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Barry Tabobondung


April 3, 1961 - July 11, 2000
Barry Tabobondung died in 2000 in a vehicular accident at age 39 in native Wasausking First Nation neighborhood. The accident happened when Tabobondung and his 8-year-old son, Thomas, were riding in the cab of a road grader in which Tabobondung was working. Tommy Tabobondung fell out of the vehicle, and Barry jumped out of the cab to try to save his son from being run over. Barry and Thomas both got caught under the road grader's rear tires. Barry Tabobondung was taken to the West Parry Sound Health Center, where he was pronounced dead. His death wasn't in vain. Police on the scene said there was no doubt Barry Tabobodung managed to save his son's life, and the young boy came through the accident with only a broken leg.


Barry "The Hawk" Tabobondung played three seasons with the Golden Blades, the 1983-84, '84-'85, and '86-'87 seasons, amassing 140 points and 165 PIM.  Barry saw action in 16 games as an Erie Panther during the 1990-91 season.

Barry was named the ACHL's Best Defenseman in 1984-85; coached Couchiching of the OPJHLfrom 1997-99, and was the Parry Sound Head Coach from 1999-early 2000.