Born in 1961 at the London Hospital, Eddie Joseph is one of the unsung heroes of London sport. A Police constable at Waltham Forest by day, Joseph showed a commitment to Ice Hockey and changing lives throughout his life.
Joseph’s commitment and passion for Ice Hockey and the support and development of the young people of East London, led him to become the driving force behind the Lee Valley Lions. A player himself in the 80s and 90s, Joseph described himself as a stalwart of the game – not a star in any one position, but a grafter and worker, committed to the team, passionate about the game, and undoubtedly talented across the rink.
Joseph played over 200 games for the Lions until the club disbanded in 1995. Determined to ensure it continued, Joseph, worked with a group of like-minded parents training and supporting a team of youngsters to grow into the new senior team in 2005.
Joseph held positions in the club including Head Coach and General Manager and although the team’s successes were often difficult, Joseph was always committed to the game, welcoming of players who may have found it difficult in other teams, and passionate in the power of sport to transform lives and entertain.
Joseph was involved in a tragic car accident in 2022, and the outpouring of respect and grief for the loss of this amazing sportsman is clear to see in comments and discussions across social media. His impact will live on in the lives of East Londoners and Ice Hockey for generations to come.
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