2006 Hall of Fame

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BLACK ICE HOCKEY & SPORTS HALL OF  FAME INDUCTEES

The first Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame  Conference and Induction was held at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. George and  Darril Fosty, co-authors of Black Ice:  The  Lost History of the Colored Hockey  League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925 were the keynote Speakers. The event was  sponsored by the Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers  (SONAHHR), and Stryker-Indigo. Mr. Herb Carnegie was the Special Guest  Inductee.

2006 WRITERS/HISTORIANS/JOURNALISTS  INDUCTEES

Jim Hornby is a lawyer, folklorist and historian, in PEI,  who wrote the Black Islanders: Prince Edward Island’s Historical Black  Community in 1991. Hornby documents the arrival of the black settlers to the  present day.

Professor Bill Humber is one of Canada’s leading  sports historians. Mr. Humber has written 10 books, including  a very revealing book on the troubling  conditions of black athletes in Canada, entitled, A Sporting Chance :  Achievements of African-Canadian Athletes in 2004.

J.R. Hooker, chronicled the life of Henry Sylvester  Williams – Imperial Africanist (1975), the father of the Pan African movement  and one of the architects of the Colored Hockey League’s use of codified words  to advance Black pride. He attended Dalhousie University.

Charles  R.  Saunders, Halifax newspaper columnist and author of Black and Bluenose: the  Contemporary History of a Community (1999) and Share and Care: The Story of the  Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (1994), which chronicles the life of  James A. R. Kinney. Kinney who was a follower of Booker T. Washington and a  founder of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes.

Spider Jones, a grade 5 dropout, was an  African-Canadian Author, Sports Journalist, and Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee,  who turned his life around. He is a renowned Radio Host, and has written a book  chronically his life, “Out of Darkness” – that embodies the theme that no dream  is unattainable.

 

2006 COLORED HOCKEY LEAGUE  INDUCTEES

The Colored Hockey Leagues of the Maritimes was formed  in 1895 in Halifax, NS, comprised of the sons and the grandsons of runaway   American   slaves. The CHL was one of the most complex sports organizations ever  formed and was led by Black Baptist Ministers and Church leaders. The Bible was  their code of conduct.

Thomas “Tommy” Tynes, Dartmouth Jubilees *Fred “Freddie” Borden, Dartmouth Jubilees * Adophus Francis Skinner, Halifax Eurekas * Henry Sylvester Williams, Originator * Henry “Braces” Franklyn, Dartmouth Jubilees * James Paris, Africville Sea Sides * Norman Paris, Truro Victorias * John “Jack” T. Mills, Charlottetown West  End Rangers *  William Carvery, Africville, Sea Sides *  James R. Johnston, League Official * Agustus “Gus” Adams, Halifax Eurekas * Edward A.E. Martin, Halifax Eurekas * George Clyke, Truro Victorias *  James Carvery, Africville Sea Sides * James A.R. Kinney, Manager of Halifax  Eurekas * Ansel Clyke, Truro Victorias * James E. Dixon, Africville, Sea Sides * Hippie “Hippo” Galloway, Woodstock

 

2006 ICE HOCKEY INDUCTEES

Herbert  H. (Herb) Carnegie, CM, O.ONT BORN IN 1919, was the first African Canadian to  be offered an opportunity to play hockey in the National Hockey League. In  1938, he played with the Toronto Young Rangers, and later the Buffalo  Ankerites, in the Northern Ontario League. He was named MVP of the Quebec  Provincial Semi-Pro Leagues in 1946 -47-1948. Together, with his brother,  Ozzie, and Manny McIntyre they formed the only all Black line in hockey for the  Quebec Aces.  In 1975, 1976 and 1982  Carnegie won the Ontario   Senior Golf  Champion Ships. In 1987, he formed the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces  Foundation to provide scholarships for Colleges and Universities. Today, he is  legally blind.

Ozzie Carnegie, older brother of Herbie, played hockey  in the 1940 and 1950’ and was a valuable member of the all Black line of the  Quebec Aces that were legendary in the Quebec Semi-Professional hockey league.  As youngsters the Carnegie brothers honed their skills and dreamed of one day  becoming   the first two black players in the NHL.

Art Dorrington, Truro, NS, became the first black  player to sign a NHL contract, when he joined the New York Rangers organization  in 1950. Unfortunately, he was never called up to play with the parent club. In  1958,  Dorrington became an American  Citizen and the first  black American to  play professional hockey. His Atlantic City Sea Gulls jersey hangs in the  Hockey Hall of Fame, although, his dream of playing in the NHL was derailed by  an on ice injury. In retirement he formed the Art Dorrington Foundation, in the  1990’s to teach hockey skills to children from low income families.

Stan “Chook” Maxwell, another native of Truro, NS was  one of the first players to break through the NHL colour barrier. At age 20, he  signed a contract with Punch Imlach’s Quebec Aces. In 1957, both Maxwell and  Willie O’Ree were invited to the NHL’s Boston Bruin’s training camp. He spent  most of his pro hockey career in the International Hockey League with the  Toledo Blades. Maxwell was also an outstanding baseball player.

Richard Lord, born in Montreal, in 1929 was the first  African Canadian to play in the American College Hockey League. Determined to  become an engineer, Lord was refused entry into McGill University because of  his skin colour. He, then applied to the University of Michigan, who accepted  him on condition that he would bring a Championship to their school, when they  learned that he was black.

Manny McIntyre played a high calibre of hockey  throughout the Maritimes and Eastern Canada. In 1948 and 1949 he played for the  Sherbrooke Saints, and later joined the Quebec Aces and formed and all black  line with the Carnegie brothers, dubbed “Les Noires”. He became the first Black  Canadian to sign a professional baseball contract, in 1946. He was inducted  into the New Brunswick Hall of fame in 1997.

Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player was just 22  years old when he suited up for the Boston Bruins, at the Montreal Forum on  Jan. 18, 1958. The Fredericton, NB Rink has been renamed in his honour. In  2010, O’Ree received the Order of Canada, from Governor General Michelle Jean,  a native of Haiti. Today, O’ree is a prominent member of the NHL’s hockey  diversity program, and travels all over North America conducting clinics and  teaching young people about the game of hockey.

Anson Carter, born in Barbados’s played NCAA hockey  and baseball at Michigan State University. In 1992, Carter was drafted 200th  by the Quebec Nordique, and than went on to play for several NHL clubs. He was  most successful in playing for Canada’s national teams, winning a Gold Medal  with the 1994 World Junior Champions; and the 1997 and 2003 World Cup Teams. In  2003, he scored the overtime goal that gave Canada the Gold medal, which may  have been the most important goal ever scored by a Black player for his  country.

Mike Marson became the second Black player to play in  the NHL, 15 years after Willie O’Ree.  So  impressive was Marson as a standout Junior Hockey player that the NHL’s  Washington Capitals drafted him 4th in 1974. However, his NHL career  was short lived, as his goal production decreased, weight gain and his reaction  to racial taunts caused him to retire at 25 years of age. He worked as bus  driver in Toronto after retirement. A combined expertise in martial arts and  hockey led him to create the Mike Marson Athletic Training Services program.

Tony McKegney born in1958, the same year that O’Ree  broke into the NHL, became a pro hockey player in 1979. McKegney was a great  goal scorer, and had a long and productive career in the NHL. At the end of the  day he had more goals, 303, than any other black hockey player, in the history  of the game.

Darren Lowe was born in Toronto and was an all star  hockey player at the University of Toronto. In 1983 and 1984 Lowe was a member  of Canada’s National Hockey team. Following his retirement from the NHL he  turned his attention to Coaching, and today is the Head Coach of his old  school, the Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team.

John Paris Jr. was born in Windsor NS, the birthplace  of hockey. He grew up  playing baseball  and pond hockey with his brothers, and his father, who was one of the first  black men to play on a white hockey team. John is member of the Windsor  Heritage Hall of Fame. Later in life he turned his attention to coaching and  motivational Speaking.  He was the first  Black person to Coach a professional hockey team when he led the Atlanta  Knights to the City’s first ever professional sports Championship.

Bill Riley, Amherst, NS was the 3rd black  player to play in the NHL, playing 3 years for the Washington Capital. During  this time he was a teammate of Mike Marson, marking the 1st time  that two players of African descent played on the same team in the NHL. Riley  was a rough and tough NHL player, although small in stature he managed to fight  most of the league’s tough guy’s . Due to an injury Riley’s NHL career ended in  1978 – 1979. He continued to play hockey in Eastern Canada and began a coaching  and general manager role in the Junior hockey ranks, including his home town of  Amherst.

Jay Sharrers was born in Jamaica and raised in  Vancouver. He made history in 2001 when he became the NHL’s first black  referee. He officiated at more than 1065 games, not including the many playoff games  that he has covered.

Graeme Townshend emigrated to Toronto in 1969, from  Kingston Jamaica. Townshend played professionally for 10 years, including 4 in  the NHL, where he played for the Bruins, The  Islanders and the Senators. After his retirement,  he served as Player Development Coordinator for the San Jose Sharks. He is  currently the Skills and Skating Coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

2006 Boxing Inductees

George “Little Chocolate” Dixon (1870 – 1908) was born  in Africville, NS, and was the first black World boxing champion, in any weight  class. Although, he only stood 5’3” tall and weighed 87 pounds when he began  his professional career, he claimed the world Bantamweight title in 18 rounds,  in 1890. In 1891, Dixon won the World Featherweight title in 22 rounds. There  is a recreation centre named, the George Dixon Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia,  Canada.

Sam “Tar Baby” Langford (1883 – 1956) was born in  Weymouth, NS and was one of the greatest fighters who ever stepped into a  boxing ring. He fought successfully in every boxing weight class, but never  fought for a world championship. He was called the greatest fighter that nobody  knows. He was the most avoided fighter in boxing history, and the greatest  fighter who never won a title.

Delmore “Buddy” Daye was born in New Glasgow, NS and  was a Canadian Jr. Lightweight boxing champion in 1964 -1966. He was also a  community advocate and a supporter of Africville and the rights of minorities.  In 1990, he became the first African Nova Scotian Sergeant-at-Arms for the Nova  Scotia House of Assembly. He is a Member of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.  A  street was re-named in his memory,  following his death in 1995.

Clyde Gray was born in Windsor, NS in 1977. He was the  Canadian and British Commonwealth Welterweight Boxing champion and challenged  unsuccessfully for the World Welterweight championships on three different  occasions. He held a 69 – 10-1 won-loss career boxing record upon his  retirement.

2006 Baseball Inductees

John W. (Bud) Fowler (1858 -1913) was born John W.  Jackson, and is the earliest known African American player, manager, and club  organizer in organized professional baseball.   He played more games, and more seasons in  the major leagues than any other African  American, until Jackie Robinson had played his 11th year, in 1956. He died in  Frankfort, New York.

Wilmer (Red) Fields (1922 – 2004) was an outstanding  pitcher and third baseman in the old Negro Baseball League. He was often  referred to as the “Great Field”. He played 11 years for the Washington  Homestead Grays, who won 8 Championships, and Fields was MVP 8   times. After his retirement he became President of the  newly formed Negro League Baseball Players Association, and used his time to raise  funds to assist many of his former impoverished baseball colleagues.