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Whitby Sports Hall of Fame

2018 Induction Class

Bob Mckenzie

Bob is native of Scarborough, Ontario, and has been a resident of Whitby since 1991.  He is predominantly known as being the Original Hockey Insider for The Sports Network (TSN).

Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in 1979.  While he first appeared on TSN in 1987, McKenzie always had a full-time newspaper job from 1979 to 2000, including a sports reporter for The Sault Star in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the Editor-in-Chief of The Hockey News for nine years, and a hockey columnist at the Toronto Star for six years.  In 2000, Bob left the newspaper world to work as a full-time broadcaster, at TSN in Canada and with NBC in the United States.

He is an award-winning journalist who was recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame when he was presented with the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association in 2015.  He also has been presented with both a Gemini Award and a Canadian Screen Award for his studio work on TSN.

Bob is a best-selling author of two books — Hockey Confidential: Inside Stories from Inside the Game, and Hockey Dad: True Confessions of a (Crazy?) Hockey Dad.  The latter book chronicled McKenzie’s raising of two sons, Michael and Shawn, through the Canadian minor hockey system, specifically the Whitby Minor Hockey Association (WMHA), as well as minor lacrosse in Whitby.  McKenzie was very involved as a volunteer coach and manager for both boys in hockey and lacrosse.

In addition to his sports and family-related community efforts, Bob is involved in multiple charitable endeavours, including Special Olympics Canada, amongst others.  He also sits on the selection committees for both the Hockey Hall of Fame and Hockey Canada’s Order of Hockey in Canada.

Whether it is on Twitter, with almost 1.6 million followers, on TSN TV, TSN Radio or TSN.ca or through his work in the United States for NBC Sports, Bob is an authoritative source for hockey news and information.  In a media career spanning almost 40 years, Bob McKenzie has undoubtedly established himself as one of the most respected, trusted, and acclaimed voices in hockey.

Bob and his wife of 38 years, Cindy, currently live in Brooklin, Ontario.

Jay Harrison

Jay enjoyed his entire minor hockey experience playing in his hometown of Whitby, Ontario.  After his graduation from the Whitby Minor Hockey Association (WMHA), he played one season for the Oshawa Legionnaires of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), winning the BJ Monroe Trophy as the league’s Top Pro Prospect and the Jack Ferguson award, commonly known as the “Fergie”, as the player selected first overall in the 1998 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection.

Jay was selected first overall in that draft by the Brampton Battalion, giving him the added distinction of being the first-ever pick in the history of the franchise.  Harrison played his entire 4-year OHL career with the Battalion, and was selected to represent Canada at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships on two occasions.  He was a medalist in each tournament, earning a bronze medal in 2001 and silver in 2002.

Harrison was selected in the third round of the 2001 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, 82nd overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he made his NHL debut in 2006 against the Montreal Canadiens.  In 2007, Jay signed a 1-year contract with EV Zug of the National League A in Switzerland. Honing his skills and gaining valuable experience overseas, Jay returned to North America in early 2008 to rejoin the Maple Leafs for the remainder of that season.

In the summer of 2008, Jay signed with the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL where he established himself as an everyday defenxeman over six-plus seasons.  The pinnacle of his career came in 2013, when he represented Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.

In 2014, Jay was traded to the Winnipeg Jets where he played the final two years of his professional career.  He played in 372 games over the course of his NHL career, registering 23 goals and 52 assists.

Peter MacKellar

Peter was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1975.  He was raised in Oakville, Ontario where he played amateur hockey in the Oakville Rangers system.

MacKellar was selected in the eighth round, 127th overall, by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1992 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) draft, and won the Memorial Cup in his first season with the Greyhounds.  In his third season, Peter was traded to the Owen Sound Platers, becoming an assistant captain in his fourth and final season during which he recorded 40 goals and 79 points in 59 games before being sidelined with a broken jaw.

Peter went on to play hockey at the University of New Brunswick, appearing in three Canadian University Finals in four years and winning one national championship.  He then spent several years playing professionally in the United States with a number of teams throughout the mid-west and western regions.

Upon his return to the Durham Region, MacKellar was invited to tryout camp with the newly-resurrected Whitby Dunlops.  He was selected to the team and subsequently named team captain, a title he would retain for 13 consecutive seasons.  Over the course of Peter’s career, the Dunlops won several titles including consecutive Ontario championships (Robertson Cup) from 2005-06 to 2007-08 and advanced to the Allan Cup final in each of those seasons.

