Public Talk: Secrets of the Clarkson Cup

Public Talk: Secrets of the Clarkson Cup

Free public talk “Secrets of the Clarkson Cup” by Beth M. Biggs on Nov. 3.

Beth M. Biggs will be giving a free public talk at the NB Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, November 3 at 7pm.

503 Queen Street, Fredericton

RSVP: # 453-3747

Listen to silversmith Beth M. Biggs as she tells us the intriguing story behind the creation of the Clarkson Cup. The Cup, created in secrecy in a far and remote part of Canada, has an unbelievable connection to the NB Sports Hall of Fame, and the City of Fredericton. Before being awarded to the Canadian Women’s National League, the cup led a secret life.

“Ask A Curator” Day

“Ask A Curator” Day

Participate in “Ask a Curator” Day at the NB Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, September 16
“Ask a Curator” is open to everyone. You can ask anything you’re curious about or want more information on. Here are some examples of questions other people have asked:
  • I have an old photograph of a NB hockey team. Is this something you’d be interested in?
  • How do you decide what to display?
  • What is the most unique object in your collection?

You can participate by social media or by phoning our curator Melynda Jarratt (506) 453-6405


Slice and Dice with Marc Pepin

Slice and Dice with Marc Pepin

Tennis champ Marc Pepin will be giving a public talk at the NB Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, July 30th at Noon. The NB Sports Hall of Fame is located at 503 Queen Street, Fredericton.

Marc Pepin is an Honoured Member of the NB Sports Hall of Fame. He is a tennis champion and the only player in Canada to be ranked No.1 in five consecutive decades. Pepin has won 12 international tennis singles titles; a European mixed doubles crown. He will be giving a public talk on his life and promoting his book “Slice and Dice” at the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, July 30th at noon. For more information call 453-3747




Sports Hall of Fame announces sports and biomechanics exhibit launch

Sports Hall of Fame announces sports and biomechanics exhibit launch

The launch of three new exhibits will take place starting at 6pm on Monday, June 15 at the NB Sports Hall of Fame. The museum is located at 503 Queen Street in Fredericton and the public is invited to attend. The event was announced today by Jamie Wolverton, Executive Director of the NB Sports Hall of Fame. “Our team is very excited to kick-off the start to our summer season with a newly expanded interactive space that will feature the Biomechanics and Sports Discovery Centre, and two new exhibits.”

The Biomechanics and Sports Discovery Centre is in a newly developed area of NB Sports Hall of Fame. The Centre is the result of a partnership with Wayne Albert, UNB Faculty of Kinesiology. The youth-centric area includes a number of interactive stations, much like a science discovery center, featuring the principals of biomechanics and sport participation. Children and families will have fun while learning about our rich sports heritage. “It’s loaded with interactive and interesting components which connect the achievements of our most accomplished athletes to the principles of biomechanics” says Wolverton.

“Glorious Victory: Trophies of the NB Sports Hall of Fame” will feature the museum’s most emblematic silver trophies including the Ganong Cup and the Trojan Cup. An interactive component will connect youth to the art of trophy making. The curator of this exhibit is Beth Briggs, the creator of the Clarkson Cup.

Occupation Sports Photographer: The Photograhy of Dan Galbraith features one of Canada’s top sports photographers. Galbraith photographed Canadian athletes in nearly every major sporting event in the last thirty years. A selection of his photographs of New Brunswick athletes is displayed along with the stories that accompany them.

The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame is open throughout the summer Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 to 5:00. Admission: $2/student, $3/adult and $8/family.

New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Seeks Silver Trophies for New Exhibit

New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Seeks Silver Trophies for New Exhibit

Marieka Chaplin Joins the NB Sports Hall of Fame Staff

Marieka Chaplin Joins the NB Sports Hall of Fame Staff

753a82091bdf93df272697e1f26229c2 XLThat old silver trophy your grandfather won in the 1930’s could find its way to a new museum exhibit at the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame.

