Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame readies for latest inductees

The Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame has announced its newest members.

Being inducted in 2011 are: Dave Andreychuk – Hockey Athlete; Cecelia Carter-Smith – Track Athlete and Community Builder; Ron Foxcroft – Basketball, Community and International Builder; Garney Henley – Football Athlete; Bill Isaacs – Lacrosse Athlete; Emil ‘Pops’ Kenesky – Hockey Builder; Al Morrow – Rowing, Athlete and Coach Pat Quinn – Hockey, Athlete and Coach; Velma Springstead – Athlete and Builder; and the Hamilton Fincups 1975-1976 Hockey Team

The 2011 Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner is scheduled for Sept. 27, at Carmen’s Banquet Centre, 1520 Stone Church Road East at 6 p.m.

Dave Andreychuk (Hockey Athlete)

  • Drafted 16th overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres
  • Played 23 years in the National Hockey League with the Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Stanley Cup champion as captain of Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004
  • He is one of the highest scoring left wingers in NHL history, currently 28th in all time points
  • League’s all-time leader in power-play goals with 274
  • Currently 6th in most games played in NHL history with 1,639
  • Currently 13th most goals scored in NHL history with 640
  • Currently tied for 28th in NHL history with 1,338 points
  • 1991–92 NHL power-play goals leader with 28
  • 1992–93 NHL power-play goals leader with 32
  • Oldest player to make Stanley Cup finals debut: 40 years, 7 months (May 25, 2004)
  • Played in NHL All-Star Game in 1990 and 1994
  • The City of Hamilton renamed the Mountain Arena following renovations, the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena and Skating Centre in his honour in 2005
  • Inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 2008

Cecelia Carter-Smith (Track Athlete, Community Builder)

  • A former world record holder in indoor track and four-time Canadian champion, Carter-Smith has inspired a generation of local youth through example, as an athlete, her 33 years as a teacher and her dedication as a coach
  • A tireless promoter for the city, she has chaired and participated in numerous organizing committees to bring sporting events to Hamilton
  • Co-Chair Sports, for Hamilton’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations in 1996
  • Played an instrumental role in the success of the International Children’s Games held in Hamilton in 2000
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the World Cycling Championships in 2003
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Hamilton 2010 Commonwealth Games bid
  • Winner of numerous awards and accolades, she was selected Woman of the Year in the category Health, Sport and Fitness by the Hamilton Status of Women Committee in 1985 and also received the Bill Paterson Award from the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association for her outstanding contribution as a physical and health educator
  • Inducted into the McMaster Sports Hall of Fame in 1994
  • Coached the McMaster women’s basketball team in 1974-75 and in 1981-82; was assistant coach of the women’s track and field team from 1975-83; head coach of the cross-country team in 1977-79
  • Played a significant role in guiding the McMaster women’s track and field team to three championship victories in 1975-77
  • Member of Hamilton Gallery of Distinction

Ron Foxcroft (Basketball, Community and International Builder)

  • Hamilton native from the east end of the city, became the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s first Canadian referee
  • Officiated basketball games in more than 30 countries with 35 years of service, including the gold medal basketball game in the 1976 Montreal Olympics
  • Named by Referee Magazine to their list of the 52 most influential referees
  • He was the only Canadian appointee to the National Association of Sports Officials board in the USA
  • Inventor of the Fox 40 Pea-Less Whistle which is sold world-wide and sanctioned by all major sporting organizations including the CFL, NFL, NCAA, NBA, the Olympics, in addition to being used by search and rescue professionals in major catastrophes such as the San Francisco earthquake, Oklahoma bombing, and the collapse of the World Trade Centre
  • Chairman of Fluke Transportation Groups and Fox 40 International Inc., is known as much for his affection for sport, community, and his entrepreneurial success as he is for his own athletic achievements and his desire to help youth
  • Member of Hamilton Gallery of Distinction
  • Burlington Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Received an honourary degree from McMaster University in 2001
  • Inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999
  • Owner or part owner of many local past sports teams including the Hamilton Bulldogs and Hamilton Skyhawks
  • Member or past member of numerous Boards and Committee’s within and outside of the Community in sport, education, charitable, community, and business

