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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
Established 1957
Location Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Type Sports Hall of Fame

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is a hall of fame and museum in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, dedicated to the preservation and history of sports within the province. It was created in 1957 by the Alberta Amateur Athletic Union (AAAU). The museum was eventually taken over by Sport Alberta in 1973 when the AAAU ceased operations. It has been maintained by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Society since 1997. The first permanent display for the Hall of Fame was established in Edmonton in 1962. The museum relocated between Edmonton and Calgary on numerous occasions until settling in Red Deer in 1999.


Induction was originally limited to amateur athletes. In 1979, eligibility was also extended to professional athletes. In the Hall's early years, winners of major international competitions were automatic qualifiers for entry. However, that practice was ended by 1981 as part of a general tightening of induction criteria for such halls of fame across Canada. At that time, the maximum number of inductions was limited to seven athletes or teams per year. Inductees are divided into several categories such as athletes, teams, builders, and pioneers. The provincial sports media members were also given the Bell Memorial Award

The first inductees, in 1958, were boxers Charles Cheesman, Wilf Greaves and Hugh Sloan, and track athlete George Sutherland.

Notable inductees

Individual persons

Year Inductee Description  
2007 Barry, DonDon Barry Canadian football player for the Edmonton Eskimos, three-time Grey Cup champion
2013 Bascom, Earl W.Earl W. Bascom American-Canadian cowboy, rodeo performer, and actor known as the "Father of Modern Rodeo"
1980 Bright, JohnnyJohnny Bright Canadian Football League player and member of several football halls of fame
1980 Calkins, MichelleMichelle Calkins Synchronized swimmer and gold medalist at the 1978 World Aquatics Championships
2000 Chynoweth, EdEd Chynoweth President of the Canadian Hockey League and Western Hockey League
1998 Connellan, PeterPeter Connellan University of Calgary Dinos football coach, Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee
2005 Clovechok, AndyAndy Clovechok Canadian ice hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Flyers, others, inducted into at least five halls of fame
1983 Crosland, MargaretMargaret Crosland Two-time winner of the Canadian Figure Skating Championships
2008 Davidson, MelodyMelody Davidson Head coach of Olympic gold medal winning Canada women's national ice hockey team
1995 deWit, WillieWillie deWit Canadian former Olympic boxer who now is a Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta sitting in Calgary
2005 Dutton, RedRed Dutton Professional ice hockey player and coach, President of the National Hockey League
2000 Easton, RobertRobert Easton Canadian Paralympic wheelchair racer, and member of three halls of fame in Canada
1995 Fennell, DaveDave Fennell Voted Canadian Football League Top 50 player of the modern era by The Sports Network
1986 Gadsby, BillBill Gadsby Professional ice hockey player, Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
2004 Hall, BryanBryan Hall Radio broadcaster for the Edmonton Eskimos
1988 Hambrook, SharonSharon Hambrook Synchronized swimmer and gold medalist at the 1982 World Aquatics Championships
1989 Hardy, W. G.W. G. Hardy President of the International Ice Hockey Federation and Member of the Order of Canada
1980 Hart, StuStu Hart Professional wrestler, mult-sport athlete, patriarch of the Hart wrestling family
2002 Jones, TerryTerry Jones Journalist, Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award recipient, Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Canadian Curling Hall of Fame
2008 Katsuta, YoshioYoshio Katsuta Japanese-Canadian judoka and first president of the Alberta Black Belt Association
1990 Kesler, RegReg Kesler Although he competed in 5 rodeo events, he was best known as a rodeo stock contractor
1983 Kingsmith, RayRay Kingsmith Canadian curler and politician who was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1986 and 1994
1980 Knight, PetePete Knight Canadian and World Champion rodeo bronc rider
2013 Knight, RayRay Knight Knight created the Raymond Stampede, oldest rodeo in Canada; known as the first stock contractor
2009 Krempien, JenniferJennifer Krempien Canada women's national wheelchair basketball team player and Paralympic gold medalist
1990 Kryczka, JoeJoe Kryczka President of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association
1980 Kryczka, KellyKelly Kryczka Synchronized swimmer and gold medalist at the 1979 Pan American Games and the 1982 World Aquatics Championships
2015 MacGregor, BruceBruce MacGregor Retired National Hockey League and World Hockey Association player, and assistant general manager of the Edmonton Oilers
1996 MacLean, RonRon MacLean Canadian sportscaster for CBC Television and Rogers Media, host of Hockey Night in Canada
1993 McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald Professional ice hockey player, Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
2015 Moss, JoeyJoey Moss Long-time locker room attendant with Down syndrome for the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos due to Wayne Gretsky's influence.
1970 Palmer, HowardHoward Palmer 1941 Macdonald Brier champion curler
1968 Potter, ArtArt Potter President of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association
1980 Rose, BillyBilly Rose Canadian curler, skip of The Brier champion team in 1946 representing Alberta
2007 Seaman, ByronByron Seaman One of the original six owners of the Calgary Flames
1988 Short, JohnJohn Short Edmonton-based sports journalist and broadcaster
1980 Stanhope-Cole, BettyBetty Stanhope-Cole Canadian Golf Hall of Fame inductee
1984 Steadward, RobertRobert Steadward President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and International Olympic Committee
1958 Sutherland, GeorgeGeorge Sutherland Athlete at the British Empire Games in track and field events
2008 Tilleman, KarlKarl Tilleman Canadian two-time Olympian basketball player and attorney
1987 Tollestrup, PhilPhil Tollestrup Canadian basketball player who played in the Olympics and is a member of several halls of fame
1980 Vanderburg, HelenHelen Vanderburg Gold medalist in synchronised swimming at the FINA World Aquatics Championships
2010 Vernon, MikeMike Vernon Professional ice hockey goaltender
1994 Wood, MartyMarty Wood Three-time World Champion saddle bronc rider, inducted into five halls of fame

