New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame

New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame to induct six (07/03/14)

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March 14, 2007

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Six names will be added to the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame honour roll for 2007. The names of the honourees were announced today by Joe Richard, chairman of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame's board of governors. The dinner and induction ceremony will be held at the Miramichi Agricultural Exhibition Centre on June 9.

The inductees are:

  • Mark Fawcett, formerly of Saint John, a world-renowned snowboarder with 14 World Cup titles and three U.S. Open championships. He represented Canada at the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games;
  • William MacGillivary of Fredericton, who was a strong leader in developing programming in hockey on a local, provincial, national and international level for nearly 40 years;
  • Ewart "Sonny" Phillips of Fredericton Junction, a leading hitter, two-time all-star and MVP softball catcher at the National Senior Championships. He excelled at the provincial and national level for 27 years;
  • Carl Schell of Saint John, often referred to as Mr. Judo, who played an instrumental role in bringing the sport of judo to New Brunswick, by forming the first judo club in the province and devoting over 48 years to the development of the sport;
  • Stacy Wilson of Salisbury, Olympic silver medalist and four-time World Championship gold medalist in women's hockey; and
  • Armand Bernard of Rogersville, a freestyle wrestler who won the Canadian Championship in 1951, '52, '54 and '56, and represented Canada in the 1952 Olympics. Bernard joins the Sports Hall of Fame in the veterans' category.

With the latest elections, membership in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame stands at 195.

Following is background information on the six inductees:

Mark Fawcett: snowboarder, athlete

Mark Fawcett began snowboarding in 1985 on golf courses and back hills, using an old plastic board with a skateboard mounted on top. He helped put snowboarding on the map after convincing the ski-specific school Carrabassett Valley Academy in Kingfield, Me., to allow him to attend as the first snowboarder. Since then the Academy has had four coaches and over 20 athletes attending. Shortly after attending the Academy, Fawcett began competing.

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Fawcett moved to Oregon in the early '90s in order to train where proper coaching and facilities were available. Without funding, he lived for three summers in a tent, making and selling cookies to local windsurfers in order to support himself. He excelled at the giant slalom and super giant slalom events, and was recognized as one of the fastest racers. By 1993, he placed third in the World Cup. Between 1991 and 2002, the Rothesay native would finish on the World Cup podium an additional 13 times, including four first-place standings. He also placed first in three U.S. Opens over the span of his 15-year career.

In 1997, Fawcett was named the ISF Snowboarder of the Year, Worldwide.

In 1998, Fawcett was first pick for the Canadian Olympic snowboard team, and represented Canada in his first Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Showing brilliant results in his first two runs down the slope, an unfortunate equipment failure during his last run did not allow him to finish the competition. Some say that it was his New Brunswick upbringing, others say it is just his nature, but Mark Fawcett's world-class sportsmanship in accepting defeat gracefully was recognized by many.

In 2002, Fawcett was determined to complete what he was unable to in the previous Olympic Games, and represented Canada for the second time at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He placed 17th in the parallel giant slalom.

After retiring from competition in 2002, Fawcett hosted and co-produced the TV show Sacred Ride. The show featured Fawcett and guest riders riding mountains throughout North and South America.

In 2005, Fawcett was named assistant coach of the Canadian alpine snowboard team, and in the following year was named head coach and led the team to the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. He is currently head coach of the Olympic Canadian alpine snowboard team, which will compete in Vancouver, B.C. in 2010.

Fawcett resides in Nelson, B.C., with his spouse, Shelly Kindred, his stepson, Jacob, and daughter, Phoebe Sabriah.

William MacGillivary: hockey, builder

When it comes to hockey, William MacGillivary did it all. He dedicated 39 years of his life to the development of hockey in New Brunswick. His influence would be felt on a local, provincial, national and international level.

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Born in Florence, N.S., MacGillivary earned his bachelor of physical education degree from UNB in 1962 before obtaining his master's degree at the University of Alberta in 1965. He earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin in 1977.

From 1965-67, MacGillivary was assistant coach at McMaster University; from 1967-77, head coach for the University of New Brunswick; and from 1979-84, co-coach for the Fredericton Youth Hockey Association. From conducting coaching and administrative clinics to serving in an advisory capacity, MacGillivary volunteered his time to the community on numerous occasions.

