Six new members have been elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame. Names of the six were announced by Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chairman Gerry Evans of Mount Pearl.
Players Clobie Collins, J.C. Garneau and John Slaney, Builders Marv Ryder and Glenn Stanford and Official Leo Rose will be inducted into the Hall during a banquet scheduled for Saturday, June 14 at the Albatross Hotel in Gander.
“The six new members are excellent additions to the Hall of Fame,” Evans said in his announcement. “All have been excellent hockey people and have achievements and contributions that certainly are worthy of special recognition”. He called for “more nominations. There are many hockey people who deserve nomination for the Hall of Fame and it is the responsibility of all of us to make certain that they are nominated and recognized”.
Don Bradshaw of Corner Brook, Hugh Wadden of Buchans, Robin Short of St. John’s and Jack Lee of Goulds are other members of the Selection Committee in addition to Chairman Evans.
The new members:
Clobie Collins was an outstanding hockey player in provincial senior hockey from 1954 to 1967. A speedy left winger who earned a reputation for scoring goals, he was the first African American player in Herder Trophy play and demonstrated great sportsmanship by the manner in which he reacted to a few racial comments in towns in which he played.
He was a member of the Grand Falls Andcos in 1954 to 1961 and with the Corner Brook Royals from 1962 to 1967. He was a member of a Herder Memorial Championship team six times, three with Grand Falls in 1955, 1956 and 1957 and with Corner Brook in 1962, 1964 and 1966. He was an extremely valuable member of both clubs, adding greatly to the offensive prowess of both teams.
He was an 18-year-old rookie when he arrived in Grand Falls from his native Truro, Nova Scotia and immediately demonstrated his value with the Andcos. His speed was such that he earned the nickname “Jet” and quickly became a favourite hockey player in the various centers in which he played. His performances were always of top caliber and he established himself as one of the finest left wingers to ever compete for the Herder.
While there were no statistics kept from 1954 to 1962, Collins played more than 68 games between 1962 and 1967, scoring 61 goals with 93 assists for 154 points and 139 minutes in penalties. With Grand Falls in five and Corner Brook in six playoff series, he had 44 goals and 73 assists for 117 points. It should be noted that in the 1962 playoffs he had 27 points from 17 goals and 10 assists. He is thirteenth in overall playoff points.
After leaving Newfoundland, he played with the Belleville Monarchs in Ontario senior hockey, with the Jersey Devils and the Syracuse Blazers in Eastern hockey. With the Devils he had two goals and 11 assists in 25 games and with the Blazers he had two goals and three assists in 21 games.
In addition to his hockey he played baseball while he was in Grand Falls and was known for his speed on the diamond.
J. C GARNEAU
J.C. Garneau started an illustrious Newfoundland senior hockey career in 1965 when he joined the Gander Flyers, arriving from his native Ste. Foy, Quebec. He was a speedster who caused much trouble for opposing defenders from his left wing position. One of the fastest skaters to play provincial hockey, he was an excellent stick handler and made skating look easy. Always a top player for his team, he finished third in league scoring when Gander won its first Herder Memorial Trophy in 1969 and ranked third in assists.
His ability was a major factor in fans filling Gander Gardens on a regular basis to watch the Flyers perform. Working with playing-coach Jacques Allard, he was part of one of the finest scoring threats to ever perform in provincial senior hockey.
He played 180 games with the Flyers, scoring 101 goals, drawing 213 assists for 314 points and picked up 439 minutes in penalties. Overall, he was 38th in all-time scoring and 25th in all-time assists. His playoff record includes 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points.
He played twice in Allan Cup competition with the winning Victoriaville Tigers in 1968 and with the Gander Flyers when they lost to Galt Hornets in 1969. In the two series he had three goals and seven assists for 10 points.
He played some professional hockey in the World Hockey Association with the Quebec Nordiques, in the American Hockey League with Maine Nordiques and in the Eastern Hockey League with Salem Rebels and Roanoke Valley Rebels. The experience he gained in the professional hockey part of his career was often demonstrated in Herder Memorial competition.
J.C. Garneau fell in love with Gander and remained in Newfoundland for 22 years as a businessman in addition to playing hockey. He earned an excellent reputation in the airport town and is well remembered for his outstanding performances on a hockey rink.
For 17 busy seasons Leo Rose was an extremely valuable and actually vital aspect of hockey within Newfoundland and Labrador. During a period when there was no large number of high level competent officials, he made an extremely valuable contribution to hockey at the refereeing level.
He was simply an excellent ref who made many personal sacrifices to provide officiating for hockey games all over the province. His contributions were exceptional. Those responsible for hockey during that period of time were certainly very much aware of just how important his contributions were.
His refereeing career played an important role in the establishment of a sound, permanent officiating program that has been of extreme benefit for the sport within Newfoundland and Labrador.
His many, many fine performances at every level of hockey earned him great respect, respect that generated from players, coaches, managers and fans and especially from other officials. He was simply a well-informed, unbiased referee who always did his job well. He was a fine referee.
