Bob Attersley passed away on Friday, March 12, 2010, at age 76. The former member of Team Canada is best remembered for scoring the winning goal for the Whitby Dunlops at the 1958 IIHF World Championship. The “Dunnies” had won the right to represent Canada that year as a result of winning the Allan Cup the previous season.
Attersley’s heroics took place on March 9, 1958, at Jordal Amfi Stadium in Oslo. The final game of the tournament decided gold, and Canada and the Soviets were locked in an historic struggle when Attersley scored the winning goal late in the game en route to a 4-2 win for Canada.
Attersley played junior hockey in his hometown in Oshawa, Ontario, and he later played for Canada a second time, at the 1960 Olympics, winning a silver medal with the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen.
After retiring, he became involved in city politics, serving as a county council member in 1964 in Durham Region. He was deputy reeve from 1966 to ’69 and a regional councillor from 1978 to 1980. He was also chairman of the police commission for eight years (1983-91) but is best remembered as mayor of Whitby. He was first elected in 1980 and served in that capacity for eleven years, the longest-serving mayor in that city’s history.
Attersley’s number 15 sweater was retired by the Dunlops in 2005 and hangs alongside other local greats, namely Gary Roberts, Joe Nieuwendyk, and Keith Primeau.