Edwin 'Chaucer' Elliott was an exceptional all-round athlete who, before he passed away at the age of 34, was considered the finest sportsman ever produced by Kingston, Ontario.
Elliott studied medicine at Queen's University in his hometown, where he also served as captain of the university's rugby team. It was believed that a kick to the groin during a game later developed into the cancer that eventually took his life.
In the winter, Elliott skated for the hockey team. He also played for Kingston Granites, winners of the Canadian Championship in 1899. He left university with one year to go and organized a semi-pro baseball club in Kingston that competed in a league he organized with other teams in Gananoque and New York State. He played baseball with a number of teams, and in 1906, he coached the Toronto Argonauts football club, later taking the Hamilton Tigers to the Canadian championship with a win over McGill of Montreal. A year later, he was appointed coach of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (MAAA) team and became that organization's advisor for all sports. He resigned from that position in 1911 to become manager of the St. Thomas baseball team.
Chaucer was a referee in the Ontario Hockey Association from 1903 to 1912, and his final game was in the OHA Junior Final between Orillia and Toronto Canoe Club at Orillia in 1912. Toronto won the two-game total goal series 10 goals to 7.
Following the game, Elliott confided to a friend that he had cancer in his leg. His leg had given him considerable pain that day, so much so that during the game, he was unable to bend down to pick up the puck. He was treated by a specialist in New York, but his condition got worse and he was diagnosed with a form of cancer in the groin. He steadily weakened and suffered excruciating pain until he died on March 13, 1913 after a year of fighting the illness.
As a hockey referee, he enjoyed the complete confidence of the players and as a consequence, he was always in great demand, regarded as one of the best in Canada. The Toronto Mail and Empire wrote "In the death of Chaucer Elliott, Ontario lost one of the best hockey referees that ever stepped on the ice".