Born in Grand Falls, he grew up during an era of great hockey players and teams. He lived in the center of many great hockey communities and was involved in calling many games that were of relatively great importance to the majority of residents of Central Newfoundland. His officiating was conducted during a period when it was closely scrutinized and drew a great deal of public reaction.
In addition to calling games in Herder senior play, junior Veitch play and extended high school play, he was called upon to referee games involving touring National Hockey League teams such as the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins and prominent junior clubs such as the Junior Canadians.
Such was his knowledge and skill that he served as referee-in-chief for Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey in 1964 and 1965.
The impressive manner in which he conducted himself on and off the ice was important to the foundation upon which local and provincial hockey officiating was built within Newfoundland and Labrador. He was a definite role model for the referees who came after him.
Marv Ryder devoted more than 30 years to the betterment of hockey within Newfoundland and Labrador. His extremely beneficial contributions were of great importance to every aspect of hockey from minor to senior and the manner in which he served the sport was responsible for numerous valuable programs and projects.
His service began with Bonavista minor hockey and continued up through a wide range of positions until he was elected president of Newfoundland and Labrador hockey. He served as provincial hockey President from 2000 to 2006 following two years as Vice-Chairman from 1998 to 2000. He was the Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association representative to a variety of hockey meetings for 10 years and was provincial Eastern co-ordinator for 18 years.
For 10 years he was President of the Bonavista-Trinity Minor Hockey Association and filled the position of Past-President for an additional four years. He was Bonavista-Trinity games co-ordinator for six years and coach-manager for the organization in novice to bantam competition for 10 years.
This outstanding record of volunteerism resulted in numerous awards being earned. They include the 1986 Brian Wakelin award, the 1988 Celebration’s volunteer of the year award for contributions to hockey, five selections as Bonavista-Trinity Minor Hockey Association Executive of the Year and a 3M medal in 1991 for Coach of the Year. The Town of Bonavista named him Volunteer of the Year in 1992. He received the Federal Government’s 125th Anniversary Medal for volunteer work in hockey and was awarded a Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association Gold Stick in 1994. The minor hockey meritorious award of 1995 was followed by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association’s Outstanding Volunteer Award in 1996 and Hockey Canada’s Order of Merit Award in 2004. He was the first recipient of the Reg Butt Award for Outstanding Dedication to Minor Hockey.
The value that Bonavista-Trinity minor hockey received from Ryder is demonstrated by a banner at the Bonavista Stadium and every player in Bonavista-Trinity minor hockey wears a jersey that has Ryder’s name displayed within a ribbon embroidered on the sleeve.
Defenseman John Slaney of St. John’s enjoyed an exceptional hockey career that included outstanding junior performances, record-setting American Hockey League seasons and a rewarding stint in the National Hockey League.
He starred for the Cornwall Royals of the Ontario Hockey League for three seasons between 1988 and 1992 and was drafted ninth overall by Washington Capitals in the 1990 NHL draft after winning a junior individual award.
The highlight of his junior career came as a member of Canada’s National team as he fired a blue line slap shot for the 1991 winning Canadian goal against Russia for the World Junior hockey title.
Slaney played 268 NHL games with Washington, Colorado, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Nashville, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh between 1993 and 2004. He scored 22 goals, drew 69 assists for 91 points and served 103 minutes in penalties.
It was in the American Hockey League that he stood out game-to-game, season-to-season as a member of Baltimore, Portland, Cornwall, Wilkes-Barrie and Philadelphia teams. He was voted the AHL Top Defenseman for the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 seasons, winning the Eddie Shore Trophy twice.
As a defenseman, he owns AHL records for points by a rookie with 20 goals and 46 assists for 66 points with Baltimore in 1992-93 and most career goals with 149 and the most goals in one season with 30 in 1999-2000. He was the first defenseman to record 500 points in the first 71 years of the League’s history.
As a League all-star, his three goals and five assists for eight points make him the top points defenseman. He was named an all-star four times and was captain of the Canadian club for the 2002 game in St. John’s.
Slaney won the American Hockey League Championship and the Calder Cup with Philadelphia in the 2004-2005 season. He has completed his third season as an Assistant Coach with the AHL’s Portland Pirates.
In addition to the NHL and AHL, he played in the International Hockey League with Phoenix, Las Angeles and Milwaukee. He was inducted into the American Hockey League’s Hall of Fame during the league’s All-star Classic held in St. John’s.
Glenn Stanford fashioned a hockey career as a high level administrator and organizer that matches any within North America. The St. John’s native began his hockey involvement as Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador High School Athletic Federation, continued as manager of the St. John’s Memorial Stadium and then really became extremely important to hockey within the American Hockey League.
He was named the top CEO with the American Hockey League twice, in 2002 and 2012, one of only four people in the 75-year history of the league to twice earn the honor and he is one of only three people to win three separate awards.
He led extremely successful St. John’s Ice Caps and St. John’s Maple Leafs hockey operations in the American Hockey League. His leadership played a major role in the Ice Caps recording 127 consecutive sell-out crowds at Mile One.
The numerous awards and professional honors that Glenn Stanford has received include 2005 Thomas Ebight Award for career contributions to the AHL, 2004 Special Olympics Sports Celebrities Festival National Volunteer of the Year and selection as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs. He served as Chair of the American Hockey League 75th Anniversary Committee and served as Chair of AHL Hall of Fame.
