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William Francis (Bill) Crowley

Growing up in Peterborough, Bill played many sports. He won Ontario Midget and Junior Softball Championships in 1964 and 1966; quarterbacked the St. Peter’s High School football team; coached two baseball teams to Provincial finals in 1968-69; played on the senior baseball team in 1972-73 and was the Peterborough Men’s City Softball League Red Sullivan…

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William (Bill) Twist

Bill Twist

Born in Lakefield, Bill played ball and hockey.  He played Junior “B” hockey with Peterborough and was a call-up to the McGillis Eagles for their Senior “B” playoffs in 1952.  He also played for the Senior “B” Petes.  In 1955 Bill was part of the Lakefield team that won the OHA Intermediate “A” Lakeshore League…

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Robert (Bobby) Young

Bobby Young

Robert (Bobby) Young is a man for all seasons, active in Ennismore sports for more than 50 years. Born December 29, 1930, Bobby was involved in a full variety of sports:  baseball, softball, fastball, hockey (ice, ball and floor), lacrosse and curling as a participant and sponsor. He was a prime factor in construction of…

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Lee Vitarelli

Lee Vitarelli

The Vitarelli name in Peterborough is synonymous with lacrosse. So it is natural that when Lee was born September 13, 1949, it helped extend the family legacy in the sport to more than 60 years. His father Lou and uncles, Ned and Dootch were outstanding players who were known throughout the local sports community. It…

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Maurice H. (Lefty) Reid

Lefty Reid

The legacy of Maurice “Lefty” Reid spans a broad spectrum from bowling, basketball and softball to Hall of Fame curator. He was the City of Peterborough bowling champion in the late 1950’s at Duffus, Playfair and Lakeview lanes and holds the City high triple score of 1143. In 1959 he bowled seven 900 triples and…

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Mary Hinan-Grose

Mary Hinan-Grose

The Peterborough Sports Community has clearly been the beneficiary of many years of hard work and dedication by Mary Hinan. Mary played in the Women’s City Softball League for 14 years, winning the championship four times. She also organized, coached and served as Convener in the Community Church Softball League for several years. Nevertheless, it…

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Steve Terry

Steve Terry

Steve Terry moved to Peterborough from Toronto in 1975 and had an immediate impact upon the local baseball scene. He started coaching here in 1977 and is still presently active as a coach for the Peterborough River Dogs. In 1979, he coached the Peterborough Juniors to a provincial title and in 1994 the Bantam Peterborough…

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David McConkey

David McConkey

David McConkey has had a tremendous influence on the Peterborough running scene over the last 20 years. He participated in the prestigious Boston Marathon eight times. He also finished 33rd in the Athens, Greece Peace Run Marathon in 1988 where he was the first Canadian to cross the finish line. As well, he completed many…

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Paul V. Brown

Paul Brown

Paul Brown has taught Judo for more than 45 years as a volunteer at the Peterborough Family YMCA. During his lengthy tenure as a sensi or head instructor at the YMCA Hatashita Judo Club, Paul has demonstrated true sportsmanship and an unflagging commitment to excellence, inspiring generations of local residents. He has tirelessly promoted Judo,…

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Donald Gray

Don Gray

Don Gray demonstrated the classic spirit of the volunteer in sports in Peterborough, working tirelessly for more than 20 years to give youngsters the opportunity to play softball and hockey. Don did not seek the spotlight while promoting participation, fair play and sportsmanship for generations of boys and girls. Don did it all, from coaching,…

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James K. (Jim) Orr

Jim Orr

Jim Orr made impressive contributions to sport at the local, provincial, national and international levels. In hockey, his greatest contributions were as a referee for 18 years, seven in the OHA. As the first Referee-In-Chief and Technical Director of the Canadian Oldtimers’ Hockey Association he worked with the organizing committees across Canada and as far…

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Paul S. B. Wilson

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson came to Peterborough in 1966 to become athletic director at Trent University and brought with him a skill and love of squash, rugby and cricket. Since then he has carved out a unique career in sports as an exceptional athlete, coach, referee and builder. Paul has also inspired generations of Trent students and…

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Bob (Chub) Delahey

Robert Delahey

Bob Delahey has made a unique contribution to hockey and lacrosse in Peterborough as a player, dedicated trainer, administrator, coach, referee and volunteer for more than 40 years. Born in Peterborough in 1935, Bob grew up playing lacrosse and hockey and as a trainer never lost his competitive edge. He was a trainer of the…

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Rupert (Rube) Brady

Rupert Brady

Rube Brady was a true pioneer builder in minor hockey and baseball in Peterborough. From the 1920s until his death in 1963, Rube provided opportunities for generations of youngsters to participate in sports. Born in 1897, Rube spent all of his life in his beloved East City where he became a legend. He worked tirelessly…

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Ken Self

Ken Self

Peterborough native Ken Self has worked tirelessly on behalf of minor hockey in Peterborough for more than four decades. As coach, manager, tournament organizer and league administrator, Ken has shown selfless dedication to generations of youngsters and his efforts have been recognized both locally and nationally. In 1965 he was named Peterborough Sportsman of the…

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Roger Neilson

Roger Neilson

Roger Neilson, one of hockey’s greatest innovators, has had an outstanding coaching career at the National Hockey League and Major Junior A levels. During his distinguished NHL career, Roger coached seven NHL teams leading the Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup finals in 1982 and the Florida Panthers to the best first year finish ever…

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George (Junior) Ellis

George Ellis

George Ellis is recognized as the man most responsible for keeping senior baseball alive in Peterborough from 1975 to 2000. George enters his 25th campaign as Manager of the Peterborough Tigers in 2000 and has been connected with local baseball for more than 30 years. For 12 years he coordinated the successful Tigers baseball camp…

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Edmund (Ted) Higgins

Ted Higgins

Ted Higgins made a contribution to sport in Peterborough as an athlete, coach and owner. Ted started swimming at age 7 under the guidance of Gord Minty. During his teen years he won the Mississauga half-mile swim six consecutive years and at age 49 placed second in this same race. In the 1962 Ted coached…

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Don Dorsett

Don Dorsett

Don Dorsett is a life-long Peterborough resident whose commitment to minor hockey is legendary. Active with the Mark Street Church Organization, Don is recognized as a family man of integrity and dedication — the epitome of what comes to mind when Church League is mentioned. A co-founder of the Liftlock Atom Tournament in 1969, Don…

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George I. Dormer

George Dormer

Known as “The Little Iron Man,” George Dormer had an active career as a softball player, manager  and sponsor with a lifetime involvement at the executive level of sport in our City. Born in 1903, George became proprietor of a George Street sports hangout known as the Sugar Bowl. This lunch counter and confectionery store,…

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