The 2017 Maritime Sport Hall of Fame INDUCTION CEREMONY took place on Wednesday, June 14th at 12 Noon in tne BMO Centre (2nd Floor) .
The centre is located at 61 Gary Martin Drive, off the Hammond's Plains Road (see MAP on Contact Page), as well as contact numbers.
Media were well represented; nearly 200 guests were welcomed . Ceremony included 8 new inductees and 4 financial grants to Youth sports teams and individuals.
In 2017, there were 8 new inductees: three team and five individuals inducted into the Maritime Sport Hall of Fame; of the five individuals, two were multi-sport athletes, one was a builder (coach, mentor) in two sports; one a Special Olympian and two who combined individual athletic performance with coaching/training/mentoring. Congratulations to the teams: 1997 Cole Harbour Cardinals (Mosquito Baseball); 1987 Glace Bay Colonels (Little League Baseball); 1957 Dartmouth Industrial Marine Union (Maritime Senior Fastball). The individuals included: Paul Mason (Builder/Coach); Michael Morris (multi-sport Special Olympian); Tom McCluskey (Boxer and Coach/trainer); Curtis Coward (multi-sport athlete and Coach/mentor); and Phil Doiron (multi-sport athlete).
In 2016, the June 22nd induction included the following five (5) teams and four (4) individual athletes: nine inductees will be added to the 2015 inaugural list below: TEAMS: UNB Varsity Reds (Men's Hockey), Moosehead Dry Baseball team, 1968 Olands Bay Byes Fastball team, Colleen Jones Curling rink, and Fairview Aces Volleyball team. The individuals include: Matt Stairs (baseball), Lorie Kane (golf), Bob"Mickey" MacGlashen, (canoeing) and George Dixon (boxing).
2015: Ladies and gentlemen, these are the teams and individuals that form the class of 2015, the first inductees of the Maritime Sport Hall of Fame. Congratulations to each of them!
Front Row (left to right): Bobby MacGuigan, Wilf MacDonald, Laurie Downe, Gerard Smith, Yves Belanger, George Brown, Jamie Kennedy, Jackie Devine (Trainer), Roy Wilson ( Trainer and Equipment Manager) Middle Row (left to right): Angie Carrol (Coach), Shane Carr, Kevin Murphy, Peter Williams, Mike Ready, Paul Gormley, Mike Devine, Gary Trainor,Rory Beck, Wayne Squarbriggs, Mike […]Read More
* Kingfisher’s Roster: Goal: Terry Matthews Defence: Bernie Bishop, Dave Cunningham, John Dean, Howie Fish, Dennis Gates Forwards: Don Bauld, David Boyd, Ray Kaizer, Willie Moore, Keith Blenkhorn, Ron Hanna, Joey MacNeil, John Roach, Richard Redden, Win Wright Coach: John (Pud)Roach, Sr.; Manager: Al Hollingsworth Added players for Memorial Cup playoffs against Ottawa: Lyle Carter […]Read More
Vaughan Furriers, Maritime Junior Baseball Champions, 1962 The Vaughan Furriers Junior Baseball team was the creation of Graham Downey. Initially, he created and coached a Midget team called the Rangers, consisting almost entirely of quality black baseball players, who for the most part lived near the Halifax commons. By 1962 the team, with additional white […]Read More
Team Members (1960-61): Back Row (L-R): Ron Gaudet, Nick Nicolle, Doug Hillman, Lloyd ‘Toy Toy’ Gallant, Buddy MacIntyre, Darryl Pollack, John Warden, John Lorden Front Row (L-R): Alfie Flanagan, Phil Doiron, Gene Gaudet, Emery ‘The Cat’ Goguen. Oscar Gaudet, Delphis Legacy Missing from Photo: Vince Mulligan, Billy Mulligan, Bernie Keating, Keith Blenkhorn Moncton Junior Beavers […]Read More
Team Members: Back Row (L-R): Harold MacEachern (Manager), James (Sonny) Lever, Dale Kearney, MIke Roberts, Clare Larade,Gordie MacDougall, Karl Marsh, Joe Burns, Stan Eksal, Michael (Spike) MacKinnon, Ken Timmons (Asst. coach) Front Row (L-R): Bernie MacKinnon (Coach), Art (Hot Dog) MacLean, Tim Nearing, Bernie Cameron, Raymond (Bozo) Steele, William (Buckle) Walzak, Dan Willie MacKinnon New Waterford […]Read More
1957 Canadian Intermediate Football Champions (undefeated) Shearwater Flyers, 1957; Franchise: 1949-1979 The Shearwater Flyers football team won the Canadian Intermediate Football title twice, but in 1957 they went undefeated and was the first Maritime team to win the national title. That team is being honoured in this induction. But they, like a […]Read More
Halifax Zwicker’s: 1946, 1947 Maritime Senior A Softball Champions The Halifax Zwicker’s Men’s Wear team was a consistently strong, even dominant team, at a time when competition within Maritime softball (today called fastball) was at its pinnacle, with the Halifax Commercial League involving especially stiff competition with a minimum of eleven teams annually competing for […]Read More
