New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame

Six to be inducted into New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame (08/03/18)

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March 18, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Six new inductees will be added to the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame's honour roll in 2008.

The names of the honorees 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 in Fredericton, at the Fredericton Inn, on Saturday, May 31.

The inductees are:

  • Maurice Dowling, of Riverview, who joins the Sports Hall of Fame in the veteran's category. Dowling competed in both hockey and golf as an amateur and a professional. He competed in the Canadian Amateurs from 1939 to 1963, and professionally in the CPGA a total of 29 times. He won the Maritime PGA seven times between 1969 and 1976, and the Super Senior Division 3 times. His hockey career included several junior and senior amateur championships, and an AHL championship title with the Hibbing Monarchs (1939-40 season);
  • Marianne Limpert, formerly of Fredericton, a highly accomplished swimmer who competed in various national and international competitions from 1989 to 2005, winning a total of 19 medals (seven gold, six silver, and six bronze). She is a three-time Olympian and 1996 Olympic silver medalist in swimming;
  • Scott Pellerin, formerly of Shediac, a talented hockey player who played 12 years of professional hockey with the NHL and AHL between 1993 and 2004. He won numerous awards and championships, including the Hobey Baker Memorial Award (top U.S. collegiate player) in 1992;
  • Yvon Vautour, of Saint John, a dedicated hockey player whose career spanned from 1973 to 1985. His noteworthy career included playing for the QMJHL (1973-76), IHL (1976-77), Central Hockey League (1977-79), NHL (1979-84), and AHL (1984-85);
  • 1972-73 Saint John Mooseheads, winners of the Hardy Cup, which is presented to teams who have won the national championship in the Senior AA class of amateur hockey in Canada. The Saint John Mooseheads were only the third New Brunswick team to win this honour (previous winners included the Bathurst Alpines, and the Campbellton Tigers); and
  • Edward Winchester, of Saint John, a gifted competitive rower from 1987 to 2000. He competed at the national and international levels, and was a team spare for the 2000 Olympic Games. He has several podium finishes at the World Championships, World Cup and Royal Canadian Henley Regatta to his credit. Despite a back injury in 1998, he came back to win gold at the 2000 World Championships in lightweight men's pair.

With the latest elections, membership in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame stands at 201.

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. The hall is located at 503 Queen St., Fredericton.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Background information on the six new inductees follows. 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.

Backgrounder

Maurice "Mousie" Dowling, golf and hockey, athlete

A resident of the Moncton area for over 58 years, Maurice Dowling was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on May 2, 1919. Dowling's hockey career took off in 1937 when he was top scorer for the Charlottetown Abbies during the 1937-38 season. That season his team won the provincial championship. He began a pro career in the fall of 1938, playing for the Kansas City Greyhounds of the United States League, and then the Hibbing Monarchs, based in Minnesota, of the International American Hockey League. The following season, 1939-40, his team won the IAHL championship.

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In 1941 he enlisted into the Canadian Army to serve his country during WWII. From 1941 to 1945 he continued to play hockey with service teams, and went to the Army Finals in England in 1943, and again in Holland in 1945.

Upon his return from the war, Dowling played on the Charlottetown Legion team with New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame honoured member Gordie Drillon, winning the Maritime Intermediate championship in 1946. In 1946-47, he had a tryout with the Montreal Royals, and then relocated to Moncton to join the Moncton Hawks, where he competed for the Maritime Senior championship. In 1947-48, he tried out for the New York Rangers, and remained with the Rangers farm club in Minnesota.

After moving from Minnesota to train with the St. Paul Saints in Calgary, Dowling began the season with Tacoma, Wash., of the Pacific Coast League. He moved back to the Maritimes during the 1947-48 season, and joined the Sydney Millionaires. The Millionaires won the Maritime Senior championship, then lost to the Toronto Marlboros in the Eastern Canadian Allan Cup final. He moved on to play with the Saint John Beavers during the 1949-50 hockey season, then with the Moncton Hawks during the 1950-51 season, before retiring from hockey.

A talented golfer, Dowling excelled in the sport from 1939 to 2001. His brilliant career includes numerous championship titles. Between 1939 and 1962 he was an eight-time member of the New Brunswick - Prince Edward Island Willington Cup team, and played at the national level at the Canadian Amateur Championships on 10 occasions. He won the Island Amateur title twice in 1948 and 1949, and the Island Open in 1968. He was Maritime Amateur champion in 1950, and runner-up in 1951 and 1953, setting a course record of 67 in Saint John in 1953. Between 1969 and 1976 Dowling won the title of Maritime Senior Champion seven times. He turned professional in 1965, and held pro positions at the Moncton Golf and Country Club and Mountain Ridge from 1965 to 1979. He played in the CPGA 29 times, and won the Super Seniors division three times. He was inducted into the Prince Edward Island Sports Hall of Fame in 1981, the Moncton Wall of Fame in 1989, and the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Sydney Millionaires in 2000.

