George Dudley provided exceptional service on behalf of amateur hockey in Canada while nurturing the sport's growth and development on the international stage. His sensible approach to problem solving earned him many admirers while solidifying his reputation as one of hockey's prized administrators.
The native of Midland, Ontario graduated from Toronto's Osgoode Hall law school in 1917. He returned to his hometown and established a successful practice that lasted four decades. An ardent hockey fan, Dudley first leant his adjudicative talents to the game as a member of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) and Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) executive branches. Initially he devoted most of his efforts towards the betterment of the OHA, serving as Second Vice-president and First Vice-president before taking over as President from 1934 to 1936. From the commencement of the 1936-37 season until his death in 1960, Dudley functioned as OHA secretary.
"Doodle's" involvement with the CAHA mirrored his OHA career. He moved through the CAHA ranks as Second and First Vice-president before taking over the presidency from 1940 to 1942. He later served as CAHA Secretary and Secretary-Manager as well as Trustee of the Memorial Cup.
On the international scene Dudley served as Secretary of the International Ice Hockey Federation in 1946-47. He was North America's IIHF representative from 1954 to 1960. During this period Dudley helped facilitate the first exhibition tours of the Soviet National Team. His superior project management skills made Dudley an obvious choice to oversee the ice hockey competition at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics.
George Dudley was a valuable component of Canadian hockey development and administration for over 30 years. His impressive resume of appointments and responsibilities spoke volumes of the esteem in which he was held by the hockey community. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950.