The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame board of directors recently announced details about this year’s inductees. They will be inducted at a ceremony Oct. 30 at the Italian Canadian Club, during the annual Kiwanis Sports Celebrity dinner.
The following are mini-bios provided by the hall of fame board:
Builder – Russ (Rusty) Hammond
For the past 19 years, Hammond has served as the Guelph Storm’s head equipment manager. He has been involved with four Memorial Cup tournaments and four Ontario Hockey League All-Star games. He was also the head trainer and equipment manager for the Team Ontario Under-17 team in 1993, the 2002 U18 World gold medal champion in Czech Republic, the 2003 Team Canada/Russia World Cup Challenge, and the 2004 silver medal winning U20 team at the world junior hockey championships tournament in Finland. In addition, Hammond is a five-time member of the equipment management team for the Top Prospects game – Team Cherry. He also spent 10 years as head trainer/equipment manager for the Ontario Hockey Association, Guelph’s junior B squad and the Guelph Platers.
Athlete – Helen Stoumbos
Already inducted into Wilfrid Laurier’s Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008, Stoumbos was a member of the Canadian women’s national soccer team. In 1995 in Sweden, she scored the first goal ever for Canada in a World Cup finals tournament. She was named to the Ontario All Star team five times, the All Canadian team four times, and received the President’s award three times. In 1993, Stoumbos represented Canada at the World University Games. From 1999 to 2007 she was a colour commentator for women’s soccer on CBNC and Sportsnet. She is also host of We Live Soccer and co-author of Women’s Soccer: The Passionate Game.
Veteran Athlete – Bert Brown
Brown is not just a hockey player. He can also play the game of baseball having played on the Guelph Minor Baseball All Star teams. For five years he was an all-star catcher for junior intercounty baseball and played intercity fastball with the Guelph Dairy Queens and the Guelph Co-ops for 10 years as an all-star first baseman. During his hockey career, Brown played junior B from 1956-58 and for the Junior A Biltmore Mad Hatters from 1958-60. He played all minor hockey in Guelph, including the all-star teams. From 1960-68 Bert played senior A for the Guelph Regals, Windsor Bulldogs and Galt Hornets – scoring top 10 in each year. Off the ice, Brown coached the Guelph Midget All Stars in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. He also coached the Hespeler Junior B Shamrocks, winning the Central Division in 1971-1972, and the Milton Junior B’s. For seven years Brown also ran the Guelph Minor Hockey Skating School.
Team – Team Dorey (Curling)
Representing the Guelph Country Club, this local rink won the 2010 Canadian Masters National Curling Championship in St. John, N.B. and the Ontario Masters Provincial Championship in Renfrew, Ont. Earlier this year, the team once again won the Ontario Masters Provincial Championship, held in Forest, Ont. The team’s combined national, provincial and play downs record from 2010 through 2012 was 46 wins and nine losses. Team Dorey is the first Guelph curling team to win a Canadian championship. The team is: Mike Dorey (skip), Brian Henderson (vice), Gary Houghton (second) and Paul Knight (lead).
Official – Mel McPhee
As an official, McPhee was a long-time member of the Guelph Hockey Referees Association (GHRA). He officiated at all levels of minor and industrial hockey and in the Ontario Hockey Association. He served as GHRA president from 1970 to 1972 and in 1965/66 McPhee received the Doug Brill Memorial Trophy for his participation and dedication to the referees association in Guelph. He played junior A and B hockey in Guelph and continued with the sport as a coach and manager, devoting more than 30 years. He also played minor, junior and senior intercounty baseball, as well as coached Guelph minor hardball teams. He was a member of the Guelph Ingrams Inter-City Fastball Champions. McPhee continues to be an active member in the sporting community.