The NB Sports Hall of Fame is launching an exhibit on silver trophies and its Executive Director, Jamie Wolverton, is asking New Brunswickers to consider loaning their antique silver sports trophies to be featured in a mini-exhibit within the larger installation.

“Glorious Victory! Trophies from the NB Sports Hall of Fame” highlights  seven of the museum’s most emblematic trophies including the Trojan Cup (1902), the St. John City Skating Championship Trophy (1909), the NB Tennis Association Trophy (1913), the Fowler Cup (1924), the St. Croix League Trophy (1928), the Ganong Cup (1929),    and the Marven Cup (1948).

The trophies represent seven different sports, from curling and hockey to baseball, golf, speedskating, track and field and tennis. Wolverton says the trophies cover nearly a century of New Brunswick’s sports heritage from 1902 to 1980, and “speak to the importance of recreation as part of the cultural history of New Brunswick.”

He says they also show the diversity of competition and the level of excellence that has been achieved by New Brunswickers, “not only in our province, but across Canada and around the world.”

He says all the trophies in the exhibit have a story to tell and some of them are “works of art,” showing a level of silver craftsmanship that has all but disappeared from sports competition since the introduction of plastics after the Second World War.

He points to the silver Trojan Cup as an example of “trophy art.”

“The Trojan Cup is, in one word ‘beautiful’,” says Wolverton. “It’s in perfect condition and it has a great story about the beginning of organized hockey in New Brunswick that most people aren’t aware of. We want to see if there are any more Trojan Cups out there, tucked away in attics or hidden in closets around the province.”

Wolverton says guest curator, Beth Biggs of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, brings a unique perspective to the trophy exhibit. Biggs designed the famous Clarkson Cup, the Womens’ hockey equivalent to the Stanley Cup.

“As a trophy maker myself, I know of the blood sweat and tears that went into constructing these beautiful pieces. But I also know the thrill and excitement that winning one represents. Trophies are a place where sport and art connect. The exhibition, Glorious Victory, attempts to give insight into the enchantment of being the winner, the best of the best,” says Biggs.

Wolverton explains that the Hall is looking for silver trophies with a New Brunswick story.

“We’re most interested in trophies that reflect the history of our Honoured Members or the development of sport in New Brunswick,” he said.

“But we’d also like to showcase rare or unique trophies that tell a story with a strong New Brunswick connection.”

Anyone who is interested in the museum’s new exhibit should contact Melynda Jarratt, Curator and Outreach Officer, at the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame at 453-6405 or by email at

Marieka Chaplin Joins the NB Sports Hall of Fame Staff

Marieka Chaplin Joins the NB Sports Hall of Fame Staff

Marieka Chaplin Joins the NB Sports Hall of Fame Staff

Marieka Chaplin Joins the NB Sports Hall of Fame Staff


NBSHF Executive Director, Jamie Wolverton, welcomes Marieka Chaplin to the position of Communications & Operations Officer.  “It is my pleasure to welcome Marieka to our Sports Hall of Fame Administrative Team”, says Wolverton.  Marieka Chaplin is a resident of Keswick Ridge and grew up in Carleton County, NB. She is a biology graduate of the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. Chaplin has a background in the science consulting sector and has worked for a number of bilingual non-profit organizations in the province.  Chaplin, along with her husband and three children enjoy the benefits of sport and physical fitness.

Marieka Chaplin looks forward to her role in enhancing the success and vitality of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame.

Names of the 2015 inductees into the NB Sports Hall of Fame revealed

Names of the 2015 inductees into the NB Sports Hall of Fame revealed

Feb. 24, 2015

SHEDIAC (GNB) — The names of the six new honoured members who will be inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame were announced today. Lorne Mitton, chair of the hall’s board of directors, presented the names at a news event at the Shediac Multipurpose Centre in Shediac.

The announcement officially marks the countdown to the 46th annual New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Ceremony scheduled to take place in Shediac on May 30.

