51st annual induction ceremony
TICKETS – CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online or call the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame at 506-453-3747.
ACCOMMODATIONS – We have secured a block of rooms at two Fredericton hotels at reduced rates;
- Location – 620 Queen St, Fredericton, NB E3B 1C2– their skywalk connects directly to the Fredericton Convention Centre.
- Special Price – $129.00 plus tax.
- Call 506-999-1551 to book your reservation. Ask for the 51st Induction Ceremony Block to get the reduced rate or book online using this link to direct you to the NB Sports Hall of Fame booking page: http://group.hiltongardeninn.com/NBSH
- Note: The block will be sold on a first come first served basis and will be released on March 24th, 2021.
- Location – 659 Queen St, Fredericton, NB E3B 1C3– which is just across the street from the Fredericton Convention Centre.
- Special Price – $129.00 plus tax.
- Call 506-455-3371 to book your reservations and ask for the NB Sports Hall of Fame Block to get the reduced rate or book online using this link to direct you to the NB Sports Hall of Fame booking page: https://book.passkey.com/e/50144705
- Note: The block will be sold on a first come first served basis and will be released on April 8th, 2021.
2021 inductees include:
Louis Fortin – Athlete
Shippagan born Louis Fortin, is a Paralympic Nordic skiing athlete. In only 4 years, he remarkably made the leap from recreational to Paralympic skier. Louis has been a trailblazer for the sport in New Brunswick. He was part of the initial recruitment of para athletes in NB in to grow the sport enough to be able to expand the reaches of Canada games. Starting his competitive skiing career at age 31, he began competing at the provincial level against able bodied men through a series of NB cup races. These competitions did not serve as a good benchmark for his abilities, but they did help improving his confidence as a competitive athlete. In 2010, he will travel to Canmore, Alberta and have the opportunity to train with other para-athletes as the Canadian National Team was preparing for the Paralympics games. He returned to New Brunswick with a rejuvenated passion for the sport and started accumulating the medals at the national level against other para-athletes. Between 2011 and 2015, he competed at the Canada Winter Games and won 2 Gold medals and 2 Silver ones, which allowed him to qualify and compete in the 2014 Paralympics games in Sochi, Russia.
Joyce King – Athlete
Lower Hainsville athlete Joyce King, is a world champion arm-wrestler. Joyce officially started her career in 1996 and she quickly started distinguishing herself at the national level with both her right and left arms. In 1996, she won Bronze at the Nationals and the following year, she was titled Female Arm Wrestler of the year at the National competition held in Kelowna, British Columbia. Then, she started winning Gold at the nationals in the 80kg category; she was the champion for 10 consecutive years. It is in 2000 that she competed for the very first time at the World Arm Wrestling event. She won Silver her first year and then Gold for 5 years in a row. In 2004, she was Women’s World Wrist Wrestling Table Champion and in 2007, 2008 and 2016 Women’s Arnold Classic Arm-Wrestling Challenge Champion. Joyce defeated Liliya Kharnidullina (Russian Heavyweight) in an Open invitation tournament in 2006. By defeating her she was crowned Best Female Arm Wrestler in the World as she was the only woman to ever have defeated her at the time.
Pauline Lordon – Athlete
Miramichi born Pauline Lordon is a Basketball athlete who has distinguished herself in the province and beyond. As a University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Women’s basketball team member, she received numerous mentions and awards. Team Captain for her team, she was also twice Atlantic University sport (AUS) Scoring Leader, twice AUS MVP and 4 times AUS All-Star. In 1990, she was in the top 5 scorers in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s charts. In her minor basketball days, she made the provincial team and represented the province at the Canada Games. She co-captained NB’s team at les Jeux de la Francophonie in 1994, in Paris France, and again in Madagascar, Africa, in 1997. The team won silver in their first performance and bronze in their second. Throughout her athletic achievements, Pauline has been developing her coaching experience and has held important coaching roles such as Assistant Coach and Team Leader at the National Basketball Team for the 1995 FIBA tournament of America’s champions and for the 1996 Olympic Summer Games.
