March 10, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Six inductees will be added to the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame's honour roll in 2009. Their names were announced today by John Estabrooks, chairman of the board of governors.
The inductees are:
Stephen Gough, formerly of Fredericton, is a highly accomplished short track speedskater, and member of the Canadian men's 5,000-metre relay team, which placed fourth at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. He competed in various provincial, national and international competitions from 1985-98, and while doing so set 15 New Brunswick, one Canadian, and two North American records. Since retiring from competition in 1998 he has remained active in the sport, and is currently a coach with the national short track team.
Frankie LeBlanc, of Dalhousie, will join the hall in the veteran's category. LeBlanc was a gifted hockey player who played on eight teams from 1929-40, including the 1932-33 Moncton Hawks (Allan Cup champions, inducted into the hall in 1970). LeBlanc died in a duck-hunting accident in 1942, at the age of 34.
Vicky LeBlanc, of Campbellton, had a 17-year softball career starting in 1986 with the Notre Dame softball team, and ended with the Saint John Alpines at the Senior Women's Canadian Championships in 2002. LeBlanc, who at the pinnacle of her career was said to be one of the world's best female fast-pitch pitchers, represented Canada at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
John Meagher, of Fredericton, will be inducted as a builder who had a profound impact on sport, recreation, and physical education for more than 50 years. Meagher was touted by some as the builder of New Brunswick's sport builders, and in 1957 he developed and headed the University of New Brunswick's School of Physical Education. As a UNB faculty member for 31 years, Meagher helped to educate and shape an estimated 2,500 graduates. Among other accomplishments, he was a much sought-after hockey clinician, and he was a leading volunteer in establishing the New Brunswick Games (1967-71), the formation of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame (1970) and the mobilization of Sport New Brunswick (1974-78). He died in September 2008.
Don Sweeney, formerly of St. Stephen, a talented hockey player who played 16 seasons in the NHL (15 with the Boston Bruins and one with the Dallas Stars). Sweeney retired in 2004 with an impressive 273 points (52 goals, 221 assists), and 681 penalty minutes during his 1,115 career regular season games. He is one of only two defencemen and four players in Bruins team history to play more than 1,000 games. After being drafted by the Bruins in1984, Sweeney went on to play college hockey for four seasons at Harvard University, where he made the Ivy League All-Star First Team in 1987. He was also a member of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 1997 World Championships. He is currently director of player development with the Bruins.
Lorne Wortman, of Moncton, will be inducted as a builder for his involvement in badminton. Wortman's contributions to the sport's development include his involvement as an administrator, official, and organizer at the local, provincial, national, and international levels. He was the first president of the New Brunswick Badminton Association, and represented New Brunswick on the Canadian Badminton Association for 18 years (1965-83) including three years as association president (1975-77).
With these latest inductions, membership in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame is 207. Additional information on the inductees may be had by calling 506-453-8930, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
This year's dinner and induction ceremony will be held at the Delta Brunswick in Saint John, on June 6. Ticket information may be found on the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame website.
The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1970 to recognize and honour outstanding New Brunswick athletes, teams and sport builders, and to preserve and celebrate New Brunswick's rich sports heritage. It is located at 503 Queen St., Fredericton.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Wolverton, executive director, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, 506-453-8930, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.