Ken McAuley was involved in sports from 1933 to 1988 as an athlete and builder. For 30 years, he coached, organized sports leagues, teams, and community sports clubs.
As a youth, Ken grew up in a difficult era of Alberta sports history when opportunities for development and the pursuit for excellence were not readily available. He participated in many sports including hockey, football, fastball, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse. Later, Ken would be considered the best all-around athlete Edmonton ever produced.
Ken McAuley started his hockey career with the North Edmonton Pats and was a goalie with the New York Rangers during the 1944-45 hockey season. He played on the Edmonton Flyers Hockey Team from 1945-1947. He coached seven juvenile hockey teams to Canadian titles. From 1951-1954 he was coach of the Edmonton Oil Kings Jr. Hockey Team and in 1954 led them to the Memorial Cup final. He was President and Co-founder of the Edmonton Oldtimers Hockey League, remaining active with it into the late 1980s.
Ken McAuley was the coach and manager of the Edmonton Mortons Ladies Fastball Team. They won the Western Canadian Ladies Fastball Championships seven times. His induction into the Alberta Amateur Fastball Hall of Fame in 1988 was in recognition for coaching the team to Canada’s first Ladies Dominion Fastball title in 1951.
Ken McAuley was appointed President of the Big Seven Baseball League in 1960. He was President of the North Edmonton Community League and the Edmonton District Fastball Association. He organized the first charity golf tournament in Alberta. Ken was inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.
Kenneth McAuley passed away on June 18, 1992