Fall 2016 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Artefacts Newsletter
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The year 2017 will mark the 60th Anniversary of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

In 1957, the “Alberta Amateur Sports Hall of Fame” was founded by the Alberta Branch of Athletic Union of Canada.  The following year of 1958, welcomed the first inductees and Honoured Members  — Charles Cheesman, George Sutherland, Hugh Sloan, and Wilf Greaves.  In the beginning, the Hall of Fame only recognized seven sports including; track and field, boxing, wrestling, weightlifting, fencing, handball, and gymnastics. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame now recognizes over 75 sports.

The first display was created in 1964 at the Molson’s Edmonton House. After the long journey moving the Hall of Fame around the province for years, we are proud to now have a permanent facility located on the west side of Red Deer, Alberta.

The 60th Anniversary Celebrations will bring together many of our Honoured Members at the annual Induction Banquet, held on Friday, May 26 in Red Deer.  This will be a time to celebrate the men and women who have distinguished themselves as pioneers, athletes, and builders of sport in Alberta.

We will also be celebrating our 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament Fundraiser on August 10th at the Innisfail Golf course.  We invite everyone to enjoy a day on the course with our Honoured Members.

There will be several Special Events held throughout the year to celebrate and honour our accomplishments over the past 60 years.  

Check our website and social media to celebrate our 60th Anniversary with us!
Every year nominations are received from the public for the following categories; Athlete, Builder, Team, Pioneer Award, Bell Memorial Award,  Achievement Award. If you know someone that you would like to nominate for induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, complete all the required documentation and send it to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.

The nomination entry deadline is 4:30 p.m. on January 31, 2017.

For Nomination Forms please visit our website:
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Upcoming Events

Our Dreams and Goals education program will be hosting Honoured Member and Olympic medalist Cheryl Bernard on January 25, 2017.

Cheryl will share her experience and journey as an Olympic curling athlete at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where Team Canada won the silver medal.
Curling Bus Trip:  April 4, 2017
We’ve got the perfect stocking stuffer for the Curling Fan in your family! Join us for the 2017 Ford World Men’s Curling Bus Trip! $100 for two Team Canada draws! Call to reserve your seats today!

Partnership with Servus Credit Union

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is excited to announce a new partnership with Servus Credit Union that will provide Free Admission to our family friendly facility on the First Wednesday of every month from 6pm to 8pm.  Each month will have a different theme with opportunities throughout the year to watch and participate in sport demonstrations. 

Servus Credit Union is sponsoring this program as part of their Community Access initiative that makes it easier for Albertans to enjoy some of the best attractions and activities our province has to offer. 

Check our website and social media for monthly themes that will engage your family and make each visit a unique experience.
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Honoured Member News

Alex Decoteau (2001 Pioneer Award Track & Field Athlete) will be posthumously honoured in 2017, as a new park will be named after him in Edmonton’s revitalised downtown core.

Dwayne Erickson (2008 Bell Memorial Award) was posthumously honoured by the media and Calgary Stampede board, as they renamed the South Media Press Box the “Dwayne Erickson Media Suite” during the 
2016 Calgary Stampede.

Wayne Gretzky (2000 Hockey Athlete) was named the Official Ambassador for the NHL’s Centennial in 2017. 
In October, the Edmonton Oilers announced that Wayne will serve as Partner and Vice-Chair of the 
Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG).

Graham Kelly (2016 Bell Memorial Award) was inducted into the Medicine Hat Sports Wall of Fame September 14, 2016.

Ron MacLean (1996 Bell Memorial Award) returned to host Saturday’s edition of Hockey Night In Canada.  Ron will continue visiting communities across the country as host of Rogers Hometown Hockey tour.

Bob Scammell (2013 Bell Memorial Award) retired after 50 years of writing a weekly outdoor sportsman column for the Red Deer Advocate.
At the 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games

Chaim Schalk and Gavin Schmitt (2016, Red Deer College Kings 1999/00 to 2006/07 Volleyball Teams) - Chaim competed on Team Canada Beach Volleyball Team and Gavin was on the Team Canada Volleyball Team.

Ashley Patzer (now Steacy) (2015 University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Women’s Rugby Teams) won a bronze medal with Team Canada Rugby Sevens Team.

Carol Huyhn (2014 Wrestling Athlete) was an Assistant Chef de Mission for Team Canada.

Ron MacLean (1996 Bell Memorial Award) was the CBC Olympic morning host.

Kyle Shewfelt (2005 Gymnastics Athlete) was the gymnastics analyst.