Gardiner MacDougall – Builder
Fredericton builder Gardiner MacDougall has been University of New Brunswick Men’s Hockey team Coach for 19 seasons, leading the team to 6 out of 7 of their participation into national championships. Coach MacDougall does not only strive for excellence, he gets at it; in 2006, he became the coach with the most wins in UNB’s history. During 18 consecutive years, he led the team to appear as the “final 4” in the Atlantic University Sport’s (AUS) ratings, and his team won the AUS championships 8 times. Between 2003 and 2019, the team made it to 13 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships which they won 7 times. Beyond his accomplishments with UNB’s hockey team, Gardiner has been assistant coach in 2007, and Head Coach in 2013 for the AUS’s hockey team at the World University Games. Both times the team became World Champions. Gardiner is also one the founder of the Vreds Prospect hockey program and has been its Director from 2002-2016. Since its inception, the Vreds Prospects have given young players exposure to elite competition and the opportunity to be scouted and further their hockey career.
Kathy Meagher – Builder
Fredericton sports builder Kathy Meagher started her career when she joined the provincial government’s sports branch as a sport consultant. When the Sports Branch established the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame (NBSHF) in 1970, Kathy was involved in its early inception. She soon became the go-to person on everything Hall of Fame related. In 1980, she was recruited by NBSHF on a part-time basis to organize the Hall’s events, most notably the dinner and induction ceremony, which was growing in size and complexity each year. In 1984, the Sports Branch decided to establish NBSHF as an independent provincial sports organization and Kathy became the organization’s very 1st Executive Director. She held that position for 22 years. Kathy planted the seeds of new initiatives, did the research and planning and turned good ideas into operational success. Over the 22 years Kathy was NBSHF’s Executive Director, the organization grew in size and scope, took on new roles and became a cornerstone organization in the New Brunswick’s sport system. At the time, Kathy became one of NB’s best known and respected sports administrators.
Team Wayne Tallon Rink – Team
Fredericton Capital Winter Club’s curling team Wayne Tallon Rink were on top of the world in 2014. With multiple individual appearances at Canadian championships, skip Wayne Tallon, mate Mike Kennedy, second Mike Flannery, lead Wade Blanchard and alternate Chuck Kingston reached their pinnacle as a team. Their journey started when they won the New Brunswick’s Men’s Provincial Championship and later won Gold at the 2013 Canadian Senior Men’s Championship in Summerside, PEI. That win earned them the right to represent Canada at the World Senior Curling Championship in 2014 in Dumfries, Scotland. The team brought home Gold and earned the title of World champions by defeating Sweden in the finals. Winning SportsNB Team of the year award in 2014, their achievements were further recognized in 2019 when they were inducted into the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame. Since becoming World Champions, they have also taken on individual volunteer roles around the province to improve youth curling as well as inspire and promote the importance and value of sports’ involvement at any age.
2020 Induction ceremony
50th annual Induction Gala
The six new Hall of Famers elected into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame was announced at a press conference held at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre.
“We are very proud to announce the addition of these inspiring athletes and sport builders into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame” said Andrew McLeod, Board of Governors Chair. “We are also very excited to recognize the City of Bathurst as the host community for our 50th annual Induction Gala.”
These six, who have made a lasting impact in their field of sport, will be inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame on June 1, 2019 at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre. The achievements of these inductees will join the legacy of the over 700 fellow Hall of Famers enshrined in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame since it was formed in 1970.
“On behalf of the province, as Minister responsible for sport I have a great appreciation for the achievements of New Brunswick’s high performing athletes and builders.” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Robert Gauvin.
2019 inductees include:
Michel Coté of Fredericton has been at the forefront of developing and building the sport of wrestling for over 35 years. Coté was the first New Brunswick wrestling coach to be certified NCCP Level 5 and his athlete’s have amassed over 100 National Championship medals
Frank Henderson of Saint John wheeled his way into National and International Wheelchair sports and amassed over 80 medals, including a silver medal in the Men’s 60m Relay at the 1972 Paralympics in Heidelberg, West Germany
Patricia Nolan-Edwards of Bathurst has been widely regarded as one of New Brunswick’s most committed builders in ladies’ golf and figure skating. Nolan-Edwards received the designation of Canadian Precision Skating Championship Judge in 1988 and went on to judge over 23 events ranging from Provincials to International Championships. Additionally, she received a Distinguished Service Award from the Royal Canadian Golf Association in 2004 for her years of service in New Brunswick and Nationally
Anne Orser of Bathurst and Fredericton had an outstanding career in women’s and senior women’s curling. Playing third under two different skips, and finally skipping herself, Orser represented New Brunswick at thirteen National Curling Championships, winning Bronze Medals in 1988 and 1989
Allain Roy of Campbellton was an ice hockey goaltender who was drafted 69thoverall in the 1989 NHL entry draft by the Winnipeg Jets and went on to win an Olympic silver medal at the 1994 games in Lillehammer, Norway.