Included among Peter’s personal accomplishments is a 100-point season (51 goals) in 30 games during the 2005-06 campaign, along with many All-Star Team selections and his recognition by the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) as Senior AAA Player of the Year in 2010-11.  Over the course of his senior hockey career, Peter amassed 317 goals and 632 points in only 277 regular season games as well as 160 career playoff and Allan Cup points.

Peter is a dad to three sons, Baylan, Chayce, and Grayson.  He currently resides in Courtice, Ontario and volunteers his time as a hockey, soccer, and baseball coach.  He was also a volunteer firefighter in the Municipality of Clarington for 12 years.

He is the Manager of Marketing for Golf Ontario, and also has his own graphic design company; in his spare time, Peter often applies his artistic skills by painting on large canvases.

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Whitby's Olympic Heroes

Look back at Local Athletes who have represented Canada at the Games

With the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea set to take place in February, we are looking back at all of the athletes inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame who have also represented Canada at the Olympics.

There are several athletes with connections to the Town of Whitby who have competed in previous Olympics in a number of sports including hockey, swimming, gymnastics, sailing, cycling, softball, and judo.

Beginning in the pool, there are two Olympic swimmers in the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame. Lori Melien, a graduate of Anderson Collegiate, began swimming when she was nine years old and quickly started setting records at both the provincial and national levels. Lori competed at the Olympic trials in 1984, 1988, and 1992, and represented Canada at the 1988 games in Seoul, Korea where she earned a Bronze medal in the 4 x 100 Meter Medley Relay.

Anne Ottenbrite took the swimming world by storm at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, winning Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. Her Gold in the 200 meter Breaststroke was the first-ever for a female Canadian swimmer. In addition to the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame, Anne has been inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Aquatic Hall of Fame, and the International Swim Hall of Fame, and was awarded the Order of Canada in 1984. Anne also serves on the Canadian Olympic Committee and the swimming pool at the Iroquois Park Sports Complex bears her name.

Moving to gymnastics, the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame boasts three more Olympic athletes: Lori Strong, Larissa Lowing- Libby, and Christina McDonald. Lori Strong competed in the 1988 games in Seoul and the 1992 games in Barcelona. She continues to serve as an Olympic commentator for gymnastics with CBC Sports. Larissa Lowing-Libby was one of Canada’s top female gymnasts in the late 1980’s and competed in the 1988 games. Christina McDonald qualified for the 1984 games but a broken ankle prevented her from participating. She later realized her dream by qualifying and taking part in the 1988 games.

The Whitby Sports Hall of Fame also has Olympians from cycling, sailing, softball and judo. Joe Jones was a member of Canada’s Cycling team at the 1968 games in Mexico City, where he took part in the individual Road Race and Team Road Trial competitions. In 2000, Canadian Cycling Magazine gave Joe an Honorable Mention in its list of top 25 Canadian Cyclists of the Century. Glenn Beauchamp competed at both the Los Angeles and Seoul Olympics in judo and Chris Cook was a member of the Sailing Team at the 2008 Beijing games. Both men are the sole inductees in their respective sports. Another member of Canada’s Beijing contingent was Erin McLean, who started at third base on the Women’s Softball team; the Town of Whitby recognized Erin for her Olympic participation at a ceremony in October of that same year.

Finally, the sport of hockey started to allow professional players to take part in the Olympics in 1998; unfortunately, for hockey fans, NHL players will not be at the upcoming Winter Olympics. However, Canada has enjoyed great success in the last five Olympiads, and the Town of Whitby was well-represented on the 1998, 2002 and 2006 teams. Keith Primeau, Joe Nieuwendyk, and Adam Foote were members of the inaugural professional team at the Nagano games in 1998, while Nieuwendyk and Foote were also members of the 2002 Salt Lake City Gold Medal team. That team was the first Canadian squad to win an Olympic Gold Medal in hockey in 50 years. Foote then returned to the Olympics for a third time with the 2006 Team.

When you are watching and cheering for our current Canadian Olympians in Pyeongchang this February, take a moment to reflect on all of our local athletes who have proudly represented our town and our country at previous games.

Members of the 1958 Whitby Dunlops: John Donlevy, George Samolenko, Alf Treen, Bus Gagnon, Don McBeth, George Gosselin, Connie Broden, Stan Waylett, Fred Etcher, Roy Edwards, Gord Myles, Frank Bonello, Harry Sinden, Sandy Air, John Henderson, Wally Braben, Ted OConnor, Ed Redmond, Wren Blair, Sid Smith, Bill Hannah, Tom O'Connor, Bob Attersley

Whitby's Hockey History

Town Has Produced World Championship Teams and Hall of Fame NHL Players

Like many communities across Canada, the Town of Whitby has a rich history in the sport of hockey. There are many Whitby players who have gone on to play at the professional level including: Gary Roberts, Joe Nieuwendyk, Adam Foote, Keith and Wayne Primeau, Paul Ranger, Dunc Wilson, Jamie Allison (all of whom have been inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame) and Jay Harrison.

