Tatarnic was recruited by the Thorold Legion Mounts to
play on their Junior ‘C’ hockey team in 1946. As a part
of the Legion Mounts, Stephen won the Provincial
Championship in the 1947-48 season. When the Legion
discontinued sponsoring the team, Stephen continued to
play for the Thorold Orphans until 1951.
Stephen’s employer Texaco transferred him to Sarnia and
he immediately got involved in the Sarnia hockey
community by sponsoring local hockey teams under the
When the Sarnia Legionnaires Junior ‘B’ hockey club
decided to move up to Junior ‘A’, Stephen wanted to keep
Junior ‘B’ hockey alive in Sarnia, so in 1969 he
purchased the rights to a franchise – the Sarnia Bees.
Within two months, Stephen was able to recruit a team,
design a logo and obtain jerseys needed to ice his team
for their first game.
after two successful seasons, Stephen would leave the
Bees organization after the team moved to Junior ‘A’
level of hockey, and he began his own sports agency in
1972 called the Thunderbird Club. Stephen would help
younger players reach their goals of making it to the
NHL, and he was a scout for the Oshawa Generals.