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2015 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

 

On May 29th the following Alberta athletes, builders and media personality were inducted into the Hall of Fame:

Carla MacLeodCarla MacLeod was a defenceman for Team Canada for six seasons and is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2006 Torino Olympics – where she was named to the Media All-Star team.

Kevin MartinKevin Martin is the most decorated curler in Canadian history. His record as a skip started in 1985 as the Junior Men’s Alberta Champion. Kevin is a three-time Olympian and double medalist, having won the gold medal in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and a silver medal in 2002. Curling was a demonstration sport when he went to his first Olympics in 1992.

Bruce MacGregorBruce MacGregor was born in Edmonton and played minor, junior and pro hockey in the city during his career. From 1957 to 1960, he played for the Edmonton Oil Kings. He was the team’s captain during the 1959/60 season. He helped lead the team to one Memorial Cup final and accumulated 114 points during his three playoff seasons with the team. At age19, Bruce turned professional and played with the Edmonton Flyers for 54 games during the 1960/61 season. He was then called up to the NHL by the Detroit Red Wings.

Bill WarrenBill Warren was a champion for Canadian and Olympic sports since the 1970s and a leader to the sports system in Calgary for more than 40 years. He was one of the “Big Three” in obtaining the ’88 Calgary Olympic Games.

Hugh McPhersonHugh McPherson has made a tremendous and long-term commitment to sport, both locally and across Alberta, for most of his lifetime.

Jim Bearcat MurrayJim “Bearcat” Murray was one of the most recognizable and popular trainers in the NHL from 1980 to 1996 while he was with the Calgary Flames. When sports medicine was still in its infancy, Jim was near the top of his field. He was always looking for the most recent training methods and innovative ways to perform his duties. He helped the Flames get to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1986 and his name is engraved on the Stanley Cup for their 1989 championship win. When he retired as a trainer in 1996, the Flames organization named him their Community Relations Ambassador.

Bernadette LaRose
Shannon Court
Amanda Riley (nee Richardson)
Courtney Armstrong
Roxanne Kelly
Jennifer Wickwire
Emily Stearns
Kessie Stefanyk
Norm McDougall (Coach)

UofLeth Pronghorns Womens RugbyThe Lethbridge Pronghorns Women’s Rugby Team won three straight CIS Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009 under head coach Neil Langevin.

FolinsbeeDavid and Jean Folinsbee were active in the sport of badminton in Alberta since the late 1940s. David was the most influential and important person in Canadian and Alberta badminton history.

  • Peter Maher – Bell Memorial Award, “Voice of the Calgary Flames”

Peter MaherPeter Maher was part of the Calgary Flames radio broadcast crew for their inaugural season in 1980/81. He became “The Voice of the Calgary Flames” for the next 33 years and 2,954 games. “Yeah baby!” and “You can put it in the win column” were a part of his trademark calls.

Chris KochChris Koch devoted his life to inspiring people with and without disabilities, as well as pursuing his own athletic endeavors. He was born without arms and legs, and as a child, he played soccer, baseball, and golf. He snowboarded and skied on the Nakiska Kids ski team that performed at the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games. Through the years, he developed ways to adapt sporting equipment to meet his special needs. Recently, he took up wakeboarding, kayaking and surfing.

  • Joey Moss – Achievement Award, Hockey & Football

Joey MossJoey Moss has been an integral part of the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos organizations since the 1984/85 season, when Wayne Gretzky introduced him to the Oilers team. Born with Down syndrome, Joey’s tireless work ethic and dedication to both clubs continued for more than 30 years. On a daily basis, Joey helped the training staff with dressing room and equipment duties and he provided encouragement to the players in the locker room, on the bench and sidelines. Joey was awarded the NHL Alumni Association’s “Seventh Man Award” in 2003, for those “whose behind-the-scenes efforts make a difference in the lives of others.”

Athletes, Builders, and Media personnel, make up the list of Inductees. Athletes include participants and winners of Olympic performances, and World Championships. Builders include those who have contributed endless hours in their respective sports making them what they are today. These Albertans have contributed to the continuous growth of their sport and are truly deserving of this honour. Inductees are true ambassadors of Alberta and have helped put Alberta on the sports map of Canada and the World. http://ashfm.ca/

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