Current NHL player James Neal is also from Whitby. With over 600 NHL games played so far in his career, Neal is off to a great start to the 2017-18 season with the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights serving as an alternate captain.

In addition to the professional players from Whitby, the Town has had enormous success at the team level. The Whitby Dunlops are the most famous team in Whitby history capturing the Allan Cup in 1957 and 1959 and the World Hockey Championship in 1958. The 1958 World Championship team is a member of both the Whitby and Ontario Sports Halls of Fame.

Another hockey team inducted in the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame is the 1945-46 Whitby Red Wings that won the Ontario Hockey Federation Junior C Championship. The Red Wings name came from Norman Irwin whose family owned Red Wing Orchards in Whitby and was the sponsor of the team. The Red Wings had some interesting family connections on the team. Head Coach Jack Lowe and two of his sons were part of the team. Bill was a player and his younger brother John was the stick boy. Jack’s other son Ross is also a member of the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame. Ross played minor hockey in Whitby and was part of the All-Ontario Juvenile Championship team in 1944. He moved on to play in the OHL with the Oshawa Generals and then had a successful professional career in the AHL and NHL with the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadians. In his final year of professional hockey (1954- 55) Ross won the AHL MVP award playing for the Springfield Indians.

The Red Wings also had the McCloskey brothers Pat and Joe on the team. Originally, from Northern Ireland the boys moved to Ontario with their family to Kirkland Lake before settling in Whitby. Pat also played on the 1944 Championship Juvenile team alongside Ross Lowe. Doug Williams was a member of both the Red Wings and the Dunlops Championship teams.

Behind every strong hockey program, there are coaches and volunteers who dedicate their time to develop young players. Whitby has had countless community members who have been involved in the game of hockey over the years and is one of the major reasons why our town has had so much success over the years. Jack Goddard, Gordon Hawes, Clifford Johnson, David Branch, and Mike Primeau are all members of the Hall of Fame in the Builder category.

Combined, these five individuals contributed over 100 years of volunteer service in both coaching and serving on the Whitby Minor Hockey Executive.

Their hard work and dedication to hockey, along with all of the other coaches and volunteers over the years, have helped to build the strong hockey tradition in the Town of Whitby.

Oshawa Hall of Fame

2017 Induction Class

Jim Kinlin


the accolades Kinlin received were nice, “But not necessary,” he noted. “I’m just doing what I feel is right.”

While it is oh, so true and wonderful about the contribution Terry Fox made as a runner for cancer research during the 1970’s, the time and effort produced by a determined Jim Kinlin could very well be highly spoken in a similar vein during his tenure as an avid swimmer and fund raiser.

Indeed, his attributes as a welcomed participant and leader during his annual swim-a-thon in a 14-year period raised more than $200,000 for leukemia research. “It’s just something I had to do,” Kinlin put it so succinctly during an interview with a newspaper reporter in an era when his contribution and talent skimmed the waters of popularity, not only in Oshawa, but across this nation.

Ironically, Kinlin had set a personal goal of swimming across Canada to the equivalent of twice inside the safe haven of the Oshawa Civic pool, but his 3,405 miles plus total fell about 2,000 miles shy due to an illness.

Born in Oshawa on September 6 of 1926, Kinlin passed away on January 18 of 1990 from a cancer-related illness. He did during his lifetime as a devoted Oshawa resident, make his intentions abundantly clear and the accolades he received were nice, “But not necessary,” he noted. “I’m just doing what I feel is right.”

Among the many making it a point to recognize his feats and accomplishments was a highly-touted Citizen of the Year Award in 1980, sponsored by PPG Limited of Canada.

The Oshawa Chamber of Commerce stepped forward, ironically that same year, in appreciation of his commitment to raising funds towards leukemia research and was also recognized by Local 222 of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) for what was coined his “contribution to humanity.”

The City of Oshawa, in recognition of his fine accomplishments, proclaimed a Jim Kinlin Day, indeed, not once, but on two separate occasions — January 29, 1984 and April 1, 1989.

Andre Talbot


“I was a late bloomer and I recall that first experience of going into the locker room and seeing these athletes who looking like giants. I was petrified at the start, but my family stood behind me and I was able to go out there to compete.”

Andre Talbot gained a great deal of assistance during his formative years and not one touchdown could exceed the appreciation this Oshawa athlete exudes when describing those who played an integral part.

