Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame

Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame

Dinner and Induction Ceremony

When

Saturday, May 4th, 2024.

Where

Delta Hotels by Marriott Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Rd.

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More information on how to reserve your spot will be posted closer to the event date.

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Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame

Baseball Dynasty

A baseball dynasty built entirely of Fredericton-born players will lead the parade of sporting greats onto the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame in 2024.
 
The Fredericton Peterbilt DQ Royals, a team that won five straight New Brunswick Senior Baseball League championships between 2006 and 2010 and captured two bronze medals at consecutive Canadian senior baseball championships, headline the cast which will be saluted at induction ceremonies May 4 at the Delta Marriott Hotel.
 
The other inductees include longtime Fredericton Daily Gleaner sports writers Bruce Hallihan and Bill Hunt; multi-sport athlete, coach and administrator Carol Mulholland; and longtime rugby coach Bob Cockburn.
Longtime football coach Vince Sturgeon will be presented with the Dr. William McGillivary Award as the volunteer of the year; and, with the cancellation of the event due to COVID-19 in 2023, two local athletes will be honoured as winners of the Myer and Jack Budovitch Award as the city’s top athlete.
 
Baseball player Max Grant, who was a second team All-American in 2022 as a member of the Canisius College Golden Griffins of Buffalo, N.Y., will be recognized as the 2022 winner, while hockey player Josh Lawrence, who scored 50 goals and 119 points while splitting the Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League season between the Blaineville-Boisbriand Armada and the Halifax Mooseheads last season, earned the 2023 award. He finished second in scoring in the QMJHL in the regular season and tied for first in playoff scoring with 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in 21 post-season games. He was a second team all-star overall in the Canadian Hockey League, which embraces the three major junior hockey leagues in Canada, the Quebec Maritimes, Ontario, and Western hockey leagues.
 
Grant’s 2022 season was one for the ages: he led the Golden Griffins to the championship in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, was named the Player of the Year and voted to the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association All-America second team.
He led the conference with a .398 batting average, hit 10 home runs and drove in 53. His 90 hits tied for third most all-time in a single season in the MAAC. During the MAAC Baseball Championships, Grant batted .444 (8-for-18) with two home runs, a double, six RBI, and six runs scored.
 
Grant is playing his final college baseball season with the Division 1 NCAA University of Alabama Tide; while Lawrence is wrapping up his first professional season in Switzerland, where he leads his team in scoring.
 
The Royals, a perennial contender in the senior baseball circuit, reeled off five straight championships, including three straight years when they won at least 22 games in the 30-game regular season. Over the five championship seasons, the Royals’ overall record was 97-50, for a .660 winning percentage.
 
Hunt and Hallihan worked together for 34 years, covering the major stories on the Fredericton sports scene. Hunt joined the Gleaner in 1985; Hallihan in 1988, joining a staff led by sports editor David Ritchie. Hallihan succeeded the retiring Ritchie as sports editor in 2011. He won two Atlantic Journalism Awards, a gold in 2015 and a silver in 2016; the Sport New Brunswick Award for Outstanding Media Coverage in 2022; and, in 2020, became only the sixth Atlantic Canadian journalist to earn the Fred Sgambati Award for outstanding coverage of university sports, a national award first presented in 1972.
 
Hunt won the American Hockey League’s James H. Ellery Award for outstanding media coverage in 1991 for his coverage of the AHL’s Fredericton Canadiens. In 2018, he helped lead a grassroots campaign which resulted in the selection of Fredericton’s Willie O’Ree to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018, and in 2019 was elected to the Atlantic Journalism Hall of Fame, cited for “outstanding dedication and achievement in journalism in Atlantic Canada.”
 
Mulholland was multi-faceted, an elite athlete as a racquetball player and later a coach; a two-time coach of the year and a strong administrator, executive director of two provincial sport organizations at the same time at one point; the New Brunswick Raqucetball Association and Athletics New Brunswick. She continues to train and mentor elite athletes in several sports.
 
Cockburn, inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame last year, will be honoured for his 31-year career as coach of the UNB Ironmen team.
 
He captured 15 Maritime University championships, three Caledonia Cup Maritime senior championships, and seven McNair Cups as New Brunswick Rugby Union champions.
 
More than 1,000 players played under Cockburn’s tutelage, many of whom he introduced to the sport and went on to distinguished careers in the game.
Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame

General Information

Inaugurated in 1992, the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame can be viewed at the Delta Hotel. Annually in May, a reception and dinner are held at the Delta Fredericton to honour and induct the successful nominees (Athletes, Builders and Teams).

