Posted by Sudbury Northern Life
The Class of 2009 entering Sudbury's Sports Hall of Fame has been introduced and will be officially inducted at the 41st annual House of Kin Sports Celebrity Dinner and Awards on June 10 at the Caruso Club.
Tickets are now on sale at the House of Kin. Cost is $45 for adults and $20 for children under the age of 10.
The Class of 2009 includes fellow basketball coaches Mary Collinson and Mitch Lalonde, paddler Joe Derochie, longtime minor hockey board member Bev McIver, wrestler Matti Jutila, badminton player Lucio Fabris, retired NHL players Doug Mohns and Brian Savage, longtime marathon runner Ron Wallingford and the late Roy Pella, a Commonwealth Games discus silver medalist in 1954.
Following are small profiles on each of the inductees:
Bev McIver (minor hockey, former Valley East regional director)
-Sports volunteer for more than 50 years as regional director for the Town of Valley East, he supervised the construction of the Raymond Plourde Arena and the management of Centennial Arena, the Howard Armstrong Sports Complex, four baseball fields, 22 summer playground programs and two beach front operations was instrumental in establishing the Valley East Progressive Hockey program in 1972.
-Helped establish the Valley East Minor Baseball Association in 1974
One of the founding members of the Nickel District Hockey League in 1973.
-Was treasurer of the Valley East Progressive Hockey League (1974-92)
Current second vice-president with the Northern Ontario Hockey Association and board member with the Ontario Hockey Association.
Dr. Ron Wallingford (university sports/ track and field)
-Ottawa native captained the Big Ten Championship track team at the University of Michigan
-Twice established Canadian fastest times ever for a marathon, including a third-place finish at the 1964 Boston Marathon in a time of 2 hours, 20 minutes and 51 seconds. It broke the Canadian fastest time for a marathon by more than two minutes. It was also the fourth fastest time ever recorded in the Boston Marathon over the official distance.
-Appointed director of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Marathon
-Served as Canadian Track and Field Technical Coordinator
-A former instructor at Laurentian University.
-Author of three novels, including Chasing The Olympic Dream, which portrays the journey of a young Laurentian University student who, motivated by his contact with Olympic champion Alex Baumann on campus, strives to attain his true potential and run the 3,000-metre steeplechase event in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.
Also wrote Portrait of a Runner (1985) and Never Let Go (2004).
-For more than 20 years, Ron competed at Canada's highest level in events ranging from the 1,500-metre to the marathon, and held Canada's 3,000-metre steeplechase record.
-represented Canada at the 1966 Commonwealth Games, where he placed sixth, and at three Pan-American Games in 1959 (Chicago), 1967 (Winnipeg) and 1971 (Cali, Colombia).
-During his lengthy career as a university professor, Dr. Wallingford dedicated a great deal of research effort to human hypothermia in cold water, exercise physiology as well as the physiological basis of human performance.
Inducted into Laurentian University's Athletics Hall of Fame as a builder in 2002.
-former winner of the Bill Roman Administration Award in 2005.
-Captured the OFSAA Award for Leadership in Sports in 2003 becoming the first female in Northern Ontario to receive the award.
-Longtime basketball coach of the Lasalle Secondary School Lancers in midget, junior and senior girls.
-Winner of 16 girls' city basketball titles - midget division (2004 at Lasalle); senior division (1994 & 1995 at Lasalle and in 1980-84 at Sudbury Secondary School) and junior division (1980 at Sudbury Secondary and 1991-94 at Lasalle)
-Winner of two junior boys' city titles (1984 & 1985) at Sudbury Secondary School.
Currently celebrating her 30th year as basketball coach.
-Has also been on the executive board of the Sudbury Youth Basketball League, coach and a convener at several track and field meets and a soccer coach.
