Elmo Theriault

Elmo Theriault played hockey for six years for the Berlin Maroons between 1940 and 1951, along with serving three and half years in the military during WWII.  During his six years of playing defense, the Maroons won four New England Amateur Hockey Association Championships and ranked third in the nation in 1948.

Elmo scored one of the most memorable goals in the history of the Berlin Maroons when, with one second remaining in overtime, on a pass from Barney Laroche, his famous shot hit the back
of the net to win the New England Amateur Hockey Association Championship in 1949. Again, in March 1951, as writers described it, “his patented long shot does it as the Berlin Maroons defeat New Haven” for the right to meet Dedham and defeated them for the New England Amateur Hockey Association’s Championship.

In 1949, at the New England AHA tournament, the officials and writers chose Elmo as the leading defenseman for the tournament’s first team. If you mentioned the name “Elmo” to any
hockey enthusiast from the 40’s and 50’s in New Hampshire, you would hear the following:

He had the best shot in hockey
He scored more goals from the point with that shot than any other defenseman.
He was one of the toughest defensemen, backed down from nobody and seldom lost while
engaging in battle.