The Ontario Hockey League family is deeply saddened by the loss of former long-time OHL scout and Director of OHL Central Scouting Bill Needham who passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 70.
A native of Stoney Creek, Ont., Needham served as Director of OHL Central Scouting from 1998-2004. He was a member of the OHL Central Scouting staff from 1985-90 before serving in scouting departments with the North Bay Centennials (1990-92), Windsor Spitfires (1992-94) and London Knights (1994-97). He rejoined OHL Central Scouting under the leadership of Mr. Jack Ferguson in 1997.
Needham got his start in hockey as the assistant coach and trainer of the Saltfleet Midgets in 1970. He received Stoney Creek Citizen of the Year honours in 2012 recognizing his countless contributions to the community of Stoney Creek in both baseball and hockey for over 50 years.
The league is keeping the Needham family in its thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.