2012 NOVA SCOTIA SPORT HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
FOR RELEASE MONDAY, June 4TH, 2012, 1:00PM
Another star-filled roster of athletes, teams and builders will be inducted to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame on November 3, 2012.
Leading the parade of athletes is world champion and Olympic medal-winner Steve Giles, a paddler from Lake Echo. Joining him will be Glen Murray of Bridgewater, a hockey all-star with an outstanding NHL record; Vince Horsman, a Dartmouth native with a five-year major-league baseball career; and Julie Barton, a Dartmouth-born champion table tennis player.
The 2001 King of Donair Men’s Soccer Club, which was the first Nova Scotian club team to win a national championship, will be inducted in the team category.
Antigonish native Jack Graham will enter the Hall as a builder for his dedication to Tennis in local, national and international capacities. Bridgetown’s late Howard Jackson will also be enshrined as a builder for his long-time service as a volleyball coach and official.
Bruce Rainnie, television news host at CBC Charlottetown and an accomplished sport play-by-play man, colour commentator and event host, will be master of ceremonies for the 13th time in what promises to be an evening filled with joy, humour, memories and heartfelt words.
Here is a closer look at the Nova Scotians who will be honoured for their accomplishments at the celebration in Halifax’s World Trade and Convention Centre this fall.
Steve Giles is a world champion, and he has a gold medal from the 1998 Senior World Championships to prove it. During the 16 years he spent with Canada’s canoe/kayak team, he competed in the Senior World Championships seven times, also winning two bronze— one in 1993 and one in 2002. These victories were all in single competitor events, as was Steve’s gold-medal win at the 1999 Pan American Games.
Steve has represented Canada in not one, but four Olympic Games— 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004— placing in the top eight each time. At the 2000 Games in Sydney, he claimed a bronze in the single canoe 1000-metre event.
Steve retired after the Athens Olympics and is now a full-time electrical engineer.
One of Nova Scotia’s all-time greatest hockey players, Glen Murray was a first-round draft pick for the Boston Bruins (and 18th overall) in 1991. Glen went on to have a stellar 16-year career, playing in 1,009 regular season games and 94 playoff games with Boston, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
The right-winger’s greatest offensive season was 2002-2003 when he scored 92 points (44 goals and 48 assists), finishing seventh in the NHL. He accumulated 651 regular season points, putting him in third-place for points scored by a Nova Scotian in the history of the NHL. The two-time all-star also played in two World Championships (1998 and 2004), winning gold in 2004.
In retirement, Glen lives in Los Angeles but has business interests in his hometown of Bridgewater.
Vince Horsman is one of only three Nova Scotians to have made it to the major leagues since the turn of the century. These three players played in 151 games. In his five years in the majors, spanning 1991 to 1995, Vince played in 141 games as a pitcher for Toronto, Oakland and Minnesota. His first season with the Oakland Athletics was his best. As a middle reliever Vince was 2-1 with a 2.49 earned run average in 58 games, helping the A’s win their division and go to the playoffs.
Vince also spent 12 years in the minors with five of those at the AAA level.For the past several years, Vince has worked with young pitchers in the Blue Jays’ farm system, currently as pitching coach with the Class A Lansing Lugnuts of Michigan.
As a table tennis prodigy, Julie Barton had a career full of firsts for both Nova Scotia and Canada. These firsts started in 1985 when she won the Junior National Championships in the under 13 category. In 1987 she became the first Nova Scotian and the youngest player ever to make the national team, representing Canada at the World Championships at the age of 14.
In 1988, at 15 years old, she became the Canadian Women’s Singles Champion, making her the youngest competitor in history to hold both the junior and senior Canadian singles titles.
Over her 10-year career she represented Canada at the Worlds three times, won seven national championships (in senior, junior, singles and doubles competition) and won two bronze medals at the 1991 Pan Am games.
2001 King of Donair Men’s Soccer Club
In 2001, King of Donair became the first Nova Scotia club team to win a national club championship at any level. They took the National Club Championship title without suffering any losses.
After crushing Saskatchewan 5-1, King of Donair faced British Columbia’s Victoria Gorge FC in the championship title game. Victoria Gorge was undefeated and had not been scored upon in its pool, but the Halifax players soon destroyed that record, finishing with a 4-1 victory over the BC team.
The Canadian Soccer Association listed Halifax King of Donair as the third most successful team in the history of the championships, and five of the team members were named Nova Scotia Soccer League all-stars. That year, they also won the Premier Division of the Nova Scotia Soccer League with 11 wins and three draws in 14 games.
Members of the 2001 team included the following: Mike Hasiuk, Tim Mullen, Carl MacGillvray, Dzevad Imocanin, Colin March, Jay Robinson, Ian Clark, Ewen Lyttle, Mesut Mert, Vinnie Mert, Blake Geddis, Rob Adams, Trevor Reddick, Gray Zurheide, Mike Brabent, Brian Wishart, Dan Fournier, Glen Sullivan, Peter Lawrence, Mark Gardiner, Eduardo Farias, Tim Stephenson, and coaches George Iatrou and Tony Eghan, along with managers Angelo Cianfaglione and Mourad Farid, and sponsor Vagelli Panopalis.
John (Jack) Graham
Jack Graham has built tennis locally, nationally and internationally for over 30 years. In 1981 he received the highest level of teaching designation from the US Professional Tennis Registry, which, at the time, was the largest organization in the world that certified tennis coaches. Starting as development coordinator for the Nova Scotia Tennis Association, he later became president of the association from 1995-2001.
During the three years he spent as Chair of Tennis Canada, he was responsible for revamping the entire Development Program and for opening training centres in Montreal and Toronto. In 2009 Jack became the first Canadian to be elected to the International Tennis Federation board of directors and he was re-elected in 2011.
A partner at Halifax law firm McInnes Cooper, Jack is a director of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, while continuing to serve as a board member and vice-chair of Tennis Canada.
Howard (Howie) Jackson was still playing volleyball when he decided to become an official in 1970. When he received international level certification in 1983, he was one of only 12 Canadians to hold that accreditation at the time.
Howard went on to officiate in a number of major international competitions including the World University Games and the Pan American Gams. As a member of Volleyball Canada’s National Referee Committee he was a supervisor and evaluator, becoming instrumental in the development of Canadian referees.
Over the course of 40 years, Howard made a significant impact in volleyball as an official, coach and educator at national and local levels as well. He coached at the Canada Games and at Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent Universities, leading clinics and development camps for many years. Also an accomplished track and field competitor and official, Howard was inducted as an athlete to the Bridgetown Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
We welcome you to join in recognizing these inspirational individuals on November 3rd at Halifax’s World Trade and Convention Centre. Tickets for Induction Night will be available in September at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. The Chronicle Herald will be the presenting sponsor for the event.