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The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum has many amazing volunteers who help out during events, around the museum, and with special projects and committees.

Today, we recognize one of our Honoured Members and Selection Committee Volunteers; Mr Ken Newans.

Ken was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 2011 as a Multisport Builder. His contributions to sport in Alberta is diverse and long reaching. Ken has also been on the Selection Committee for 30 years, helping fill the walls of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Ken has retired from the Selection Committee this February and they will miss his knowledge and passion for sport in Alberta.

Ken Newans: Hall of Fame Bio:


Big 105.5 The Drive News: Kings Volleyball Dynasty Gets Hall of Fame Call

One of Red Deer's all-time greatest sports dynasties is being enshrined in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.  The Red Deer College Kings Volleyball teams from 1999-2007, which won a record eight consecutive national titles, are among the Hall of Fame's 2016 inductees in the Team category.

Also among this year's inductees are curling great Cheryl Bernard, the Forzani brothers, Ponoka figure skating builder Marilyn Chidlow, and legendary rodeo pioneers from Ponoka Tom, Vernon, and Brian Butterfield.

The full list of 2016 Inductees, announced Monday morning, will be honoured at this year's Induction Banquet in Red Deer on June 3.

Medicine Hat News: Graham Kelly to be inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Graham Kelly, the Medicine Hat News’ long-serving Canadian Football League columnist, will be inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday.  The Bell Memorial Award is used to honour media members who have made a significant contribution to athletics in the Alberta.  In a release from the Red Deer-based hall on Monday announce Kelly as this year’s recipient.  The retired high school principal and former city alderman has penned his “Inside the CFL” column in the News sports pages since 1972.  Former winners include Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers

Former winners include Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers broadcasters Peter Maher and Rod Phillips.  Bob Ridley, the ironman broadcaster of Medicine Hat Tigers games and sports director at CHAT-TV, won the Bell Memorial award in 2000.  

The induction ceremony will take place on June 3 in Red Deer and will include 14 other honourees, including the one-time Calgary Stampeders ownership group, including Joe, Tom and John Forzani.  Rodeo family Tom, Vernon and Brian Butterfield will be honoured with the Pioneer Award.  Among the individual athlete inductees is Olympic-class fencer Sherraine Schalm, of Brooks, curler Cheryl Bernard and Shirley Cameron, female hockey, in the builder category.  

The full list of 2016 inductees.

Rick Duff

Keltie Duggan

Doug Jones

John Kucera

Hans Maciej

Herbert McLachlin

Marilyn Palmer O'Connor

Ryan Smyth

Sharon Trenaman

1984/85 NAIT Ooks

Jeff Hansen

Betty Carveth Dunn

Boxing Athlete

Swimming Athlete

Baseball Builder

Alpine Skiing Athlete

Tennis Builder

Basketball Builder

Golf Athlete

Hockey Athlete

Squash Builder

Hockey Team

Bell Memorial Award, Sports Writer

Pioneer Award, Baseball Athlete

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As part of the Western Hockey League’s 50th Season celebrations, a panel of historians selected the top 125 players in WHL history this past September. From this list, WHL fans voted at to select the Top 50 WHL Players of All-Time. This week, the fan and panel voting results revealed the following placements:

  • #45 – Pavel Brendl (Calgary Hitmen)
  • #44 – Brent Sutter (Lethbridge Broncos)
  • #43 – Sam Reinhart (Kootenay ICE)
  • #42 – John Davidson (Calgary Centennials)
  • #41 – Marian Hossa (Portland Winter Hawks)

#44 Brent Sutter (Lethbridge Broncos, 1980-82)

Brent Sutter played for the Lethbridge Broncos from 1980-82. The Broncos developed the legendary Sutter brothers as Brent followed in the footsteps of his older brothers Brian, Darryl and Duane. Brent also got the opportunity to play with his twin brothers, Rich and Ron.

The New York Islanders selected Brent Sutter in the first round, 17th overall, of the 1980 NHL Draft after he tore up the AJHL with the Red Deer Rustlers. He also scored his first WHL goal during a brief five-game stint with the Broncos during that 1979-80 season. In 1980-81, Sutter notched 108 points (54g-54a) in 68 games to finish 15th overall in WHL scoring. The following campaign, Sutter only played 34 contests with the Broncos but still racked up 80 points (46g-34a). The Islanders called up Sutter midway through the season and he never returned to the Broncos. As a 19-year-old, Sutter was already making an impact in the NHL. He finished the regular season as a point-per-game player in 43 games and won his first Stanley Cup.

Over his WHL career, Sutter collected 189 points (101g-88a) in 107 regular season games and tallied 10 points (6g-4a) in nine playoff matches. The Viking, AB product played in the NHL for 17 seasons for the Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Brent joined his brother, Duane, on the Islanders and was a part of the dynasty that won four consecutive Stanley Cups. Brent hoisted the Stanley Cup during the last two years of that run in 1982 and 1983. When Sutter retired in 1998, he had accumulated 829 points (363g-466a) in 1111 regular season games and netted 74 playoff points (30g-44a) in 144 appearances. Sutter also captured gold medals for Team Canada at the Canada Cup in 1984, 1987 and 1991 as well as a bronze medal at the 1986 IIHF World Championship.

In 1999, Sutter became the owner of the Red Deer Rebels. The 53-year-old is currently in his second stint as the General Manager and Head Coach of the Rebels. In between, he coached the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames in the NHL. In 2000-01, Sutter was named the CHL and WHL Coach of the Year as well as the WHL Executive of the Year. Sutter also coached Team Canada to back-to-back gold medals at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in 2005 and 2006.

Victoria Sports News: Three-time Paralympians Dixon, Woolstencroft join 1981-82 women’s rowing crew as 14th class of inductees for UVic Sports Hall of Fame

"This year will mark the 14th class of the University of Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, founded in 2002 to honour those individuals who have contributed significantly to sport or recreation at the university as athletes, coaches, a team or as builders. Vikes Athletics and Recreation are pleased to announce a strong class of inductees for 2016 including two three-time Paralympians in swimmer Stephanie Dixon and alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft, as well as one of the most decorated group of Vikes women's rowers in the 1981-82 crew."

"Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Lauren Woolstencroft, Alpine Skiing Stephanie Dixon, Swimming 1981-82 Women's Rowing Crew"

"Woolstencroft was born missing her left arm below the elbow as well as both legs below the knees. She earned her electrical engineering degree with distinction at the University of Victoria in 2005, while excelling on the world stage as an alpine skier. A three-time Paralympian (2002, 2006 and 2010), Woolstencroft has set the bar for winter athletes winning an incredible 10 medals – eight gold, one silver and one bronze. At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Woolstencroft became the first winter Paralympian to win five gold medals in the same games after she took first in the Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G, Downhill Skiing and Super Combined. She was later named flag bearer for the 2010 closing ceremonies in Vancouver.

The Calgary, Alta. native won the prestigious Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award in 2002 which is awarded to one male and one female athlete at every Paralympic Games who best exemplifies the spirit of the Games and inspires and excites the world. In 2007, Woolstencroft was named the Paralympic Sport Awards Best Female Athlete and in the same year was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame. Woolstencroft was nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sport Award in 2011 in the category of World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability and is also a founding member of the viaSport Board of Directors. The eight-time Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team Athlete of the Year has also been inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame, Canada Sports Hall of Fame, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and has a Distinguished Alumna award from UVic and an Honorary Doctor of Law from Trent University."

Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Lauren Woolstencroft, Alpine Skiing Stephanie Dixon, Swimming 1981-82 Women's Rowing Crew