Doug showed incredible skill and finesse in two very different sports: he was a slick, free-wheeling forward who played varsity hockey for the University of Toronto Blues and the McGill Redmen, and he was also a decorated figure skater who won the Canadian Junior title in 1952.
His family recalls the defiance needed to travel to that championship in Ottawa. Doug requested permission from then Headmaster Hamilton to leave school to compete—and the Headmaster gave him a resolute no. Doug went anyway. After he won, Doug's name was in the newspapers and there was no hiding his disobedience. Dr. Hamilton called the young man into his office to explain himself: he simply hadn't realized Doug was that good. If he had known, he surely would have let him go, explained the Headmaster.
In fact, he was that good: Doug went on to win a silver at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships and placed 10th at the 1955 World Figure Skating Championships in Oslo, Norway. Perhaps Doug best illustrated his ease on the ice when he performed his figure skating routine as entertainment during the intermission of his university hockey game. Following the performance, he quickly switched skates and rejoined his teammates for the next period. With stories like this, it’s no wonder he was named to the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
Doug Court reminds us that once every century, there is good reason to disobey a Ridley Headmaster.