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




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 are $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 being inducted into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame ... more


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2014 Grey Cup Ticket Winners

The 2014 Grey Cup winning tickets;
0-0 winner - Dan Lytle  $25.00
29-29 winner - Elanor Decock  $25.00

7-0 1st Quarter winner - Al Dyker  $200.00
7-0 1st Quarter reverse winner - Janice Brownlee  $50.00
14-0 Score change winner - Dave Bonnee  $25.00
17-0 Score change winner - Matt Lorenz  $25.00

17-7 Halftime score winner - Odette Fernandez  $200.00
7-17 Halftime reverse score winner - Colin Thompson  $50.00

20-7 3rd Quarter winner - Roger Remillard  $200.00
7-20 3rd Quarter reverse winner - Scott Watson  $50.00
20-10 Score change winner - Tim Finch  $25.00
20-13 Score change winner - Matthew Craig  $25.00

20-16 Final Score winner - Liisa Maki  $1000.00
16-20 Reverse Final score winner - Pat Jameson  $100.00

Thank you to all who supported with your ticket purchase!



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.


Beginning in 2015, and annually thereafter, a maximum of two Ed Sweeney Memorial Awards, each worth $500.00, will be presented to individuals or groups who recently have published or produced items that contribute significantly to knowledge of Manitoba’s hockey history. The items can be books, articles, films, television programs, radio programs, theatrical productions, internet productions, or public exhibitions. The winners will be chosen from items nominated on a form to be found here; ( Awards).

The deadline for submissions of the nominations is December 31, 2015. Anything published or produced from 2011 through 2015 will be eligible. Nominated items will be judged by a selection committee whose recommendations must be ratified by the Hall’s Board of Directors before announcements are made.

The Sweeney Award winners for 2015 will be announced in May 2016.


Beginning in 2015, and annually thereafter, Ed Sweeney Memorial Research Grants will be awarded to individuals or groups who plan to prepare a publication or production that promises to contribute significantly to awareness of Manitoba’s hockey history. The publication or production may be a book, an article, a film, a television program, a radio program, a theatrical production, an internet production, or a public exhibition. Researchers will be required to fill out an application form that can be found here; ( Grants).

The maximum amount that will be allocated for grants in any one year is $10,000.00, and the maximum amount that will be awarded to any one project is $5000.00.

The deadline for applications for 2016 grants is December 31, 2015. Applications will be judged by a selection committee whose recommendations must be ratified before announcements are made.

The recipients of the Sweeney Research Grants will be announced in May 2016.