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.
Cedric Noel, communications, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, 506-453-3747, email@example.com.