The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame has announced the class of athletes, builders, and one team that will be inducted into the Hall on Nov. 3, 2018, at the 39th annual induction ceremony at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg.
This year’s individual recipients in the Athlete category include swimmer Kirby Cote, speedskater Donna (McCannell) Keating, curler Jeff Stoughton basketball star Joey Vickery and Daley.
Born in Winnipeg, Daley played more than 100 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Detroit before coming back home to play for the World Hockey Association’s Winnipeg Jets in the new outlaw World Hockey Association in 1972.
The All-Time WHA leader in games played (308) by a goaltender, in wins (167), and play-off wins (30), Daley was a three-time all-star and one of only two people to win the AVCO Cup three times in the seven years of the league’s existence.
According to Joe, a personal highlight came in 1978 when the Jets became the first North American club team to beat the powerhouse Soviet National Team and Daley outplayed Hockey Hall of Famer Vladislav Tretiak for the victory.
Meanwhile, the Builder category is made up of a former president of the Canadian Handball Association Don Brownell and a boxing official who’s a judge, jury member, and technical delegate and official for the International Boxing Association, Nieva Embuldeniya
The only Manitoba ladies golf team to win the Canadian Ladies Amateur Team title rounds out this year’s slate of inductees.
“This year’s class of athletes, builders, and one team who will join Manitoba’s finest in sport later this year, is exceptional,” said Jamie Kraemer, Chair of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors. “The collective contributions to sport in Manitoba, on the national and international stages are truly outstanding. We strive to collect, preserve, celebrate, and showcase the history and heritage of sport excellence and achievement, and these eight recipients have earned their rightful place in Manitoba’s sport history.”
Tickets for the induction dinner are on sale now. Ticket and event information can be found at: sportmanitoba.ca/induction-ceremony or by calling Rick Brownlee, Sport Manitoba’s Sport Heritage Manager, at 204-925-5736.