-Longtime basketball coach at Lasalle Secondary School
-Won nine senior boys' Division I titles - eight with Lasalle (1999-2000 and 2002-07 including four NOSSA titles and one at Lo-Ellen Park (1988); seven straight Junior Boys' Division I titles (1992-98) and another (1990) at Lasalle for a total of eight more.
Matti Jutila (wrestling)
-Known as Sudbury's greatest wrestler.
-Emigrated from Finland to Canada in 1956, working as a carpenter, he joined the Sampo Athletic Club
-outstanding technical wrestler, won 10 Canadian titles in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling beginning in 1956.
-At the 1963 Pan American Games in Brazil, won the silver medal, won Sudbury's 1963 Professional Sportsperson Award.
-Career peaked in 1964 when he earned a spot at the Olympic Summer Games. He was entered in the Featherweight Division of both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman categories. After winning his first two bouts, he injured his neck and was eventually eliminated from medal contention.
-In 1970 he won his class in the Canadian Open Wrestling Championships held at Laurentian University.
Joe Derochie (canoeing, kayaking)
-Competed in the 1956 and 1960 Summer Olympic Games; competed at the 1957 World Championships with the Sudbury Boat and Canoe Club, teaches canoeing, wind surfing, kayaking and Dragon Boat rowing on Lake Ramsey.
Lucio Fabris (badminton)
-In 1969 at the age of 10, reached the finals of three events in the Under-14 Division at his first Ontario tournament; won the boys' doubles event with Wayne Lucky.
-Swept to a triple crown victory at the 1970 Ontario Championships taking the singles, doubles (with Elio Cozzarini) and mixed (with Kim Mulligan) titles.
Represented Ontario at the 1971 Canada Winter Games in Saskatoon; just before the Games, suffered a broken right arm.
-By 1974, established himself as one of the best players in Canada
-At 16, notched his first win at the Canadian Junior Championships
-Three Canadian titles during his career, one of the Canadians sent to Malmo, Sweden to take part in the first World Badminton Championships in 1976; also competed in England at the Thomas Cup
-semi-retired in 1978; competed on the Canadian Team at the 11th Commonwealth Games in Edmonton in 1978 - captured silver medal in mixed doubles with Wendy Clarkeson
Doug Mohns (hockey)
-A native of Capreol. played 1,390 NHL games with Boston, Chicago, Minnesota, Atlanta and Washington (1953-75); 248 goals, 462 assists; also had 14 goals and 36 assists in 94 playoff games
-nicknamed Diesel, won two Memorial Cups.
-One of the first players to wear a helmet.
-Played for Max Silverman's juvenile team in Sudbury
-Park dedicated in his honour in 1969 (situated on Coulson Street next to Capreol Arena)
-after he retired, spent 19 years in hospital administration with the New England Rehabilitation Hospital and is presently working at the Shaker Hills Golf Course in Harvard, Massachusetts.
Brian Savage (hockey)
-Played 674 games in the NHL with Montreal, Pheonix, St. Louis and Philadelphia; 192 goals and 167 assists; added three goals and eight assists in 39 playoff games
Attended the University of Miami-Ohio for three seasons; led the CCHA in goals with 37 in his final season.
-He was a CCHA First Team All-Star and NCAA West Second Team All-American, represented Canada at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway; won silver medal
-Retired in Sept. 2006 after 12 NHL seasons
-For the past 11 years, his Charity Golf Classic Tournament has raised over $450,000 to help underprivileged children through the Ten Rainbows Foundation in Sudbury.
Roy Pella (track/field)
-Student at Sudbury Technical School; accepted scholarship at the University of Michigan
-At the 1952 Olympic Trials in Hamilton, shattered the Canadian discus record with 157 feet, three and a quarter inches
-Took part in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki
-In 1953, captured the Rowell Trophy as Canada's Outstanding Amateur Field Athlete
Captured a silver medal in the discus at the 1954 British Empire Games in Vancouver; set new Canadian record with toss of 162 feet, 6 inches