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MANITOBA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1985 when the first honoured members were named and plaques were erected in their honour.
The first group of inductees was large in order to recognize the accomplishments of Manitoba players, coaches, builders and teams at the international, national, provincial and local levels for many, many years. Induction ceremonies were held on an annual or bi-annual basis through 1993. Since 1995, the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum has added to its honour roll every second year.
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum is located on the main level of the MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg. The Players Wall is just inside the main entrance in the northeast corner and the Builders Wall is in the northwest corner. A Wall of Champions for teams in the Hall of Fame is located opposite the Builders Wall. The museum also includes a tribute to Olympic gold medallists and an enclosed memorabilia area.
Until it was relocated to the new MTS Centre in late 2004, the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum was housed in the Winnipeg Arena. The Foundation also maintains a Wall of Fame photo gallery in the CanadInns Polo Park In Winnipeg.
In 2011, a permanent exhibit from the Hall of Fame collection was placed on the second floor of the MTS Iceplex just west of Winnipeg's Perimeter Highway.
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame gratefully acknowledges True North Sports and Entertainment and CanadInns for their support.
SPORT WORLD MOURNS LOSS OF
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame mourns the loss of Honoured Member Frank McKinnon who passed away Sunday May 31, 2015 in Calgary at the age of 80.
Born in Wellwood, MB his interest in sports started as a player in the Brandon area, participating in hockey, track and field, football and fastball. A 32 year career in education, included a commitment to the community where he became a founding member and the first treasurer of the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association (MHSAA) in 1962.
At Carman, MB McKinnon was both principal and coach. He was instrumental in starting a hockey program at the school in 1968. As a coach, his teams would win four provincial championships, in three different sports (hockey, baseball and basketball).
McKinnon served two decades on the executive of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association (now Hockey Manitoba), including five as president in the 1970s. He was also president of the Carman-Dufferin Minor Hockey Association.
His outstanding building career includes being chairman of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, two years as director of the Sports Federation of Canada, vice president of the same organization and four years as vice president of the Canadian Olympic Association.
In 1974, he was a member of the committee that organized the first World Junior Hockey Championship, and at the same time was a member of the Congress of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
After retiring from education, Frank served as the Commissioner of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) for 10 years starting in 1992. He introduced an improved stats system for scouts and increased media attention at games. McKinnon wanted players to be active role models in the community. A scholarship in his name annually rewards a student as accomplished in the classroom as on the ice.
In 1993, McKinnon was named a Life Patron of Hockey Canada, and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2014.
He’s also been made a Life Member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League and Hockey Manitoba, and been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, Brandon University and Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association Halls of Fame.
MONDAY APRIL 13, 2015
Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Class of 2015 Announced
WINNIPEG—Today, at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame announced the 2015 nominees for induction into the Hall of Fame. These nominees join an esteemed group of Manitobans in the Hall who represent excellence in hockey as players, builders, officials, media and teams.
“All of these inductees were nominated by fellow players, coaches, administrators, other members of the hockey community and individuals outside of the hockey community. All of them have made contributions to hockey regionally, nationally and internationally. A peer jury made the final selections for inclusion in the Hall of Fame,” said Jordy Douglas, Vice-President of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.
The 2015 Nominees for Induction are:
- Cam Connor played junior in Winnipeg and Flin Flon, in the WHA before being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. He is best known for scoring the winning goal in second OT for the Canadiens against the Leafs on April 21, 1979.
- Sheldon Kennedy of Elkhorn had a spectacular Junior career, winning a World Junior title and a Memorial Cup a year later. He was a WHL all-star before joining the NHL ranks. Sheldon is now better known for his off-ice work as an advocate for victims of abuse.
- Curt Ridley, goaltender, born in Minnedosa, joined the Boston Bruins AHL team after a successful Junior career in Manitoba. He played for the Rangers and the Canucks and in the AHL, but is best known as the only goaltender to shut out a touring Soviet Union when the Canucks beat Moscow Spartak.
- “Cully” Wilson played in the Icelandic league in Winnipeg before his speed and style got him noticed by the National Hockey Association in 1912. Cully played across North America as the professional game was developed. He was a founding member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1926.
- Al Hares coached in Selkirk for over 33 years, including for the Steelers Junior club which he led to three Turnbull Cups and one Anavet Cup. On the side “Mr. Hockey” coached the Junior B Fishermen to seven league titles.
- Andy Murray of Gladstone began coaching at 25 and by 30 was head coach at Brandon U. After a stint in the AHL, he was an assistant in the NHL for several teams including the Winnipeg Jets before head coaching the LA Kings and St. Louis Blues. He also won three gold medals as coach for the Canadian National team.