At this event, FSI also recognizes Fredericton’s Athlete of the Year with the Myer and Jack Budovitch Trophy, and longtime sports volunteers with the Bill MacGillivary Volunteer Award.

HISTORY OF THE WALL

At the May 16th, 1991 meeting of the Board of Fredericton Sports Investment Inc. a decision was made to establish a Sports Wall of Fame.
Fredericton Sports Investment Inc. thought it would be a good idea to honour local sports heroes. This was seen as particularly important for the Capital City of New Brunswick.

The group approached Fredericton City Council in May 1991 with the idea and Council strongly supported the concept.

It was unanimously agreed that the Wall should be established in the new Sheraton Hotel (now the Delta) with Mr. John Kileel doing the work to see that an appropriate space within the facility be made available. An extensive update to the Wall was done in 2014 under the direction of Sara Holyoke.

The criteria for selection to the Wall from nominated candidates were based on existing criteria from other established Halls and Walls of Fame throughout New Brunswick.

The Fredericton Wall of Fame seeks to honour athletes, builders and teams who have excelled on behalf of the City.

2022 INDUCTEE WALL OF FAME TEAM

UNB Red Bloomers


The University of New Brunswick Red Bloomers made basketball history in 1970 capturing the Canadian Junior A women’s basketball title in the days before there was a national university championship tournament.


The Bloomers, led by coach Sandy Robinson, won the Atlantic Universities Athletic Association championship in 1970 and headed west to compete against teams from Lethbridge, Brandon, Victoria and Toronto. The Bloomers weren’t expected to contend, even though they scored an average of 84 points per game and only allowed 32.5 that season. They won their games 70-32 over Victoria, 86-51 over Toronto and 63-58 over the host Lethbridge team in the tournament championship game.


Karen Lee was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament and Lee and Joyce Douthwright were named tournament all-stars. Lesley Olmstead, Karen Lee and Joyce Douthwright were invited to try out for the National Team in the summer of 1970.


Douthwright went on to play for the Canadian National Team and was captain of the team which competed at the Olympics in Montreal in 1976. Eight of the 10 Red Bloomers were New Brunswick natives.

2022 INDUCTEE WALL OF FAME ATHLETE

Rollie Sappier

 

Rollie Sappier was a rarity in the game of baseball — a catcher with speed. Four times in his seven-year New Brunswick Senior Baseball League career, he led the league in stolen bases. He was the league batting champion twice in 1975, when he hit .424 and 1976, when he hit .448, leading the league in steals both years. He was a key member of the Sutherland’s Marysville Royals 1981 Canadian Senior Baseball Championship team, catching all three games on the final day of the national tournament. He also won national silver as a member of the Chatham Ironmen.

 

Sappier also starred as a track athlete. He represented New Brunswick at the first Canada Games in 1969, competing in the 100, 220 and 440 yard events. He earned the Tom Longboat Award as the Indigenous Athlete of the Year in Eastern Canada in 1969.

 

Sappier also starred in volleyball, basketball, fast pitch and hockey, playing five seasons in the Republican Hockey League with the Florenceville Potato Kings. After retiring from senior baseball in 1982, Rollie coached junior high school basketball as well as intermediate and junior baseball teams.

 

Jane Thornton


Jane Thornton MD, PhD, started rowing at the Fredericton Rowing Club in the early 1990s and it took her to the Olympics and beyond.


From a novice rower in Fredericton, Thornton became a high school, university, national and World Champion and an Olympian.

 

The Fredericton native spent a decade on the national team, from 2001 to 2011. Thornton was a three-time national champion and a World Champion in women’s pairs in 2006. As stroke of the women’s eight, her team finished fourth at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. She won multiple World Cup medals in both the women’s pair and eight. A member of the Western University rowing team from 1997 to 2005, Thornton won a World University Rowing Championship gold medal in the women’s double sculls and a silver in the women’s single. A six-time national university champion, in 2005 she became the Canadian University Rowing Association’s inaugural female athlete of the year.


In 2006, Jane received the Rowing Canada Aviron Award of Merit, the highest award Rowing Canada confers, as well as Rowing Canada’s International Achievement Award.


Off the water, Thornton has been an Athlete Ambassador at Right to Play Canada, and a mentor with the Canadian Olympic Committee Game Plan program. In 2015 she was awarded the Athletes CAN Athlete Social Responsibility award.


Jane Thornton’s love of rowing inspired her to become a sports and exercise medicine physician, scientist, and international advocate for physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and for female athlete health. Jane was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 2022.

