The Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees. The Induction will take place on Saturday September 27, 2014 at the annual Induction dinner. The dinner will be held at the Camlachie Community Centre. Tickets are $40.00 each and are available from any member of the board of directors.
This 2014 Inductees are:
Amateur (2 recipients)
For Outstanding performance as an amateur athlete in their sport.
Mark Kilbreath – Wrestling, Racquetball
Mark Kilbreath was a talented multi-sport athlete who represented his city, province and country in the highest level of competition.
As a wrestler at Sarnia Collegiate Institute & Technical School, Mark won numerous competitions culminated by a provincial championship in the 83 k weight division at the 1976 OFSAA wrestling championships. After an injury curtailed his wrestling career, Mark took up the sport of racquetball and quickly worked up the provincial ladder in Ontario.
Mark became one of the top ranked doubles racquetball players in the country. In 1983 he won the Ontario racquetball doubles championships in the Open division. During a three year run, Mark won over two dozen doubles events at the highest levels in Ontario, Michigan and New York State.
In May of 1984 Mr. Kilbreath became a part of history as a member of the first ever team to represent Canada at the World Racquetball Championships in Sacramento, California. At the World Championships he came home with two silver medals, one for the team competition and the individual championships.
Mr. Kilbreath passed away in 2012 at the age of 54.
Mike Hart – Lacrosse, Hockey
Mike Hart played minor and junior lacrosse and hockey in Sarnia and Point Edward where he found success at both levels, winning two National Championships with the Point Edward Jr. B Pacers and earning a full hockey scholarship to Colgate University.
In Lacrosse Mike earned many MVP and other awards including being named twice (1985 & 1986) to the Jr. B 1st All Star Team. He also was a member of the Jr. B Canadian Champions (Founders Cup) in 1983 and 1984. Mike was also a member of the Sr. B team that competed for the Presidents Cup in the Canadian Championships that won silver medal in 1987 and bronze medal in 1991.
Bud Morrison Award – Doug Campbell, trainer
The Bud Morrison Award recognizes a person who over a number of years has made significant contributions to the youth in their sport endeavors. (ie coach, manager, official, trainer, facility maintenance, including school officials).
Doug Campbell a level 3 trainer was born in Glasgow Scotland and grew up involved in sports came to Canada in 1963 and continued to play and coach soccer until 1997.
Since 1996 he has been a trainer with AAA, Jr. C and Jr. B hockey Clubs in Lambton County. He also was the provincial trainer at U15 (2013,14), U16 (2007,08,09,10,11,12) U17 (2003,05,06,13) OHL Camps. Mr. Campbell also completed 14 consecutive years as trainer at the Alliance Hockey Under 17 Camp in Woodstock.
Mr. Campbell is known amongst the minor hockey community for his many attributes including his positive attitude, willingness to help in any situation and most importantly, for always treating minor hockey players with respect and kindness.
Earl MacKenzie Award – Dean W. McEachen
Fastball, Touch Football, Hockey, Sailing, Billiards
The Earl MacKenzie Award recognizes those people involved in sports at least 30 years prior to the year of induction who are worthy of enshrinement.
Dean McEachen accomplishments range from great success in amateur sports to founding, coaching and administration for local sports teams with his beginnings in 1957. Mr McEachen competed in Fastball, Hockey, Touch Football, Billiards and Sailing and won many awards as a member of a team as well as individual awards. Mr. McEachen gave his time to coaching to Minor Hockey teams. In 1988- 89 Mr. McEachen was Co-Founder, President and Assistant Coach of the Clearwater Steeplejacks Junior C team. In their inaugural year the Jr C team won the North Division in the Great Lakes Junior C League.
Mr McEachen competitively sailed for more than 15 years as Captain, gaining well over 30 Flags. He continues to sail and will be Captain of crew in the 2014 Port Huron to Mackinac race.
Special Achievement – Charles Maxwell
Referee & Umpire
The Special Achievement recognizes a person who over a number of years has made significant contribution to sports beyond athletic endeavours, ie: Media, coach, official, trainer etc.
Charles Maxwell officiating began in 1968 as a volunteer umpire for SMAA fastball and high school basketball. Mr. Maxwell umpiring spanned over a total of 44 years in Men’s, Ladies and Minor baseball, fastball, two pitch. He has umpired many distinguished games that included the Men’s Senior “A” Fastball in the Canadian Finals, Ladies Senior Fastball in the Ontario Finals. He also traveled to the USA to umpire girls’ fastball. He has volunteered his time as an assignor the SMAA, Michitario, Local Tournaments and Summer Games. In 1970 Mr Maxwell instigated the merging of two umpire association into one forming the Sarnia Umpires Association with membership increasing from 20 umpires to 60 in two years.
In 1970 Mr Maxwell became a Minor Hockey referee and refereed hockey for 26 years.
In 1972 Mr Maxwell took on the duties as assignor for Minor Hockey Leagues in Sarnia, Clearwater and Point Edward. He also took over assigning referees for Men’s Hockey Leagues and at one point was assigning for 27 leagues. He also volunteered his services to Silver Stick in Petrolia, Watford and Forest, Sarnia and Port Huron. In total he was a hockey assignor for 18 years.
Also in 1970 he began a 10 year career in broomball as an assignor and referee. He refereed All Ontario Final games for both men and women.
During the years Mr. Maxwell also played, coached and managed teams in several sports. He played hockey in the Sportsman League, Esso League and the Oldtimers League. He played, coached and managed in the Town and Country Fastball League and played in the Esso Fastball League, Industrial Fastball League and Church League. He also bowled for 40 years. Golfed and in 1961 he began curling and continues to do so today. Mr Maxwell also volunteered his time running bingos for several clubs and organizations.
Team Award – 1962 Jr. Knights Football
The Team Award is a group award in recognition for winning a major championship or a team performing inan outstanding manner over a period of time.
In 1962 the Sarnia Jr. Knights won the League Title with a win over Windsor AKO. They went on and defeated the Toronto Lakeshore Bears 19 – 0 to win the Ontario Junior ORFU Championship, the first team to bring back the Ontario Championship since 1934. They went on and competed at the Eastern Canadian Finals where they were finalist losing to Montreal NDG, Maple leafs.
Professional Athlete – Kerry Fraser
For outstanding performance at the professional level. Must have achieved professional status and maintained that level for three (3) years or three (3) seasons and be retired from his/her professional career for a minimum of three (3) years.
Kerry joined the NHL ranks as a full-time referee in the 1980 season and enjoyed a 30 year career directly in the NHL rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest players the game has ever known. Kerry retired at the end of the 2009-2010 season, working his final game between the NY Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, April 11, 2010. The winner of that game determined which of those two teams would secure the final playoff spot and a fitting way in which to end such as illustrious officiating career. The Philadelphia Flyers won in shoot-out fashion and marched to the Stanley Cup Final while losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. Kerry, on the other hand retired after the game with a record for most games as a referee in the history of the NHL (1,904 regular season and 261 Stanley Cup Playoff games totalling 2,165 NHL games).
Kerry Fraser was selected to referee in 12 different Stanley Cup Finals (his first in 1985, as the youngest referee ever); the 1996 World Cup of Hockey in both Europe and gold medal round in North America; the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan; 2 NHL All-Star games; and the 2010 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day in Boston’s historic Fenway Park. Kerry was overwhelmingly selected as the best referee in the NHL through independent polls of NHL players conducted annually by ESPN and the Toronto Sun, including in his final season. Referee magazine selected Kerry as one of the top 10 officials of the century in any sport and he is arguably the most respected NHL referee ever to blow a whistle.