Huskies hold inaugural hall-of-fame induction on Saturday
By Mark Newman, News Staff
Since the organization was founded in 1971, several hundred players from the Hamilton Huskies organization have gone on to play hockey at the junior, college or professional level.
Some like Dave Andreychuk have won a Stanley Cup while others like Laura Fortino have brought home an Olympic gold medal.
On Saturday the Huskies will turn another page in Hamilton hockey history when they hold their inaugural hall-of-fame dinner at Southcote 53 Grill and Bar in Ancaster.
“We’re trying to recognize hockey in Hamilton,” said Huskies’ general manager Mike Spadafora, who is overseeing the event.
About 100 former Huskies players are expected to be at the dinner and take part in the alumni golf tournament earlier in the day.
Former Tampa BayLightning captain and Stanley Cup winner Dave Andreychuk will be on hand as a member of the first group of inductees in the athlete’s category.
Harry Fotheringham, one of the founders of the Huskies and Hamilton Kilty B’s (now Red Wings) is being inducted as a builder.
The 1991 Hamilton Huskies Midget AAA squad is being inducted in the team category.
“This team would be one of the most successful teams in the history of the Huskies organization,” said Spadafora of the team that won an Ontario championship and got to the finals of the Air Canada Cup national championship.
The Huskies are also honoring long-time NHLer Harry Howell with a Hamilton Hockey Award.
Huskies graduates Joe Cirella, who played over 800 games in the National Hockey League and Olympic champion Laura Fortino will be among the special guests.
Spadafora said Fortino played on boys’ major pee wee, minor bantam and major bantam AA teams with the then Hamilton Reps before moving to women’s hockey.
The Huskies changed their name to the Hamilton Reps following the 1990-91 season and switched back to the Huskies in 2012.
Last spring the Huskies merged with the Hamilton Hub organization to oversee some 800 players age 7-17 at the intermediate and elite levels.
The Huskies are looking to locate their hall-of-fame near the entrance of the Chedoke Twin Pad Arena, the Huskies’ home rink.
Spadafora said they hope to have the details worked out with the city by next spring.
Along with photos of each inductee, Spadafora said the hall will feature a variety of hockey memorabilia that has been collected by the organization over the past 43 years.
He said the alumni golf tournament and hall-of-fame dinner will be an annual event.
For more information about the alumni weekend, see: hamiltonhuskies.ca.