On Friday, Sept. 7, representatives from Mount Saint Charles Academy presented Oscar “Gus” Galipeau with his Hall of Fame Induction Award at Trinity Health and Rehabilitation. Since Gus was not able to attend the Hall Fame Induction Ceremony held in April at Mount Saint Charles, Mount went to Gus to formally and officially present him with his award.
Gus is one of the most versatile athletes ever to play for Mount Saint Charles Academy. During his career, he was a First Team All-Stater in hockey and baseball. He was a hard-hitting defenseman who led the 1938, 1939, and 1940 hockey teams to the All New England States and National titles. He played professional hockey for the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League and the Minneapolis Millers of the United States Hockey League.
He was an outstanding All-State baseball catcher with a batting average of .579. He was signed by the Saint Louis Cardinals and assigned to play for the Rochester Cardinals. In 1942, Gus was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as the crew chief on a B-26 Bomber stationed in England. After being discharged, he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Nashua team with Hall of Famers Roy Campanella and Don Newcomb. In 1952, he became coach of Mount’s hockey team. He left coaching to become a Woonsocket Police Officer.
The Athletic Hall of Fame publicly recognizes and celebrates individuals who best exemplify the spirit and mission of Mount through their athletic involvement, high degree of excellence on the playing field and have been a source of pride to the school and the community. Herve Richer, President of Mount Saint Charles Academy, said, “Gus Galipeau certainly epitomizes all of the qualities which our Hall of Fame seeks to celebrate. Through his athletic accomplishments, his service to our country, and his years of dedication as a public servant, Gus Galipeau represents all those qualities which we hope all of our graduates will emulate. Mount is proud of Gus, is happy to accord him this overdue honor, and I hope his example will inspire another generation of Mount students.”