Congratulations to the inductees to the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame, Fall 2018
1974 Leaside Lancerettes and Blazerettes | Historical Teams, Hockey
The Leaside Girls’ Hockey League was established in 1974, as an offshoot of the older Leaside Hockey League that was essentially a boys’ organization. The founders correctly observed that there was an increasing demand by girls to play the game. As a result, a fledgling 2 team house league was created, featuring the “Lancerettes” and the “Blazerettes” Because of the efforts of the trail blazing young members of these two teams and their coaches the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association (TLGHA) took flight! Without community support and the strong determination of this first group of players and coaches this could not have happened. The house league has continued and flourished over the years and out of this beginning a more competitive “Wildcats” program has developed making the TLGHA an inclusive, community-oriented program.
Matthew Sayliss | Tennis (1904 – 1952)
Matthew (Matt) Sayliss was born in 1904 in Sheffield, England. He came to Canada in 1929 married and never left! He and his wife raised a family in Leaside and Matt went on to be the driving force behind the founding of the Leaside Tennis Club. In the mid-forties Matt along with friends decided that they and their children needed somewhere to play tennis. Matt provided a net and they played on the grass in Millwood Park – now Trace Manes. The Town Council then allowed them to lay out a court made of dirt with lime markings on the site of some of the current Leaside Tennis Club Courts.In 1948, Matt convinced the Leaside Recreation Committee of a need for more courts and a tennis club. Two asphalt courts were laid in 1948 followed by two more in 1949. Sadly after forming the Club Matt died in 1952, one year before the club house was built. However it was his unwavering belief in the value of tennis for the community that led to the creation of the Leaside Tennis Club.
Mike McEwen | Hockey (1956)
Mike’s Dad was a CNR Engineer. Because of his work the family moved to Leaside when Mike was about 7 years old. He played hockey with the Leaside Hockey Association and baseball with the Leaside Baseball Association excelling at both sports.
In hockey he played for the Toronto Marlboros for 3 years winning the Memorial Cup in 1975. He was drafted by the New York Rangers, traded to the Colorado Rockies and then to the New York islanders winning 2 consecutive Stanley Cups in 1981 and 1982. Mike also played in the NHL for Los Angeles, Washington, Detroit and Hartford in a nomadic career. He played over 700 games in the NHL winning a total of three Stanley Cups. He moved on to play in Switzerland before finishing his career in Oklahoma City where he became Head Coach. Mike still resides in OKC and has been involved in children’s charitable programs for many years. Mike’s Hockey Jersey hangs at Leaside Memorial Gardens.
Jan Carwardine | Curling (1954)
Jan Carwardine was born in Kingston to two competitive curling parents. She threw her first rock at the age of 7 but despite their best efforts Jan was not interested as a teenager in following their sport. It was after moving to Toronto and when raising children that at the age of 36 Jan decided to give curling a try. She has been a member of Leaside Curling Club for many years. Jan is a lifelong competitor, a very strong club curler, an inspiration to younger members and has represented the club extremely well on numerous occasions. Jan has competed in 25 regional competitions, 13 Provincial Championships, winning two titles, Senior Women and Senior Mixed. Jan has competed at the national level in a Canadian Championship competition in the Senior Women’s event. She has also competed successfully in the Toronto Curling Associations Day Women’s Championships and the Toronto Curling Associations Business Women’s Championships where she has also been successful. Jan continues to be very involved in competitive curling
Congratulations to the inductees to the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame, Fall 2017
DAVE GARDNER | Hockey (1952 –)
Dave Gardner, the son of hockey legend Cal Gardner, 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 Dave made the move to Major Junior hockey, joining the Toronto Marlboros where he had a spectacular rookie season and finished second in league scoring. He was also awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the league’s most valuable player. In 1972 in the NHL Amateur Draft he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round and eighth overall. Dave played 350 NHL games for Montreal, the St. Louis Blues, California Seals, Cleveland Barons and Philadelphia Flyers. Dave retired from professional hockey after the 1984-85 season.