The team members: Sylvester “Daddy” Bubar, Len Burrage, Bert Connolly, James Foster, William Gill, Charles Irvine, Dud James, Eddie Kervin; Frank LeBlanc, Duke MacDonald, Sammy McManus, William Miller, Monty Muckle, Percy Nicklen, Horace Smith, Aubrey Webster, Ambrose Wheeler and William Walker. Moncton Hawks, 1933; 1934 The Moncton Hawks were the first Maritime team to […]Read More
TEAM ROSTER: Sydney Millionaires, 1912-14 plus Century long franchise … When the Sydney Millionaires hockey club was established in 1912, it began the historical franchise name that became synonomous with hockey in Sydney, N.S. The team began play in the Maritime Hockey League, one of the first early recognized professional hockey leagues, with […]Read More
Featured Picture: Truro Sheiks Coloured Hockey League (1895-1930) In terms of sports history, the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes changed the way hockey was seen and played in early Canada. The Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes is one of hockey’s best-kept secrets. The existence of the Colored Hockey League was essentially brought […]Read More
Halifax, N.S. Leo Woods (1918-1974) Leo Woods, one of Nova Scotia’s premier ballplayers, had a career that spanned 28 years combined in senior baseball/softball stretching from 1935 to 1963. Fellow players, competitors, fans, sportscasters and sports historians alike often commented: ”Leo was one of the finest baseball/softball performers ever to display his talents in these parts”. […]Read More
Grand Falls, N.B. Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat at Winner’s Post-Parade at Preakness in 1973 Ron Turcotte, OC, began his career in Toronto with E. P. Taylor‘s Windfields Farm in 1959, and he was soon wearing the silks and winning races. As an apprentice jockey he rode Northern Dancer to his first victory and gained gained […]Read More
Fredericton, N.B. Born Willie Eldon O’Ree, CM, ONB (October 15, 1935, in Fredericton, New Brunswick) is a former professional ice hockey player, perhaps best known for being the first black player in the National Hockey League. O’Ree played for the Boston Bruins. He is often referred to as the “Jackie Robinson of ice hockey” due to breaking the […]Read More
Dorchester, N.B./Charlottetown, P.E.I. Forbes Kennedy (1935 – ) Though born in Dorchester, N.B., Forbes Kennedy is considered one of Prince Edward Island’s most famous hockey players, having moved there just weeks after his birth. The diminutive forward (5’8”, 150 lbs.) may have been one the smallest players on the ice at any level, but […]Read More
Reserve Mines/Dartmouth, N.S. Philip “Skit” Ferguson (1925 – ) At a time when baseball was king in the province of Nova Scotia and American collegiate players dominated the local scene, a lefthander from Reserve Mines, C.B. more than held his own with the very best. Philip “Skit” Ferguson led the Truro Bearcats to the Halifax […]Read More
Baie Ste. Anne, N.B Yvon Durelle, born Oct 14, 1929, was known as the Fighting Fisherman, and was one of the Maritimes’ most courageous and colourful athletes. A native of Baie Ste. Anne, New Brunswick, Durelle split his time between fishing, working on lighthouses and light-heavyweight championship boxing, beginning in 1947. With twelve siblings living in […]Read More
Kentville, N.S. Burton Russell (1934 -) As a young boy growing up in Kentville, N.S. Burton Russell watched and loved sports of all types, especially baseball, having watched the Kentville Wildcats and Middleton teams of the Central League which later joined with the Halifax Defense League to form the celebrated H&D League. That caught […]Read More
Sydney, N.S. Danny Gallivan (1917-1993) Born in the Whitney Pier district of Sydney, N.S., Danny Gallivan would be become associated as much with the Montreal Canadiens as any of its players. From 1952 until his retirement in 1984 he was the “voice of the Montreal Canadiens”. He would broadcast over 1,900 regular season and […]Read More
Charlottetown, P.E.I. Edgar “Duck” Acorn (1910 – 1998) Though a highly successful multi-sport athlete, “Duck” Acorn’s most significant contribution to his native Prince Edward Island is in the sport of harness racing. From 9 years of age until the age 71, he never missed a race at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Over the years […]Read More