Leduc Sports Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees Announced

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The City of Leduc will host the fourth Leduc Sports Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Nov. 2, 2019. The event will honour local athletes, teams and builders and their contributions to the local sport community.

“Leduc is home to many dedicated, hardworking people,” says Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “Athletes and community-builders like these make us proud of our sport community. We appreciate their local involvement and athletic accomplishments, and the Leduc Sports Hall of Fame Induction Gala is a great way to celebrate these achievements and recognize the people that contribute to the strong feeling of community we have in Leduc.”

This year’s inductees* are:

  • Lindsey Mix (Bergevin) – Former university athlete, track and field
  • Liz McBlain – Builder and former athlete, track and field
  • Harry Sanders – Builder, rugby
  • Dixon Ward Jr. – Former NHL athlete, hockey

Each year, the Leduc Sports Hall of Fame honours athletes, teams, leaders or builders who have made a positive impact in the Leduc region through their involvement in the sport community. Inductees have made considerable contributions to their sport and the communities around them at local, provincial, national, international and professional levels.

This year's Sports Hall of Fame Induction Gala will be held at the Coast Nisku Inn and Conference Centre on Nov. 2, 2019. Proceeds from the event’s silent auction and 50/50 sales will support the host partner, Leduc Minor Softball. Tickets are $75 each, or $525.00 for a table of 8, and may be purchased on Eventbrite or in person at the Civic Centre. To learn more about the Leduc Sports Hall of Fame or nominate someone, visit www.Leduc.ca/LSHF.

*Backgrounders below

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Inductee Backgrounders

Lindsey Mix (Bergevin)

  • Grew up in Leduc, playing softball, soccer, dance and gymnastics
  • Joined track and field at the Leduc Composite High School in 2005-06
  • Received the Kathlene Yetman Memorial Trophy in 2008 for being the University of Alberta’s Female Academic All-Canadian of the Year
  • Five-time Academic All-Canadian and four-time CanWest champion
  • Broke the University of Alberta’s high jump record with a height of 1.81 metres, continues to hold the university record
  • 2014 national champion in women’s open pole vault
  • Competed in the world university games in 2009, 2013 and 2015
  • Went on practice physiotherapy in Edmonton

Liz McBlain

  • Born in Indonesia, taught in Leduc’s Willow Park School from 1986 to 2015
  • Has competed in track and field since age 10 and has set school, city, provincial, national and world records
  • On Canada’s national track team from 1972 to 1981
  • Won the 1983 world championship in high jump and pentathlon
  • Won the Masters Weight Pentathlon at the North American Masters Track and Field Championship in 1990 and competed in the 1991 World Championships
  • Won 10 gold medals and one silver in the 1992 North American Masters Track and Field Championship
  • Has continued competing into her 70s, and in 2008 still held 11 records for Alberta Masters Track Weight Pentathlon events
  • Helped build sports programs for schools in Edmonton and Leduc as well as Quebec and Minnesota
  • Volunteered at sports events and served as the co-meet director for the 1994 Pan American Masters Games
  • Retired from teaching in 2015, continues to compete and volunteer as a coach

Harry Sanders

  • Established and captained the LA Crude rugby team for its inaugural season in 1980
  • Sought sponsorships, coached and played on the team and recruited new players
  • The LA Crude Sports Club has been a vibrant part of the community for nearly 40 years
  • Harry played for the club from 1980 to 1994, served as a coach for both the men’s and women’s programs, and never stopped mentoring and fundraising
  • Inducted into the Edmonton Rugby Union Hall of Fame in 2005
  • The club was the first to break ground in the William F. Lede Park, grooming and developing rugby pitches at their own expense
  • There are currently about 200 active players, with two men’s teams, two women’s teams, one high school team and six mini rugby teams

Dixon Ward Jr.

  • Grew up in Leduc, playing with Leduc Minor Hockey from 1974 to 1985
  • Played for the Red Deer Rustlers from 1986 to 1988, scoring 131 points in 51 games
  • Drafted in the seventh round, 128th overall, by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft
  • Played for the University of North Dakota for the next four years, becoming the first and only player in the school’s history to achieve 100 goals and 100 assists in a university career
  • Played in the NHL until 2003 for the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres, recording 95 goals and 129 assists in 537 regular-season games
  • Received the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup playoffs during the 1995-96 season
  • Made it to the Stanley Cup finals in 1999 with the Buffalo Sabres
  • Captained the championship-winning Team Canada in the 2003 Spengler Cup
  • Is now the vice president and director of the Okanagan Hockey Group, which has five academies around the world, providing summer hockey training for more than 5,000 students each year