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The development of sport is an integral chapter in the history of this area. We recognize the outstanding contribution of individuals who demonstrate initiative, leadership and dedication through their involvement in sport as coaches, managers, writers, and  administrators.

These men and women build the infrastructure and establish the environment for our sports; they build fields and arenas, teams and leagues; they provide administrative support, guidance, and inspiration.

These builders of sport share a life-long love of sports along with a strong desire to share their attributes with other citizens.  They have unselfishly given their time, energy, and expertise to projects and programs that provide better sporting opportunities for the youth and budding stars of our communities, and in doing so they have often been influential or distinguished themselves at the national or international levels of sport.

The category of Builder formally recognizes those individuals who have selflessly and tenaciously devoted themselves to advancing and enhancing our sporting environments and opportunities.


 
Inductees 2014

Bob Hartnell

Bob Hartnell is being recognized for his volunteer work in recreation and sport in Wetaskiwin.  Bob was chairman or a member of many recreation committees; was President or Governor of numerous sport or hockey related organizations and leagues; coached and/or managed many hockey teams; initiated many innovative programs and organized countless hockey activities.  Through his involvement Bob has made significant contributions to the citizens of our community.  The people of our community and especially the youth have benefitted immensely from the volunteer commitment of Bob Hartnell.

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Inductees 2013

Phillip William (Bill) Milnthorp - Builder

Bill Milnthorp has been dedicated to recreation and sport in the Wetaskiwin area for most of the 52 years that he has lived in Wetaskiwin.  He has served on many recreation committees,  organized many fund raising ventures, initiated some sporting activities, was Chairman or President of numerous sports-related organizations, coached teams in various sports and at many levels and through his varied and extensive involvement has made significant contributions to the citizens of our community. Bill’s involvement began in 1961 when he supervised and ran a Junior High football program on Saturday mornings.    In 1962 when Wetaskiwin opened a new arena... 

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Bill Bell-Bathgate - Builder

In 1952 the Wetaskiwin City Council set up the Wetaskiwin Recreation Commission and Bill Bell-Bathgate was hired in 1956.  He was 32 years old and held the position for twelve years.   Although he had no formal training he had been involved in sports in Wetaskiwin (coached hockey, refereed hockey, started a football team), knew there was a lot of sport talent in the city and had the leadership qualities necessary for the job. When Bill became the Recreation Director, the Kinsmen outdoor swimming pool had just opened, the city had approved money for improving the Recreation Hall and under Bill’s leadership the Recreation Commission took over...

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Inductee 2012

Albert Hoffman

One of the most ardent supporters of curling and horseshoes Albert made his mark in the sporting history of Wetaskiwin when his foresight, vigorous and dedicated volunteer hours were instrumental in established a new championship-sized curling rink in Wetaskiwin after fire crippled the former building.  He was also an accomplished competitor in horseshoes and established a strong club in Wetaskiwin.

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Inductee 2011


Elwood "Woody” Johnson

in 1994-1995 that Woody and a few local parents whose children were playing hockey rejuvenated the Winfield Hockey Program. They drafted a new set of bylaws and established more formal protocols and procedures.  The “Mighty Ducks” were born and many great things were about to happen to the small town of Winfield.  Besides coaching, Woody contributes by volunteering in the administration of the sport and is a driving force in major fundraising ventures for local hockey programs and facilities.  During his time as principal at the Winfield Elementary School, he always hosted a Track and Field Day.

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Inductees 2010

 

Jim Pelehos

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 Fame.  Before 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 Vancouver Minor Lacrosse Association, the New Westminster O’Keefe Lacrosse Club, the Edmonton Oil Kings Hockey Club and the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Team.

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Bruce Rogers

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. 

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Brian Brown

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.

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Inductee 2009

 

 

Len Roberts

Wetaskiwin's first swimming pool, a new arena, the formation of the North Central Alberta Intermediate Hockey League are just the beginning of the list of Len Roberts achievements.   He was instrumental in administration and coaching summer and winter minor sports.  He is fondly remembered for spending Saturdays with many teams.  Other coaches who had to work and could not be there could count on Len to fill in for them.  Len was a great promoter of sport for young people and provided leadership at several levels of sport in Wetaskiwin.  

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Inductee 2008

 

  George Stewart

George started coaching softball at Falun in 1970 and continued to do so for the next twenty five years.  Often the teams he coached had no league to play in.  Even so these teams from a small community were Provincial Champions, garnered seven Provincial titles and eleven runner-up awards.

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Inductee 2007

 

 

 Ralph William Pocock

In 1947 Ralph Pocock became the driving force behind the formation of the Boys' Minor Hockey Association in Wetaskiwin and District and the system organized in those three years continues to this day.   Ralph’s life during those years was consumed with hockey and during that three year period participation in Wetaskiwin hockey almost quadrupled.

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Inductees 2006

 

 

 
Alistair "Al" Arner

Al received eleven recognition awards in his lifetime for his dedication to the community.  He coached teams in Wetaskiwin over three decades and is remembered by many for his "Lieutenant Arner Coaching Approach". 

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 Norman E. Brown

Notable among Norm's many contribution to the sporting community is the introduction of T-Ball to Wetaskiwin and his coaching stint with the Sabres Football Team.  In  six years, the Sabres posted 46 wins, 0 losses, 3 ties, and five  consecutive league championships. Norm had never played football but achieved this record which, for a number of years, was a North American record.

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   Clayton Monaghan

Clayton started with an idea ... on a school field full of dandelions and it grew from one team to over ten, involving over 200 athletes. to become one of the best fastball programs in Alberta producing thirty-nine Provincial Championship teams in a twenty year period.

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Rodney Schneck, another 2006 inductee who quarterbacked the Sabres’ football team for Norm Brown and played baseball for Al Arner, said of these sport builders:

  "They were my coaches, mentors and friends...the price for success is commitment. They loved to compete and win … to them you didn’t play to destroy your opponent... they coached with a imagination...had a keen sense of balance with sports and life.”

 







 
 
 

 

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