Welcome To The

VALLEY EAST SPORTS

HALL OF FAME

The Valley East Sports Hall of Fame is officially located at the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre on the corner of Elmview and Dominion Drives. Each year, the photos of inductees are placed on a "Wall of Fame" across from the trophy case. 

    

    
Four More Inducted Into Valley East Sports Hall of Fame During 2005 Ceremonies

The 8th Annual Valley East Sports Hall of Fame induction was held on Sunday, December 4, 2005 at the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre. The four people who were added to the prestigious assembly of individuals bring the total number of Hall of Fame members to thirty-seven. Barry Newell, who unfortunately passed away a little over a year ago, was selected as an entry in the Volunteer Category. Accepting his award was his wife, Bev Newell, second from the right in the photo. Mr. Rick Walker, owner of Consbec Inc. was inducted in the Sponsor Category. He was represented by his oldest son, Richard, shown on the far left. Leo Bertuzzi, on the far right, was selected in the Amateur Category. And, finally, Jeff Walker, 2nd from the left, was chosen in the Professional Category.

   Ron Dupuis was the master of ceremonies for the event. He explained that, “This year’s inductees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to sports in Valley East . They were chosen because of the difference they made in our community and the impact they had on young people’s lives. They were and still are, excellent role models for our young.”

   Dupuis, along with Dan Yachuk and Henri Lebouthilier, form the Hall of Fame Committee.

   Barry Newell, this year’s Volunteer inductee, will best be remembered for his work with young hockey officials. In his role as Referee-in-Chief of the Valley East Minor Hockey Association, he personally trained and nurtured many excellent young boys and girls. He always made sure that when a referee or linesman stepped onto the ice that person was absolutely prepared to handle the job. Barry also “backed up” and showed support for his officials in difficult situations. This writer will always remember one incident back around the year 1995, when my youngest son, Marty, was refereeing a house league tournament game at Centennial Arena. Marty refused to allow an entire coaching staff from starting a game because he had watched them drinking in the community hall upstairs during the game before. While the decision caused much commotion and hostility towards this young official, Barry Newell stood by the decision and showed total support for his official. The game proceeded with replacement coaches, and Marty continued to develop his skills, both on and off the ice. Today Marty is a referee in the Ontario Hockey League and a police officer with the Peel Regional Police. Barry Newell’s influence on Marty had a lot to do with the kind of person he is today.

   Anyone who has lived in Valley East , or in the Greater Sudbury Area for that matter, will recognize the name, Leo Bertuzzi, who is a very worthy selection to the Sports Hall of Fame. Leo was involved a great deal in hockey during the early years and was a generous sponsor through his business, The Woodland Hotel, which once stood where the current Pizza Hut plaza is now located. While the Woodland will be remembered in many different ways by local residents, one cannot forget that Shania Twain once “sang” on the stage there and also that it was the original site of the Valley East Boxing Club, which continues to this day at the Ray Plourde Arena. Leo’s fame in sports was in the boxing ring, where he fought as a Middleweight all over Ontario . He is also a member of the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame. During his acceptance speech, Bertuzzi left a very important message for the young people in the audience, “When you learn how to work hard today, you’ll work hard for the rest of your life because it’s in your heart.”

   Rick Walker, who is known for the company he founded, Consbec Inc., is also recognized as the person who brought ‘AAA’ Midget hockey to Valley East . He has always given generously to the Consbec ‘AAA’ Major Midget Club, ensuring that the talented young boys who progressed through the ranks of the Valley East Minor Hockey Association and the Valley East Progressive Hockey Association would have a place to showcase their talents and have an opportunity to move on to higher levels. Indeed, many have gone on to play in the Ontario Hockey League and other professional leagues around the world. While Rick and his wife, Judy, were out of the country during the ceremony, his three sons, Richard, Jeff and Trevor, along with his six grandchildren were all on hand for the presentations.

   Jeff Walker, a person who was a member of the first every Valley East Consbec ‘AAA’  Midgets, was induced in the Professional Category. Jeff showed a great deal of talent on the blue line from a very early age. He played for the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League, where he was a finalist in the Memorial Cup during the 1992-93 season. While with Peterborough , his defense partner was none other than Chris Pronger. Jeff was also drafted by the Detroit Red Wings and took part in several training camps. He decided to put off a professional career in order to pursue his education at the University of New Brunswick and upon graduation became a supervisor with his father’s company, Consbec, where he continues to develop his career in the mining construction business. Jeff is a person who demonstrates the same kind of characteristics both on and off the ice. He carries himself like a professional and gives 100% in everything he does. During his acceptance speech, he gave credit to three individuals for having a huge impact on his life. Those people were Steve Richardson, Dan Lafrance and Ron Masciangelo.

