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Moncton Sports Wall of Fame class of 2016

October 3, 2016

MONCTON – The City of Moncton is proud to announce its 2016 inductees for the Moncton Sports Wall of Fame. These individuals have shown excellence and dedication, and have enriched the sports community in Greater Moncton. Two athletes and four builders will receive the honour this year. 

The ‘Class of 2016’ will see the late Sammy (Andrew) Samuel McManus and James (Jim) Baxter inducted under the athlete category and the late Ian Fowler, Jean Perron, Don Gaudet and Len Doucet inducted under the builder category. 

The 2016 Wall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Capitol Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are available free of charge at the Capitol Theatre box office located at 811 Main Street. 

Bios of the Moncton Wall of Fame 2016 inductees:

Sammy (Andrew) Samuel McManus – Athlete – Hockey 

Born in Ireland, Sammy McManus played junior hockey in Toronto before moving to Eastern Canada where he played with the New Glasgow Tigers, Fredericton Capitals and Moncton Hawks. The Hawks won the Allan Cup in 1933 and again in 1934 with McManus netting 8 goals and 17 points in 12 games. He won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Maroons in 1935. He was traded several times and played his last NHL game with the Boston Bruins in 1937. In 1946-47, he played his final season of hockey with the Moncton Hawks, where he produced one of the best offensive seasons of his career, 37 goals and 71 points in 32 games.

James (Jim) Baxter – Athlete – Golf 

James (Jim) Baxter became a professional golfer in 1966. He is one of the most successful playing professionals in Atlantic Canada, an inspiration to golfers in the region. He won championships often in Moncton, Amherst and Parrsboro, and he placed 4th in both the Canadian Club Professional Championship and Canadian Senior P.G.A. Seniors’ Championship. Jim also won three Atlantic P.G.A. Championships. In 1998, he received the Atlantic P.G.A. Teaching Professional of the Year Award. He influenced many young golfers over the years, played with tremendous class, and has been one of the greatest ambassadors for the sport of golf in Moncton and across Canada. 

Ian Fowler – Builder 

Ian Fowler helped shape Moncton as the sports tourism hub of Atlantic Canada. As a General Manager for the City of Moncton, he was instrumental in establishing Sports Moncton, a group created to attract sport tourism. The 2010 IAAF World Junior Championship and 2015 Women’s World Cup are examples of world-class events he helped bring to Moncton. Other successes include the construction of the CN Sportplexe, Moncton Stadium and the Downtown Centre. The Ian Fowler Executive of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball League of Canada award, named in his honour for his role in sport development in Moncton. Ian’s passion for basketball compelled him to start the Moncton Kiwanis Minor Basketball Association. In 2013, he was inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame.  

Jean Perron – Builder – Hockey 

Jean Perron’s ten year hockey career began in 1973 with the Université de Moncton men’s hockey team, Les Aigles Bleus. He coached the team to win two consecutive Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union Championships in 1981-82 and in 1982-1983, and was named coach of the year in Canada in 1982-83. Jean is considered by many as being responsible for shaping and building the team into a powerhouse. Their respected presence in intercollegiate hockey, regionally and nationally, still stands. Jean went on to coach the Montreal Canadians to a Stanley Cup victory in 1986. He was the 12th NHL rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup. 

Don Gaudet – Builder – Hockey 

Don Gaudet’s referee career started at the age of 15. He went on to referee for 30 years at the regional, provincial, national and international level. He refereed at the World Championship in Bern, Switzerland in 1990, in various Canadian University championships, Allen Cup and Hardy Cup Finals. He attained the highest echelon for amateur officials in Canada – level 6 certification. In 1989-90, he received the Canadian Amateur Hockey Associations Most Deserving Official award for the province of NB and most recently was inducted into the Memramcook Wall of Fame. He has been referred to as a man of great character with tremendous leadership skills and always fair and impartial. Refereeing is his passion and he continues to mentor young referees.

Len Doucet – Builder – Hockey 

Len Doucet is well known in the Moncton hockey community and continues to inspire many athletes. After graduating from Université de Moncton, he coached various teams before returning to coach Les Aigles Bleus in 1986 where he guided them to three first place finishes in the McAdam division and two Atlantic Conference Championships and one Canadian Championship in 1990. He was the recipient of many coaching awards, most notably coach of the year for the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union in 1989. Len continues to be involved with a local hockey camp and as a coach mentor. He was also inducted into the Moncton Sports Wall of Fame in 2011 with the 1989-90 Université de Moncton men’s hockey team.

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Communications, City of Moncton