2016 Induction Ceremony
The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame honoured its Class of 2016 inductees on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 in Shippagan.
From the left: Darren Ritchie (golf) of Hampton, Kevin Foran (hockey) of Dalhousie, David Foley (soccer) of Saint John, the late Eldridge Eatman (sprinter, represented by Maurice Eatman) of Saint John, Bernard DeGrâce (hockey builder) of Shippagan and Patty Blanchard (runner) of Moncton.
Patty Blanchard of Moncton runs because it makes her feel light and free. She holds six provincial running records and seven Canadian Masters records. Her passion for running started at a young age and has led her around the world; she competed for Team Canada for 8 years with her first event taking place in Morocco. Blanchard is an inductee of the Run NB Hall of Fame.
Bernard DeGrâce of Shippagan has officiated during 980 hockey games from the minors to professional hockey. DeGrâce is a person who likes challenges; an attribute that led him to be the first New Brunswicker and Acadian Referee/Linesman to work in the NHL. He officiated 350 NHL games from 1989 – 2002.
Eldridge Eatman of Saint John was one of the greatest sprinters ever produced in New Brunswick. His athletic career began in the early 1900’s. Eatman defeated Tom Keen, world 120 yards champion and later US Olympic coach, in Saint John and won the prestigious Powder Hill title for the world’s 120 yards championship at Edinburgh, Scotland in 1906.
David Foley of Saint John is a professional soccer player who played with the Winnipeg Fury Soccer Club. He was the franchise’s leading goal scorer when he retired in 1991. He was captain and MVP of the Varsity Red Shirts men’s soccer team at the University of New Brunswick. David remains the highest scorer in the history of the UNB soccer program. He is the first soccer athlete inductee in the NB Sports Hall of Fame.
Kevin Foran of Dalhousie achieved his highest success in hockey while attending Mount Allison University. He became the leading scorer in C.I.A.U. hockey history in 1983, a record he still holds. Foran was selected to the Pre-Olympic Tem which played a cross-county tour against a Russian Team.
Darren Ritchie of Saint John was the first and only Maritimer to win the Canadian Amateur Golf Championship (1992). His victory was made even more impressive by the fact that he had been diagnosed with malignant melanoma just three months prior to competing. From 1990 – 1992 Ritchie placed either first or second during twelve provincial golfing competitions.
Below is a brief list of Accommodation Service Providers in the Shippagan area. (Disclaimer – it is not an all-exclusive list, but just the names as provided by the local organizing committee and we do not have any special arrangements with these service providers).
Auberge Jeanine du Havre, Shippagan 336-8884
Motel Bel Air, Caraquet 727-3488
Auberge Centre Ville, Tracadie 395-9726
Liens des deux Rivières, Tracadie 394-4050
2015 Induction Ceremony
The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame honoured its Class of 2015 inductees on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 in Shediac. From the left: Scott Murray (representing Peter Murray), John G. LeBlanc, Brigittte Soucy-Anderson, Jean Marc Gagnon (representing Edmond Gagnon), Everett Sanipass and Marc Pepin.
Image gallery from the 2015 Induction Ceremony and Banquet
For more information on the Nomination and Selection process, please visit our Nominations page.