For about 20 years at the provincial level he assumed a lead role in the provision of development programs. In 1972 he accepted the position of technical director for Hockey New Brunswick, and established a regional structure to provide training clinics for coaches, officials and administrators. He remained in this role until 1985.

In 1983, MacGillivary established and organized the first provincial and Atlantic under-17 hockey evaluation camp at UNB, leading to the first Atlantic under-17 team. Twenty-four years later, these camps continue under the leadership of Hockey New Brunswick and the Atlantic Centre of Excellence.

From 1983-2005, MacGillivary volunteered his time to sit on the board of Special Olympics New Brunswick, where he became vice-president during the last five years of his tenure.

On a national level, MacGillivary represented New Brunswick on the National Technical Advisory Committee for Hockey from 1972-90. He served on this group, and eventually became director of the Hockey Canada Hockey Development Council. In this capacity he provided essential leadership to the establishment of such development programs as the coaching certification program, the national referees certification program, and the model programs for players. In addition, he conducted several research projects for Hockey Canada, including Body Checking in Minor Hockey, and led workshops for women's hockey.

In 1989, MacGillivary was named to the Canada Games staff for New Brunswick, and in 1990 he became vice-chairman of the board of Hockey Canada. He was elected executive vice-chairman in 1991, and assumed the chair of the national body in 1993, where he served a two-year term. In this capacity he became the first New Brunswicker to assume the top volunteer position in the sport of hockey in Canada. He later served another two years as past-chairman of Hockey Canada.

From 2000-03, MacGillivary sat on the board of Special Olympics Canada.

On the international level, MacGillivary volunteered his time on several occasions to co-direct a tour of 50 minor hockey coaches to Moscow, helped organize hockey seminars in Australia, and assisted a touring 1988 U.S.S.R. national team on an Atlantic tour with the Canadian national team. He assumed the chairmanship of Hockey Canada, and became a voting member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), where he represented Canada at numerous semi-annual and annual IIHF events, including congresses and World and Olympic Championships, from 1993-95.

From 1993-97, he served as a board member for the Canadian Olympic Association.

In 1994, MacGillivary became the official delegate for the Canadian Hockey Association at the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. He was named to the Canadian Olympic Games mission staff for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2002, and was awarded the United Nations Year of the Volunteer medal that same year.

Over the years, MacGillivary was earned numerous awards and recognitions. In 1988 he was the first person to be named life member for Hockey New Brunswick, and received awards from the Fredericton Youth Hockey Association, the University of New Brunswick, Hockey New Brunswick, Canadian Interuniversity Sport, and Hockey Canada for contributions to hockey. He was inducted into the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame in 1995.

As a testament to his commitment to sports in New Brunswick, MacGillivary served as board member for Fredericton Sports Investments from 1995 until his death in September, 2006.

Ewart "Sonny" Phillips: softball, athlete

Often regarded as one of the best softball players to ever come out of New Brunswick, Ewart Phillips, better known as Sonny, began playing for the Hoyt Schooners, an intermediate softball team, in 1968. His superb skills as a catcher and hitter would lead to a softball career spanning 27 years. By 1973, Phillips and his teammates had won three New Brunswick and Maritime championships at the intermediate men's softball league level.

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In 1974, Phillips began playing in the Senior Men's League in Fredericton. Over the next 21 years, he played on various Fredericton teams, winning a total of 14 New Brunswick senior championships, followed by representing the province at the senior men's nationals. Twice when his Fredericton team did not win the provincial title his reputation as an outstanding catcher, hitter and competitor led him to be recruited by Saint John teams to go to the nationals as their starting catcher. In total, Phillips represented New Brunswick at 17 Canadian Senior Men's Fast-Pitch Softball Championships across Canada.

In 1978, Phillips was recruited to play for the Victoria Budgets, and subsequently played against the best fastball players in the world at the Pan-American Games in Puerto Rico. With Phillips as their starting catcher, the team won the gold medal.

Among his many recognitions he was named both all-star catcher and top hitter of the Canadian championship in 1978, and all-star catcher of the 1981 and 1984 Canadian championships.

