Hockey Hall of Fame Welcomes New Members

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Six new members have been elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame. Names of the six were announced by Hockey NL’s Selection Committee Chair Gerry Evans of Mount Pearl.

Players Ron Cadigan of Logy Bay, Len Coughlan of St. John’s and Wayne Faulkner of Bishops Falls, Athlete/Builders Art Barry of Port au Port and Todd Stark of Deer Lake and Builder Michael Dinn of Petty Harbour will be inducted into the Hall during a banquet at the Albatross Hotel in Gander Saturday, June 8.

“Another excellent group of hockey people.” is the way Evans referred to the inductees in making his announcement. “These six individuals have made significant contributions to our hockey and it is fitting that they be recognized.”

“Their election certainly demonstrates the continuing need for those interested in hockey to submit well-documented nominations. There are many others who deserve to be nominated and we encourage more nominations.”

Provincial Hockey President Jack Lee thanked the Selection Committee of Evans, Hugh Wadden of Buchan’s, Don Bradshaw of Corner Brook, Matt Chambers of Labrador City and Robin Short of St. John’s for their work and efforts in recognizing this year’s inductees and noted the importance of those who submit nominations.

The new members:

ART BARRY

Art Barry put together a hockey career that involved high level playing and extremely valuable administration that lasted for more than 50 years.  It began in 1955 within the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association and concluded in 2012 when he completed his service as Western Director for Junior Hockey for Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador.  Between these years he compiled a record of dedication and commitment to senior hockey within the province and earned exceptional achievements as a hockey player.

After playing squirt to midget within the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association he graduated to junior hockey with the West Side Monarchs.  From there he moved up to the local senior hockey league and was its scoring champion in 1967 and most valuable player in 1968.

After moving to Stephenville in 1970 he played for the Stephenville Monarchs in the Bay St. George Senior Hockey League for eight years with a most valuable player selection and a scoring title to his credit.  In 1975 he moved from forward to defense and was voted the league’s top defenseman.  His provincial senior hockey career lasted from 1978 to 1980 with the Stephenville Monarchs.

Upon retiring as a player in 1980 he moved quickly and successfully into the administration aspect of hockey and served as a member of the Stephenville Jets management from 1980 to 2012.  He filled a variety of positions within the club’s Board of Directors but spent most of that time as its President.  During his tenure with the Stephenville Jets, the club would go on to become one of the strongest teams within the history of provincial hockey, due in great measure to his hard work.  The club won two Herder Memorial Trophies as provincial senior hockey champions and participated in national Allan Cup and Hardy Cup championships.

He was a vital component in forming the West Coast Senior Hockey League in 1999 and served as both its director and president until 2008.  This league evolved into the provincial senior hockey league.

Included in his contributions was service as HNL’s Senior Council Western Director for eight years and as HNL’s Junior Council Western Director for two years.  He is a recipient of the C.J. McCarthy Award for dedication and commitment to senior hockey within the province, the President’s Award and the Junior Merit Award and served as a member of the provincial Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee and Board of Directors from 1999 to 2012.

RON CADIGAN
Ron Cadigan fashioned an extremely impressive 19-year career within senior hockey and had an exceptional three-year junior performance.  Owner of an extremely high reputation for sportsmanship and ability, he excelled as an offensive player with rewarding statistics and established himself as a highly respected defensive player with every team for which he played.

His personal achievements within the Avalon East Senior Hockey League for 19 years are amazing with seven league scoring titles, five most valuable player awards, ten sportsmanship and ability awards, three playoff most valuable player awards, eleven first place finishes and seven league championships.  The manner in which he gained respect within the league was demonstrated in 1992 when, during its 25th anniversary celebrations, he was elected as centre on the organization’s all-time first all-star team.

Within the St. John’s Junior League, his three seasons were equally impressive.  He won the junior league scoring championship once, was runner-up once and was selected as the league’s most valuable player once.  During the 1976-77 provincial junior championships, he was selected as player of the tournament.

