Former Cornell standout, national champion Lodboa passes away at age 72

Former Cornell standout Dan Lodboa passed away suddenly on May 11.

He was 72.

“Boa,” as he was known to loyal friends, was born and raised in Thorold, Ont., and played on the first Junior B team in Thorold, tallying 63 goals and 31 assists for 94 points in his final season.

He went on to play at Cornell where, in his final season, he was tri-captain of the only undefeated college hockey team in NCAA history, going 29-0.

After graduation, he was picked up by the Chicago Blackhawks organization and played for the Dallas Blackhawks of the CHL and then moved on to the Chicago Cougars of the WHA before injuries forced him to retire.

After his hockey career, Lodboa returned to Thorold where he worked at the paper mill and then opened his own bar.

Lodboa was the beloved father of Christopher (Michelle), grandfather of Audra, loving brother of Marlene Evason and uncle to Murray (Sarah), Geoff (Sarah), Amy (Andrew) and JJ (Emily). He was predeceased by his brother-in-law John Evason (2019) and his parents Pauline (2012) and John (1989).

A private interment was held at Lakeview Cemetery in Thorold.