Rhéal Cormier among 2014 inductees to N.B. sports hall
Dave Durepos, Jason Dickson, Gordie Clark, Dave Sullivan and Nancy Morrison also honoured
The Class of 2014 in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame boasts two former major league baseball players and a three-time Paralympic gold medallist.
They will be joined by Paralympian basketball player Dave Durepos, former hockey standout Gordie Clark of Saint John, curler David Sullivan and softball umpire Nancy Morrison.
The induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame will take place June 7 at the Garcelon Civic Center in St. Stephen.
Career highlights of the inductees include:
- Cormier, of Cap Pélé, spent 16 years in the majors as a pitcher, recording 760 strikeouts while pitching for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos. He is a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and a two-time Olympian.
- Dickson, from Miramichi, made his major league baseball debut with the California Angels in 1996, winning the Tip O’Neil Award from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. He was selected for the All-Star game in 1997. Dickson also pitched for Team Canada at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Durepos, of Fredericton, won three gold medals with the Canadian basketball team at the Paralympics and captained Team Canada from 2000-2002. He was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident at age 20 and went on to have a 24-year career in wheelchair basketball.
Clark, of Saint John, was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1975 and he ended up having a long and successful career in the American Hockey League. Clark is currently working as director of player personnel with the New York Rangers.
Sullivan, of Fredericton, has curled competitively for 60 years. He competed in six national Brier championships between 1966 to 1983 and is a two-time Canadian senior men's champion. Sullivan coached the Jim Sullivan rink to the 1988 World Junior men's curling championship.
Morrison, of Quispamsis, has officiated at five national softball events as Umpire-in-Chief, and was selected in 2008 as an umpire for the Beijing Olympics.