By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame inducted 12 athletes and sports builders who rose from awe-struck rookies to local sports royalty on Saturday, August 16.
As the Class of 2014 recalled their journey to the top, hundreds of sports fans listened intently at the Benson Hall of Fame induction dinner at the Civic Complex.
Belleville native Marc ‘Crow’ Crawford, who first made his mark in hockey playing with the Cornwall Royals 36 years ago, won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996.
As coach of the Zurich Lions, he also recently added a Swiss league title to his repertoire.
“I was very excited to start my junior career here in Cornwall , and thought I was going to set the world on fire,” said Crawford.
More to come.
The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Bob Currier – Hockey
Currier was the 6th overall pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1969 NHL draft. He played five seasons of minor pro hockey including four seasons in the American Hockey League with the Quebec Aces and the Richmond Robins.
Jack Entwistle – Football/Builder
Entwistle played HS football at SLHS 1952-1957 – Ottawa U Gee Gee, 1958-1960 QRFU as a member of the Cornwall Emards and Vankleek Hill. He was a key organizer in the development and helped grow minor football where he also coached for 20 years.
Neil Gallinger – Softball
An elite fastball pitcher during the 1960s, Gallinger pitched two opening day no-hitters and in 1980 during the end of his career pitched a perfect game in the competitive Sportsman League.
Roger Guevremont – Builder Curling
Guevremont has been involved as a volunteer in many sports organizing events and conducting clinics. For 40 years, he’s been playing and helping to grow the game of curling. The new Hall of Famer spent countless hours helping youth learn the game and started the school initiation program and was the 2002 Lions Curling Sportsman of the year.
Tony Joseph – Hockey
Joseph began playing the game at age 11, scored 33 goals, 63 points for the Cornwall Minor Midgets and was drafted by Oshawa third round in 1985. Spent four years with the Oshawa Generals – scored a goal in his second NHL game with Winnipeg then spent five years AHL/IHL/SMLIIGA.
Wayne MacDonald – Football
MacDonald starred as an offensive lineman during his HS, Junior and University football career. He became an athletic director and coach at St. Francis Xavier University and was the Defensive co-ordinator at Acadia when they won the National Championship in 1981.
Ian MacInnis – Hockey/Builder
In 1982, MacInnis was part of the (then) highest scoring line in OHL history with Doug Gilmour & Steve Driscoll. He was signed by Chicago, played one season in Peoria, before an injury ended his playing career. As a coach, MacInnis led the Colts Junior A hockey club to the National Championship and was coach of Team Canada East 2013.
Brian Mulligan – Auto Sports/Builder
Mulligan is a consummate promoter of the sport of DIRT racing and the Cornwall Motor Speedway. He’s also a member of the Stormont and DIRT Hall of Fame.
Bernard Racine – Broomball/Builder
Racine pioneered the sport of broomball during the 1940s and 50s. He played in four decades and was known as the Jean Beliveau of the game displaying unparalleled stick handling ability.
Brian Tardiff – Builder Girls Hockey
Tardiff took his love of both hockey and softball and turned it into a three decade plus career of coaching, mentoring and growing the sports in Cornwall. He is an integral part of the Girls Hockey program. The new Hall of Famer was a solid fastball player throughout his career in the CCSL & JDFL.
Corey Van Loon – Canoeing
Van Loon was the 1994 Jacques Richard Trophy winner. He has won 12 Gold, 9 Silver and 1 Bronze medals in National and World canoeing events. The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame said he’s the face of the sport in SD&G.
Marc Crawford- Hockey
Crawford, a two-time Memorial Cup winner, captained the Cornwall Royals in 1981. He scored over 200 points in three seasons and coached the Royals from 1989-1991. Crawford also won the Jack Adams Trophy as the top NHL coach with Quebec.