ROBERT MOORE | Distance Running (1940 –)
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. Shortly afterwards he himself started training. 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. He continues to train regularly and runs in 15 to 20 races a year in his late 70s. Bob has also given back to his sport by organizing races, officiating at events and mentoring many younger runners.
SHAWN O’SULLIVAN | Boxing (1962 –)
Shawn O’Sullivan grew up in Leaside playing baseball and hockey here. 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.
Shawn’s amateur record of 94-6 was outstanding. As a 16-year-old, he won the Canadian Junior title in Whitehorse. 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. Upon returning to Leaside he received a hero’s welcome. He turned pro immediately afterwards. When retiring from boxing, he had recorded 23 wins, 16 of them by knockouts.
Shawn carried the 2010 Olympic torch on a stretch through Vancouver. In 2015, he was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.
PHIL STEIN | Builder (1913 – 1987)
Phil Stein played an important role as a builder in local Leaside sports organizations. He had a love of and talent for sports. During World War II he played baseball for Col. Eric Phillips (Research Colonels) 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 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. He coached Ron Taylor when Ron started playing baseball and it was Phil who made Ron a pitcher. Ron says now that he owed his successful career to Phil Stein. Their team won Leaside’s first Ontario Baseball Championship in 1950.
Congratulations to the inductees to the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame, Fall 2016
MIKE BRADWELL | Football (1986 –)
Mike Bradwell was born in Toronto and attended Leaside High, where he played football in his final year. He was recognized as team player of the year and led Leaside to their first tier one playoff win in the school’s history. Mike studied and played football at McMaster University. Mike was selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the second round of the 2008 CFL Draft. He returned to McMaster to play his final year and joined the Double Blue in 2009. Mike played with the Argos from 2009 to 2015 and had a significant role in the team’s 100th Grey Cup victory in 2012. In 92 career games, he registered 116 catches for 1,240 yards and six touchdowns. While an Argo, Mike helped coach the Leaside High School football team for two years.
TERRY CAFFERY | Hockey (1949 –)
Terry Caffery was born in Leaside and grew up playing hockey at Leaside Arena where he captained Leaside Lions championship teams. He played three years with the OHA Toronto Marlboros and was Memorial Cup champion in 1967. He played one season with the Canadian National Team and was Canada’s leading scorer at the 1969 World Championship. Terry turned pro with the Blackhawks in 1969 and spent three seasons with Chicago, Minnesota and in the minors with Dallas and Cleveland. He was AHL Rookie of the Year in 1972. He was inaugural WHA Champion with New England Whalers in 1972-73 where his 100 point season earned him WHA Rookie of the Year. Terry joins his brother Jack as the first brothers inducted into the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame – a fact that would please their late parents Mary and Jack.
TOM KALWEIT | Figure Skating (1956 –)
Tom Kalweit was born in Quebec and joined the Laval Figure Skating Club in 1966. He excelled in all areas of figure skating and was one of those few who competed nationally and internationally in more than one discipline. He began a 26-year career at the Leaside Skating Club (LSC) in 1981. During this time, he coached skaters at all levels and helped establish a competitive Junior Synchro Team, which he took to the Nationals on several occasions. Tom also volunteered to look after music, renovate the Club office, build sets and direct lighting for the Ice Shows. Tom is known for the culture of caring and respect he helped instil at LSC. While naturally competitive, he taught skaters the importance of competing against themselves as well as others.
IAN SHAW | Female Hockey (1950 – 2016)
Ian Shaw was born in Hawkesbury, Ontario and moved to Toronto where he met his wife Pat. Together they raised three daughters, Catherine, Mary Anne and Jennifer. Ian’s involvement in female hockey began in 1989 when his daughter joined the Leaside Girls Hockey League (then a branch of the boys’ program). During 25 years as a volunteer, he served as assistant coach, head coach, trainer, manager, convenor, vice president and president from 1991-2000. In 1991 Ian had the league incorporated and the Leaside Girls Hockey Association was formed. Ian also served as referee, referee instructor, referee supervisor and until 2016, Referee-in-Chief. Ian received the Peter E. Oyler Lifetime Service Award for contributions to Leaside Arena. He was recognized twice with a lifetime service award from the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association.
