Walter “Pud” Kitchen began his ice hockey career with the Toronto Malboros of the junior Ontario Hockey League and stayed with them from 1929 through 1933 (including a final season at the senior level) before moving to the Toronto Torontos, then the Toronto British Consols, during the 1933-1934 season. He was still with the Consols in 1936 when he was selected to join the Port Arthur Bearcats as they represented Canada at the 1936 Winter Olympics. A defenseman, he played in six matches in the tournament, scoring two goals, and eventually ended up with a silver medal from the Games. Near the end of the tournament, he was injured and was forced to sit out to recover. After the Olympics he turned his interests to horse racing and, in 1969, his horse Hail to Patsy won the annual Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, netting him $38,902.00. He also owned Power Ruler, the son of Hall of Fame racehorse Bold Ruler, and Supreme Quality, who won the 1970 Forerunner Stakes in Lexington, Kentucky. During this time, he worked with trainer Loyd Gentry, Jr. and jockey Dave Kassen.