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Huntsville's Hall of Fame

May 8, 2013

By Chris Occhiuzzi 

Former Edmonton Oilers captain Ethan Moreau is being inducted into the Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame on May 11 along with 12 other individuals. Photograph: Jason Franson/ QMI Agency 

It’s been 10 years since the Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame inducted new members.

But, when looking at the all-star cast of sports figures being honoured on May 11 at the Active Living Centre, it was well worth the wait.

Wendy McConnell, president and chair of the Hall of Fame, is excited about the gala evening, which begins with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction at 7 p.m., followed by the induction ceremonies at 8 p.m.

McConnell, a member of the Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame in the builders category for her work with women’s hockey, says they’ll be inducting 13 athletes.

Ten are automatic entries because of their stature in their respective sports, and three were chosen by a committee.

The Hall was founded in 1990 and after several years of not having anyone inducted, McConnell and a committee picked up the ball. They have a list of roughly 70 nominees who could become members over the next few years.

“Those names are never removed from the list unless they are inducted into the Hall,” says McConnell. “We have a long future ahead of us because we have so many names.”

Automatic entries include former NHL star Ethan Moreau, Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame member Jim Meredith, Hockey Hall of Fame honouree Roy MacGregor, Don McCormick, Bob Wild, Shannon Meunier, Paul Kennedy, Andy Mattice, Tiffany Tsuyuki (nee Finley) and the late Don Stinson who is in the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

The three inductees as selected by the Hall of Fame committee are Peter Jacob, and the tandem of George Hoo and Carl Nelson.

Plus, McConnell says they’ve asked and received permission from the Town of Huntsville to hand out the Jan Glenn Award on an annual basis.

The award, which was previously for community service, will now yearly go to the male and female sports people of the year.

This year, outstanding freestyle skier Dara Howell and Huntsville Girls Hockey Association board member Justin Crawford are the recipients.

Tickets to the Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame night festivities are $20 and are available at Treasures and Trophies. 



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