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August 9th 1927

20 October 2011

VIHA Blackhawks, VIHA-VIHL Wildcats, VIHA Arkana, VIHA Hakoah-Raiders, VIHA Hakoah

Goodall Cups
1953, 1961, 1963

1960 Ice Hockey

World Championships
1960, 1962 Ice Hockey

Life Memberships

Co-founded Arkana IHC with Arch Reekie in 1955.

BORN AUGUST 9TH, 1927, son of Alexander Amess and brother of speed skater, Betty Amess. He was a forward who started the game in 1945 at the practices supervised by Bertie White and Ken Stott. He joined Southern Suburbs under coach Russ Carson, and then 14 games as a foundation member of the Blackhawks, guided by John Tuckerman, Warwick Harrison and Frosty Winter. Not surprisingly then, Ron Amess developed into one of the more knowledgeable players of his time. [556]

In 1951 Amess played for Victoria against some the the crew of HMCS Ontario on a Jubilee visit to Australian ports. In 1952 he was vice-captain of the Victorian team that played Tasmania in Hobart, the third state to contest the Goodall Cup after Victoria and New South Wales. Amess played centre between Basil Hansen and Ron Taylor and scored the game-winning goal. After three years with the 'Hawks, he crossed to the Wildcats in 1953. He completed a Civil Engineering degree in 1954 then founded the Arkana club in 1955 with brother-in-law and former goalie, Arch Reekie. It was a group of mostly unknown kids and he rated their second game victory over the Tigers, 3-2, as his greatest thrill. Arkana merged with Hakoah-Raiders in 1956 and Amess played 10 games, [556] then 96 games as Hakoah between 1957 and 1965.

Amess was a Goodall Cup champion representing Victoria in 1953, 1961 and 1962. He played forward in the 1960 Olympics, and the 1st Australian Team in the Ice Hockey World Championships. Played defense in 2nd World Championship team (1961–2 ) which recorded Australia's historic first ever International win. Ice Hockey Victoria Life Member. He was made a Life Member of the National Association in 2000. Ron Amess died on 20 October 2011, aged 84.

01. Historical Notes

02. Citation Details

Ross Carpenter, 'Amess, Ronald William (1927 "S2011)', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia,, accessed online 11 November 2015.

03. Select Bibliography

[556] The Men in Our Game, Ice Hockey Guide, 13 Jul 1956, p 11.

04. Citations
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VIHA Blackhawks


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Australian Ice Hockey Team

1948, Melbourne Glaciarium

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Goodall Cup

Sydney, 1953

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Australian Olympic Ice Hockey Team

1960, Squaw Valley, California, USA

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