2022 INDUCTEE WALL OF FAME BUILDER

Gardiner MacDougall

 

The accolades continue to accumulate for University of New Brunswick men’s hockey coach Gardiner MacDougall. He has led UNB to eight national championships in his 20 years behind the bench, three silver and one bronze, captured titles at two World University Games, in 2007 and 2013, been recognized as Atlantic University Sport coach of the year five times and U Sports coach of the year twice.


He’s earned the UNB President’s Citation Award, the UNB President’s Medal, earned the Paul Harris Fellowship Medallion for community service in Fredericton and is one of the winningest coaches in U Sports hockey history. In addition, more than one third of the players on his teams are recognized annually as Academic All-Canadians, and he has sent more than 30 players on to professional hockey careers at various levels. MacDougall was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 2021. Gardiner continued his winning ways, coaching the Saint John Sea Dogs to the Memorial Cup Championship in 2022.

THE WILLIAM (BILL) MACGILLIVARY AWARD

The William (Bill) MacGillivary Award is named in honour of the former Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at U.N.B., Hockey Canada executive and president of Fredericton Sports Investment Ltd. The award, commissioned by his fellow members of FSI, is an engraved plaque, presented annually to “Fredericton’s outstanding sport volunteer and community worker.”
The script on the plaque reads “In memory of William “Bill” MacGillivary, honouring his volunteer service and commitment to excellence in the field of sport and recreation at the local, provincial, national and international level.” This year’s recipient is Kim Tucker.


Kim Tucker


Kim is being saluted for more than 20 years of volunteerism in figure skating in Fredericton, first as a mom and later as a board member with the Nashwaaksis Figure Skating Club and now the Capital City Skating Club.


She served in a variety of roles, beginning as a member at large and eventually becoming club treasurer and then president of the Nashwaaksis Club. When the two Fredericton clubs merged to become the Capital City Skating Club in 2008, Kim served as the new club’s first president. She served six years in her first stint in that role. After two years as past president, she returned to the president’s role, where she continues to serve.


Kim played a key role in Skate New Brunswick’s hosting of the STARSkate Nationals at Willie O’Ree Place, doing everything from helping recruit volunteers to making sure the judge’s stand was properly built and installed. She has chaired seven more provincial competitions, including the Provincial Star, Adult and Synchro competitions. The profits from those competitions have helped keep the club on firm financial footing. Kim has chaired the local club’s season ending ice show for the past three years and remains active as the director of Skate New Brunswick Region 3.


Kim received the Skate New Brunswick volunteer of the year award in 2018. She was also a valued volunteer within the Fredericton Youth Hockey Association when her two boys played hockey.

THE MYER AND JACK BUDOVITCH TROPHY

This award originated with two brothers who were strong supporters of sport in the city of Fredericton. The 1940s & 1950s were times of imported senior hockey talent in Fredericton and with the financial and moral support of Myer Budovitch and others, this city was able to ice a very competitive team. Jack Budovitch devoted his attention to the Fredericton Caps following the end of the “Import Era” in senior hockey. Jack served as president for a number of years and also was a major financial supporter of the team.


In 1956 The Budovitch family donated a trophy dedicated to Myer and Jack which was to be presented annually to Fredericton’s Outstanding Athlete. This designation was later broadened to include also Outstanding Team. The first winner of the Myer and Jack Budovitch trophy was Marjorie Squires and the last winner was Jake Thomas.


The Myer and Jack Budovitch trophy unfortunately laid dormant for intervals of time until revived by Fredericton Sports Investment in 1999. The Athlete of the Year Award is now presented at the annual Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame Induction Dinner each May.
The winner of this award for 2022 is Jesse Canney.

Jesse Canney


Sometimes, all people need to live out their dreams is a chance. That’s certainly true for Fredericton’s Athlete of the Year.


Jesse Canney was born with autism and his mother Pamela Moxon says as a toddler, he struggled to keep his energy in check and even ran away several times. But once he hit the water, joining the Fredericton Aquanauts swim team, there was no looking back. When he was 15, Jesse started training nearly every day until his swimming talent rose to the surface.


All the hard work culminated at 2019 Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi. Jesse not only did Fredericton and New Brunswick proud, but he won three gold medals and a silver for Canada.
Jesse won gold in the 800 metre freestyle, the 1,500 metre and one in the 4×100 medley relay. He added a silver in the 400-metre freestyle event.


And just this summer, Canney added to his impressive resume at the Canada Games in Niagara. He racked up two silvers and two bronze in Para swimming to become New Brunswick’s most decorated Canada Games athlete of all time. He also won three medals at the 2017 games to give him an overall total of seven.


