we do want to let you know a little bit about ourselves. Maybe you are wondering what kind of people have the temerity to write biographies of towering sports celebrities. Well, Stewart lives in Cobourg, Ontario. He is a member of the Hastings Historical Society (Dit’s home town) where he is often called upon to present papers on local historical issues. Stewart is also an avid hockey fan as well as a member of the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR). He co-authored a book about pallets (Pallets – A North American Perspective) with Rick LeBlanc, based on hard won knowledge gained running his consulting company. He also regularly writes trade association newsletters.
Rick LeBlanc lives in White Rock, British Columbia. Rick is a professional writer and blogger, who currently works on a contract basis for the New York Time’s About.com division, as well as being the editor of two industry trade periodicals. He, along with Stewart Richardson, co-authored Pallets – A North American Perspective. He is also a member of the Society for International Hockey Research.
Both of us are avid hockey fans. So what qualifies us to write the Dit Clapper story? I guess it comes down to a real and abiding love of the game, and a driving need to see the story come out. For a player who dominated his era for a full twenty years, there is actually very little information available about Dit. And no books based on original material. There was a book published in 2011, but as stated in the books description, it “primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.”
Having come from the small town of Hastings, Dit’s home for most of his life, Stewart knew of this local hero and wanted to see the story told, properly and accurately. I guess that’s reason enough to start this project. A man like Dit, greatly loved by friends, family and fans and hugely respected by peers and everyone he came into contact with, deserves to have his story told. I hope we are equal to the task.