Marianne Limpert, swimming, athlete

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Born on Oct.10, 1972 in Matagami, Que., Marianne Limpert spent her childhood in New Brunswick when her family relocated to Fredericton. After graduating from Fredericton High School in 1990, she left the province to attend university and pursue her love of competitive swimming.

Over the course of 15 years her remarkable ability as a competitive swimmer led to a total of 19 medals (seven gold, six silver, and six bronze), with several record finishes. Most notably she participated in three consecutive Summer Olympic Games: in Barcelona, Spain, in 1992; in Atlanta, U.S. (where she won silver in the 200-metre individual medley) in 1996; and in Sydney, Australia, in 2000.

Her many championship wins include two gold medals at the Canada Summer Games in 1989; a bronze medal in 1993 at the Pan Pacific Games; and a silver medal in 1997, also at the Pan Pacific Games. In 1998, Limpert was chosen to represent Canada as the national flag-bearer at the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia, where she went on to win gold. She would return to the Commonwealth Games in 2002 to win bronze. She competed in 7 FINA World Championships, winning gold in 1995 (4 x 200-metre free relay); and silver (100-metre individual medley) and bronze medals (200-metre individual medley) in 2000. She also won two silver (200-metre freestyle and 200-metre individual medley) and a bronze (100-metre freestyle) at the 1995 Pan American Games; and two gold (4 x 100-metre free relay and 4 x 200-metre free relay) and two bronze (100-metre individual freestyle and 200-metre individual medley) at the 1999 Pan American Games.

She retired from competitive swimming with a first-place finish in the 200-metre individual medley at the Santa Clara International Swim Meet in 2004. In 2005, she was an honorary team captain for Team New Brunswick at the Canada Summer Games. Two years later she was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. She currently lives in Vancouver, B.C.

Scott Pellerin, hockey, athlete

The Town of Shediac may be renowned for its tourist appeal and beautiful beach, but for Scott Pellerin it was minor hockey during the winter months in this small town that would shape his life.

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Born Jan. 9, 1970, Pellerin was an outstanding hockey player who began winning championship titles and awards at an early age. While playing AAA Midget during his years in minor hockey he was selected as an all-star forward in the Air Canada Cup in 1986. The following year his team won the silver medal at the same event. He would go on to win the Centennial Cup with the Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL Tier II Canada) in 1987-88. During his junior hockey career Pellerin's team won the national championship in 1988, and he was a member of Team Canada, capturing gold in the 1990 World Junior Championship.

Pellerin played for the University of Maine, where he received a full scholarship. In 1989, the New Jersey Devils drafted him. He continued his studies and hockey career in Maine for an additional three seasons. During this time he was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year (1989); Most Valuable Player of the University Hockey East League Tournament and Player of the Year (1992); All-American at the national level (1992); and was the recipient of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award (top U.S. collegiate player, 1992).

During the 1992-93 season, Pellerin divided his time between the New Jersey Devils and the AHL's Albany River Rats, where he won the Calder Cup in 1995. He continued to move back and forth between the NHL and AHL for a number of seasons. He played for several NHL teams (among them the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes) from the 1997-98 season until the 2002-03 season, and was a member of the President's Trophy-winning St. Louis Blues in 2000. He returned to alternating between the NHL and AHL during his last pro season in 2003-04. In all, Pellerin played 12 years of pro hockey, with 939 games and 527 points, before retiring in 2004.

He was inducted into the University of Maine Hall of Fame in 1997. He currently resides with his family in Windham, N.H., and is assistant coach of the AHL's Manchester Monarchs.

Yvon Vautour, hockey, athlete

Born in Saint John on Sept. 10, 1956, Yvon Vautour played 204 National Hockey League games, scoring 26 goals and 33 assists with the New York Islanders, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils, and Quebec Nordiques.

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He began playing for the Saint John Schooners in the New Brunswick Junior Hockey League from 1971 to 1973, then, at the age of 16, signed on to play for the Laval Nationales of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he finished his major junior career ('73 to '76). During that span, he scored 115 goals and 139 assists in 193 games, and served as team captain during his last year. He was, in fact, the captain of every team for which he played during his time in the minor pros.