Groups and teams

Year Group name Description  
2011 1950 Edmonton Mercurys Gold medalists at the 1950 Ice Hockey World Championships. Team members: Jimmy Graham (coach), Harry Allen, Marsh Darling, Bob David, John Davies, Billie Dawe, Wilbert Delainey, Donald Gauf, Jimmy Kilburn, Leo Lucchini, Jack Manson, Doug MacAuley, Ab Newsome, Allan Purvis, Don Stanley, Bob Watt, Pete Wright, Hassie Young
1974 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leafs Gold medalists at the 1951 Ice Hockey World Championships. Team members: Dick Gray (coach), Ken Branch, Bill Chandler, Dinny Flanagan, Bill Flick, Mallie Hughes, Bert Knibbs, Jim Malacko, Robert McGregor, Don McLean, Nap Milroy, Hector Negrello, Stan Obodiac, Walter Rimstad, Mickey Roth, Lou Siray, Carl Sorokoski, Jack Sumner, Don Vogan, Tom Wood
1968 1952 Edmonton Mercurys Gold medalists in ice hockey at the 1952 Winter Olympics. Team members: Louis Holmes (coach), George Abel, John Davies, Billie Dawe, Robert Dickson, Donald Gauf, William Gibson, Ralph Hansch, Robert Meyers, David Miller, Eric Paterson, Thomas Pollock, Allan Purvis, Gordon Robertson, Louis Secco, Francis Sullivan, Bob Watt
2011 1963 Edmonton Oil Kings Champions of the 1963 Memorial Cup. Team members: Russ Brayshaw (coach), Ron Anderson, Butch Barber, Tom Bend, Roger Bourbonnais, Jim Brown, Rich Bulloch, Jim Chase, Vince Downey, Jim Eagle, Ron Falkenberg, Harold Fleming, Doug Fox, Russ Kirk, S. Knox, Bert Marshall, Max Mestinsek, Butch Paul, Gregg Pilling, Pat Quinn, Dave Rochefort, Glen Sather, Reg Tashuk
2011 1966 Edmonton Oil Kings Champions of the 1966 Memorial Cup. Team members: Ray Kinasewich (coach), Ron Anderson, Garnet Bailey, Doug Barrie, Brian Bennett, Ron Caley, Craig Cameron, Bob Falkenberg, Brian Hague, Al Hamilton, Jim Harrison, Galen Head, Ted Hodgsen, Kerry Ketter, Jim Knox, Ross Lonsberry, Don McLeod, Jim Mitchell, Harold Myers, Eugene Peacosh, Ross Perkins, Murray Pierce, Dave Rochefort, Ted Rogers, Jim Schraefel, Red Simpson, Ron Walters
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