Dwayne Norris

Dwayne NorrisDwayne was born and raised in St. John's and began skating at the young age of two. He played his youth hockey for Avalon Minor here locally. As a bantam aged player, he played midget AAA capturing the Air Canada Cup Atlantic Championship earning both Top Scorer and MVP of the tournament. This became the first time a team from Newfoundland was competing at a National AAA Midget Championship.

Dwayne Norris - OlympicsIt was at this National tournament that the Notre Dame Hounds, a hockey hotbed and private school in Wilcox, Saskatchewan noticed Dwayne's talents. A short time after the tournament, he received a phone call from head hockey coach and athletic director, Barry Mackenzie, asking him if he wanted to attend the hockey institution which had produced the likes of NHL greats Wendel Clarke, Russ Courntnell and Gary Leeman.

Norris greatly accepted; at the young age of 15, headed for western, Canada to play for the Hounds. There he became teammates with Rod Brinda'mour, Curtis Joseph and Scott Pellerin and captured the Tier 11 Junior National Championship, The Centennial Cup. Once again he was a under aged player playing junior despite being only midget age. Dwayne this year has most recently been inducted into the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame.

Distinguished Alumni From the SJHL, Dwayne and Rod Brindamour received full ride scholarships to attend Michigan State University, an NCAA Division I Hockey Team. In Dwayne's sophomore campaign, he was selected to represent Canada in the World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland. It was Dwayne's winning goal against the Czech Republic that brought home the gold for Canada. Later that year, in June, the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League would draft him in the 6th round. In his third and fourth year at Michigan State he was named 1st Team All-Star and All American. His senior year he had the most goals in the nation with 44 in 44 games and most points with 83. He was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Associations player of the year and currently sits seventh all-time in goals and points for the Michigan State Spartans.

In 1992, he signed with the Nordiques upon graduating from Michigan State and enjoyed a standout rookie season for Quebec's farm team, the Halifax, Citadels. After his first professional season, the Quebec management loaned Dwayne to Canada's National Team.

Dwayne Norris - OlympicsIn 1994, in the Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, he dawned the red and white once again on the international stage and helped Canada gain a silver medal, teaming up with former Anaheim Mighty Duck & Team Captain, Paul Kariya. It was following the Olympics that Norris made his debut with the Quebec Nordigues.

Dwayne NorrisAfter a few years of being called up and down between the show and the AHL, Dwayne was faced with a tough decision. Should he stay in North America and try and deal with the clutching and grabbing style of game in the NHL or head to Europe. Given his skill and skating ability combined with the Olympic size ice, he decided to head overseas. It was in the (DEL) German Elite League he exceled, spending 11 seasons as a player and four as a General Manager, between cities Cologne and Frankfurt, both of whom he won Championships with. After retiring as a player and filling the role of G.M in Frankfurt for three seasons, the German Elite Leagues all-time leading scorer, decided to move back to North America to give his three boys the same opportunity he had growing up, playing the highest level of hockey possible. All three of his boys, Coale (Midget), Josh (Bantam) and Dalton (Pewee) are currently playing AAA hockey in Michigan. Most recently, the Frankfurt Lions have retired Dwayne's hockey number (14) which was the number worn for most of his hockey career.

Dwayne's Sons win championshipsDwayne is currently the Director of the Oakland County Grizzlies in Oxford, Michigan and responsible for all AAA programs from Atom to Junior. As well, he coaches two of his sons AAA teams who have captured State Championships in the past two seasons.