Hermel Volpé of Edmundston had a distinguished archery career including 6 first place finishes at the Canadian Archery Championships and 10 first place finishes at the New Brunswick Archery Championships.
2018 Induction Gala
2018 inductees include:
Les Aigles Bleus, 1989-1990 of Moncton were the winners of the Canadian University Hockey Crown in 1990. Winning 16 of the 21 games during the regular season, they won Université de Moncton’s seventh Atlantic University Sport Championship and secured their spot in the National Championships. Two of their teammates, Danny Gauvin and Sylvain Lemay, were nominated to the Canadian CISU All-Star team and their Coach, Len Doucet, went on to receive the Father George Kehoe Memorial Trophy for Coach of the Year by AUAA Hockey. Les Aigle Bleus, 1989-1990 were inducted into the Moncton Sports Wall of Fame in 2011.
Team roster includes: David Bastille, Mathieu Béliveau, Marc Bernier, Alain Bissonnette, Éric Boisvert, Stéphane Briand, Pierre Cliche, Réjean Després, Dany Gauvin, Claude Gosselin, Alain Harvey, Claude Lagacé, Martin Lamoureux, Dany Landry, Jean-Claude Latour, Michel LeBlanc DesNeiges, Sylvain Lemay, Richard Linteau, Don McGrath, Louis Melanson, Serge Pépin, Steve Salter, Serge Thériault, Len Doucet (Coach), Paul Belliveau (Assistant Coach), Pierre Giard (Assistant Coach), Louis Guay (Assistant Coach), Charles Pellerin (Manager).
Al Charuk of Moncton is ranked among the all-time top 50 greatest university football players list compiled by Sportsnet. As a Conference All Star, at Acadia University, he accumulated over 100 points in a single season and set three league records playing multiple positions for the team. Charuk was selected as the 1st round draft pick into the Canadian Football League in 1975 with the Toronto Argonauts. In 1980, Charuk led the league for yards per catch and was nominated for the Schenley Award which is given annually to the top Canadian in the CFL. Al Charuk was inducted into the Acadia University Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Moncton Sports Wall of Fame in 1995.
Master Chung of Moncton is the Founder and Director of the renowned Chung Won Institutes of Taekwondo in Moncton, the first of its kind in the Geater Moncton area. Grand Master Chung is credited with bringing organized Taekwondo training and competition to New Brunswick and eastern Quebec. As a coach and trainer, numerous New Brunswickers had their begingings under his guidance and would go on to become National Champions. As a Master Instructor, an 9th degree black belt and an Honourary Life Member of the WTF Taekwondo Association of Canada – Chung’s legacy in the sport will continue to inspire future generations to come.
Bob Deap of Scotchtown is a respected coach and administrator with over forty-five years of motivating and encouraging future leaders in the sport of hockey. Under his direction, the Minto High team won the A, AA and AAA provincial championships – a feat that has never since been duplicated – which was featured on Hockey Night in Canada and ABC’s Wide World of Sports. After his retirement from coaching he continued to play an active role as Chair on numerous provincial and national hockey organizations. Bob Deap was inducted into the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame in 2007 and a four-time inductee in the Minto Sports Wall of Fame in 2011-2013 and 2017.
Bill Phillips (1857-1900) of Saint John is credited as being the first New Brunswicker to play Major League baseball in 1879 with the Cleveland Blues. Before playing in the International League with the Hamilton Hams, Phillips would become the first New Brunswicker to hit a homerun in 1880. Phillips is also the first Canadian to reach over 1,000 career hits and in 1,038 games had 1,130 hits. Phillips was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.
Rob Stevenson of Fredericton is a highly decorated equestrian specializing in eventing, who was named the High Performance Chair for the Canadian Eventing Team in 2016. Stevenson got his start at the Fredericton Pony Club, competing in local events including dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. With his horse, Carcroft Tiger, he won the Canadian Young Riders Championships in 1988 and the bronze medal at the North American Young Riders Championship the following year. With his new partner, Risky Business, he qualified for the upcoming Olympics placing second at the US Fall Championship in 1991. Stevenson finished as the top Canadian rider overall in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Stevenson was inducted into the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame in 2010.
