It’s been 7 years since the last induction ceremonies were held by the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame but the wait ends September 16th.
5 individuals and one team will be added to the Belleville Shrine which moves to the second floor on the east side of the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.
This years inductees include long time NHLer Robbie Ray who spent all but 11 games of his 13 year NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres. The rugged Ray amassed 3207 penalty minutes but was also honoured with the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his leadership on and off the ice and humanitarian contributions to the community.
Ray is joined by fellow NHLer Chris Valentine who scored 43 goals and 95 points in just 105 games with the Washington Capitals before taking his career to Germany where he was a 7 time scoring champion.
Shorty Jenkins, known world wide as a master ice technician and innovator in the making of curling ice. Jenkins methods were adopted around the globe.
Also joining the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame in Septebmer is Master Weight Lifter Joel Carr-Braint of the Apollo Barbell Club. Carr-Braint is an 18 time Canadian Masters Olympic Weightlifting champion. Joel joins his father Ken Carr-Braint in the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame.
Belleville’s Queen of the Lakes, Paula Stephenson Duggan. She is one of just two swimmers to takle all five Great Lakes.
And the 1962 Ontario Senior Baseball Champion Belleville Kenmores will become just the 4th team to join the Hall of Fame.
Quintenews.com will have detailed stories on all of the inductees as we get closer to the September ceremonies.