“This was a very humbling experience when I first learned (about his induction into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame). My first reaction was ‘Are you sure?’” he observes with a laugh. “It’s a very interesting experience for me because it has had me reflecting on what this means to me and how the city and athletic programs supported me during my journey as a young athlete.

“Even more personally, I reflected on my grandmother and grandfather, all of my aunts who were supporting factors in my life. It really was a family affair as I was making the transition to a pro level.”

Talbot would experience in earlier years – including his tenure as a valued player for Oshawa’s Paul Dwyer High School Saints – overlapped to a professional level where during a 10-year period with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and a brief stint with the Edmonton Eskimos, he would truly learn about the importance of a special kinship inside the dressing room.

He eventually pursuing a college role with the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in Waterloo where at that point, he was converted to a receiver and indeed, did become a two-time all-Canadian and a team MVP recipient.

With the Argos, Talbot gobbled up 3,703 yards and 18 touchdowns in 288 career receptions and in 2008, Talbot accumulated a hefty 76 receptions and 915 yards where it was natural he would be the Argos’ nominee as the most outstanding Canadian in the CFL. He did follow up one year later as an integral part of the Eskies before hanging up the cleats in 2010.

“I still reflect a lot on football. It’s something that penetrates my dreams,” he concludes.

Stacey Jiggins


"I never lost my enthusiasm for the sport. I always wanted to be around people who played the game and when extra-curricular activities broke down in high school, I turned to club activities and fortunately for me, I had a great coach."

Stacey Jiggins, a 35-year-old  from Oshawa has represented Canada on several occasions, combining junior and senior levels of play, including a world championship in 1999 and several international competitions, the epitome of success at the 2006 Pan Am Volleyball Championship in Puerto Rico while honoured the best passer award.

“I am a competitor,” she beams. “When someone asks me to go out and play volleyball, I play hard and do my thing. I have a daughter now and that takes up a lot of my time including my career in law enforcement.

"I’ve always thrived on the fun of playing volleyball and the camaraderie that goes with it.”

Jiggins really came to the fore during her stint at Ohio State where her competitiveness, commitment and skill set spearheaded her drive from 2001 to 2004 to nothing short of great success, earning her an induction into the university’s hall of fame at first opportunity in 2010.

She has also become one of two Canadians to achieve the NCAA volleyball freshman of the year and on two occasions sparkled as Ohio State’s athlete of the year. She is also Ohio State’s only four-time all-American and is the all-time Big Ten Conference leader in kills with 2,978 – third most in NCAA history.

In later years, Jiggins competed on a professional level in Puerto Rico, Turkey and Spain – winning numerous national championships before settling back in the Durham Region.

Adding to the accolades of a solid volleyball competitor, Jiggins competed with the Ganaraska Wolves Volleyball Club from 1996-2000, twice winning a provincial championship and being honored as an MVP at the junior national championship.

Jiggins is also a two-time winner of the Ontario Volleyball Association’s prestigious Evelyn Holick Award as the top youth player in the province.

Carolyn Toll


"over time, coaching has become a passion and I’m always looking at ladies who have the tools to be successful. That has been a big part of my life in sports.”

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The existence of a hall of fame that pays special attention to athletes and coaches involved in numerous sports throughout Oshawa sends a chill down the spine of Carolyn Toll. And it should. This dedicated athlete involved in women’s lacrosse serves as an integral part as she rightfully takes her position among the elite.

“There is a select few and I am in great company,” she beams. “I did look at the inductee list from the last 35 years and I was really impressed. There have been times when I wish I was still playing. But when I had my first child, I really couldn’t commit myself to training. But over time, coaching has become a passion and I’m always looking at ladies who have the tools to be successful. That has been a big part of my life in sports.”

Toll picked up the lacrosse stick for the first time in Grade 10, under the tutorship of another refined athlete and coach, Barb Boyes, at Donevan Collegiate. Her skill and commitment to the sport eventually earned Toll an elite status as a key member of the Ontario squad throughout numerous national championships, including a stint for Canada at the World Cup in 2001, contested in England.

And despite her wonderful success as an athlete, Toll considers the success she has endured as a coach on several levels to be the coup de gras. Joining the Canadian staff for the 2003 U-19 World Cup and guiding them to a bronze medal, Toll has branched out to a secondary school level at Whitby’s Anderson Collegiate and Brooklin high School, along with sharing her vast skills on a club level with the popular Oshawa Blue Knights.

Indeed, the Knights rolled up six provincial titles under her tutorship without losing a single contest. Toll was named the Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse coach of the year in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

“Yah, that was quite an accomplishment,” she laughs. “I’ve had a variety of players and clientele and I feel like when I do get the group together, I can form a winning team. I am really proud about the undefeated seasons in our league.

