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highlights the 2010 Inductees to the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame,
officially welcomed as members in March 2010.
For biographical information and details on the sporting
achievements of the inductees please click a picture below
or the link to the "Full Story".
Hardy - Football
Wetaskiwin born Patrick Hardy, an around athlete is honoured
for his abilities, achievements and contribution to the
sport of football - an
outstanding football career in high school, at the junior
level and at the university level where he played for the
Calgary Dinosaurs for five years, and for over 50 games with
the Dinos Patrick was a starting player playing halfback and
corner. Now an avid golfer golfing to a single-digit
handicap and still plays hockey with the Usona Oilers.
Kelly Kisio was a dominant NHL player and an
inspiration to his team mates. Called "a coach's
hockey player" - heart, desire, coachable, desire, quick
shot and great hockey sense, he distinguished himself from
an early age. WHL Rookie of Year, New York Ranger's Fan
Favourite, captain, and averaged 70 points a season. In
voted by the media as “Sharks
Player of the Year”,
assistant captain and led
in scoring. More recently as GM of Calgary Hitmen
awarded the Lloyd Saunders
Memorial Trophy give to the
WHL’s Top Executive and led
team to several division and league victories.
Jim moved to Wetaskiwin in 1982 and at the time of his
induction was 89 years of age and still going strong.
An extraordinary fundraiser and a driving force in
establishing many successful projects, including the Hall of
living in Wetaskiwin Jim was involved with the Saskatoon
Elk’s Hockey Club, the Humboldt Indians Junior Hockey Club,
the New Westminster Royals Hockey Club, the
Minor Lacrosse Association, the New Westminster O’Keefe
Club, the Edmonton Oil Kings Hockey Club and the Edmonton
Oilers Hockey Team.
Bruce spent countless hours as a coach and organizer in the
minor sports of hockey and fastball. Significantly,
twenty-three of the young men that Bruce coached in minor
hockey went on to play at a higher level, either junior,
college or in the NHL. Many men can attest to the
positive influence that Bruce had on them as teenagers when
Bruce was their coach in either hockey or fastball during
the 1970’s and
1980’s. That is a fine legacy and only one of
the reasons he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Brian Brown's contribution to sports, particularly fastball
and hockey can be highlighted by several notable awards -
Winner of Winter Olympic Coach Award, Alberta Amateur
Softball Associations Award of Merit, Honorary Ironman
Award. Add his accolades as coach of several Gold
Medal Championship teams and the recognition from his peers
for being chauffer,
grounds keeper, co-coordinator,
referee, umpire, organizer and the ultimate fan and you get
but a brief description of a man dedicated to helping build
sporting programs in this community.
Wetaskiwin Sport Shop Junior Fastball Team
The team started practicing
in February in the Wetaskiwin Drill Hall. Batting practice
consisted of trying to hit a ball on a string swung from a
hockey stick. The coach poked holes in the tennis balls so
coming out of the pitching machine they'd curve or drop -
making this team dominate the Men's League completely.
They had it all: good pitching, strong batting and fast base
If know of a person or team whose achievements should be
recognized please consider
submitting a nomination to the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame. Read about criteria
and the nomination process or get the nomination form by following this