He was a member of the Shamrocks team in provincial senior hockey for 1978-79 and scored the winning goal against Gander in overtime of the deciding game of the Herder Memorial finals.

Within the St. John’s Inter-City Senior Hockey League he won the scoring title with 35 goals, 41 assists and 76 points in 18 games.  He was also named rookie of the year, playoff most valuable player and led his club to three league championships.

In 1990 the high esteem in which he was held and the respect which he had generated was demonstrated when the Outer Cove team retired his number 10 jersey.

While continuing to play recreation hockey, he spent several seasons as a coach within the Celtics Minor Hockey Association and always displayed the same sportsmanship that was his trade mark as a player both on and off the ice.

LEN COUGHLAN

Len Coughlan had an extremely rewarding 11-year hockey career with outstanding success at the senior, junior and high school levels.  An all-star defenseman who also excelled as a forward, he established himself as a perennial all-star with a variety of St. Bon’s teams while playing exceptional hockey for a number of St. John’s all-star squads.  He simply was a dependable standout hockey player who made valuable contributions to any team of which he was a member.

A team leader, on and off the ice, he was a perennial captain for many clubs and certainly demonstrated the ability to inspire team mates in a variety of important competitions.  Highly regarded and respected by opponents and fans, he was a welcomed addition to any club for which he played.

As a member of the St. Bon’s entry in the St. John’s Senior Hockey League, he was a valuable contributor to five Boyle Trophy winners as city champions.  He was captain of the St. Bon’s team that won the 1955-56 Memorial Cup as St. John’s Junior champions and the same season was captain of the St. John’s All-stars who earned the Veitch Cup as provincial junior champions.  An impressive showing in junior and senior hockey followed a four-year period during which he played a major role in St. Bon’s winning four St. John’s Intercollegiate titles.

During the 1955-56 hockey season he was a member of teams that won three major championships.  That season also saw him win the St. John’s Junior League most valuable player and selection as the St. John’s Senior Hockey League rookie of the year.  He was named St. John’s Intercollegiate outstanding defenseman for 1953.  His senior hockey awards included top defenseman for 1958 tie with team mate Hugh Fardy for the league’s top scoring title in 1957.

He provided performances that were overflowing with energy, intelligent decisions and a determination to win that was inspirational for the St. Bon’s teams of which he was a member.  His no-nonsense approach to the game was part of the leadership that he provided for each and every team on which he played.  An all-round athlete, he also stood out in soccer and track and field.

MICHAEL DINN

Michael Dinn, during an extremely rewarding 19-year officiating career, established himself as one of the most respected and knowledgeable officials within Newfoundland and Labrador.  The manner in which he conducted himself on and off the ice gained universal approval from players, coaches, managers, fans and other officials.  He was simply an exceptional hockey official.

His overall service to hockey is greatly demonstrated by his selection as an official for the 2000 Atlantic Midget AA finals, the 2003 Canada Winter Games in New Brunswick, the World Under 17 Championships in 2001 and 2004, and in 2005 he was one of three officials within the province selected to serve with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

His officiating began in 1991 with the Goulds Minor Hockey program when he was 17.  It continued with this organization for 14 years and he played a major role in the formation of the Goulds Referees Association in 1997.  He was elected president of the Metro Referees Association in 2006 and progressed on the ice to a level that allowed him to officiate game six of the Herder Memorial finals in 2008.

He was designated as an instructor and supervisor for Hockey Newfoundland officials program in 2005 and he earned levels IV, V and VI, one of a few Newfoundland and Labrador officials to obtain Hockey Canada’s official certification.  He supervised and trained a multitude of officials in Newfoundland and Labrador and was regarded as one of the province’s most senior instructors and supervisors.

His excellent on-ice experience enabled him to provide very sound advice during his supervising.  He was a valued instructor within the program for five years and was senior instructor at several instructors’ seminars.  He demonstrated a great ability to communicate with the officials for whom he was responsible for training.

Hockey officiating within Newfoundland and Labrador is much better because of Michael Dinn’s involvement prior to his death in 2010.

