Smiths Falls Recreational Hall of Fame Committee announces inductees

June 9, 2018 by

downloadThe Smiths Falls Recreational Hall of Fame Committee has announced the list of this year’s inductees.

Smiths Falls-native William Michael Hayes Mike learned to skate on the backyard rink built by his Dad. He started his SFMHA days with the Peanut Division and he capped it off by winning the ODMHA Midget Championship in 1972.  He captained and was the leading scorer for the Perth Blue Wings and was selected to the Ottawa Valley Junior League All Star Team in 1974. Mike has coached hockey at all levels.

Mike organizes an annual hockey game in Smiths Falls in memory of his son, Connor with the proceeds providing an annual scholarship at Sacred Heart High School, assisting student athletes with their post-secondary education.  Mike considers this to be his greatest hockey accomplishment.

Keith Holbrook began his love for all sports at an early age, but his first love was hockey.  His hard working determination, skill and love for the game placed him on the All Star teams each year, with many tournament wins and individual trophies. In 1976, Keith was invited to training camps for the Soo Greyhounds, Sudbury Wolves, Ottawa 67’s and the Toronto Marlies.

At only 16 years of age, he was drafted in the 5th round to the Toronto Marlies Tier I, being the only rookie forward kept by the Marlies.  On June 23rd, 1978, Keith received an invitation to sign up for the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team Canada, but chose the varsity team at Acadia University, where he earned a business degree.

Kate Ryan has been involved in the world of recreation as an athlete, coach, volunteer and organizer.  She has been dedicated to the advancement of women in sport. As an athlete, Kate was a varsity level gymnast at the University of Western Ontario.  In her summers off, from 1979-1983, she earned an Ontario Grant to start the “Summer Sommees Gymnastics Club” where she coached over 80 children.

Her love of hockey began in University and when she returned to Smiths Falls, she joined the only competitive women’s hockey team available, the Dragons. Once it dissolved, she organized, managed and began to play and coach the Smiths Falls Senior B Wildcats. She still plays for them today. She was also the only female coach in the Cubs Organization.  In 2008 and 2009, Kate chaired the Cubtown Women’s Hockey Tournament which hosted over 50 girls teams. Kate set out to create a place for women of all abilities to play hockey and founded the Rideau Women’s Hockey League which, over the 10 years it has run, has grown to include 6 full teams averaging approximately 100 players per year.

Also being honoured is the 1978 Bradley’s Flyers Broomball team.

All will be honoured at the 36th annual induction ceremonies on Sunday June 24th at 1:30 at the Memorial Community Centre.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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