Garney Henley (Football Athlete)

  • Played with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1960 to 1975
  • All Eastern Defensive Back 1963 to 1971 inclusive
  • All Canadian Defensive Back 1963 to 1971 inclusive
  • All Eastern Wide Receiver 1972
  • All Canadian Wide Receiver 1972
  • Schenley Most Outstanding Player Award 1972
  • Jeff Russell Memorial Trophy 1963 and 1972
  • Grey Cup Participation in 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967 and 1972 winning in 1963, 1965, 1967 and 1972
  • South Dakota native excelled at both defence and offence
  • Played 216 games in 12 seasons and missed only two games in his final season
  • Intercepted 59 passes for 916 yards and 5 touchdowns
  • One of only a few players to catch four touchdown passes in a single game
  • Nominated 6 times for the Schenley Most Outstanding Player
  • Named to the Tiger-Cats best of the Century Team in 1967
  • Member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, University of Guelph Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Inducted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1979

Bill Isaacs (Lacrosse Athlete)

  • Regarded by many as the greatest lacrosse player ever; named by Hamilton Spectator as the greatest Hamilton Tiger player; one of the greatest scorers of all time, currently ranked 11th in senior Canadian and professional history
  • Career included participation with the Toronto Marlboros, Hamilton Tigers, Burlington Beavers, Mimico-Brampton Combines and St. Catharines
  • Born on Six Nations Reserve
  • Played with the Hamilton Tigers from 1939 to 1949, winning the Mann Cup in 1948 as National Champions
  • According to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, “added class to the game with his outstanding play and appearance”; known for his end to end rushes
  • 6-time top scorer in OLA Senior A Series
  • Inducted as a Charter member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the box player category in 1966 after having amassed 777 goals and 467 assists for 1244 points in 346 games
  • Continued to live in Hamilton following his career; an employee of Dofasco for 38 years
  • Honoured at the 21st Annual Bnai B’rith Sports Night as a Flashback Hero
  • Passed away at age 72 at General Hospital in Hamilton in 1985

Emil “Pops” Kenesky (Hockey, Builder)

  • 1924, Emil “Pops” Kenesky was credited with the invention of a new and better goalie pad modeled from cricket pads, and widened to approximately 12 inches; the new pads were quickly sought after and this style of pad was used by a majority of goaltenders during the Kenesky legacy of handcrafting pads
  • Only the pro goalies and top senior and junior ‘A’ goalies had a chance of getting their hands on one of the 300 pairs that the store turned out in a year
  • Goaltending legends such Terry Sawchuk, Gump Worsley, Glenn Hall, Harry Lumley, Turk Broda, Johnny Bower, and as recent as Ron Hextall wore the Kenesky brand
  • ”Pops” created variations in the models to suit the requirements of this goalies as the years went on
  • The Kenesky pads have been everywhere, on virtually every leg of all the stars of the hall of fame and the unheralded keepers of the cage; the pads even rode on the Hindenburg for a special delivery
  • ”Pops” was still putting in his eight hours a day when he was 86

Al Morrow (Rowing, Athlete and Coach)

  • Hamilton native rowed for Westdale Secondary School and HCI as a youth
  • Won Royal Canadian Henley Regatta with Hamilton’s Leander Boat Club 1966
  • Represented Canada as a rower at the Olympics (1976) and World Championships (1970, 1974, 1975)
  • 27 World and Olympic medals as a Coach since 1991 (including 4 – 3 gold – at the 1992 Games and most recently a bronze in the Lightweight women’s double in Beijing)
  • Coached at 7 Olympic Games
  • 1999 FISA (International Rowing Federation) Coach of the Year
  • 1978-1986 Head Coach of the University of Victoria rowing team (winning two national championships)
  • 16 years as Head Women’s Rowing Coach at the University of Western Ontario (numerous national and provincial banners)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (1994)
  • Member of Seven Halls of Fame including the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (2006)
  • Continues to coach with National Rowing Team at the London High-performance Centre