“But to be honest, I had never won a high school championship (at one point) and in the very first year at Brooklin High School, when they do look back 50 years and dig out the time capsule and that first ball, it will be something special. I really am proud of that championship. It was extra special.”

It would appear that Toll was a good student for another high-profile player and coach in Boyes, who “managed to squeeze everything I had in me,” says Toll. “She definitely helped me flourish as a player and a leader.”

Toll also sported an umpire’s cap, officiating in five world tournaments and in 2013, earned the Molly McIntyre Spirit of Lacrosse Award.

There is a simple math formula to discovering the secret to team success. Former elite hockey player Rob Pearson is well grounded to acknowledging that it takes 100 per cent from goaltender out to achieve the goals of everyone who sports a similar jersey.

“Everyone has to like each other and respect what each teammate is capable of,” Pearson waxes poetic. “That is precisely the type of team we had back then. Everyone played for each other.”

The Oshawa Kiwanis major midget squad from the 1987-88 campaign was the epitome of everything team sports stands for and the results showed on the ice.

Piloted by head coach Gil Hughes – another inductee for the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame – the Kiwanis squad rang in a busy on-ice schedule that season while competing in Eastern Ontario (EOL) and the Metropolitan Toronto (MTHL) hockey leagues.

In 90 outings, the Kiwanis amassed an incredible record of 70 victories, tying eight and losing just 12 games while averaging an uncanny 4.68 goals per game, while allowing a 2.64 percentage.

Huge numbers from a very, very talented squad.

Kiwanis did make their imprint in brilliant fashion by copping the EOL and MTHL titles, while also claiming the Oshawa Carlo’s Electric classic tourney, the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) title and Central Canada Regional Air Canada Cup.

Once graduating to the national championship in Thunder Bay, the Kiwanis turned in a fourth-place finish.

As could be expected, four players from this highly-touted squad would continue to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) ranks and indeed, cop the Memorial Cup championship in 1990 with the Oshawa Generals – goalie Kevin Butt, Dale Craigwell, Jean-Paul Davis and Pearson.

Indeed, Pearson was initially drafted by the Belleville Bulls. However, during the latter stages of his junior career, Pearson was dealt to the Generals for Jarrod Skalde. A professional career followed Pearson to three NHL teams, including three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“We went out expecting to win, not hoping to win and that’s huge. It was in our blood. We didn’t sit back on our heels. Gil wanted us to attack and that’s what we did,” Pearson says.

Members of the Kiwanis squad were Alan Avery, Paul Bennett, Dave Bryant, Kevin Butt, Mark Buzminski, Dale Craigwell, Mike Dahle, Jean-Paul Davis, Dave Finch, Jeff Gosselin, Brian Grieve, Bill Lawrenson, John MacKinnon, Brian Mueggler, Rob Pearson, Chris Snell, Dave Somerville, Mike St. John and Brett Taylor.

   1987-88 Oshawa Kiwanis Team


Whitby Hall of Fame

2017 Induction Class

Mike Primeau

Jennifer Johnson

Paul Ranger

Born in North Bay, Ontario in 1941, Mike Primeau spent his childhood in the Ottawa Valley and, after graduating from Blind River High School, moved south to Toronto before settling in Whitby. From 1981 until the late 1990s, many Whitby Minor Hockey Association teams under Mike’s tutelage enjoyed considerable success at the local, regional, and provincial levels; the impressive list of achievements by his teams includes: 1984 OMHA Peewee AA Finalists, 1985 Minor Bantam AA Silver Stick Champions, 1985 OMHA Minor Bantam AA Champions, 1986 OMHA Minor Bantam AA Champions 1991, OMHA and OHF Bantam AA Champions, 1993 OMHA Atom AAA Finalists 1996, and OMHA Midget AAA Champions. Mike’s coaching career spanned a period of 21 years and seven of his former players went on to have great success in the NHL, including his sons, Keith and Wayne, as well as Adam Foote, Paul Ranger, Jay Harrison, Jamie Allison, and Brad May. As further testament to his overall influence and commitment to hockey in Whitby, Mike was instrumental in establishing the Whitby Fury Junior A franchise in 2008, and served as team president for its first two seasons. Mike also spent eight years as a hockey scout, beginning with Niagara Falls of the OHL (1989-1990) before holding similar roles with Owen Sound Platers (1992-1995) and the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes (1996-1999).