WAYNE FAULKNER

Wayne Faulkner achieved outstanding success as a goal scoring player during 15 seasons in provincial senior hockey.  The Bishops Falls native, following in the tradition of his family, established a reputation for hard work, speed, agility and superb balance as he played junior and senior hockey for Grand Falls and several other teams.  Despite his small stature, he was an extremely dangerous forward who excelled in scoring and assisting during his entire career.

His statistics are extremely impressive as he played equally well at home or on the road.  His ability was such that Stephenville Jets, Port aux Basques Mariners, Mount Pearl Blades and Gander Flyers added him to their rosters for national competition for the Allan Cup and the Hardy Cup.  He was a player who never backed down from a challenge and was a valuable asset to any team on which he played.

His offensive talents are demonstrated by the fact that he is the second highest point getter in the history of the Grand Falls Cataracts, second only to Hall of Famer Al Dwyer.  In his career he played 275 games for Grand Falls with 168 goals, 218 assists and 386 points.  His overall statistics earned him 21st place between 1962 to 1989 in provincial senior hockey scoring.  Overall, he played 321 games with 180 goals, 242 assists and 422 points, an extremely impressive record.

He was a member of three teams that won the Herder Memorial Trophy as provincial champions and on six occasions played for clubs that represented Newfoundland in national competition.  He was constantly outstanding with hockey skills of skating, passing, puck control and overall on-ice performances.

He was a member of the Bishops Falls Express for four seasons in the Central Beothuck Hockey League where he finished second in league scoring three times and was a member of the championship team on three occasions.

Overall, the manner in which he performed on the ice and his conduct off the ice were valuable assets for Newfoundland and Labrador hockey.  He is another member of the province’s first hockey family being recognized for his outstanding career and is the fourth member of the Faulkner family to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

TODD STARK

Todd Stark owns a life full of extremely important hockey achievements with a career that overflows with success and is exceptional in many aspects.  From his early hockey in Guelph, Ontario to very valuable and rewarding performances in Western Newfoundland, he has established himself as a tremendous hockey personality.

Prior to arriving in Corner Brook for the 1985-86 highly successful season, he compiled an outstanding record of hockey success.  After an excellent minor hockey career he moved into big time Ontario hockey with Guelph in 1981-82 and continued his excellent on-ice performances with Sir Wilfred Laurier College that included a university hockey championship.

With the Corner Brook Royals in national Allan Cup competition in the 1985-86 season, he was an important ingredient in the team’s successful season.  He continued in Corner Brook the next year and was a member of the talented Port aux Basques Mariners team that won the 1988-89 Canadian Hardy Cup title.  He was very prominent in both high level victories by Newfoundland teams and contributed greatly to the two national championships.  His Allan Cup involvement continued in 1991-92 with a New Brunswick club.

His exceptional coaching career began with the 1985-86 season as he coached Deer Lake to the Veitch Memorial Trophy as provincial junior hockey champions.  He was team captain and league most valuable player with Deer Lake when the team won the 1997-98 West Coast Senior Hockey League championship.  Deer Lake won the provincial midget “B” title with him as coach in 1998-99.

His rewarding performances continued in 2000-01 as captain of the Deer Lake Red Wings who won the Herder Memorial Trophy as provincial senior hockey champions.  He came out of retirement in the 2004-05 season for game six and game seven of the Herder Memorial Trophy finals.  He set up an important goal in game six and set up the winning goal in game seven for the Deer Lake Red Wings that gained the provincial title for Deer Lake.

From his first venture into Newfoundland and Labrador hockey, he was a credit to the sport and a constant contributor to all the teams for which he played.  Exciting on the ice, he played a major role in the achievements of a succession of successful teams.

HALL MEMBERS

Members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame include:

(The Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame inducted its first members June 11, 1994.)

1994

Athletes — Frank “Andy” Cahill, Alex Faulkner, George Faulkner, Doug Grant.