In 2004 he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for significant contributions to Canada and other recognition reaction includes the James C. Hendy award from the AHL for Outstanding League Executive Performance, the 1997 Ken Mackenzie Award for the AHL Executive with the best promotion in a local market, recognition for his great work in 1995 for producing a drug awareness program video and numerous other local, national and international awards.
When the opportunity to bring an AHL franchise back to St. John’s in mid-2011, Glenn Stanford’s ability and reputation were very important in negotiations and in actual organization and his presence was a major factor in the IceCaps coming to St. John’s and being fully prepared for an extremely successful season.
At one time a teacher, he was a sports reporter, coached a succession of basketball teams, was manager of a provincial soccer club, chair for the St. John’s Basketball Hall of Fame, media chair for 1986 Espoir world wrestling cup and a director of the provincial special Olympics.
Glenn Stanford enjoyed a tremendous basketball career and is a member of the soccer hall of fame.
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.)
Athletes – Frank “Andy” Cahill, Alex Faulkner, George Faulkner, Doug Grant.
AthleteBuilder – Jack Reardigan, Terry Trainor
Builder –Msgr. George Bartlett, Hon. Robert S. Furlong, Donald S. Johnson, Brian Wakelin
Athletes –Jack Faulkner, Jim “Bucky” Hannaford, Joe Lundrigan, John Murphy, Bill Scott
AthleteBuilder — Joe Byrne, Roger Howse, Hugh Wadden
Builder — Walter Clarke, Carl Hansen, Harold Hillier, Vince Rossiter, T.A. “Gus” Soper
Athletes — Frank ‘Danky’ Dorrington, Al Dwyer (Jr.), Frank Finlayson, Robert Petrie, Frank Walker
AthleteBuilder –Herbert Augustus “Gus” Herder
Builder –Claude Anstey, Cliff Gorman
Athletes – Stan Breen, Cal Dunville, Hugh Fardy
Builders — Eric Dawe, Ron Taaffe
Athletes — Watson John “Wats” Goobie, Wilson “Copper” Leyte, Harry “Moose” Watson
Builders — George “Daddy” Dawe, Samuel James “Sam” Rose
Athletes — Charles “Charlie” P. Cahill, Michael “Mike” D. Kelly, William Clifton George Martin, Leo Murphy
AthleteBuilder — Walter “Walt” Davis
Builders — Arthur Johnson
Media — Robert “Bob” Cole
Athletes – George Connors, Jimmy Dawe, Zane Forbes, Merv Green, Donald Howse, Jim Kennedy, Ed Philpott, Terry Ryan Sr., Harold Stanley
AthleteBuilder – Bob Badcock
Builders – Neil Amadio, Peter J, Duffy, Ambrose O’Reilly, William Parrott
Media – John M. Tobin
Athletes – Terry Gilliam, Rob Gladney, Jim Temple
Athlete-Builder – Rick Babstock
Builder – Mel Andrews, Charlie McCarthy
Media – John Mayo
Athletes – Randy Pearcey, Jim Penney, Tony White
Athlete/Builder – Ray Bowe
Builder – Ron Healey
Female – Colleen Tapper
Media – George MacLaren
Athletes – Ian Campbell, Brian Gibbons, Ernie Hynes, Dick Power
Athlete-Builder – Joe Maynard, Gerry Taylor
Builder –Don Walsh
Female – Glennis (Thorne) Thomey
Media – Joe Mullins
Athletes – Ted Gillies, James Guy, Hubert Hutton, Gerry Lahey, Cyril Power
Athlete-Builder – Stan Cook
Builder – Claude Browne, Howie Meeker, Wayne Mercer, Mike Squires
Athletes – Bill Breen, Roger Dean, Bern Fitzpatrick, Alfie Hiscock, Andy Sullivan
Athlete-Builder – Wes “Bucko” Trainor
Builder – Frank Moores
Female – Debby Power
Athletes – Nigel Face, Roger Kennedy, Doug Squires
Builder – Francis Wiseman
Media – John Gibbon
Athletes – Mike Anderson, Alex Blanchard, Leo Kane, Harry Katrynuk
Builder – Len Butt, Gerry Kelly
Media – Bill Callahan
Athletes – Eg Billard, Jake Critch, Clar Goulding
Athlete-Builder – Ed O’Brien
Builder – Wayne Russell
Athletes – Al Bargery, Ford Metcalfe, Ed Oates
Media – John Murphy
Athletes – Jim Grant, Art Hamlyn, Ed Lawrence
Media – Bruce MacDonald
Athletes –Kirk Johnson, Ed O’Quinn
Builder – David Brazil, George Fardy
Media – Dee Murphy
Athlete – Bert Brake
Builder – Jim Hayward
Athlete-Builder – Jim Hornell
Builder – Danny Williams
Athlete – Ron Cadigan, Len Coughlan, Wayne Faulkner
Builder – Michael Dinn
Athlete-Builder – Art Barry, Todd Stark
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Executive Director, Hockey NL
P.O. Box 176
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL