RAY TREVISAN – PLAYER
Ray Trevisan was born in Italy in 1947 and immigrated to Hamilton at the age of 9. There were the pickup games at nearby Peter Pan Park and school yard, but for Ray it all began in 1960 when Alderman Peter Lawrence invited inner city kids to an open tryout for St Peters and Paul Rovers, to represent the lower city center, in the city league. The team became the U18 feeder for Hamilton Superga, a team run by the Tam family, and a power house in the Ontario Inter City Soccer League.
Ray, who captained all the teams he played for, except Superga, was a leader that took no prisoners and led by example. He pretty much won everything he vied for, in every soccer division he ever competed in. Starting with those youth city championships with Hamilton St Peters and Superga juniors, a men’s Triple Crown followed in 1966, consisting of the League, League Cup and Spectator Cup with Hamilton Superga. With Superga folding, Ray and that core of young charges moved over to Cy Snape’s Burlington United, immediately winning the Eastern Canadian juvenile Championship (there was no Canadian Championship). That team became the Burlington Primos, and immediately challenged the best teams in the OICSL, and was the Spectator Cup finalist.
In 1970 Ray and friends joined the Hamilton Italo Canadians, who not only won the OICSL Championship and the Spectator Cup, but culminated the season with the Ontario Cup (again no Canadian Championship). With an even better team in 1971, with 2 penalty shots awarded to the home team of Windsor in the semi-final, Italo Canadians won everything but the Ontario Cup. In 1972 the team turned professional, immediately sending shock waves through the National Soccer League by tying the previous year’s champions, Toronto Croatia, in the opening game in Toronto, and finishing a respectable 4th. Other respectable NSL finishes followed, with a second division championship in 1976. After retiring from the NSL, Ray and company won 3 successive SOSL championships with FF Binbrook, and added yet another Spectator Cup.
Ray was also on the Ontario team for 2 years winning silver in the Canada Games in BC in 1973. In the off-season Ray played in Buffalo winning a championship with Buffalo Italia, and 3 more with Buffalo German Simon Pure in New York’s North West League.
Ray contributed much to Mohawk College soccer team by scoring 10 goals during the OCAA inaugural 1968 season; with reportedly 5 coming in one game (Ray says it was 6). It was Mohawk’s luck that Ray stayed with the Mountaineers in 1969 as he was offered a full scholarship with Niagara University Purple Eagles. Ray continued his goal scoring exploits in 1969, leading the Mountaineers to their first-ever OCAA soccer championship, and another one in 1970. Ray was named to the OCAA Men’s Soccer All-Millennium team and also inducted into the Mohawk College Hall of Fame in 1993. Ray finished off his soccer career with Stoney Creek Proto oldtimers, again adding much silverware.