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Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremonies
November 12, 2013
The North Cowichan-Duncan Sports Wall of Fame will have five new inductees this weekend. The inductees will be honoured at an induction ceremony on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club.
The 2013 Inductees include:
Ron Andruff Athlete (Hockey)
A product of the Fuller Lake Minor Hockey system, Ron was selected as the first WHA draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets, and in the NHL second round by the Montreal Canadians in 1973. Andruff's nine-year professional hockey career included a Stanley Cup, and American and German League Championships. He was also the American League Leading Scorer and Most Valuable Player in 1975-1976. While with the Colorado Rockies, Ron was nominated for the NHLs Bill Masterton Trophy for his service as Honorary Chairman to Big Brothers Association. The Masterton Trophy honours the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication, both on and off the ice.
Don Bodger - Media
Don Bodger has been known as the Dean of Cowichan Valley sports reporters for his more than three decades of work in the media.The athlete turned-reporter in 1980 is truly devoted to the community sports scene. Don (affectionately called "Bodge" ) is responsible for providing a forum for athletes of all ages to receive public recognition for their accomplishments. Don's career started with the Ladysmith/Chemainus Chronicle and continued with a stint with CKAY Radio before joining the Cowichan News Leader (now called the News Leader Pictorial) in 1983.
Chemainus Blues Hockey
The Chemainus Blues began operations in the Big Six Intermediate "A" League 1968 1969 season and was coached in its first year by former NHL player Red Carr. Immensely popular in their early years, the team played to near capacity crowds at newly built Fuller Lake Arena. Names such as Griff, Lemon, Simmons, Woodruff and Wilson became synonymous with hockey in the Cowichan Valley.
Ron Sonny Collinson
Sonny was a long time baseball coach and follower of everything on the diamond from softball to slo-pitch and fastpitch. Sonny devoted endless hours teaching baseball fundamentals to anyone wishing to improve their game. His focus was always on the children and their experience playing the game. Sonny's dedication, consistency and experience made him invaluable to the youth in the communities of Crofton and Chemainus.
Larry Irving - Baseball
Larry devoted over 40 years of volunteer service to the Chemainus and Duncan Baseball Associations. He can easily be classified as a baseball lifer from his Chemainus youth and adult playing days, to his coaching and work as a dedicated volunteer with Chemainus Baseball. Larry was an excellent coach who helped guide many successful teams, including teams that competed at Youth World Series in Provincial, Vancouver Island, California and Pacific Northwest championships.
A limited number of $15 tickets to the 2013 Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremonies are available at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre (2653 James Street) and North Cowichan Municipal Hall (7030 Trans Canada Highway).