Lenny Salvatori invested a lifetime of involvement into the sports culture of Haliburton County. From his early days as an athlete in the 1930’s and 40’s, to his legendary success as a 90 year old golfer, Lenny has been a player, a supporter, an organizer, a promoter, and a fan of local sports.
While still in high school, Lenny became a school bus driver for LaRue Bus Lines, and started coaching youth hockey and baseball. After graduating, he was hired as manager of the arena, a job with extra responsibilities like coaching and managing minor hockey teams.
Even after Lenny started his career with Curry Motors (where he eventually became co-owner) he continued to be an active volunteer with the town’s youth. As a Wolf Cub Pack Leader, Lenny introduced his love the outdoors to hundreds of boys through the Scouting movement. He served as an elected trustee of the Haliburton County Board of Education for thirty-two years, where he was admired for asking tough questions and basing decisions on his commitment to put kids first.
Lenny was a founding member and long-time organizer of the Glen Dart Hockey Tournament. He enjoyed the excitement generated by friendly competition among the towns and villages in Haliburton County. He coached, managed and served on the minor hockey executive. He acted as Haliburton’s OMHA representative, and became known for his skills at resolving disputes and challenges among the teams.
In all he had more than 50 years of involvement in minor hockey. Since his early days as an advocate for the benefits of sport, Lenny Salvatori has always been a team player. “No person is bigger than the game,” he reminds us.