Joe Haskell was born at Lamaline on August 31, 1939. When his family moved to St. Lawrence, Joe quickly developed an interest in the grand old game of soccer. In 1953, at the age of 14, he played with the St. Lawrence Juniors and then at the age of 16, his talent could not be denied as he made his debut with the Senior Laurentians. For ten years, Joe Haskell was a feared striker who always scored his share of important goals while playing with such formidable forwards as Bob Kelly, Herb Slaney, Bill (Dock) Slaney, and Reg Farrell.
Those who influenced Joe the most in soccer were his very knowledgable coaches namely: Jack Lundrigan, Clem Slaney, Alonzo Walsh, Jim Pike, and Theo Etchegary. He credits his mother, Beatrice and his two brothers Tom and Jack for their guidance and encouragement in pursuing his God-given soccer talent. Joe was quoted at one time as saying, stiff competition is always a big challenge but nothing could ever match the pride of playing for the hometown "Laurentians,"
Grand Bank, ASIA, ASSP, Holy Cross and Fieldians were the toughest teams he played against and his most memorable moment was a weekend series against ASSP when Joe scored a total of seven (7) goals.
Joe had three nephews who eventually starred for the Laurentians. Walter who was a powerful man on the backline, Frank, who was one the top strikers in Challenge Cup play and Brian who played a few years with the Laurentians.
Joe Haskell was inducted into the St. Lawrence Soccer Hall Of Fame joining some of his other teammates such as Norm Kelly, Frank Tobin, Cyril Quirke, Gus Tarrant, Albert Kettle, and those previously mentioned. Joe passed away in 1999.