The new members are:

Edmond Gagnon of Grand-Barachois:

A builder in a variety of ways, Gagnon’s support to sports teams, especially hockey, in local programs for players of all ages was unparalleled. Throughout his life he supported teams from different parts of the province including Shediac, Cap Pelé, Riverview, Dieppe, Moncton and Miramichi. By providing resources through the contributions of several seafood processing plants, the Gagnon family was associated with numerous hockey programs for players of all ages. However, Gagnon did not simply sign cheques. Whether it was in the arenas in his hometown or the numerous places the teams played throughout New Brunswick and Canada, he and his wife, Juliette, were always in the stands to give moral support and encouragement to the players, coaches, and staff members.

John G.  LeBlanc of Campbellton:

As of 1985, LeBlanc was only the second player from Campbellton to play in the NHL. He was an outstanding player in the Campbellton Minor Hockey Association. Due to his skill level he was promoted up a category to play with older players. In 1982, at the age of 17, he became one of the youngest players for the Campbellton Tigers Intermediate A hockey team. The following year he was named an all-star. While playing in the AHL he became one of the all-time leading scorers. He scored 30 goals or more for the first ten years of his professional career, earning him the 1989-90 AHL scoring crown. Since his professional retirement LeBlanc returned to his hometown and has been an active and contributing member to the community’s young people.

Peter Murray of Saint John:

Having been involved in a variety of sports throughout his life, Murray had a wide range of influence on the province’s sporting landscape. From an early age he was involved in sports as far ranging as baseball, curling and tennis. Murray did not only compete in different sports at a high level, but won as well. His skill and dedication saw him win the City and District Junior Men’s Double Tennis Championships in 1962. Playing in the Saint John Fastball league, he won the Triple Crown while leading the league in homeruns, earning him the Sportsman Award for Best Player for combining ability and sportsmanship. Murray was also part of the Saint John Alpines softball team when they won the Atlantic championships in 1971. His impressive resume extends outside of the court and field and into his community where he was chair of the Thistle St. Andrews Curling Club and of the Canadian Softball Championship hosted in Saint John. He was also a coach and administrator in Saint John for various sports.

Marc Pepin of Fredericton:

Pepin was consistently at the top of the New Brunswick Men’s Singles rankings from 1978 to 2013. Always among the top four of the province, he won 165 singles titles and was a runner-up 36 times. He has also won 107 double titles. With a long and consistent career, Pepin also competed at the international level winning the European Championship in Mixed Doubles in 2005. He has competed against some of the world’s best players and has captured a total of ten International Tennis Federation titles. Respected by his peers, Pepin has also taken time to give back to his community, teaching several tennis clinics around the province. After almost 40 years of being involved in the sport, he still lives and breathes tennis.

Everett Sanipass of Elsipogtog:

Sanipass was a talented hockey player from Elsipogtog First Nation who is recognized as the first New Brunswicker of First Nations heritage (Mi’kmaq) to reach the NHL. Having first played in the Quebec Major Junior League and for Team Canada at the 1987 World Junior Hockey Championship, he was drafted 14th overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play 176 games for the Chicago Blackhawks and 38 games with the Quebec Nordiques. Sanipass is a role model for young First Nations people and has been inducted into the New Brunswick Aboriginal Sports Wall of Fame.

Brigitte Soucy-Anderson of Bouctouche:

Born in Bouctouche, this former Olympic athlete has had a distinguished career in the sport of volleyball. Having made the Canadian women’s volleyball team at age 19, she went on to win bronze at the Pan Am Games in Argentina in 1995. Mrs. Soucy-Anderson was also part of the Canadian Women’s Volleyball team that came 9th at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Having played professionally in the highly-regarded Italian league, Soucy-Anderson is the only Canadian volleyball player to ever win a European Champions League Confederation Cup on the European circuit. Known for her all-around skills, strong work ethic and leadership she is best remembered on the court for her winning mentality.


Media Contact:

Cedric Noel, communications, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, 506-453-3747,

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