This young man who grew up struggling to be around crowds is now a World Special Olympic champion, and seven time Canada games medallist, who has made his hometown proud.
Sometimes, all people need to live out their dreams is a chance. That’s certainly true for Fredericton’s Athlete of the Year.

Previous Inductees

Here is a compilation of individuals who have been honoured in the past with induction into the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame. This collection represents a history of excellence, showcasing the remarkable achievements, dedication, and passion of those who have been inducted. These individuals have demonstrated extraordinary skill, sportsmanship, and commitment, making them true icons within the Fredericton sports community.

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Myer and Jack Budovitch Trophy Athlete of the Year

A trophy dedicated to Myer and Jack Budovitch which is presented annually to Fredericton’s Outstanding Athlete or Team. View this year's recipient.

The Budovitch Trophy

This award originated with two brothers who were strong supporters of sport in the city of Fredericton. Myer Budovitch was a successful grocer in the city for many years and operated the Rite Meat Market on York Street. The 1940s and 1950s were times of imparted senior hockey talent in Fredericton and with the financial and moral support of Myer Budovitch, this city was able to ice a very competitive team. Others providing the essential support for the success of the local senior hockey program at that time were the late Dr. Everett Chalmers, Frank Van Buskirk, Frank Pridham and Currie Gulliver.

Jack Budovitch, Myer’s brother, was also a successful merchant operating the tiny Tots store on York Street, which coincidentally was located next door to the Rite Meat Market.

Jack Budovitch in his youth was an outstanding softball pitcher in local leagues. Following the end of he “import era” in senior hockey, Jack devoted his attention to the Fredericton Caps; which team was now staffed with local talent. Jack served as President for a number of years and also was a major financial supporter of the team. He was ably assisted by two other sports notables of the time, namely Charlie West and Bruce Urquhart.

In 1956 the Budovitch family donated a trophy dedicated to Myer and Jack which was to be presented annually to Fredericton’s Outstanding Athlete. This designation was later broadened to include Outstanding Team’s as well. The first winner of the Myer/Jack Budovitch trophy was Marjorie Squires.

The Myer and Jack Budovitch trophy unfortunately lay dormant for intervals of time until revived by Fredericton Sports Investment (1990) Inc. in 1999. The Athlete of the year award is now presented at the annual Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame Induction dinner each May.

2019 Jake Thomas
2018 – – – – –
2017 Calvin Ross
2016 Corey Wood
2015 Brandon Brewer
2014 Jake Allen
2013 Dale Colpitts
2012 Jebb Sinclair
2011 Dan McCullough
2011 Zach Philips
2009 Kelsey Hodgson
2008 Jake Allen
2007 Jody Peterson
2006 Josh Sacobie
2005 Andrea Kelly Rink
2004 Dave Duropos
2003 Jeff Scholten
2002 Jill Brennan
2001 Jeff Scholten
2000 Marianne Limpert
1998, 1999 Matt Stairs
1987 Jim Sullivan Rink Curling 1988
1983 Suzanne Larkin
1982 Dave McManus-Offical
1981 Scott Hill
1980 Fredericton Capitals Hockey Team 1979/80
1979 Sonny Phillips
1978 Andrea Garland
1971 Peter Richardson
1970 Clark Hamilton
1968 Anne Gillies
1967 Donald (Don) Leger
1966 Scott Harvey (Jr)
1965 Frank Flanagan
1964 Buster Harvey
1963 Danny Grant
1962 Richard Clark
1961 Chris Williamson
1960 William (Willie) O’Ree
1959 Dave Irving
1958 Leroy Washburn
1957 Pat Dobie
1956 Marjorie Squires
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William (Bill) MacGillivary Volunteer Award

This award is presented annually to Fredericton’s outstanding sport volunteer and community worker. View this year's recipient.

The William (Bill) MacGillivary Award is named in honour of the former Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at U.N.B., Hockey Canada executive and president of Fredericton Sports Investment Ltd. The award, commissioned by his fellow members of FSI, is an engraved plaque, presented annually to “Fredericton’s outstanding sport volunteer and community worker.” The script on the plaque reads “In memory of William “Bill” MacGillivary, honoring his volunteer service and commitment to excellence in the field of sport and recreation at the local, provincial, national and international level.”
2019 Helene Estey
2018 Brent Evans
2017 Heather Zilbert
2016 Dave Saunders
2015 Rheal Bourque
2014 Margie and Mike Reed
2013 Ann Urquhart
2012 Frank Jardine
2011 Kim Hepditch
2010 Tim Cane
2009 Ed Dunham
2008 John and Gus Mazzuca
2008 John Waite