City inducts four leaders to Leduc’s 2nd Sports Hall of Fame
The City of Leduc is hosting the second annual Leduc Sports Hall of Fame celebration in association with the Leduc Minor Hockey Association to highlight four local sports leaders by inducting them to Leduc’s 2017 Sports Hall of Fame.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have such a strong sporting community in Leduc that has produced some of the greatest talent we see today,” says Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke. “The sports hall of fame is our way of honouring these extraordinary individuals for their significant contributions and leadership to the development of sport in Leduc.”
This year’s inductees* are:
- Jeff Drummond, inducted as an Athlete – hockey player
- Stan Kern, inducted as an Athlete – fastball player
- Randy Mitton, inducted as a Builder/Leader – NHL linesman
- Ed Stein, inducted as a Builder/Leader – Leduc broomball founder
The Sports Hall of Fame Awards are designed to recognize, on an annual basis, up to four outstanding athletes, teams, leaders or builders who have made a positive impact in the Leduc region.
The induction ceremony will be held in association with the Leduc Minor Hockey Association’s banquet, Oct. 21, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the Nisku Inn and Conference Centre (1101 4th St, Nisku, Alta.). Tickets are $75 and are available online through Eventbrite and include a meal and entertainment with Carla MacLeod, former member of the Canadian Nation Women’s Hockey Team, as the key note speaker.
For more information, visit Leduc.ca/neighbourhood-engagement/sports-hall-fame or call 780-980-7177.
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Leduc Sports Hall of Fame – 2017 inductees
Jeff Drummond, hockey player
- Played minor hockey in Leduc from ages six to16, including five years with the Leduc Junior Athletic Club.
- Team captain at the age of nine for the Team Brick Championship in 1991.
- Leduc Atom AA team won back-to-back provincial championships in 1992 and 1993.
- One of the top scorers in the league with Leduc Bantam AAA in 1996 – 1997; leading scorer his first year in Midget AAA hockey in 1998.
- Won Harry Allan Memorial Trophy for top scorer in 1998-99 Midget AAA season with Leduc, and Trevor Linden Trophy for top forward.
- Played for Fort McMurray Oil Barons in Alberta Junior Hockey League from 1999 – 2001; Barons winning the Royal Bank Cup in 1999 – 2000.
- Obtained scholarship at University of Denver and played four years with NCAA Denver Pioneers. Won
- back-to-back national championships in 2004 and 2005.
- Scored first goal during championship game — his 100th point for the Pioneers. As NCAA champions, Jeff and the rest of the Pioneers were invited to the White House and met then-president George W. Bush.
Stan Kern, fastball player
Stan Kern started playing fastball as a third baseman and transitioned to pitcher. He went on to become one of the best fastball pitchers of all time, legendary for his powerful throw.
- In 1969, he was picked up by the Calgary Power Chiefs to play in the Canadian Senior A Men’s Championships.
- Named the Canadian Championships Top Pitcher, and Calgary brought home the bronze medal.
- Played a total of five times in the Canadian championships with Alberta teams — the Edmonton Playboys, Betta Well Riggers, Calgary Power Chiefs and the Edmonton Sun Life Red Sox.
- Played for seven successful years with the Victoria Bates. All seven years the team made it to the Canadian championships, winning four times in a row.
- Inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame in 1980, the Softball BC Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Softball Alberta Hall of Fame in 2008.
Randy Mitton, NHL linesman
Randy Mitton first started officiating at outdoor hockey games in Calgary when he was 12 years old.
- Joined Calgary Officiating Association at the age of 15. At the age of 17 was acting as linesman for Alberta Junior Hockey League games while continuing to referee novice, pee wee, bantam and midget games.
- Played minor hockey until he was 18, and began attending referee schools hosted by the NHL each summer in Banff.
- Worked in the Western Hockey League in 1971 – 1972; from there he was invited to NHL camp for rookie officials in Toronto.
- NHL hired him in 1972 and assigned him to the American Hockey League. His first NHL game was in Vancouver in 1974.
- Worked as an NHL linesman from 1979 to 2004, working a total of 2,109 regular season games, 156 playoff games, two All-Star games, the 1988 Canada Cup, several international games and the Stanley Cup final in 1994.
- Involved with Leduc Junior Athletic Club, serving on the organizing committees for the 2010 Alberta Cup and the 2012 Telus Cup.
- Director of Midget AAA and later, Bantam AAA programs.
- Served as the NHL’s Edmonton video replay official from 2009 – 2015.
Ed Stein, Leduc Broomball founder
Ed Stein played broomball for the first time at the age of 22 and was hooked. He wanted to improve the team and raise the profile of broomball in the Leduc community.
- Booked ice at the Alexandra Arena on weekends and during spring breaks, offering the use of the ice and broomball equipment for free. Eventually Leduc was hosting one of the biggest broomball tournaments in Western Canada.
- In 1985 Leduc hosted the national championship.
- In 1986 became a director in the Alberta Broomball Association.
- Represented Alberta at Canadian Broomball Federation from 1987 to 1991.
- Retired from playing in 1988, but continued to coach the men’s team, the Leduc Stingers, and the women’s team, the Leduc Starlites.
- Leduc hosted the Western Junior Championship in 1990 and also the Canadian Junior Championships in 1999 and 2005.
- Leduc competed at the Canadian Junior Championships in 1992 and then every year from 1994 to 2002.
- Inducted into the Canadian Broomball Association Hall of Fame in 1999.
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