By Keith Lacey
A former NHLer, legendary minor hockey volunteer, vocal supporter of the Special Olympics and a journalist are among the 2002 inductees into the Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame.
They will be inducted during the 33rd Annual Sudbury Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner, set for Wednesday, June 12 at the Caruso Club.
Former NHLer Gerry Foley, Gerry McCrory, who has been a volunteer with the Sudbury Minor Hockey Association for 35 years and 48 in total, Mary Woitowich, a longtime vocal supporter and promoter of the Special Olympics and former Sudbury Star sports editor Peter Desilets will be inducted.
They will be joined by businessmen Ricki Gougeon, who has sponsored and supported various minor sports for decades, and Tepper Caverson, the longtime Molson beer representative, who has also supported and sponsored minor sports in this community for many years.
The organizing committee will soon announce its nominees for 2002 top amateur female athlete, amateur male athlete, professional sportsperson, team of the year and winner of the Bill Roman Administration Award.
Sudbury has many athletes deserving of recognition in our community and the focus of the sports celebrity dinner is to provide a venue for these athletes and supporters to be honoured and appreciated, said organizer Chris Sheridan.
The event is also a fundraiser for Sudbury?s House of Kin, the South End hotel where family members of sick children get to stay while in Sudbury.
Joe Drago, retired commissioner of the Northern Ontario Junior A Hockey League and longtime minor sports supporter, will act as master of ceremonies.
Sheridan said Sudbury is deserving of a permanent sports hall of fame and a proposal has been submitted to city council, who are expected to give a response later this summer.
Tickets for this year?s dinner are $30 each or $275 for a table of eight.
Tickets can be purchased at the front desk of the House of Kin, located at 1895 Regent St. Phone 522-3600. Tickets can be ordered over the phone by Visa or Mastercard.