The following season he was sent to play for the Muskegon Mohawks of the International Hockey League before moving on the play for the Central Hockey League's Fort Worth Texans. He played two full seasons for the Texans ('77 to '79), where he made a reputation for himself as a rugged winger. His team won the Adams Cup and a league championship in 1978.

Vautour began his NHL career with the New York Islanders in the 1979-80 season before being traded to the Colorado Rockies, where he played from 1980 to 1982. He then moved to the New Jersey Devils for parts of the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons. He spent some time in the American Hockey League and Central Hockey League before returning to the NHL to play for the Quebec Nordiques for the 1984-85 season. In all, he played 10 years in the world of professional hockey.

Following his retirement from the NHL he went on to play senior hockey in New Brunswick. In later years, Vautour became involved in coaching minor hockey in the Saint John area, and was an assistant coach for the Saint John Flames of the AHL, winning the Calder Cup in 2001. He currently resides in Quispamsis, with his family.

1972-73 Saint John Mooseheads, hockey, team

In 1973 the Saint John Mooseheads became only the third hockey team in New Brunswick to win the Canadian Intermediate A Championship (now referred as the Senior AA Championship), also known as the Hardy Cup. The win was also a first for the City of Saint John.

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The Mooseheads ended the regular season with a 13-9-0 record, which placed them second in the provincial league. During the playoffs, the team played 18 games, with a record of 14-4. They began by defeating Newcastle four games to one, followed by a similar four-games-to-one record against the Charlottetown Royals. They moved on to play the Amqui Aces of the Quebec League, where they were pounded 13-2 in the first game of a best-of-three series. The team played its next two games at home in Saint John, and this gave them the advantage they needed to turn things around. They overpowered the Aces by scores of 6-2 and 4-2, winning the New Brunswick Championship. The third game drew a crowd of nearly 4,000 spectators.

During the Eastern Canadian Championship the Mooseheads hosted the Clarenville Caribous of Newfoundland. They defeated the Caribous two games to none, which took them to the Eastern Canadian Final. They played against the Embrun Panthers of Ontario at home where crowds of fellow New Brunswickers filled the arena to cheer them on. The Mooseheads won the first game 5-4, lost the second 7-6, and won the third 7-6 in overtime.

At last, they met the Rosetown Red Wings, of Sask., who had won 15 of 16 Western Canadian post-season games to earn the right to compete for the Hardy Cup in Saint John's Lord Beaverbrook Rink. The national championship was a best-of-five series, and the Mooseheads won the first two games by identical scores of 4-3. In the third game, however, Rosewood beat them 3-2. The team would come back in the fourth game, on April 23, 1973, by a score of 3-2 to win the Canadian Intermediate A Championship, three games to one.

Members of the 1972-73 Saint John Mooseheads were Blair Forsythe, Gary McGraw, Wayne Johnson, John Dalton, Gary Marsh, Barry Smith, Vic Comeau, Phil Doiron, Wayne Taylor, Jim Andrews, Earl Rice, Gerard Smith, Tony McGuire, John Jarvis, Ray LaPoint, Dave Nicholson, Billy Small, Doug Britton, Norm Guimond, Bob Holder, Alf Handrahan, Lincoln MacKenzie, Jack Woodhouse (manager), Doug MacPhee (coach), and Art Coleman (assistant manager).

Edward Winchester, rowing, athlete

A skilled rower, Edward Winchester began his rowing career at the Kennebecasis Rowing Club while growing up in his hometown of Rothesay. He began rowing competitively in 1987, and gained several notable championship titles.

He won a total of three national titles while competing in the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, winning gold in the lightweight pair in 1994, lightweight eight in 1997, and the open men's eight in 2000.

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Winchester has won numerous world championships, as well as bronze medals at the 1996 and 1997 World Championships in the lightweight men's eight competition. In 1998 however, disaster struck when he herniated three discs in his back. For most rowers this would end their rowing careers, but after undergoing surgery and rehabilitation, he worked his way back into competitive shape.

He returned to the national team in 1999, but had lost his ranking and therefore did not have an assigned position or boat to row. He had to work through being labelled an injured athlete who many believed could never regain the athletic ability he once had. He overcame the obstacles and won several team selection competitions. He won the silver medal in the 1999 lightweight men's eight at the World Cup, and just missed the podium when he finished fourth at the World Championships in the lightweight men's pair that same year.

In 2000, Winchester served as team spare for the lightweight Canadian Olympic men's rowing team. The same year, he demonstrated his strength and perseverance by entering the lightweight men's pair competition with partner Ben Storey of Whitehorse, Yukon. They won gold, the only Canadian world gold medallists that year.

Edward Winchester currently resides in New Hampshire, U.S., with his wife, Allison, and family.

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