Congratulations to the inductees to the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame, Fall 2015
NORM (CHARLIE) AHIER | Baseball (1949 – )
Charlie Ahier’s family moved to Leaside in 1959 where he began playing hockey at Leaside Gardens that year and baseball at Trace Manes Park in 1960. His father Norm was president of the Leaside Atom Baseball Association (LABA) which, since 1953, has organized baseball at Trace Manes for boys 9-11. Norm coached with the LABA 1969-77 and 1984-87. In 1988, with strong encouragement from Dr. Tom Pashby, Ahier took over as president of the LABA where, together with volunteers, he emphasizes working together with teammates, developing skills and sportsmanship, while always having fun playing baseball.
GEORGE “THE CHIEF” ARMSTRONG | Hockey (1930 – )
George Armstrong was born in Bowlands Bay, Ontario in 1930 and in 1960 became a resident of Leaside, where he and his wife Betty raised their four children. Armstrong played 21 seasons in the NHL (1949-1971), all with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and proudly wore the C for 13 of those seasons, serving as the team’s longest running captain. He led the Leafs to four Stanley Cup victories in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967 and was best known for his remarkable leadership. Conn Smythe called him “the best captain, as a captain, the Leafs have ever had”. Armstrong was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975. A proud Leaside resident for over 55 years, Armstrong always enjoyed riding his bike through the streets of Leaside with his family and coached local sports teams, including girl’s baseball at Trace Manes Park. He also coached the first Canadian Special Olympics floor hockey team, based out of Beverley Street Public School in Toronto.
ANNIE FAHLENBOCK | Female Hockey (1980 – )
Annie Fahlenbock was born in 1980 and played hockey with the Toronto Leaside Wildcats 1988-1993. She was named to Team Ontario in 1997 and played in the National Women’s Hockey League (precursor to the CWHL) where she received rookie of the year honours in 2000. Fahlenbock attended the University of New Hampshire (NCAA Division 1) 2000-2003 on a hockey scholarship and served as team captain in her senior year. She coached for a year at McGill University, then joined the Leaside Wildcats Learn to Play program as its head instructor where, since 2005, hundreds of young female athletes have absorbed her love of the game while developing their hockey skills. Fahlenbock is an exceptional and passionate teacher.
PAT (WATT) FRIESEN | Multisports (1937 –)
Pat Watt was born in East York and attended Leaside High School 1952-1955. She represented the Leaside Tennis Club, winning the Canadian Women’s Doubles Title in 1954 and the Canadian Junior Tennis Title in 1955. In 1954, her Under Eighteen basketball team, Leaside United, captured the Ontario Junior B Championship. In 1958 she competed as catcher for a local team in the World Softball Championship, and in 1962, played on the Eastern Canada Senior Women’s Basketball Championship team. Watt and her mother Kay were founding members of the Leaside Curling Club. In her 25 years of curling, Watt’s rink won many bonspiels including, in the late ‘60s, the Seven-Year Fillies’ bonspiel at High Park.
ARTHUR (LAURIE) IRWIN | Basketball (1903 – 1991)
Long-time Leaside resident Laurie Irwin made a significant contribution to basketball over four decades. He coached both men’s and women’s basketball in the 1920s winning numerous Toronto and provincial titles. As president of the Canadian Amateur Basketball Association he was manager of the Canadian team for the 1948 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. After the Olympics, he represented Canada at a conference to develop an updated set of rules which all countries would adopt. Laurie, a senior executive at Canada Wire, advocated for the company’s support of the Leaside Baseball Association, which included sponsoring teams and funding the construction of both scoring booths at Talbot Park.