Mark Tewksbury (1993 Swimming Athlete) was a special analyst who provided insight, opinion, and enthusiasm while talking about the swimming events and competitors.

Beckie Scott (2004 Cross Country Skiing Athlete) continues to promote and be an advocate for drug free sports as the chairperson of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athlete Commission.  There was a great interview of Beckie by Clara Hughes during CBC’s Olympic coverage.
ASHFM Honoured Members were named to Calgary’s 2026 Olympic potential bid Exploration Committee: Builders Dale Henwood and Wilton Littlechild, and Athletes Catriona Le May Doan and Beckie Scott.

In Memory 

David Folinsbee (2015 Pioneer Award - Badminton Builder) passed away July 1, 2016.

William “Bill” Gadsby (1986 Hockey Athlete) passed away March 10, 2016.

Robert McGregor (1974, 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leafs Hockey Team) passed away May 18, 2016.

Bill Patrick (1968 Diving Athlete) passed away June 22, 2016.
Jim Whitelaw (2013 Football, Track & Field Builder) passed away July 28, 2016.

Normie Kwong was a three-time inductee: (1980 Football Athlete), (2000, 1948 Calgary Stampeders Football Team) and (2007, 1954-1956 Edmonton Eskimos Football Teams).  He passed away September 3, 2016.

John ‘Jack’ Lilja (2014, 1958/59 -1961/62 Broder’s Chinooks Basketball Team) Passed away October 15, 2016.
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Celebrating Through Exhibits

2017 is a very busy year and we are looking forward to celebrating several milestones with you through new and exciting exhibits. Follow the website to learn more about the launch dates of each exhibit.

We will be celebrating ASHFM’s 60th Anniversary all year with different events and exhibits. Join us as we explore our history, the first inductees, and the people who allowed ASHFM to grow and thrive for 60 years. 

In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday and ASHFM is joining in the festivities with new exhibits highlighting some of our pioneers.
What better way to celebrate Canada’s rich diversity than through our pioneers who brought their sports into Alberta and Canada.

The Canada Games will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary at the Canada Summer Games in Manitoba. Celebrate closer to home with us and a new exhibit featuring the Canada Games history.

The National Hockey League has been around for 100 years! With two teams of our own in Alberta, we will be highlighting some of our earliest NHL hockey players who have been inducted into ASHFM. 


We are excited to announce that we have secured the funding to move ahead with our Collections Expansion over the summer of 2017. Please follow us on the website and social media to follow the progress from inventory, packing, moving to offsite storage, the building of the mezzanine floor, and installation of new compact shelving. If you have any questions or concerns about this project please contact Breanna Suk at 403-341-8614. 
Thank you for the grants from Western Economic Diversification Canada and CFEP.

International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) Conference

On September 25-28, 2016, three members of ASHFM attended the International Sport Heritage Association Conference (ISHA) in Calgary. The conference’s theme was “Museums Embracing Emerging Technologies” and was attended by over 100 representatives from sport halls of fame from across North America and China. Sessions included new forms of high-tech interactives, augmented reality, virtual learning, as well as some discussions on low-tech interactives that are equally as engaging. 

Breanna Suk, our Collections & Exhibit Coordinator, 
presented on the panel regarding online collections 
management. Her presentation was engaging and many were impressed at our high standards and attention to detail.  

Donna Hateley, ASHFM Managing Director, was appointed to the Board of ISHA. “I’m proud to be able to bring a higher profile to the ASHFM at an international level.”
Congratulations Donna!

Overall, it was an amazing experience for the staff, who are now more motivated than ever to bring new and exciting experiences to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.  
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Leaving A Legacy

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum has created a Legacy Program to assist with the preservation of sports history and the stories that will inspire all for years to come, and we want you to be a part of it. 

Your Legacy Gift will support many programs such as the Hall of Fame Gallery, research, educational programs, collection expansion, capital improvements, and much more. With your help, we can continue to grow and celebrate achievements in Alberta sports. 

Leaving a Legacy can include planned giving, a one-time gift, a monthly gift, and many other opportunities. We are grateful and appreciative for the generosity of our supporters and friends and ask you to JOIN OUR TEAM. 
Please contact Donna Hateley, Managing Director, at 403-341-8614 for more information
The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum provides a family friendly interactive experience.  Be surprised at what you will discover inside.  Have fun, laugh, play together, and discover famous Alberta sports celebrities.  Plan your birthday party, special events, or corporate reception in a unique environment!
For further information about these events or other upcoming events, please see our website

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