Inductees announced for Leduc’s third Sports Hall of Fame

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

On Nov. 3, 2018, the City of Leduc will be hosting the third annual Leduc Sports Hall of Fame celebration. The event brings together Leduc’s sporting community to induct local figures whose achievements have positively impacted the region.

“Leduc is a city passionate about sports,” says Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “We are proud of the talented people who have called Leduc home and are privileged that they choose to share their accomplishments and contributions with our city. Leduc is defined by the leadership of these upstanding individuals.”

This year’s inductees* are:

  1. Bob McGill – former NHL player, AHL and ECHL coach
  2. Kay McGill – prominent volunteer and leader
  3. Ray McKay – former NHL player and WHL coach
  4. Vicky Lynch Pounds – former international track star

The Leduc Sports Hall of Fame was created to highlight the personal achievements and endeavours of selected nominees. It is a night to celebrate the considerable contributions inductees have made to both their sport and the community.

The Leduc Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in partnership with the Leduc Minor Baseball Association on Nov. 3, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at the Nisku Inn and Conference Centre (1101 4th St, Nisku, Alta.). The celebration will include keynote speaker Jason Gregor, sports talk radio host for TSN 1260 in Edmonton and lead columnist for Oilersnation.com. Tickets are $75 each or $525 for a table of eight and can be purchased through Eventbrite beginning Sept. 3, 2018.

For more information, visit leduc.ca/neighbourhood-engagement/sports-hall-fame or call 780-980-7177.

*Backgrounder below

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Leduc is a growing, dynamic city in the heart of Canada’s economic engine and conveniently located at the crossroads of air, highway and rail transportation. The City of Leduc is a centre of innovation, entrepreneurship and quality of life. As a regional leader, the city, together with other municipalities in the area, plays a key role in protecting the integrity of the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and leading economic development in the region, including Aerotropolis. For information on non-emergency city services and programs, visit www.leduc.ca or follow us on Twitter @cityofleduc.

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Backgrounder - 2018 Inductees

Bob McGill, hockey player
Bob McGill began playing hockey when he moved to Leduc with his family in 1970. He left Leduc to play for the BCJHL’s Abbotsford Flyers in 1978.

  • Played with the WHL’s Victoria Cougars from 1979 to 1981, winning the WHL championship in 1981.
  • Selected 26th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Spent seven seasons in Toronto during his 13-year NHL career.
  • Played 705 NHL games accumulating 17 goals, 72 points and 1,766 penalty minutes from 1981 to 1994. Played a total of 49 Stanley Cup playoff games.
  • Became assistant coach of the AHL’s Hershey Bears from 1996 to 1998, who won the 1997 Calder Cup.
  • Was head coach of the ECHL’s Baton Rouge Kingfish from 1998 to 2000.
  • Began his career in broadcasting in 2005 with the Leafs Nation Network as an analyst for Toronto Maple Leaf games and a colour commentator for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
  • Inducted into the Leduc Sports Hall of Fame alongside his mother, Kay McGill.

Kay McGill, volunteer service
Kay McGill moved to Leduc in 1970 and promptly began her involvement with the Leduc Minor Hockey Association, volunteering and working concession until 1973.

  • Founded the Leduc Minor Sports Mothers’ Group, who ran Alex Arena concession and donated proceeds to local minor sports groups.
  • Became the first female selected as Sportsman of the Year for the Leduc Representative’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1976.
  • Became the first female president of the Leduc Minor Hockey Association in 1977.
  • Presented the Volunteer award by Leduc Minor Hockey Association in 1988 and presented lifetime membership status in 1990.
  • Volunteered in various capacities for the Leduc Riggers and Bruins hockey teams.
  • Inducted into the Leduc Sports Hall of Fame alongside her son, Bob McGill.

Ray McKay, hockey player
Ray McKay played most of his minor hockey career in Leduc, then began playing AAA Midget hockey for the Jasper Place Lions in Edmonton when he was 15.

  • Began playing Juvenile hockey for the Jasper Place Mohawks at 17.
  • Signed a “C” form with the Chicago Blackhawks while playing juvenile hockey and became the first player from Leduc in the NHL in 1969.
  • Won championships in Dallas (CHL), Chicago (NHL Division Champions), Portland (WHL), Cincinnati (AHL) and Hershey (AHL).
  • Received the Eddie Shore Award in 1973 for best defenceman in the AHL.
  • Founded Leduc’s first hockey school when the Black Gold Centre opened in 1981.
  • Coached WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers for two seasons.
  • Founded Ray McKay Hockey Inc. in Ontario where he held specialized camps for over 23 years.

Vicky Lynch Pounds, track
Vicky Lynch Pounds began her running career with the Leduc Track Club in 1980 at 10 years old, becoming an elite athlete at a young age.

  • Competed in the Edmonton Journal Indoor Games, winning both the 200m and 800m in Grade 6.
  • Was the Provincial High School Cross County Champion in Grade 12 and the National Junior Champion in the 800m in 1989.
  • Received a full scholarship from the University of Alabama, winning All-American Honours 14 times and three MVP awards in the NCAA Division 1 track program.
  • Represented Canada on several occasions including the Pan Am Games (1994 and 1999) and the Commonwealth Games (1994 and 1998).
  • Won Canadian Nationals in the 800m in 1999 and went on to compete at the World Championships.
  • Now coaches the University of Montana’s track and field team and started a local youth track club.