A native of Brooklin, Ontario, Jennifer Johnson developed an abiding passion for her sport at a very young age and began her career playing box lacrosse in the Whitby Minor Lacrosse Association. She subsequently made the transition to field lacrosse at the high-school level, where she led Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute to three consecutive regional titles. Jen’s field lacrosse career continued at Penn State, where she led the Nittany Lions in scoring in her junior and senior years. She finished her career at Penn State ranked among the school’s all-time top 10 players in goals scored (136), assists (64), and total points (200). As a senior, Jen received first-team All-America honours after leading the Nittany Lions to a record of 15-5 and a trip to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament, where the team advanced to the semi-final round. Johnson also represented Canada in several competitions from 1995 to 2005. Jen was a co-captain of the Canadian Under-19 National Team that finished fourth in the 1995 World Cup, and was a key contributor on the Canadian Women’s Lacrosse National Teams that finished fourth in both the 2001 and 2005 World Cups. Upon her retirement as a player, Jen moved to the coaching ranks, working as an assistant at Penn State and Cornell before accepting the position of head coach at the University of Vermont.

A native of Whitby, Paul played his minor hockey in the Whitby Minor Hockey Association, including several years as a member of the Whitby Wildcats before being drafted, as an underage player, by the Oshawa Generals of the OHL after his Major Bantam AAA season. Paul played all four seasons of his OHL career with Oshawa and participated in the CHL Top Prospects Game, as well as the CHL Canada-Russia Challenge, and the 2004 OHL All-Star Game. He was also nominated for the Max Kaminsky Trophy, an award given to the OHL’s best defenceman each season. Paul was chosen by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the sixth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After one season in the AHL, Paul earned a roster spot on the Lightning's defence and played in the NHL Young Stars game in January 2007. After two shoulder surgeries and a sabbatical from the NHL, he resurrected his professional hockey career in 2012-2013 with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, followed by a season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and another in the Swiss-A league. While with the Maple Leafs, Paul was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. He finished his NHL career with 323 games, 24 goals, and 82 assists for a total of 106 points.

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Oshawa Hall of Fame

2016 Induction Class

Elena Davydova

Ron Keys

Eric Lindros

Elena Davydova was born Aug. 7, 1961 in Russia. She is the World Champion and the two times Olympic Champion in artistic gymnastics. Wile representing the Soviet Union she scored a perfect 10 on floor and vault edging out Nadia Comaneci at the 1980 Olympics for the all around title.

As a Oshawa Gemini coach for the past 25 years, and the head coach since 1999, she has amassed an astounding list of achievements and guided numerous athletes into elite level competitions and toward exciting post-secondary school opportunities. Under Elena’s leadership Gemini has produced 22 All Around Canadian Champions, 10 AA Elite Canada Champions, 21 Eastern Canadian AA Champions, and 113 AA Provincial Champions.

Since moving to Oshawa in 1991, Elena is recognized as one of the most successful Canadian coaches, placing athletes on the Canadian Team for major games and Championships since 1995. Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics Ontario named Elena the high performance coach of the year in 1997, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013. In addition to the 2012 Olympics, leading the team to an historical 5th place, Elena coached the Canadian team at six World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, and Pan American Games. International Gymnastics Federation has invited her as an Expert for several International Academy coaching courses.

One of the most talented riders ever to race a motorcycle, Ron Keys went straight out of the gate to excel at his chosen sport. Unlike some child prodigies, Ron’s first ride on a motorcycle was at age nineteen. A few weeks after buying his first bike in 1965, he raced all comers at a local track and won. The following year Ron obtained a racing licence and, racing this same ill-prepared street bike, won the Junior Class at the Annual Canada/USA Challenge Race. In 1967, riding a proper racing motorcycle, he won all six of his first races but then had an accident that sidelined him for the year.

In 1968 Ron was promoted to the Expert Class, leapfrogging the Senior Class altogether, and in August of the same year, riding a borrowed bike, won his first Expert Class race. In 1969, leading from start to finish, he won his first Canadian National Championship.

From there Ron was fully sponsored on a proper racing bike and spent winters racing in California and summers in Canada. Over his short career, Ron won five National Motocross Championships, three Provincial Dirt Track Championships, one National Dirt Track Championship and a Silver Medal in the Olympics of motorcycling—the International Six Days Enduro. For Yamaha, he won their first National Motocross Championships in Canada in all three classes. Retiring in 1974, Ron was inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2008.

Eric Lindros was one of the most dominant players to ever wear an Oshawa Generals jersey.

Born Feb. 28, 1973 in London, Ont., Eric came to Oshawa in 1990, at the age of 16. Physically well beyond most players his age, he proved to be an invaluable piece for a Generals team that went on to win its first Memorial Cup since 1944. He racked up 18 goals and 36 points in the playoffs and was named a Memorial Cup all-star.