Congratulations to the inductees to the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame, Fall 2014
JACK CAFFERY | Hockey (1934 – 1992)
Jack Caffery grew up in Leaside and attended St Michael’s College School, where he played hockey for the Junior “B” Buzzers and the Junior “A” Majors. He was also an effective left-handed baseball pitcher, and played semi-pro for St. Thomas in the Ontario Intercounty League. At age 20, he signed professional contracts with the Toronto Maple Leafs (hockey) and the Milwaukee Braves (baseball). Unwilling to give up baseball, he was traded by the Leafs to the Boston Bruins in 1956 and played a full season there. His baseball career (1955-64) was played mainly at the AA and AAA level and his hockey career (1954-61) in the AHL. Jack was the first “home-grown” Leasider to play in the NHL, and is credited with being the originator of the “backward” grip for face-offs.
JOE KROL | Football (1919 – 2008)
Joe Krol played football at high school in Windsor, Ontario and for the University of Western Ontario (1938-42). After two seasons of professional ball in Hamilton and a brief stint with the Detroit Lions, he took up a career with the Toronto Argonauts and led them to five Grey Cups as a quarterback, running back, defensive back, place kicker and punter. He was most noted for his versatility, and was twice named Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year. His other honours include induction into the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. He retired in 1953. Joe Krol lived in Leaside for most of his playing career and following retirement from football.
CHRISTINE PELLERIN | Female Hockey (1964 –)
Christine Pellerin is a major contributor to female ice hockey in Leaside and Ontario – and to ball hockey in Canada. Christine has served as a coach, head trainer and board member of the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association, as supervisor and instructor for the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, and as a vice president of the Ontario Ball Hockey Federation. Christine was on three national championship-winning ball hockey teams as an athlete, three more as coach, and on three world championship-winning teams as head coach of Women’s Team Canada. She is also one of Ontario’s top women’s ice hockey referees. Christine Pellerin was inducted into the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame in 2013 and is a mentor to female athletes of all ages.
SIDNEY SOANES | Figure Skating (1922 – )
Dr. Sidney Soanes received a doctorate in physics from the University of Toronto in 1946 and was a founding member of the Leaside skating club in 1952. For over fifty years he served the sport of figure skating as an author, committee member, judge and referee. As an International Skating Union judge Dr. Soanes oversaw thousands of competitions and tests. One of the most highly-respected authorities on ice dance judging, he wrote Ice Dancing – A Manual for Judges and Skaters, which continues to serve as the ice dance judges’ bible. In 1967 he was awarded a Centennial Medal for his contribution and in 1992 he was inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of fame for his contributions to the sport of figure skating.
Congratulations to the inaugural inductees to the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame, Fall 2013
HOWARD BIRNIE | Baseball (1937 – )
Howard Birnie has been coaching baseball at Talbot Park and volunteering with the Leaside Baseball Association for more than fifty years. Howard has also been an umpire, not only in Leaside but also for national championship, World Junior Championship and professional games. However his primary concern has always been the LBA. During the past forty years as its president, he has worked hard to provide a first rate environment within which two generations of Leaside boys could play baseball, doing whatever tasks needed to be done to accomplish that goal. Howard Birnie is truly a Leaside institution.
TERI-LYNN BLACK-CALLERI | Skating (1963 – )
Teri-Lynn Black and her partner Mirko Savic were the Canadian Junior Ice Dance Champions in 1982. Four years later she became a coach for the Leaside Skating Club, a position she has held for 27 years, during which time she has been a lasting influence on hundreds of young skaters. Many of her skaters have achieved gold medal status and have excelled in competition at the provincial and national level. Teri has been nominated to Skate Canada on numerous occasions for the Coach of the Year Award. She continually holds the Skate Canada Gold status for commitment to ongoing professional development activities.
CATHERINE (CARPENTER) LANSDOWNE | Speed Skating, Coaching (1954 – )
Catherine Carpenter represented Ontario as a speed skater in the first Canada Winter Games in Saskatoon in 1971, winning two gold medals and a bronze. She represented Canada at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. Cathy has spent the past thirty-six years as a phys-ed teacher at Leaside High School where she has coached volleyball, tennis, badminton and cross-country running, and been a significant influence on the lives of two generations of young women. Cathy lives in Leaside with her husband Dudley Lansdowne, who also taught at Leaside High, and two sons who are both accomplished hockey players
JOHN CHILD | Volleyball (1967 – )
John Child represented Canada in Beach Volleyball at three consecutive Olympic Games – 1996, 2000 and 2004 – winning a bronze medal in Atlanta with his partner Mark Heese, and finishing fifth in both Sydney and Athens. After retiring from competitive play John founded the Leaside Volleyball Club which now offers both competitive and recreational playing opportunities to over 500 participants each year. John Child and his wife Bridget have lived in North Leaside since 1994 and have two children.
