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Garth Vaughan

Garth Vaughan – Author of "the Puck Starts Here"

Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1928. Garth cartooned for high school and college newspapers and worked his way through Acadia University and Dalhousie Medical School as a sign painter. Then, throughout a thirty year career as a general surgeon in his home town, he also pursued an active career in art as he photographed, drew and painted the farms, covered bridges, birds and marine scenery near home, as well as at Nova Scotia’s Fishing Communities, Tancook Island, Ironbound Island, Cape Breton Island, and Scotland, all of which are dear to him. In his Oil and Watercolor studios, Garth always has several paintings on the go at the same time, switching from one medium to another as the subject, day, weather, or mood inspires him. He has won many local and national awards with his paintings, and is represented in many private collections. Well known for his community volunteer work, Garth’s donated paintings have earned thousands of dollars for deserving organizations and local projects.

As well as his abiding interest in art, Garth has been fascinated with Ice Hockey since childhood. Following retirement from his medical and surgical career in 1990, for five years, he researched the origin of Ice Hockey and then wrote a book, The Puck Starts Here, which chronicles the origin of the world’s fastest and most exciting game in his home town of Windsor, Nova Scotia. The book became a ‘national best-seller’ and led to the creation of a centre dedicated to the origin of Ice Hockey. Popular with visitors from all over the world, the Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre is now in the process of being expanded into a world-class museum-sportsplex-hotel complex. As a result of the appearance of The Puck Starts Here, in 1996, The N.H.L. invited Garth to write Chapter One of The Official Encyclopedia of The National Hockey League – Total Hockey. Personalized, autographed copies of The Puck Starts Here are available on line through vaughanart.com or at the gallery itself (address available at vaughanart.com).


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