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Sports Hall of Fame welcomes the group of eight
2016-04-13
by Randy Pascal

The Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame will welcome eight individuals, and a corporate sponsor, to the fraternity come June 8th (2016), as House of Kin officials confirmed the class of 2016 inductees to be honoured at the 48th Annual Sports Celebrity Dinner.

The group is extremely varied, capturing the incredible spectrum of athletic endeavours and the work of those surrounding sport in Sudbury:

Doug Gingrich (Administration) - the Lo-Ellen Park Knights track & field dynasty owes its foundation to Gingrich, who coached the team to 14 city championships over a 17 year span from 1979 to 1995, eventually giving way to the likes of Joe Bacon and Colin Ward

Father Brian McKee posthumously (Builders) - co-founder of the Flying Fathers hockey team

Gwendolyn Beaton-Whissell (Builders) - long-time synchronized swim coach

Lisa Kivinen (Builders) - most well-known as a competitive gymnast and founder of the GymZone, Kivinen has remained active in a variety of local sports-related endeavours, serving as president of SportLink (Greater Sudbury Sport Council) and co-chairing the committee looking to secure a multi-sport venue for the City a few years back

Mike Saftic (Players) - a legendary harness racer with more than 5000 victories to his credit, Saftic has enjoyed a multitude of racing highlights over the years, guiding Armbro Chronicle to a pair of huge wins in 2010, and defying 83-1 odds in capturing the Canadian Breeders Championship in 2004 with Merry Rules

Al Secord (Players) - a veteran of 766 NHL games, Secord scored 98 goals combined between 1981 and 1983 with the Chicago Black Hawks, finishing with 276 markers in his career, and later indicted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame

John McKibbon (Players) - a member of the 1964 Canadian Olympic Basketball team in Tokyo, McKibbon starred in high school as a member of the Sudbury Tech Blue Devils, was named Laurentian University Athlete of the Year in 1972, and was elected to the Canada Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001

Ken Campbell (Media) - a one-time sports editor at the Northern Life and published author of both Selling the Dream, and Habs Heroes, Campbell has been a mainstay with The Hockey News for the better part of the 20 years between 1988 and 2016

Bell Canada (Corporate) - a fixture for many years with the Regional Silver Stick Tournament, Bell Canada has remained actively involved in supporting a wide variety of local sports organizations and events over the course of several decades

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