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Moncton Sports Wall of Fame class of 2017

September 29, 2017

Wall of Fame 2017

MONCTON – The City of Moncton is proud to announce its 2017 inductees for the Moncton Sports Wall of Fame. These individuals have shown excellence and dedication, and have enriched the sports community in Greater Moncton. Three athletes, one builder and two teams will receive the honour this year. 

The ‘Class of 2017’ will see Patty Blanchard, the late Janiva Willis and Raymond Hebert inducted under the athlete category, the late  Brian Agnew inducted under the builder category and the Mabey Curling Team (1960-70) and the Moncton Midget Century Flyers (1976-77) Hockey Team will be inducted under the teams category.  

The 2017 Wall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 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 2017 inductees:

Patty Blanchard – Athlete – Athletics

Patty Blanchard was a natural runner from a young age and has not stopped since. Competing in eight Canadian national teams in road races, track and field and cross country, her talents have brought her all over the world.  Blanchard broke four World Masters records, 11 Canadian Masters records and 37 New Brunswick age-group records and currently owns six existing provincial open records, which have stood since the 1980s and 1990s. She has received numerous sport awards from organizations such as Canadian Interuniversity Sport, Atlantic University Sport, and Radio-Canada. Blanchard was inducted into Run NB Hall of Fame in 2010 and the NB Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. 

Janiva Willis – Athlete – Softball

Janiva Willis was an exceptionally gifted athlete. Jay, as most called her, attended Winthrop University in South Carolina on a softball scholarship, and broke the university’s all-time single season home run record as well as the career home run record. Playing for the Canadian Women’s National Softball team, she won a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, and later that summer won a gold medal at the Universiade Games in Bangkok. Willis touched many lives throughout her career as an athlete and later through her passionate work with children. She was inducted into Winthrop Hall of Fame in 2012 and NB Softball Hall of Fame in 2017. 

Raymond Hebert – Athlete – Horseshoe pitching

Raymond Hebert competed and dominated the sport of horseshoe pitching for 30 years. Not only was he a premier player, but he was seen as a legend of the sport.  Hebert has won the New Brunswick Horseshoe A Championships 29 times, was the Maritime champion 13 times and competed at the national level. Extremely dedicated to growing the sport, he continuously promoted horseshoe pitching in Moncton. He was truly a class act and was very popular with other horseshoe pitching players and executives.  In 2003, Ray was inducted into the NB Horseshoe Hall of Fame in the player category.

Brian Agnew – Builder – Football 

Brian Agnew was universally respected in Moncton’s football community for his technical knowledge of the sport, his coaching skills and especially for his leadership. He led teams to several Provincial and Maritime championships. Along the way, he received the NB Football Lifetime Achievement Award and was a finalist for NFL Canadian Coach of the year. Brian made a difference in a lot of people’s lives; he was engaging, a positive leader, mentor and motivator to all who had the opportunity to work with him. He had a heartfelt interest in the successes of his players, fellow coaches, referees and administrators. In football and in life, Brian was a true champion. 

Mabey Curling Team – Team – Curling (1960-1970) 

The Mabey Curling Team was a force to be reckoned with in the 1960s and 1970s. On and off the ice, they demonstrated the dedication and ability of championship level playing and set the bar high for competitive playing requirements.  They were Provincial champions and went on to the Canadian Curling Championships for the MacDonald Brier Tankard in 1960, 1962, 1964, 1969 and 1970.  Admired athletes and role models to many, the Mabey Team was a pillar of the Moncton curling community and outstanding ambassadors for the sport of curling.  

Team members:
Harold Mabey (skip/lead), Hap Mabey (skip, third), Dr. Ed Steeves (third), David Silliphant (third), Harold Keith (second), Grant MacMellon (lead), Robert Puddester (lead), Ron Lewis (lead)

Moncton Midget Century Flyers – Team – Hockey (1976-1977)

The Moncton Midget Century Flyers were a hard working team committed to being the best they could be.  With a record of 33 wins and 1 defeat prior to the 1977 National Wrigley Hockey Tournament held in Moncton, the team placed fourth, but they won the hearts of their fans, and brought a city together with record breaking attendance at the Moncton Coliseum. The team went on to win both NB Midget Provincial and Maritime Midget Championships in the spring of 1977 and were awarded the City of Moncton Ambassador Award. 

Team members:
David Babineau, Kevin Black, Roger Bourque, Gerry Caron (coach), Darren Coleman, Aurele Daigle, Stephen Day, Marc Deschenes, Ron Gaudet (Assistant Coach), Kevin Gaudet, Danny Gautreau, Michel LaForest, Kenny LeBlanc, Jim Longphee, Roland Melanson, David Robinson, Randy Saulnier, Randy Sears (Assistant Coach), Tim Sears, Galen Snook, Mike Vautour, Greg West, Tony Zappia (Coach), Len Lavoie (Trainer)


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Kelly Jones
Communications, City of Moncton