    

VALLEY EAST

SPORTS HALL OF FAME

MEMBERS

1998 INDUCTEES

Marcel Moncion

Richard Tasse

Ron Duguay

Frank St. Marseilles

Andrew Brunette

Amanda Maurice

Melissa Junkala

Hilda Kingsley

Wilfred White

 

1999 INDUCTEES

Jack Paquette

Darryl Lafrance

The Lions Club

Kelly Thompson

Lucien Chevrier

 

2000 INDUCTEES

Mike Corneau

Eva Lanctot

Rolly Bariault

Leo Burns

 

2001 INDUCTEES

Peter Obonsawin

Emery Parent

Sean Venedam

 

2002 INDUCTEES

Henri Lebouthilier

Debbie Tranchemontagne

Roland Mallet

Arthur Hawley

Kiley Hill

Karen Cowling

 

2003 INDUCTEES

Dan Frawley

Rebecca Paul

Ken and Sandra Desjardins

Gaetan and Gaetanne Poitras

Serge Parenteau

2004 INDUCTEES

Val Mazzuca
Jimmy Jefferson
Gerry  Trottier
Jeff Domonsky

2005 INDUCTEES

Rick Walker
Barry Newell
Jeff Walker
Leo Bertuzzi

  
2006 Valley East Sports Hall of Fame Inductions Held During Valley East Lions Charity Days
The 8th Annual Valley East Sports Hall of Fame Inductions were held on Saturday, September 9 during the Valley East Lions Charity Days at the Centennial Arena in Hanmer. The Master of Ceremonies was Ron Dupuis, standing at the far right of the photo above. Ron is also the Chairman of the Selection Committee. Others in the photo, from the left, include: Andre Rivest, who, along with Shelley Martel (3rd from the left) assisted Ron in making the presentations. 

The remainder of the people in the photo include the 2006 inductees. Ken and Bonnie Davidson were inducted in the Sponsor Category as owners of the Tim Horton's Franchise in Val Caron. Eric Larochelle, 3rd from the right, was inducted in the Amateur Athlete Category, and Gabby Laberge, 2nd from the right, was the 2006 Volunteer Inductee.

Gabby is shown at the left receiving her plaque and gifts from Shelley Martel, MPP for Nickel Belt. In the background is Gabby's long time friend, Hilda Kingsley, who was the first Volunteer Hall of Famer every inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.

Hilda pointed out how devoted Gabby has been over the years, especially in her fund-raising role with the Valley East Cobra 'AAA' Midget Hockey Club. 

"Gabby is most deserving of this award," Hilda explained. "She works full time and still volunteers at the Elizabeth Centre. On top of that she spends countless hours with me as we try to raise money for the hockey team. She goes to all of the hockey games to watch her grandchildren and never misses a midget game, helping me collect tickets and 50/50 tickets. Many people who know Gabby will recall how she handles the stress of hockey games by knitting. She has developed a skill for keeping her eyes on the flow of the game and never missing a stitch.

Bonnie and Ken Davidson have been in the Tim Horton's business for over 20 years. They were commended for the wonderful work they are doing with the Tim Bits Programs in both hockey and soccer. Tim Horton's also sponsors numerous special activities in the community, including the free skating at Christmas, free family swims, and community initiatives that help clean up the environment. On top of that, the Davidson's were shown as examples of sponsors who work and play in their home community. Ken stated that he considered this to be "a great honour that has been bestowed upon Bonnie and I today. We truly appreciate this award and thank everyone for making this possible." Before the ceremonies, Ken joked that when he was first called, he thought that he might be getting the induction into the Hall of Fame for his "golfing skills".
Eric Larochelle was induced into the Valley East Sports Hall of Fame for his amateur hockey career which started in the Valley East Minor Hockey system.

Ron Dupuis called Eric, "A true Valley East boy. When you have talent you will get noticed."

He explained that Eric was a star player with the Valley East Cobras before moving over to play with the Rayside Balfour Sabrecats. After being drafted by the Oshawa Generals in the spring of 2000 he ended up going to Guelph where he made it to the Memorial Cup finals. He was traded to the Sudbury Wolves, but an ankle injury three games into the schedule ended his hopes for a long-term hockey career.

Today, Eric is attending Cambrian College in the Millright program and will be graduating in the spring of 2007. He expects to continue to be involved in hockey in some capacity in the future.

 
 
 
 

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