- John Paddock was born in Oak River and played Junior with the Wheat Kings before moving up to the NHL where he played with Washington and Philadelphia. He is remembered for scoring the Game 6 tying goal in the Stanley Cup final between the Flyers and Islanders. As a NHL and AHL coach he has taken teams to play-off appearances and championship finals, winning two Calder Cups.
- Dianne Woods established and developed the female hockey program in Manitoba. Until her untimely death in 2011, she promoted equal participation for girls and women while Executive Director of Hockey Winnipeg and also supported funding assistance for players to offset the high costs of minor hockey.
- Gerry Varnes began officiating in the elementary and junior high leagues before moving up to the Winnipeg B Bantam League and then to the MJHL in 1957 as a referee in the two referee system. He oversaw university leagues, the Headingly jail league and games involving Father Bauer’s Canadian National team. Gerry is praised by coaches as respectful, highly skilled and very fair.
- Scott Oake arrived in Winnipeg in 1975 to anchor the sports desk at CBC Winnipeg’s 24 Hours. He covered all aspects of sport in Winnipeg before joining the Hockey Night in Canada broadcasting team. Full time with HNIC since 1995-96, Scott has been co-host of the late night double header and rinkside host.
- 1953-54 Dauphin Kings played in the Big Six Intermediate league founded in 1949. The 1953-54 team built on the success of previous years, winning the league championship on their way to the Western Canadian Championship, which they won in 6 games.
- 1979-80 Transcona Railers were established in 1976 and quickly became a force in Junior B, winning the league championship in their second year. In 1979-80 the Railers won the league and the provincial titles and went on to win the Keystone Cup. The team was awarded the Manitoba Order of Sport Merit medal for their winning year.
- 1975-76 Deloraine Royals were more than a hockey team, helping to build a minor hockey system in the southwest Manitoba town after their founding in 1967. Their playing success was inspiring, with 6 league titles, and four provincial Intermediate titles between 1973-1979. The 1975-76 Deloraine Royals won the league title, the provincial championship and the Manitoba-Saskatchewan championship.
The 2015 Player, Builder, Official, Media and Team nominees will become official members of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame at the bi-annual induction dinner later this year on October 3. “The dinner is formal recognition of the contributions made by our Inductees and a celebration of the hockey community in Manitoba,” said Don Kuryk, President of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.
For more information please contact:
Don Kuryk, President, Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Jordy Douglas, Vice-President, Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
MANITOBA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
2015 INDUCTION DINNER
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
The 2015 Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3rd , 2015 at the CanadInns Polo Park at 6:15 PM. Radio personality Joe Aiello will return as the evening's MC.
Tickets cost $125.00 each or $1150.00 for a table of 10, and are available through;
Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame Inc.,
23 Carlyle Bay,
Winnipeg, MB R3K 0H2
Tickets will be sent out early September once seating arrangements have been made.
Past Induction dinners have been completely sold out so it is suggested that you reserve your tickets early.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ART STRATTON ON HIS SELECTION TO THE AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE HALL OF FAME ... more
2015 MANITOBA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME NEWSLETTER
The 2015 Winter newsletter is now available online ... more
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Welcomes Nominations from the Public
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes nominations for induction from the public on an ongoing basis. Categories for nomination are player, builder, official, media and team. In order for candidates to be considered for induction in 2017 a signed and completed nomination form must be received at the Hall of Fame office, 652 Foxgrove Ave, Winnipeg MB R2E 0A7 by Dec. 15, 2016. A nomination form with guidelines for nomination is available for downloading on the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame website: http://www.mbhockeyhalloffame.ca/mhhof_nomination.html. If a print copy is required, contact the Hall of Fame at 1-204-803-3144.
Any questions in regard to the nomination procedure should be directed to independent selection committee chair Jordy Douglas at 1-204-661-6777.
Download the nomination forms here
If you require a printed copy, contact the Hall of Fame @ 204-803-3144.
Note: In order for the candidate to be considered for induction in 2017, the signed and completed nomination form must be received at the Hall of Fame office, 652 Foxgrove Avenue. Winnipeg MB R2E 0A7 by December 15, 2016.
FRANK MCKINNON HONOURED WITH ORDER OF CANADA
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame congratulates Honoured Member Frank McKinnon upon receiving the Order of Canada for his role in fostering amateur sport in his province, notably as Commissioner of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. more ...
ED SWEENEY MEMORIAL AWARDS
AND MEMORIAL RESEARCH GRANTS
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the creation of a new program of awards and grants. The new initiative will be called the Ed Sweeney Memorial Awards and Grants Program. It is named in honour of Ed Sweeney, who passed away in 2013. Sweeney was inducted into our Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005, in recognition of his tireless efforts to discover and publicize the history of hockey in Manitoba and the worldwide hockey achievements of Manitobans.
For more details, visit our news page.
Manitoba's Hockey History
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