Current Inductees - Town of Gravenhurst

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Current Inductees

Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fame
2016 Award Presentation 

2016 Inductees to the Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fame

Wednesday, October 5th
at the Gravenhurst Opera House
7:00 PM

Award Presenters:
Graeme Murray, Chair of GLSHOF Committee
Majorie Lewis, President of Gravenhurst Lions Club
Heidi Lorenz, Councilor Ward 1 for Town of Gravenhurst

Music Interlude by Jack Hutton
Closing Remarks by Gord Durnan

2016 Inductees:
Gillian Humphries
Fred Petsura
Gord Carey
Kris King
Stephanie Boyd
Wayne Rutledge
Rob McLaren
Kris Clement
Graeme Murray

Special Thank You:
Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fame Committee Members

Graeme Murray (Chair)
Kathy Daoust
Dave Durant
Heidi Lorenz
Derek Schofield
Russ Spalding
Marta Proctor

Inductee Photos by Fred Schulz
Introductions written by Graeme Murray
Introduction of Graeme Murray by Bryan White 

Gillian Humphries at the 2016 Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fam Induction

 

Gillian Humphries - Not only her achievement in sport is remarkable, but her contribution to it as well. Gillian played for the Gravenhurst High School Gryphon's Basketball Team from Grade 9 to OAC. She also coached the Gravenhurst GHS Junior and Senior Girls basketball team for several years. Gillian also showcased her talent on the court during her University years as a Guelph Gryphon Basketball player. Gillian's efforts to foster skills among younger players is admirable. She created the Junior Gryphons' Program here, which helps train Senior Girls Basketball players by helping and mentoring girls in Grade 6, 7 and 8.

Fred Petsura at the 2016 Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fam Induction

Fred Petsura - A proud resident of Gravenhurst is being recognized, because of his outstanding achievement in professional hockey. Born and raised in Gravenhurst, Fred Patsura honed his skills in Gravenhurst until he went on to play for the Barrie Colts in 1942. He later played for the Oshawa Generals in 1943-44 and the Washington Eagles in 1945-46. Fred won a Memorial Cup with Oshawa in 1944 where the Generals defeated the Trail Smokeeaters in four straight games a the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

Gord Carey at the 2016 Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fam Induction

Gord Carey - As a proud and community-minded member of Gravenhurst, Gord Carey has been part of this Town's continuous sport development for many years. A Spirit Award winner in 2012 and a Muskoka Award recipient for Sport and Recreation in 2010, Gord's passion lies in ensuring Gravenhurst remains a vibrant and active community. A perfect example of this is his Championship win with the South Muskoka Shield. He not only founded the team, he also managed and coached it. Gord also made sure that 90% of the team is made up of local players.

Kris King at the 2016 Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fam Induction

Kris King - He is a long-time friend of mine. Kris has always been an inspiration. Kris inspires with his hard work and sportsmanship. He is also a great example of the importance of giving back to your community. With an NHL King Clancy Award in 1996 Kris had an amazing NHL career that started in Gravenhurst in 1977 with the Gravenhurst Firefighter's Pee Wees. For 25 years along with his mother and father, Kris ran the Kris King Summer Hockey School out of Gravenhurst igniting the hockey careers of many young players.

Stephanie Boyd at the 2016 Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fam Induction

Stephanie Boyd - Stephianie is the perfect example of a passionate hockey player who plays for the love of the game. Her hockey career began in Gravenhurst at the age of 3 years old. Her Gravenhurst Minor Hockey career lasted 10 years before moving on to a 17-year career in the National Women's Hockey League. Stephanie also played for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and represented the U.S. on the Women's National Team in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Stephanie's passion for her sport led her to create the Stephanie Boyd's Female Hockey School; the first of its kind in Canada.

Sharyn Rutledge at the 2016 Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fam Induction

Wayne Rutledge - Graciously accepted by Wayne's wife Sharyn Rutledge - A man born with hockey in his heart and ice in his veins. His career as a goalie lasted many years. It started with the Gravenhurst Minor Hockey Association in 1953, and between 1953 and 1957 he won the Ontario Bantam Championship in 1954. In the following years Wayne played for a handful of teams, winning games, Awards and Championships along the way. Some of these include a two-time All-Star in the CHL and a Terry Sawchuk trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the league with the Minnesota Rangers in 1955 and 1956. Wayne's 17-year professional career began in 1962 where he played three years with the Los Angeles Kings and four years with the World Hockey Association's Houston Aeros. Wayne won the WHA Avco Cup with Houston in 1974.

Doug McLaren at the 2016 Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fam Induction

Rob "Robbie" McLaren - Graciously accepted by Rob's brother Doug McLaren - Robbie will always be remembered as a pleasant and hard-working young man. Off the ice, Robbie worked hard to excel at soccer and softball. On the ice with the Gravenhurst Indians, Robbie was always a stride ahead and known for his ability to set up and score goals. While working at Lane's IGA, Robbie was eager to finish school. He always had time for a smile, to wave and say "Hi!". Robbie is a significant contributor to the culture of athletics in Gravenhurst.

Kim Clement at the 2016 Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fam Induction

Kris Clement - Graciously accepted by Kris's mother Kim Clement - Kris was the epitome of a Muskoka boy. Spending his Summers on the water and his Winters on the ice, he worked hard to put everything he had had into sport and life. On and off the ice, in and out of the classroom, Kris was unforgettable with a smile and personality that lighted up the room. Kris grew up playing in the Gravenhurst Minor Hockey League, and later he went on to play for the Bracebridge Bears, Port Carling Thunder, GHS Varsity Team and Canadore College. After he passed away, Kris's Midget jersey was retired so that he would always be remembered.

Graeme Murray at the 2016 Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fam Induction

Graeme Murray - Graeme Murray was one of the key veterans on the Canadian sledge hockey team which won the bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. A few months later in October 2014, Murray announced his retirement from the national team.

He represented Canada at four Paralympics and five IPC World Championships. He scored the winning goal in Canada's 1-0 victory over the U.S. in the gold medal final at the 2013 IPC World Championships. At the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City, he was the youngest player on the Canadian team and ranks the Paralympic gold medal won four years later in Turin as the highlight of his career.

Murray became a paraplegic after he contracted a virus at age three that attacked the nerves in his lower spine. Following his illness he was told he might never play sports at all. But he persevered and at age 11 he discovered sledge hockey. It was love at first sight, and four years later at age 15 he became a member of the Canadian men's team.

Off the ice, Murray is a motivational speaker and talks regularly to students throughout Canada about his experiences on and off the ice.