CHARLOTTETOWN - The P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame will grow by five new members later this year.
Familiar faces from the sports of hockey, curling, basketball and volleyball will be honoured. Ticket details regarding the 2011 inductions will be announced as soon as final arrangements regarding date and location are confirmed.
Jamie Kennedy (athlete, hockey), Cathy Dillon (athlete, curling), Sandy Frizzell (builder, hockey), George Morrison (builder, basketball) and Myron Weeks (builder, volleyball) will be the latest inductees to join the 156 individuals and teams who currently comprise the membership of the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame.
"We have an excellent 2011 induction group, all of who have been prominent in their respective sports right here on P.E.I.," said P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame chair Lee Brammer. "I anticipate this year's inductions will be one of the most memorable ever, and we are looking forward to welcoming our newest members."
Jamie Kennedy of Charlottetown is one of the most familiar faces in Island hockey. He enjoyed a professional career that included 588 professional games, scoring 321 goals and 630 points.
The feisty Kennedy landed his first professional hockey contract in 1968 with the Jersey Devils of the Eastern Hockey League, netting 40 goals in his first season. His incredible 50-goal tally in 1970-71 made him the first Maritime-born professional to reach that milestone.
His illustrious career included him lacing up the skates for the New York Raiders of the newly-formed World Hockey Association, the Syracuse Blazers of the North American Hockey League and the Winston-Salem Polar Twins of the Southern Hockey League, before returning to P.E.I. to play senior hockey for the Charlottetown Islanders and helping them win a Hardy Cup in 1981.
He has successfully passed on his vast experience and knowledge to many Island teams as a coach while also forging a reputation as an outstanding official, considered by many to be the finest referee ever produced in this province.
Kennedy will join his brother, Forbie, in the Hall of Fame.
As owner and manager of the famous Sandy's Royals, Charlottetown's Sandy Frizzell is fondly remembered as one of the top supporters of hockey on P.E.I.
Acquiring the former Barry's Flyers in 1957, Sandy and his Royals provided a showcase for elite senior players in this province for many years, and the team gave thousands of fans first-class entertainment as stars such as Angie Carroll, who later coached the team, and Errol Thompson, on his way to the NHL, suited up for the club that won a host of Maritime championships and created a buzz wherever they played.
To this day, former players talk about his generosity, enthusiasm and professionalism. When senior and intermediate hockey in the region fell into decline in the mid-1970s, Frizzell took it upon himself to gather up many of his former players to form the first team of oldtimers, taking them across the country as well as to tournaments in the United States and Europe.
Widely loved and respected by all who played for him, Frizzell passed away in 2004.
Myron Weeks, a longtime Charlottetown resident, is undoubtedly the most recognizable name ever associated with Island volleyball.
Instrumental in the formation of organized volleyball at the Charlottetown YMCA in the late 1950s, Weeks was a founding member of Volleyball P.E.I. in 1970, and was the sport's main promoter and organizer.
His players remember him fondly as a coach who devoted thousands of volunteer hours each year taking school and club teams across Eastern Canada and beyond. His continued love and passion of the game for more than 50 years has left a legacy enjoyed by many players today.
Morell's George Morrison needs no introduction to Island basketball fans, following a 17-year career at UPEI that included his men Panthers reaching the playoffs 14 times and netting three Atlantic titles.
A three-time AUAA coach of the year - the first with the women's Panthers, where he helped establish the program in the early 1980s - Morrison's accomplishments make him one of P.E.I.'s most successful coaches in any sport. His record of over 300 CIAU wins, a 47-game home winning streak and seeing his team ranked No. 1 in the country are milestones that are unlikely to be broken any time soon.
Morrison has also coached numerous provincial and Canada Games teams, and has been an outstanding organizer and administrator the local and provincial level.
Charlottetown's Cathy Dillon is without doubt one of the finest lady curlers the Island has ever seen.
Dillon played on six provincial women's championship teams in the 1970s and 1980s (four for Marie Toole and two for Kim Dolan), and was a provincial mixed champion four times with her husband, Bob.
In 1974, she was on the Toole team that finished second at the Canadian championship, and was again a national runner-up at the Canadian mixed in 1975.
In addition to being a dedicated player, Dillon has been a contributor to the game as an administrator, coach, organizer and official. She is a member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame and the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame, and will be joining Bob as the second husband-wife partnership in the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame alongside Dr. Wen and Elizabeth Macdonald.