RICH FERGUSON | Track and Field (1931 – 1986)
Rich Ferguson lived in Leaside and attended Leaside High School before heading to Iowa University on an athletic scholarship. At age 19 he was ranked the top junior runner in North America. Ferguson represented Canada at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and at the 1954 British Empire (now Commonwealth) Games in Vancouver where he ran in the famous “Miracle Mile” race. Briton Roger Bannister had broken the four-minute mile barrier in England earlier that year only to be bested by his rival, Australian John Landy, just a few weeks later. Vancouver was the first time the two had run head to head. Both again broke the four minute barrier with Rich Ferguson finishing third at 4:04.6, setting a native Canadian record.
ERICA GILBERT | Tennis (1928 – )
Erica Gilbert served on the board of the Leaside Tennis Club from the 1960s, including three terms as president and over 25 years as membership secretary. She was a founding member of the Toronto Ladies Tennis League, where she sat on the board for over 40 years. She organised the Tennis Canada Junior Open which attracted children from across the country. For her lifetime of work as an umpire and volunteer Erica was inducted into the Tennis Canada Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the Ontario Tennis Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013. Erica Gilbert now lives in Vancouver.
PETER MAHOVLICH JR | Hockey (1946 – )
Peter Mahovlich Jr. came to Leaside from Timmins with his family as an eight year-old boy when his older brother Frank was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs and his Dad, Peter Mahovlich Sr., took a job running the pro shop at Leaside Arena. He played hockey there before being drafted second overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1963. His outstanding 16-year NHL career included stints in Detroit and Pittsburgh bracketing nine seasons in Montreal as a key member of the Canadiens dynasty winning the Stanley Cup in 1971, ’73, ’76 and ’77. He was also a member of Team Canada in the famous 1972 Summit Series. Peter Mahovlich is now a scout with the Florida Panthers.
DR. TOM PASHBY | Sports Safety (1915 – 2005)
Dr. Tom (“Doc”) Pashby was a long-time baseball coach at Trace Manes Park and hockey coach at Leaside Gardens, where he was often called upon to stitch up injured players. This experience helped inspire his interest in sports safety. He became a leading advocate for mandatory helmets and face guards and led the fight for penalties for cross-checking and other actions that could lead to back or eye injuries. His pioneering efforts to promote sports safety earned him the Order of Canada and election as a builder to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Doc Pashby lived in the same Leaside house for over sixty years until his death in 2005.
DR. RON TAYLOR | Baseball (1937 – )
Ron Taylor played his minor sports in Leaside as a boy, including a couple of years of hockey at Leaside Gardens and baseball at Talbot Park from the age of eight until seventeen, when he was scouted and signed by the Cleveland Indians. He pitched for eleven seasons in the Major Leagues with Cleveland, the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, New York Mets and San Diego Padres. He was on two World Series-winning teams – the 1964 Cardinals and the 1969 “Miracle” Mets – and did not allow a single hit during his seven innings pitched in four World Series relief appearances. Following his playing career he earned his medical degree and served nearly twenty years as the team physician to the Toronto Blue Jays. Dr. Ron Taylor continues to practice medicine and has lived in Leaside since 1977.
LLOYD WOODS | Lawn Bowling (1928 – )
Lloyd Woods became Greens Director for the Leaside Lawn Bowling Club in 1970 and soon developed a reputation as the leading authority on the construction and maintenance of lawn bowling greens in Canada. He supervised the installation of many greens projects across the country, including the four-green facility built for the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia in 1994. He literally wrote the book on the subject, the Official’s Handbook – Bowling Green Maintenance and Management. Lloyd Woods also served a term as president of the Leaside Lawn Bowling Club in 1976. He is now retired and living in Ayr, Ontario.