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2013 Inductees to Moncton Sports Wall of Fame

October 3, 2013
MONCTON – The City of Moncton is proud to announce its 2013 inductees for the Sports Wall of Fame. These individuals and team have shown excellence and dedication, and have enriched the sports community in Greater Moncton. Five athletes and one team will receive the honor this year.

The ‘Class of 2013’ will see Scott Pellerin, Scott Fraser, Harold Dale Turner, Leanne Richardson and Florent “Fran” Mallais Poirier inducted under the athlete category, while the 1957-59 CYHi / CYO Junior Basketball Team will be inducted in the team category.

Bios of the Moncton Wall of Fame 2013 inductees:

Scott Pellerin, Athlete

Scott Pellerin achieved many hockey goals and honours during his illustrious hockey career, through Junior, the U.S. University ranks to the pros. He served as captain or alternate captain on almost every team he played for, from the Moncton Midget AAA Flyers to the National Hockey League. He was a standout for the University of Maine Black Bears, winning the Hobey Baker Award as top university player in 1992. 

Drafted by the NHL’s New Jersey Devils in 1989, Scott went on to a brilliant 12-year career in the pros, which included an AHL Calder Cup championship with the Albany River Rats in 1995. He was known as one of the hardest-working players and top-penalty killers in the NHL. 

Scott Fraser, Athlete

Scott Fraser started his minor hockey career in 1972 with the Moncton Minor Hockey Association. It was apparent from the start that he had a tremendous amount of natural talent. In 1991 he was drafted in the 9th round by the Montreal Canadians, but continued his career with Dartmouth College. In 98 games, he scored 59 goals and 53 assists, and left Dartmouth with his MBA in Economics. 

He turned pro with the Canadiens in 1994 and spent the next few seasons between the AHL and NHL with Montreal and Calgary. In 1997, Scott joined the Edmonton Oilers where he was named NHL Rookie of the Month twice. He finished that season as the top Oiler rookie scorer with 23 points in 29 games, good for 6th in the league among rookie scorers. He retired from hockey in 1998. 

Harold Dale Turner, Athlete

Dale Turner was an excellent athlete, excelling in both baseball and hockey. In 1971, he was a star athlete at Moncton High School and went on to lead the Saint Mary’s Huskies to four AUAA Hockey Championships and three National finals. In his 1973-74 season, he was the AUAA leading scorer and named to both the AUAA first all-star team and All-Canadian Hockey Team. 

After university, Dale played professional hockey in Holland where he established a new scoring record; 69 goals in 31 games, which still stands today. When he returned to Canada, he continued to play semi-pro in New Brunswick and was part of the Hardy Cup National Champion Moncton Hawks team in 1979. Not only was he a tremendous athlete, but coach as well. Never boastful, Dale has always unselfishly used his talents to enrich the lives of his students, athletes, colleagues, teammates, friends and family.

Leanne Richardson, Athlete

At 10-years-old, Leanne Richardson picked up a golf club and never looked back. 2013 was a very successful year. She won her second consecutive and 14th overall BMO Ladies Player of the Year, captured her second NB Women’s Amateur Championship, and her 10th NB Mixed title. Throughout her career, she has competed in 24 National Amateur Championships. 

Always showing great dignity on and off the golf course, she gives back generously to the community and has empowered many golfers over the years. She is a true ambassador for golf in Moncton and the province.

Florent “Fran” Mallais Poirier, Athlete 

“Ferocious” Fran Mallais is well known in the boxing world.  His amateur boxing career started in 1978. His first taste of success came in 1980 when he won the bronze medal at the Canadian Junior Amateur Boxing Championship. He went on to capture many championships. Most notably, in 1983, he won the gold medal at the Canada Winter Games, in 1985, he was the gold medalist at the Canadian Intermediate Amateur Boxing Championships and in 1987, he brought home gold at the Senior Men’s Canadian Boxing Championship. 

He finished his amateur career with a record of 62 wins, 20 losses, 15 wins by referee stoppage and two wins by knockout. In his brief professional career, he recorded two wins, 0 losses and one draw.  He remains very active in his community as a volunteer.

CYHi / CYO Junior Basketball Team

The St. Bernard’s CYHi / CYO Junior Basketball Teams (57 to 59) were winners on and off the court. They played in the highly competitive Moncton Senior Men’s Basketball League, because there was no Junior League for them to compete in at the time. From 1957 to 1959, they achieved a .750 winning percentage. while winning three consecutive Maritime Junior Championships. The team also played in the Eastern Canadian Championship and reached the Semi-final of the Canadian Championship. 

They brought recognition and honour to Moncton, the Province, and the Maritimes as a whole with their competitive spirit and desire to play the game they loved. Many team members have gone on to be very instrumental with the promotion and development of the sport of basketball in the Moncton area. 

Team members; Walter Baxter, Don MacDougall, Warren Crossman, Allan Charters, Bernie Wheaton, Johan Hanusiak, Bill Lutes, Greg Murphy, Darrell Miller, Edgar Hachey, Frank Power, Pat Murphy, Joe Kent, Ray Leger, John Christie, Louie Bryant, Gary MacKenzie, Bucky Brine, Roger Robart, Eric Hachey, Gerry Flemming.

The 2013 Wall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Capitol Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are available free of charge at the Capitol Theatre box office.

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André Cormier
Communications Officer
City of Moncton