Lindros spent parts of three seasons with the Generals amassing 180 goals, 200 assists, 380 points and 437 penalty minutes in just 157 games. In 1991, although the Generals were upset in a spirited OHL final by the Greyhounds, Eric was named the junior player of the year for both Ontario and Canada. He also twice won gold with Canada at the world junior hockey championships, in 1990 and 1991.

His dominance carried into the NHL, where he became a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He ended up playing 760 games over an injury-plagued NHL career with the Flyers, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars, scoring 372 goals and 865 points, and winning the Hart Trophy as MVP in 1995.

Eric played on 3 Canadian teams at the Olympics winning gold and silver medals. In 2006, became just the third player to have his number 88, retired by the Generals.

Gord Garrison

Peter Stephenson

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Gord Garrison, was a broadcasting pioneer who lived in Oshawa from 1948 until the time of his death in May, 2009.

Born July 31, 1924 in Manitoba, Gord settled in Oshawa in the late- 1940s and soon became a familiar voice on the airways, bringing local, national and international sports coverage to southern Ontario. In 1958, he became the owner and operator of CKLB AM and FM, where he continued to ensure Durham sports fans were made aware of the excellence in the community.

He was the voice of the Oshawa Generals from 1948 through the mid-60s and now has the press gondola at the General Motors Centre named in his honour. His work went far beyond that, however, as he was also the ring announcer for professional wrestling in the 1940s and 50s at Oshawa’s Hambly Arena and other local venues, the stock car race announcer at James Park in north Oshawa, a periodic announcer for the Oshawa Green Gaels lacrosse team in the 1960s, and the play-by-play voice across Canada for the 1958 world hockey championships in Oslo, Norway, where the Whitby Dunlops won gold.

Gord was innovative and entrepreneurial, as evidenced by hiring an aircraft and pilot to enable him to report live, Marilyn Bell’s famous swim across Lake Ontario in 1954.

Peter Stephenson was born in Oshawa on Feb. 17, 1944.

Although a strong player, Peter’s major impact on the sport would be as builder, where he has served as a coach, official and administrator. he was a coach at the 1974 Canada Winter Games, received a certificate of recognition for achievement in amateur sport in Ontario in 1986, won the Ontario Badminton president’s award in 1987, 2004 and 2008, earned a Celebration ‘88’ certificate of merit from the Canadian government in 1988, became a Badminton Canada life member in 2003 and won the Syl Apps special achievement award in 2007.

He is a certified Level 2 coach, has been a national referee for more than 15 years, a national umpire for over 30 years and has officiated at all levels, including provincial and national championships and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. Peter started and coached a badminton program at Durham College and has served as president at the Oshawa YMCA, district president for Ontario’s Central Region, and a director for the Ontario Badminton Association.

Also prominent in the Boys Scouts of Canada for more than 35 years, Peter was recognized with the Silver Acorn award, one of scouting’s highest volunteer honours, in 1999.

Ajax Wanderers RUFC

A Brief History the Rugby Club in Durham Region

The Ajax Wanderers Rugby Club can lay claim to being the founding club for rugby in post-war Ontario. Started by a group of English immigrants who missed their favourite sport from back home in 1949, the club originally had no similar opposition to compete against.

The early years saw games against the University of Toronto and McGill University. The Toronto Nomads, Aurora Barbarians, Irish Canadians and to a lesser extent the Brantford Harlequins all owe their existence to those early Wanderers.

Once a league was in place Wanderers became immediately successful winning several provincial championships in the late 1950s. The club also began a tradition of touring that continues to this day. Going on tour and hosting teams is one of the finest traditions in rugby and the sport provides an opportunity like no other for players to travel the world as a team or as individuals.

Over the years Wanderers have toured extensively within Canada, the United States, Great Britain and even an occasional trip to the continent. The club has also hosted teams from all over the world.

Developing players to play on the provincial, national and international stage has always been a priority and the Wanderers have provided players to the Canadian national team almost from its beginnings with John Ackerly representing his country in 1971. That tradition has continued through the years with the likes of Scott Mackinnon and David Moonlight who was a long time captain of the Canadian National 7s team.

Wanderers have also welcomed players from around the globe to play with the club as they travel or on an exchange basis.

Ajax Wanderers is a dynamic and growing club and not all of the clubs success is buried in the past. The club last won the Ontario Senior Men’s championship in 1998, a decade which also saw the women’s team as the dominant force in the province with a large contingent moving up to play for the women’s national team. Although the club suffered two relegations after that provincial championship, the Wanderers won the TRU Men’s title in 2004, 2006, and 2009 as well as the TRU Men’s 2nd XV title in 2007.

