The names of the individuals who will be inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame later this year were announced today.
“We are proud to announce that these six distinguished athletes and builders are to be inducted into the hall of fame,” said Jean-Guy Poitras, chair of the board of governors. “We are excited to have St. Stephen host this year's event and look forward to honouring these worthy New Brunswickers.”
The members will be inducted into the hall of fame when it holds its 45th annual induction ceremony at the Garcelon Civic Centre in St. Stephen on June 7.
“Each of these new inductees is truly inspiring,” said Jamie Wolverton, executive director of the hall of fame.“By celebrating their achievements in sport, we aim to inspire all New Brunswickers.”
The new members are:
Gordon "Gordie" Clark of Saint John
Clark had a gift for hockey. From a young age, he excelled on the ice, leading the New Brunswick Junior Hockey League in season and playoff goals in 1968-69. The National Hockey League (NHL) took notice, drafting him to the Boston Bruins in 1975 and later assigning him to a long and successful career in the American Hockey League (AHL). He played for the Maine Mariners when the team won the Calder Cup in 1979. He was twice named to the AHL All-Star Team. Clark is director of player personnel with the New York Rangers.
Rhéal Cormier of Cap-Pelé
Cormier is among New Brunswick's greatest baseball players. During his 16-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB), he pitched 760 strikeouts, playing for teams including the Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Montreal Expos. In 2003, he pitched a career-best 1.70 earned run average in 65 games. Cormier is a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and is a two-time Olympian, having pitched for Team Canada at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
Jason Dickson of Miramichi
Dickson proved his baseball talent at an early age, winning the under-18 (Midget) National Championship with the Chatham Ironmen in 1990 and the 1991 World Youth Baseball Championship (Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame honoured member). He made his MLB debut with the California Angels in 1996, winning the Tip O'Neil Award from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Elected to the Major League Baseball All-Star Team in 1997, he played the remainder of his professional career with the Anaheim Angels. Dickson also pitched for Team Canada at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, placing fourth.
Dave Durepos of Fredericton
Durepos is a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and a one-time Paralympic silver medalist. At age 20, he was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Refusing to give up his love for sport, he overcame his injury and forged a 24-year wheelchair basketball career. Captain of Team Canada from 2000 to 2002, he was the first Canadian Most Valuable Player in the United States' National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Recently retired from Team Canada, Durepos is determined to shape the next Paralympians as coach of the Team NB's Canada Games wheelchair basketball team.
Nancy Morrison of Quispamsis
Morrison has championed fair play from the most junior leagues to the most senior ones. A gifted softball player in her youth, she continued her involvement in the sport as an umpire achieving international certification in 1998. She has officiated at five national events as umpire-in-chief, and she was selected in 2008 as an umpire for the Beijing Olympics. Morrison is a nationally certified basketball referee and volunteer athletic director at Kennebecasis Valley High School in Quispamsis.
David Sullivan of Fredericton
Sullivan has curled competitively for nearly 60 years. Winner of 12 provincial and five Maritime titles at every level of the sport, he is a two-time Canadian Senior Men's Curling Champion. Sullivan competed at six Briers from 1966 to 1983, receiving the Brier's Ross Harstone Sportmanship Award in 1972. He also coached the Jim Sullivan Rink – a 1994 New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame honoured member – to a victory at the 1988 World Junior Men's Curling Championship.