At the 1990 Canadian championship, despite playing with deteriorating knees, Phillips managed to bat .500 against very strong pitching in the round-robin portion of the tournament. He was named MVP of the tournament, which was held in Sarnia, Ont. In 1991, he was again named MVP for the New Brunswick Softball Senior Championship.

Phillips played for the P.E.I.-based Atlantic all-star team in 1993 at the International Softball Congress (ISC) championship held in Wisconsin. In 1994 he retired after playing for the Fredericton Alpines in the same ISC tournament, which was held in Summerside, P.E.I.

In 1999, Phillips was inducted into the New Brunswick Softball Hall of Fame, the Fredericton Wall of Fame and the Canadian Softball Hall of Fame as an individual athlete. The following year he was inducted into the New Brunswick Softball Hall of Fame as a member of the Hoyt Schooners. The Oromocto Hall of Fame inducted him in 2001 as an individual athlete, in 2002 as a member of the Hoyt Schooners, and in 2003 as a member of the Fredericton Junction Piranhas volleyball team. Phillips currently resides in New Maryland, New Brunswick with his wife, Coleen.

Carl "Dutchy" Schell: judo, builder

Often referred to as either the father of judo in New Brunswick or Mr. Judo, Carl Schell was born in Saint John, and discovered his life-long passion for judo in 1955. This led to the birth of judo in the province. Schell's incredible devotion to the betterment of the sport in New Brunswick would span over 48 years.

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At the age of 29, Schell joined the YMCA to learn judo from Heinz Wazel and George Taenzer who, themselves, were only green belts. By 1958, Schell formed the first judo club, housed at the YMCA in Saint John, where he also served as club president. A year later he formed the Shimpokai Judo Club on separate premises in Saint John, influencing the lives of hundreds students over the next 48 years. In 1962, the club produced its first black belts. In later years, some of his students would go on to national and international acclaim.

Over the years, Schell became involved in the development of judo on numerous levels. In 1961 he formed the New Brunswick Black Belt Association, served as president of Judo New Brunswick from 1961-66, and served again from 1982-85. He was a national councilor in judo for New Brunswick from 1961-74, and from 1966-71 served as secretary and treasurer for Judo New Brunswick. He would serve as secretary again in 1986.

In 1977, tragedy struck the Shimpokai Judo Club when a fire broke out, and all of the club's equipment was lost. Within six months, Schell had the club up and running again. He would not allow any student to be turned away due to a lack of funds, and always believed that his young athletes came first, while winning competitions was secondary.

Schell became chairman of the technical and grading committees with Judo New Brunswick, and junior judo co-ordinator in 1979. The following year he became coach of the Judo New Brunswick team for the national competitions.

In 1982, Schell's devotion and experience made him the obvious choice to serve as representative for Judo New Brunswick at the Canada Games.

Schell continued to dedicate his time to the growth of judo by becoming executive director of Judo New Brunswick from 1986-88, serving as Atlantic vice-president of Judo Canada.

In 1988, Schell was named the first honourary member of Judo New Brunswick. He was inducted into the Saint John Hall of Fame in 2001, and into the Judo Canada Hall of Fame in 2002. He has continued to make his home in Saint John, where he lives with his wife, Pat.

Stacy Wilson: hockey, athlete

Stacy Wilson of Salisbury began her remarkable career in women's hockey by playing minor hockey with boys until reaching the bantam level. Women's hockey was not an established community sport in Salisbury, so after her last year of bantam she stopped playing hockey and began to pursue badminton and other high-school sports. Her natural athletic ability allowed her to excel in badminton at the provincial and Maritime level.

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A full five years after her last hockey game, Wilson took up her stick and skates again while in her second year at Acadia University. She and other committed female hockey players created a women's hockey team at the university. Since women's varsity hockey did not exist, the players took the form of a club team. They wore discarded varsity men's hockey sweaters, practiced twice a week (if they were lucky enough to get the ice time), and raised funds to play in a few tournaments. Wilson and her teammates won two Nova Scotia provincial championships, and represented Nova Scotia at the Women's National Championship in 1986 and 1987.

After graduating from Acadia University in 1987 with the highest standing in physical education and recreation majors among her graduating class, Wilson returned to the Moncton area where she joined the Moncton Blades, a senior women's hockey team. Without a senior women's hockey league in the province, Wilson and her team were forced to arrange competitive games against men's minor hockey teams and men's old-timer teams, and to travel to Quebec in order to play competitive women's teams. From 1988-98, the team represented New Brunswick at the Women's National Hockey Championship.

