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Leaside Sports Hall of Fame inducting new members November 17

Leaside Hall of Fame inductees 2017

Leaside Hall of Fame inductees 2017: Dave Gardnner, Robert Moore, Shawn O’Sullivan, Phil Stein.  Athlete of the Year Mariah Hinds, right.

The Leaside Sports Hall of Fame will grow by four new members as the 2017 inductees, including the Athlete of The Year, will be feted at a ceremony on Friday, November 17.

The Hall, a non-profit organization founded in 2013 –Leaside’s centennial year–  is affiliated with the East York Foundation and supported by the community’s many sports clubs and local leaders.  It has a permanent gallery installed at Leaside Memorial Community Gardens.

The ceremony takes pace in the William Lea Room of the arena at 1073 Millwood Rd. starting at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $25 and available at arena office, the Leaside Arena Pro Shop and the Leaside Curling Club or by emailing the Hall at leasidesportshalloffame@gmail.com.

The inductees are:

Dave Gardner (Hockey)
The son of hockey legend Cal Gardner, Dave grew up playing hockey in Leaside.  By the time he was 17 he was playing for the St. Michael’s Buzzers in Junior B and scored 54 goals and 96 points in 36 games.  In 1970-71 he made the move to Major Junior hockey, joining the Toronto Marlboros where he had a spectacular rookie season and finished second in league scoring and was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the league’s most valuable player. In 1972 he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round and eighth overall.  He went on to play 350 NHL games for Montreal, the St. Louis Blues, California Seals, Cleveland Barons and Philadelphia Flyers, retiring in 1985.

Robert Moore (Long Distance Running)
Robert (Bob) Moore was born in England and following university came to Canada in 1967.  He and his wife Jane bought a home in Leaside where they have lived ever since.  Bob was introduced to running when he was at university and saw an ad for a free meal in exchange for helping out at track meets.  Throughout his remarkable career Bob came fifth at his first Boston Marathon in 1969 and followed up with three seventh place finishes. He placed second a remarkable six times at Hamilton’s Around the Bay Road Race and represented Canada at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.  Bob has run more than 1,760 races from the 1,500 metres to marathons.  Now in his late seventies, he continues to train regularly and runs in 15 to 20 races a year!  Bob has also given back to his sport by organizing races, officiating at events and mentoring many younger runners.

Shawn O’Sullivan (Boxing)
Shawn O’Sullivan grew up in Leaside playing baseball and hockey.  When he started running in senior public school his endurance and athletic prowess came to the fore and soon after he began training with the Cabbagetown Boxing Club.  His amateur record of 94-6 was outstanding.  As a 16-year-old, he won the Canadian Junior title and in 1981, at age 19, he defeated Olympic gold medalist Armando Martinez twice, won the gold medal as a light middleweight in the World Amateur Championships, and was named Canada’s Athlete of the Year.  In 1984 at the Los Angeles Olympics, Shawn won the silver medal, receiving a hero’s welcome on returning to Leaside.  Turning pro immediately afterwards he went on to record 23 wins, 16 of them by knockouts.  In 2010 Shawn carried the 2010 Olympic torch on a stretch through Vancouver and in 2015 was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.

Phil Stein (Builder)
The late Phil Stein played an important role as a builder in local Leaside sports organizations.  He had a love of and talent for sports, playing baseball for Col. Eric Phillips during World War II and in 1940 played one game as a goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs.  After the war he accepted the position of recreation director for the former Town of Leaside and in 1946 became the first president of Leaside Baseball and was later secretary of the organization for several subsequent years.  Phil was also a charter member of the Leaside Hockey Association and the first manager of Leaside Memorial Community Gardens.  When Ron Taylor started playing baseball it was Phil who, as his coach, made Ron a pitcher.

Athlete of the Year: Mariah Hinds
The Athlete of the Year  is an award conferred upon a local athlete who has had an exemplary year performing in their sport.  This year’s honouree is hockey player Mariah Hinds.

Mariah played four years with the Toronto Leaside Wildcats: one year at Midget AA and three years on their Junior team.  Mariah was one of the most impressive defencemen in the 20-team Provincial Women’s Hockey League.  In her final season of Junior hockey, Mariah was recognized with an invitation to the Team Canada U18 camp.  She made Team Ontario Red, the top team in the Province, to compete at the U18 National Championship. With Mariah anchoring the Team Ontario Red’s blue line, the squad won the National Championship by a score of 4-1 over Team Quebec, making her the first Toronto Leaside Junior Wildcat to win a national championship.   In her final season with the Junior Wildcats (2016/2017), Mariah was offered and accepted a full scholarship to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for Lindenwood University in Missouri.

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