Passing of Noel McLoughlin – Olympic Goalkeeper

It is with sadness we note the death one of our IHA Life members Noel McLoughlin after a long journey with illness in his later years.

Noel was a pioneer of Ice Hockey in Victoria, nicknamed `Bluey` or `Redda`, he started post war in 1946 with the Northern Suburbs team. In 1947 he was an inaugural member of the Red Arrows IHC playing there until the end of 1952, moving to the Demons IHC Inc in 1953 until his retirement in 1964 being a major part of their history for that time alongside his great friend and Olympic teammate Russell Jones {deceased}.

Noel`s career of 230 games places him at 10th for most IHV games as a Goalkeeper post war. With limited stats available from the 1950’s, Noel is recorded as playing 185 games, took 4762 shots allowing 582 goals with a Career Saves% of 0.877. He achieved 15 Career shut-outs with the Demons and 50 wins as their Goal Keeper.

Some of Noel`s career highlights include being the first player to be awarded the IHV Senior A MVP twice in 1959 and 1961. He is also the only Goal Keeper to win twice. He represented Victoria in numerous Goodall Cup tournaments the last in 1961. Noel was selected, along with Robert Reid of the Blackhawks, as an Australian Goalkeeper for the 1960 Squaw Valley USA Winter Olympics.

Noel was a wonderful gentleman who will be sadly missed by all those who had the fortune to have been in his presence!

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.