In 1990, Wilson was selected to the Canadian women's hockey team. The team won gold at the World Championship that year. They would win gold again at the World Championship in 1992, and a third time in 1994.

Wilson and her team would continue their winning record, both nationally and internationally, by bringing home the silver medal at the Esso National Championship, and the gold in the Pacific Rim Championship in 1995. In 1996 she and her team brought home gold in the Pacific Rim Championship, bronze in the Esso National Championship and gold in the Three Nations Cup. During this time, Wilson was chosen to serve as captain of the team at many of the championships, was selected as MVP of the 1995 Esso Woman's National Hockey Championship, and was awarded the Most Sportsmanlike Player Award at the 1996 Esso Women's National Hockey Championship.

In the summer of 1996 Wilson took a leave of absence from her teaching job in Salisbury, and moved to Calgary where she trained at the Olympic Oval High Performance Female Hockey Program in order to have the best possible chance to make the 1998 Canadian Olympic Team. Meanwhile, she continued to compete on the Canadian women's hockey team, and in 1997 won silver at the Three Nations Cup, and another gold at the World Championship.

In 1998 Wilson made her province and country proud as she represented Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Her calming influence and supportive attitude led her to be chosen by her teammates and coaching staff as captain of the first Canadian women's Olympic team. Wilson and her team won the silver medal at the Games. After the win, Wilson's incredible strength and character showed as she gathered her team around a music box, and along with the music and many tears, sang our national anthem.

Wilson was named New Brunswick Female Athlete of the Year in 1998. In 1999, she was inducted into the Salisbury Hall of Fame, became the first female to be inducted into the Acadia University Hockey Honour Roll, was inducted into the Esso Champions Wall of Fame of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, and wrote an award-nominated book, 'The Hockey Book for Girls' published by Kids Can Press in Toronto. After retiring as an athlete in 1998 she pursued her hockey career as a coach with the University of Minnesota Duluth in Minnesota, U.S., from 1999 to 2004. Her team won three NCAA Division I women's hockey national championships. In 2003, she was named American Association of College Coaches' women's hockey coaching staff of the year. Wilson currently resides in Dieppe.

Armand Bernard: freestyle wrestling, athlete

Born in Montreal, Armand Bernard's family moved to Rogersville in 1929, when he was just a toddler. Bernard spent his entire childhood in Rogersville. He began his career in freestyle wrestling in 1948 after marrying Alida Caissie (now deceased) and moving to Montreal to pursue employment with Northern Electric. He continued his education by correspondence in order to receive his high-school diploma. Just one year later, in the spring of 1949, the small-town New Brunswicker won his first Quebec provincial novice championship. This was to be the first of many wins.

Bernard competed in matches that were 15 minutes long, unlike today's freestyle wrestling comprised of three two-minute periods, and each match was paid out-of-pocket by the athlete. During the years he competed, Bernard was unable to represent New Brunswick, as wrestling was not yet established in the Atlantic provinces. He therefore continued to compete in the province of Quebec.

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From 1951-59, Bernard won a total of eight City of Montreal championships, eight Quebec provincial championships, and four Canadian championships. Excluding 1953 and 1955, when he could not always afford to compete or travel, his wins were consecutive.

In 1952, Bernard earned the right to represent Canada at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, after defeating Mario Crete, who had represented Canada in the previous Olympic Games in 1948 in London, England. Bernard placed seventh overall in the 60-kilogram category.

Bernard retired from national competition in 1957 after losing his first-place national title, and focused more on family life with his wife and five children. After his retirement, Bernard began coaching in Montreal for the next few years before moving to Prince Albert, Sask., where he continued to coach Olympic freestyle wrestling from 1968-73. During this time, he coached student Andy Tashlikovitch to a World Junior Championship win in Edmonton Alta. in 1970.

Bernard returned to New Brunswick in 1983, and worked for six years at the Bathurst Community College, teaching stationary engineering. He continues to make his home in Bathurst.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Krista Morrissey, executive director, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, 506-453-8930, fax 506-459-0481, e-mail: krista.morrissey@gnb.ca.

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