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Dick Arends (CAN)

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Date of birth: 1916-11-17
Birthplace: Wijhe, Oversyl, NED
Raised: Toronto, ON, CAN
Date of death: 2012-05-05
All Positions: Hall of Fame honoured member
Team Honours: USA Dewar Cup winner (1946)
Profile Text Last Updated 2016-07-12
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Richard Arends... sports family (football son Ron)... his family moved to Canada in 1926, first living in Montréal, then North Bay, then Toronto... he tried to join the Armed Forces, but he was turned down due to medical reasons... was married to Violet (Cupit) on 11 February 1939 (they were married for 60 years until Violet died after suffering from Alzheimer’s in 1999)... he was 95 years old when he passed away in Toronto, ON on 5 May 2012... worked at John Inglis... worked at General Electric...  in 2000, was part of the inaugural class honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame (one of 11 former players)... wrote the Toronto Greenbacks, “Arends actually appears to stalk a player as a cat does a mouse... his anticipation of an approaching shot on his goal usually finds him waiting for the ball long before it arrives”... wrote Harry Fairfield of 1947 NASFL, Arends was “the cleverest goalie in the league”... as noted in his obituary, “his huge hands were the mark of a man who spent many hours stopping shots from some of the best players in the world”... 

For Club

played for Toronto British Consols... played for Chicago Viking AA in the first year of the new NASFL (1946)... won the 1946 Dewar Cup with Chicago Viking AA at the USA National Challenge Cup at Comiskey Park in Chicago, IL (Arends was in goal for the decisive 2:1 victory over Ponta Delgada on 14 July 1946)... played for Toronto Inglis FC... played for Toronto Greenbacks in the second and final year of the NASFL (1947)... 

Year Prize Honour
2012 Top 100 Men's Footballers Canada Soccer Centennial Timeline
2000 Honoured Player / Joueur honoré Canada Soccer Hall of Fame


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