Guelph Sports Hall of Fame announces 2013 inductees

Induction ceremony takes place at Kiwanis Sports Celebrity Dinner October 23

Guelph, On, August 7, 2013 – The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors is pleased to announce the names of the 2013 inductees who will be inducted at a ceremony in October.

This year’s inductees are athlete Todd Hlushko, veteran athlete Lt.-Col. John Steele, builder Steve Redmond, official Frank Cecchetto and the 1939 Guelph Leaflets.

The induction ceremony will take place during the annual Kiwanis Sports Celebrity Dinner on the evening of Wednesday, October 23 at the Italian Canadian Club. Tickets are $80 for adults and $35 for students 17 and under.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 519-822-4900 extension 2844.

About the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame

The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that recognizes and honours the achievements of Guelph individuals and teams who have attained prominence and distinction in any field of sport, and who have made a major contribution to the development and advancement of sports in Guelph. Funding is generously provided through the Guelph Kiwanis Club’s annual Sports Celebrity dinner. The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame was established by the City of Guelph and the Kiwanis Club of Guelph in 1992.

Inductee Bios

Athlete – Todd Hlushko

Todd Hlushko played for the Guelph Pro-Joys Junior Royals from 1988-1991; they won the Championship in 1989 ending a 35 year slump for the junior program. Hlushko went on to play for the Senior Guelph Royals from 1989-94. In 1992 he was named Rookie of the Year. He also won the batting championship with an average of .415 (49 for 118), was awarded the Commissioners’ Trophy for Outstanding achievements, and named to the first team all star. Hlushko was on the Royals’ championship team in 1993.

In addition to playing for the Royals, Hlushko played in the Ontario Hockey League for the Guelph Platers, Owen Sound Platers, and London Knights from 1988-1990. He was drafted by the Washington Capitals and played in the National Hockey League for Philadelphia, Calgary and Pittsburgh.

From 1992-94 Hlushko played for the Canadian National Team and was on the ’94 silver medal winning team at the Olympics and the bronze medal winning Team Canada at the 1995 World Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. He also played professional hockey in the DEL (German Elite League) from 2000-2005, winning a championship with the Mannheim Eagles in 2000.

Veteran Athlete – Lt.-Col. John Steele

Lt.-Col. John Steele was one of the world’s elite marksmen and is a member of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association Hall of Fame.

He was selected to participate on the Canadian Rifle Team at Bisley 14 times between 1913 and 1948 coming second in the King’s Prize on his final visit. He qualified for the King’s prize on three other occasions and was also in the top 50 of the Grand Aggregate four times.

Lt.-Col. Steele was the Canadian Full-bore Rifle Champion once, came second twice and third once. He also won the Governor General’s prize.

Builder – Steve Redmond

Steve Redmond is an inspirational and exemplary educator, coach and community leader.

Chosen in 2006 as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals and Special Olympics Ontario ‘Educator of the Year,’ Redmond has successfully combined his passion for sports with his commitment to providing opportunities for all children and youth including coaching, managing and organizing with Special Olympics at the local, regional and provincial levels.

In 2000, Redmond established the 1st Guelph Special Olympics Youth Basketball program. He has been the head coach since the beginning and the program now has 80 athletes, four teams and 21 coaches. He has organized for 11 years the Guelph Invitational Basketball Tournament which is one of the largest in the province.

In 2002, Redmond had a vision for a Guelph Special Olympics Schools Track and Field meet and worked hard with a committee of community volunteers to make it a reality. He has convened the track meet for 11 years and it now has 500 students with disabilities from 63 schools participating and has become a model for the rest of the province.

In 2007-2008, Redmond worked on an Athletics Canada pilot project with Paralympics Canada to modify the Run/Jump/Throw program for athletes with disabilities.

In 2009 he was selected by Special Olympics Canada to be part of their long term planning team responsible for establishing volunteer, youth ambassador and family network national programs.

Redmond received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Redmond was an outstanding all round athlete with provincial championships in five different sports: badminton, football, track and field, fastball and volleyball. For more than 40 years he has coached athletes at all levels including coaching the Guelph Special Olympics Basketball team to provincial gold in 2008 and provincial silver in 2012. He continues to coach and mentor young coaches.

Official – Frank Cecchetto

Frank Cecchetto has been an official for more 45 years and is highly respected by players for helping teach and guide instead of strictly enforcing rules. He has been a rules interpreter and educational officer with the Guelph Board for more than 33 years.

Frank has refereed for the Canada pro basketball league, Toronto Raptors’ Inter squad games, Canada Games in Thunder Bay, Men’s and Women’s competitions/finals including Federation International Basketball, Ontario University Athletics, and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. He was also the Ontario University Athletics Went Panel Official for 20 years.

In addition to participating as an assignor/evaluator at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations and College Provincial Championships, Frank has officiated numerous District 10 finals, Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association Boys and Girls Finals and Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Boys Provincial Championship Tournaments.

Team – 1939 Guelph Leaflets

The 1939 Guelph Leaflets ended their regular season Junior Inter-county League schedule with a record of 10 wins and only two losses.

They went on to beat the Brantford Juniors in round one of the Inter-county league playoffs in a best three-of-five series, the Galt Terrier Pups in the semi finals and the St. Thomas Juniors in the finals.

The Inter-county champions went on to become Junior ‘A’ provincial champions after beating the Owen Sound Juniors in the first round of the Ontario Baseball Association play down series, the 1938 Ontario Baseball Association winners Niagara Falls Juniors in three games in the second round, the Toronto McCormick’s in the semi-final, and the Chatham Catholic Youth Organization juniors both in two straight games in the best two-of-three series! Quite a feat when you consider the travel involved rather than the tournament format used today!

For more information

Rich Grau
Secretary
Guelph Sports Hall of Fame
519-822-1260 extension 2314
rich.grau@guelph.ca