By: Ottawa67s.com Staff
Photo: Scott Grant
The Ottawa 67’s express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of former goalie Paul Minaker, who played three seasons in the OHL with Ottawa and London.
Paul joined his hometown 67’s for the 1977-78 season, recording a goals-against average of 4.57 with one shutout in nine games. He became the team’s starting goalie the following season and posted a 4.90 GAA with two shutouts in 52 games. The 67’s would play 132 games after that before another Ottawa goalie recorded a shutout.
Ottawa head coach Brian Kilrea opted to go with Jim Ralph as his starting goalie in 1979-80 with rookie Mike Vezina as a backup. Minaker was traded to the London Knights for a 4th round draft pick.
Minaker went 16-21-1 with a goals-against average of 4.80 for the Knights. He also suffered strained knee ligaments soon after joining the team.
The foot-11, 165-pound net minder enrolled at Queen’s University in Kingston, where he briefly played goal for the Golden Gaels.
Minaker eventually became a vintner, owning 33 Vines Winery, in Prince Edward County.