Ed Pupich, was born and raised in Schumacher and has always been involved in the local sport scene. He joined Schumacher Minor Hockey in 1965 and helped coach the Schumacher Bears Juveniles to the 1969 All Ontario Championships. He has been President of both the Northern Ontario Hockey Association and the Ontario Hockey Federation and was awarded Life Memberships to both organizations. He is presently serving in his fourth term as Vice Chairman of Hockey Canada and has represented Canada at both World and Olympic Championships.
He was an active player and coach in fastball with the Schumacher Macmen and Giants and coached the Giants to 2 Intermediate A, All Ontario Fastball Championships and other tournament appearances. He was an active player for the first three years of the Timmins Falcon Football Club. He was a member of the Founder’s Club of the popular Schumacher Day Fastball Tournament and Dance which raised over $250,000 for Minor Sports in Schumacher. Ed Chaired this organization for 23 years.
In 2009, the Timmins Rotary Club awarded Ed the Paul Harris Fellowship Award for contributions to minor sports. In 2010, he was an Olympic Torch Relay Participant. Ed also received Olympic Gold Medals and Rings from Canada’s Double Gold Hockey Victories in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi, Russia in 2014. In 2012, Governor General Davis Johnston awarded Ed the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award. Ed was instrumental in having Timmins host the World Under 17 Hockey Championships in both 2000 and 2010. Ed coined the phrase “it never rains on Schumacher Day”.