Famous Burlingtonians

Tim Bothwell - Professional Hockey Player/Coach

Tim Bothwell is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played 502 games in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Hartford Whalers. He grew up in Burlington attending Aldershot high school and played for the Burlington Minor Hockey League and the Burlington Mohawk Junior B team.  He also played several years in the AHL (200+ games). Following his retirement in 1990, he coached at many different levels (WHL Medicine Hat, IHL Phoenix Roadrunners, CIS/USports University of Calgary men, NHL assistant in Atlanta) before making the shift to female hockey.  He became an assistant coach with Hockey Canada serving on the Canadian Women’s Olympic Team that won the gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He coached the University of Vermont women’s ice hockey team from 2006-12, ushering that program from Division 3 to Division 1. In 2013, Bothwell became coach for the CWHL’s Calgary Inferno and is currently the assistant coach with the University of Calgary women’s program.   Bothwell was inducted into the Burlington Sport Hall of Fame in 2017.

One of my fondest memories of growing up in Burlington is tied directly to one of the things I like to do when I “Come Home To Burlington”. Growing up on Shadeland  Avenue (and later Glenwood Ave.) we were within walking distance of LaSalle Park…lots of dog walks there AND some pretty serious pond hockey games!  There used to be a small pond at the extreme east end of the park just over a berm from Northshore Blvd.  The current “Waterfront Trail” runs right past the location.  It has unfortunately been naturally “reclaimed” but still the site of some fond memories!  When we get back; Barb and I enjoy walking the trail and along the waterfront…good memories, very nice place to spend a few relaxing hours! Highly recommended to anyone visiting or “Coming Home”.

Come Home 2 Burlington - Sport Hall of Fame Induction 2017