From 1989 till 1991, Canadian born Don Jamieson worked and, for a while, lived at the Rose and Crown. He quickly became a popular figure with everyone in the pub as he honed his skills as our competent cellarman.
Don was in Oxford to play hockey (ice) and captain the Spire Business Machines owned Oxford City Stars, being the ‘import player’ for the seasons 1989 – 1990 and 1990 – 1991, he was an all-rounder who formed a superb import combination with the now Oxford rink manager, New Jersey born forward, Dan Prachar.
In his second season he led the team to victory with his team winning ‘Heineken English League Division 1’.
Don then retired from playing ice hockey, mixing further university studies with being the director of business operations at the Spokane Chiefs, a major junior ice hockey team that play in the Canadian Western Hockey League. Don already had degrees in both law and marketing, the latter being a great asset to the club in Don’s relentless promotional work for the Oxford City Stars, especially his close liaison with the local radio station of that time, Fox FM.
After a decade or so at Spokane, Don eventually left the game to pursue a less physical career in selling commercial ‘real estate‘.
Don’s father, the late Dunc Jamieson, was a long-time supporter of minor hockey in Penticton, B.C., a life member of the Penticton Minor Hockey Association, the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association, the B.C. Amateur Hockey Association and a founder of the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame Society.
Hockey is in Don’s veins and a year ago (February 2018) he re-appeared on hockey’s world stage as Assistant Coach to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Division 3 of the world cup qualifying finals in Sarajevo. The head coach, Brian Jokat, was a former teammate of Don’s from seasons at Sarajevo (then Jugoslavija) and after at Trafford Metros (UK) in the mid 1980’s.