Athlete\Builders – Jack Reardigan, Terry Trainor

Builders –Msgr. George Bartlett, Hon. Robert S. Furlong, Donald S. Johnson, Brian Wakelin

1995

Athletes –Jack Faulkner, Jim “Bucky” Hannaford, Joe Lundrigan, John Murphy, Bill Scott    

Athlete\Builders — Joe Byrne, Roger Howse, Hugh Wadden

Builders — Walter Clarke, Carl Hansen, Harold Hillier, Vince Rossiter, T.A. “Gus” Soper

1996

Athletes — Frank ‘Danky’ Dorrington, Al Dwyer (Jr.), Frank Finlayson, Robert Petrie, Frank Walker

Athlete\Builder –Herbert Augustus “Gus” Herder

Builders –Claude Anstey, Cliff Gorman

1997

Athletes – Stan Breen, Cal Dunville, Hugh Fardy

Builders — Eric Dawe, Ron Taaffe

1998

Athletes — Watson John “Wats” Goobie, Wilson “Copper” Leyte, Harry “Moose” Watson

Builders — George “Daddy” Dawe, Samuel James “Sam” Rose

1999

Athletes — Charles “Charlie” P. Cahill, Michael “Mike” D. Kelly, William Clifton George Martin, Leo Murphy

Athlete\Builder — Walter “Walt” Davis

Builder — Arthur Johnson

Media — Robert “Bob” Cole

2000

Athletes – George Connors, Jimmy Dawe, Zane Forbes, Merv Green, Donald Howse, Jim Kennedy, Ed Philpott, Terry Ryan Sr., Harold Stanley

Athlete\Builder – Bob Badcock

Builders – Neil Amadio, Peter J, Duffy, Ambrose O’Reilly, William Parrott

Media – John M. Tobin

2001

Athletes – Terry Gilliam, Rob Gladney, Jim Temple

Athlete-Builder – Rick Babstock

Builders – Mel Andrews, Charlie McCarthy

Media – John Mayo

2002

Athletes – Randy Pearcey, Jim Penney, Tony White

Athlete/Builder – Ray Bowe

Builder – Ron Healey

Female – Colleen Tapper

Media – George MacLaren

2003

Athletes – Ian Campbell, Brian Gibbons, Ernie Hynes, Dick Power

Athlete-Builders – Joe Maynard, Gerry Taylor

Builder –Don Walsh

Female – Glennis (Thorne) Thomey

Media – Joe Mullins

2004

Athletes – Ted Gillies, James Guy, Hubert Hutton, Gerry Lahey, Cyril Power

Athlete-Builder – Stan Cook

Builders – Claude Browne, Howie Meeker, Wayne Mercer, Mike Squires

2005

Athletes – Bill Breen, Roger Dean, Bern Fitzpatrick, Alfie Hiscock, Andy Sullivan

Athlete-Builder – Wes “Bucko” Trainor

Builder – Frank Moores

Female – Debby Power

2006

Athletes – Nigel Face, Roger Kennedy, Doug Squires

Builder – Francis Wiseman

Media – John Gibbon

2007

Athletes – Mike Anderson, Alex Blanchard, Leo Kane, Harry Katrynuk

Builders – Len Butt, Gerry Kelly

Media – Bill Callahan

2008

Athletes – Eg Billard, Jake Critch, Clar Goulding

Athlete-Builder – Ed O’Brien

Builder – Wayne Russell

2009

Athletes – Al Balgery, Ford Metcalfe, Ed Oates

Media – John Murphy

2010

Athletes – Jim Grant, Art Hamlyn, Ed Lawrence

Media – Bruce MacDonald

2011

Athletes –Kirk Johnson, Ed O’Quinn

Builders – David Brazil, George Fardy

Media – Dee Murphy

2012
Athletes – Bert Brake, Jim Hornell

Builders – Jim Hayward, Danny Williams

2013

Athletes – Ron Cadigan, Len Coughlan, Wayne Faulkner,

Athlete-Builders – Art Barry, Todd Stark

Builder – Michael Dinn