Pat Quinn (Hockey, Athlete and Coach)

  • Hamilton native, born on Glennie Road which was re-named Pat Quinn Way
  • Played OHA Hockey for the Hamilton Tiger Cubs 1958-1960
  • NHL player, coach and general manager having coached and/or GM of Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers
  • Coached 20 years in the NHL; currently one of the leaders on the NHL all-time coaching wins and games coached lists
  • Played 9 NHL Seasons and over 600 games with Toronto, Vancouver and Atlanta
  • Won a Memorial Cup with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 1963 as a player and in 2007 as an owner of the Vancouver Giants
  • 2-time winner of Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1992
  • Won Winter Olympic Gold Medal in 2002 as Head Coach of Team Canada
  • Won a World Cup Championship as Head Coach of Team Canada in 2004
  • Won a IIHF Under 18 Gold Medal with Team Canada as Head Coach in 2008
  • Won a IIHF Under 20 Gold Medal with Team Canada in 2009
  • Received an honourary Doctor of Laws Degree from McMaster University in 2006
  • Parkdale Arena re-named in his honour
  • Member of Hamilton Gallery of Distinction

Velma Springstead (Athlete, Builder)

  • In 1932, Alexandre Gibb and the Women’s Amateur Athletic Federation created an annual award to honour the best Canadian Female Athlete of that year. They named it after Hamilton native Velma Springstead, whose career ended prematurely when she died of pneumonia, March 27, 1927, five months shy of her 20th birthday. The Velma Springstead Award is also known as ‘The Rose Bowl’
  • Born Aug. 22, 1906 and raised in Hamilton, Velma was one of the many young women who took readily to sports in the post-suffragette years of the early 1920s
  • In 1925, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) of Canada was invited to send a women’s team to London, England, to compete against the national teams of Great Britain and Czechoslovakia. Olympian Bruce Kidd wrote: “This trip opened the door for Canadian women’s participation in international competition”
  • At trials at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Springstead won a place on the team by out-performing the then-Canadian record holder, Innes Bramley, in the high jump, clearing 4’7” with a scissors kick. Velma finished third in the high jump and fourth in the hurdles in London. She was recognized with a special trophy by Lord Decies, a British aristocrat, for the spirit and determination she infused in the Canadian team
  • According to various historical documents, Springstead epitomized, not only the ambitions of Canadian sportswomen in the early days of international competition for women, but the uncertainties and complexities of their quest
  • Velma worked as a secretary for the sales manager at the Tuckett Tobacco Company and was a Sunday School teacher at Calvin Presbyterian Church

Hamilton Fincups – 1975-1976 (Hockey Team)

  • In 1974 Ron and Mario Cupido and Joe Finochio purchased the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Hockey Association and re-named them Fincups – a combination of their own names
  • Bert Templeton was hired as the team’s new coach and was voted winner of the Matt Leyden Trophy as Coach of the Year in his first season
  • The Fincups made the OHA finals all 3 years they played out of Hamilton, creating an entertaining team generating national attention with regular sell outs of the historic Hamilton Forum (and their final year following a year in St. Catharines, at the Mountain Arena)
  • The second season in 1975-76, the Fincups won the Emms Division regular season title with a 43-15-8 record for 93 points, and the Robertson Cup as the OHA Champions defeating the Sudbury Wolves in the Finals
  • Advanced to the Canadian Junior Championship where they won the Memorial Cup by defeating the New Westminster Bruins 5-2 in the Final Game
  • 1975-76 individual award winners included Mark Locken winning the F.W. ‘Dinty’ Moore Trophy Best Rookie Goals Against Average and Team Captain Dale McCourt winning the William Hanley Trophy for Most Sportsmanlike Player
  • NHL Alumni from the 1975-76 team included McCourt, Willie Huber, Ric Seiling, Al Secord, Joe Contini, Mike Keating, Steve Hazlett, and goaltender Al Jensen