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Left to right: Max, (L. Hurst), Joan and son, Marty, 1992 National Youth Team, Harutori, Japan. Image courtesy Geoff Rains.


Joan: 5th July 1929
Alexandra Vic Australia
Max: 19th March 1927
Brighton Vic Australia

Joan 1992
Max 2010

NIHL Oakleigh Golds

World Championships
Max 1992 (NYT) 1983, '84, '85, '94 (NJT) 1986, 1995 (NST) Ice Hockey
Joan 1986 1992 (NYT) 1983, '84, '85 '87 (NJT) Ice Hockey

Life Memberships
Max: National Association

Joan: AWIHL playoff champion trophy named in her honour.

HIS INTEREST IN FIRST-AID began in 1939 as a first-aid messenger during the war and developed through a Level 1 sports trainer course following his retirement in 1981. He was Sports Medicine Director for the Development Council of the national association during Elgin Luke's term as National Coaching Director (1981 to 2008), conducting many courses on sports medicine for national and state teams. [1] He trained Victoria's Oakleigh Golds in the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) of the early-1980s, and traveled the world with national ice hockey teams.

He was Sports Medic and Trainer of the 1985 National Junior Team (NJT) in Seoul and GM of the National Men's Team in 1986 when Charles Naish was Coach and Assistant Coach in Johannesburg South Africa in 1995 with Head Coach, Dan Reynolds. [2] He was Team Manager of the 1983 and 1984 National Junior Teams in Romania and Varese Italy, respectively, [3] and in Denmark in 1987. Then the National Youth Team in Harutori, Japan, in 1992 and the NJT in Beijing in 1994.

Yet, he was still more than that. He did everything — driving the bus, fixing gear, sharpening skates. According to players, he was a motivator and worked to maintain the standards, conduct and codes of behaviour of touring teams. Glen Grandy recalls a talk he delivered on team standards had venom in the words after a small fight in the warm-up for a game against Denmark! That year he succeeded Bob Blackburn as president of the Victorian association. He was also a trainer with the ACT state teams and was made a Life Member of the national association in 1994. He died in 2010.

Born Joan Moreen Scott, she attended her son's sporting injuries at first, then qualified as a remedial masseuse specialising in post-game rehab, and became assistant manager of the 1985 National Junior Team in Seoul with her husband. She had the same role in the 1986 National Youth Team at the Asian-Oceania championships in Adelaide, South Australia. She also toured with Max in the 1983 and 1984 National Junior Teams to Romania and Varese Italy, respectively. In the 1987 NJT, she was the trainer, and son Marty was an Assistant Coach, and the same again in the 1992 National Youth Team, with Max and Marty. Geoff Rains recalls Marty's army training was at the forefront of the dry land training of the NYT at Kushiro in 1992.

The trophy awarded to the AWIHL league playoff champion is named in honour of Joan McKowen. In one form or another, it has been the award for the national senior women's ice hockey tournament for the 21 years since 1995. She died in 1992 and her family maintain an Honour Board in her memory with the names of national team players and officials dating back to Australia's 1960 Olympic Ice Hockey Team. It is a reminder to all athletes of the proud history of the sport of ice hockey in Australia.

Max and his wife Joan were fixtures in the ice hockey community both in Victoria and in the ACT.  Their involvement extended from local hockey competitions and development, to being part of many Australian National Teams over the years.

Max and Joan had two sons and a daughter. Anthony John was born November 8th 1950 and became a builder. He died early-2016 in Cairns, aged 65 years. Gae Francis was born August 12th 1953 in Glenhuntly and worked as a secretary. She lost a long fight with cancer on July 10th 2015 at age 61, survived by her husband and sons. Marty James was born October 15th 1961 and was active in ice hockey with his parents.

Gae married Robert William Callow on June 9th 1972 and had two sons, Craig and Michael. In 1988, she received a black belt in martial arts. She was also active in pistol shooting, camping and speedway racing, winning the ladies Gippsland title in 1984-5. Gae Frances McKowen Callow and Bob Callow will leave a gift of $50,000 for the Joan McKowen Memorial Trophy.

01. Historical Notes

[1] Role at national development council courtesy Elgin Luke, Oct 2016.

[2] 1985 NST Johannesburg South Africa tour courtesy Birger Nordmark, Oct 2016. Confirmed Asst Coach on official roster.

[3] 1983 and 1984 NJT Worlds tours courtesy Andrew Kirkham, Oct 2016.

02. Citation Details

Ross Carpenter, 'McKowen, Joan (1929-1992)' and Max (1927-2010), Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia,, accessed online .

03. Select Bibliography

04. Citations
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McKowen Plaque, Australian Institute of Sport

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Joan McKowen, c1992

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With the National Junior Team, 1987

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With the National Youth Team, 1992