2017 Induction Ceremony
48th annual New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Ceremony
May 27, 2017 at 6PM
The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Announces the 2017 Inductees!
The six new members, to be inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame on May 27th, were announced at a press conference held in Quispamsis.
Ernest Quigley (1880-1960) of Miramichi had a career spanning over 50 years that included coaching, umpiring and refereeing. His love of sports inspired him to be involved in many disciplines such as baseball, basketball and football. It is estimated that he presided over 15,000 games throughout his career – most notably when he refereed the very first Olympic basketball game every played at the 1936 Berlin Games. His undeniable passion for sport was recognized by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Kansas University Sports Wall of Fame, State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Hall of Fame
Flood Brothers of Renforth were a highly decorated lightweight pair in rowing throughout the early 1980’s who racked-up three gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the first three years of competing nationally. Having competed in the Canadian National Rowing Championships, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and FISA they proudly represented their hometown and New Brunswick on the national stage. Brian and Henry Flood also both went on competing individually winning four more gold medals combined in both U.S. and Canadian National Championships.
Team Hanlon of Saint John consists of Heidi Hanlon (Ship), Kathy Floyd (Mate), Jane Arsenau (Lead) and Judy Blanchard (Second). Their thirty year career has led to an impressive resume of provincial, national and world championship titles. Having participated in 15 Scotties Tournament of Hearts national competitions, Team Hanlon has brought New Brunswick to the forefront in competitive curling. Their Senior Provincial, National and World championship titles in 2011-2012 led to their induction into the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Paula Keating of Miramichi is an accomplished Marathon runner, holding numerous provincial records. Her career has spanned over a decade with many accomplishments and firsts in New Brunswick, as well as internationally. For five consecutive years she was named Female Runner of the year by RunNB, and is an inducted member of the RunNB Hall of Fame and the Miramichi Sports Wall of Fame. She continues to challenge herself by participating in the Miramichi Rock n’ Run every year, which she as won every year since 2006. of Miramichi is an accomplished Marathon runner, holding numerous provincial records. Her career has spanned over a decade with many accomplishments and firsts in New Brunswick, as well as internationally. For five consecutive years she was named Female Runner of the year by RunNB, and is an inducted member of the RunNB Hall of Fame and the Miramichi Sports Wall of Fame. She continues to challenge herself by participating in the Miramichi Rock n’ Run every year, which she as won every year since 2006.
Jeffrey Scholten of Fredericton has set two world speed skating records throughout his decorated career. His abilities were quickly recognised at a young age, placing first in the Maritime Championships three times in five years. He then went on to represent New Brunswick and Canada, in National and International competitions from 1994 to 1999, both individually and as a team member. In 2000, he was inducted into the Speed Skating Canada Hall of Fame.
Kimberly Adams-Tattrie of Tide Head is arguably the single most successful progolfer to come from New Brunswick. Her first place win at the Futures Tour in Lakeland, Florida makes her the first New Brunswicker to win a progolf tournament. Her impressive achievements that ranged from 1991 to 2005 – on the provincial, national and international circuits – have made her one of the most decorated female golfers in Canada. She is also an inducted member of the Campbellton Sports Hall of Fame. of Tide Head is arguably the single most successful progolfer to come from New Brunswick. Her first place win at the Futures Tour in Lakeland, Florida makes her the first New Brunswicker to win a progolf tournament. Her impressive achievements that ranged from 1991 to 2005 – on the provincial, national and international circuits – have made her one of the most decorated female golfers in Canada. She is also an inducted member of the Campbellton Sports Hall of Fame.
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.
Fredericton, NB – Wednesday April 8th, 2020. The 2020 Induction event scheduled for June 27, 2020, at the Richard J. Currie Center in Fredericton, has been canceled and will be rescheduled to a later date. We are currently looking for a new date and venue, which will most likely be in the Spring of 2021. In is our intent to still host the event in Fredericton, NB and we will notify you as soon as details have been firmed up.
Their achievements will be celebrated alongside those of the 700 New Brunswickers who have been inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame since its inception in 1970.