The club is currently experiencing an upswing in its fortunes both for individuals and as an organization. With one of the best facilities in the province, and a continual stream of up and coming players, the club continues to provide players to Ontario and Canada. John Moonlight is a current member of the Men’s National Program and several Wanderers have recently represented their country at U17 and U20 level. Most exciting of all though is the success of the Men’s 1st XV, which last year won promotion back into the Ontario leagues for the first time in a decade. This success was achieved with an extremely young group who look forward to working together to put Ajax Wanderers back at the pinnacle of rugby in Ontario.

Oshawa Vikings

A Brief History the Rugby Club in Durham Region

The ORU is only nine (9) years older than the Oshawa Vikings. In 1949, the Wanderers were the only club in Ontario, and they played out of Riverdale Park in Toronto. Competition consisted of intra-squad play, exhibition games with touring teams and touring themselves. At this time, groups within the Wanderers split up to form three other teams, known as the Barbarians, Nomads and the Irish Canadians.

Soon immigrants from the British Isles had the Scottish, Welsh, Saracens and others quickly flourishing. These teams, plus the old Canadian footballers from Balmy Beach formed the original senior league of the ORU. These teams were centered in Toronto with younger, weaker intermediate teams springing up on the edges of Toronto, in centres like Oshawa.

Chris Krause, who played for the Nomads in the early fifties, realized that Canadian boys had few opportunities to participate in contact sports after high school. Chris loved rugby, knew it was not difficult to learn and would fill a void for enthusiastic young athletes. If memory serves well, it was Jimmy Stephenson who posed the question, “Why don’t you start your own club, Krause?” Chris did. He got a few fellow workers interested and it was on its way. In the early years, the bulk of the players worked at General Motors, but this slowly changed over the years as Oshawa industry diversified.

Except for a core of British players, most of the Canadian boys knew nothing of the game. They learned quickly though, since there was quite a carry-over in skills from football. Initially, rugby wasn’t a free-flowing and open a game as seen today by the rugby playing world, but that quickly changed. Football strategy and philosophy took time to eradicate.

The name “Vikings” came about from the types of names new clubs were all adopting. Most names wished to denote a historical association with strength, valour and a hint of Celtic rapine and pillage. So much for British heritage!

The club colours were chosen to represent the black of the New Zealand side and the red was an honour paid to Chris’ wife Brenda, whose ancestry was Welsh. This was quite canny on Chris’ part, for how could Brenda deny him time with the rugby team, after such a chivalrous deference.

Oshawa’s early success coincided with the meteoric growth of rugby in Ontario schools, during the 60’s and 70’s. In fact, the forty years of Viking successes and failures mirror the development of high school rugby in Oshawa. In the early years, the bulk of the players were not home grown talent; thankfully that has now changed and the only way for a club to remain vital and have a sustained growth is through youth development. All in all, we as a club have much to be thankful for and much to be proud of.

Whitby Hall of Fame

2016 Induction Class

Jason Pottinger

Gavin Prout

David Branch

The first inductee to speak was Jason Pottinger who grew up in Whitby playing football for Henry Street High School and the Oshawa Hawkeyes before moving on to McMaster University and later the CFL. While at McMaster Jason was twice named a First Team All-Canadian and also awarded the President’s Trophy as the defensive MVP of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) league. Jason also had a very successful CFL career winning the Grey Cup as a rookie with the BC Lions in 2006 and again with the Toronto Argos in 2012. At the ceremony Jason spoke about how important his high school and youth coaches and volunteers were to his development into a professional football player.

Gavin Prout was the second inductee of the night and like Pottinger he stressed how proud he was of his Whitby roots and how important all of his minor coaches were to his success as a lacrosse player. Gavin started his lacrosse career in Whitby and then moved on to play Junior A with the Warriors, where he won two Minto Cups, and then Senior A with the Brooklin Redmen where he won a Mann Cup. After junior Gavin enjoyed a successful career playing professional lacrosse in the NLL and also representing Canada in both indoor and outdoor lacrosse. Gavin reflected back on his younger playing days and the dedication and hard work that was instilled in him by legendary lacrosse coach Jim Bishop.

The final inductee of the night was David Branch who entered the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame in the Builders category for his lifetime dedication to hockey both at the minor and junior levels. David has been the Commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) since 1979 and also the President of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). Even with his responsibilities with junior hockey David still dedicates his time to coaching minor hockey in Whitby often times with his sons behind the bench with him. Originally from Bathurst, New Brunswick David spoke about how the community roots and sporting background that attracted him and his family to the Town of Whitby.

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