Category Archives: 1990 – 1999

KELLIE CASEY

In 1973 at the age of 8, Kellie Casey moved to the Collingwood area with her family and promptly began training for a career in freestyle skiing.
She attended school in Thornbury and Meaford before transferring to Collingwood Collegiate for Grade 12 and 13. At age 12, she decided that her main skiing interest was not freestyle but rather the challenging downhill events. She began competing in the Toronto Ski Club racing programs, her firm goal now was to be and Olympic downhiller.
In 1980 she made the Southern Ontario Division team. She graduated in 1982 to the Ontario team and began racing internationally. Her top finishes in the Pontiac Cup series of 1982 and 1983 earned her a place on the development squad of the national team in 1984. In 1985, she became a member of the Canadian National Ladies Ski Team and began a regular tour of competition on the prestigious World Cup circuit. She competed and trained throughout the world, proudly carrying the name, Collingwood through many countries in Europe and America as well as into numerous major ski centres in North America. Injuries prevented her from a serious run at the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo.In 1985, she placed 4th in Canada in the downhill. In 1986 she won the overall downhill title in the Nor-Am International series. In 1987, she vaulted into the 1st seed in the World Cup Downhill standings with 5th, 8th and two 12th place finishes in Europe just prior to the Olympics. She capped her bid for Olympic selection later that year with a 2nd place finish in the Canadian Championships.
At the Calgary Olympics on February 18, 1988 she was 7th out of the starting gate. On a steep twisting high speed turn at the top of Mt. Allan she lost visual contact with the terrain and crashed heavily into a safety net. The resulting torn  knee ligament ended her quest for and Olympic medal. Following surgery and extensive knee rehabilitation she returned to World Cup competition in 1989, still tanked in the first seed on the World Cup tour.
In 1990, during a downhill training run in Argentina, she sustained a back injury. This latest problem along with a still-imperfect knee was enough to heed the medical advice and to call it a career. Kellie still proudly calls the Collingwood area her home. She skied regularly and got great satisfaction in instructing young racers at Blue Mountain Resort and the Toronto Ski club on weekends. Kellie attended the University of Guelph to study veterinary science.

CAROL BROPHY-COLLINS

Carol was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame on June 20, 1992, in the Builders’ category. Carol is a former member of the Collingwood Blue Mountain Figure Skating Club. From there she moved on to bigger and better things teaching power skating at a professional level.

1974- Studied at the Institute of Sport and Physical Culture in Moscow, U.S.S.R. and with the Red Army Sports Club, majoring in hockey.

1981- Was the guest coach at the National Hockey League’s officials’ training camp in Toronto.

1985- Coached players of the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL, Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League and the Oshawa General of the OHA.

1995-1990- Ran Power skating camps for professional of the AHL and International Hockey League, as well as players from college and junior organizations.

1990- Named the skating coach of the Toronto Redwings Midget hockey club. She helped take the team to the Air Canada midget regional title and the national championship in Quebec.

Her career place her as coach of some 1,800 hockey players from age seven to professional for more than 20 years at the time of her induction.

JOANNE HOUGHTON

Joanne was one of the original founding members of the Collingwood Blue Mountain
Figure Skating Club. Her hard work and dedication to the sport of skating helped establish the Blue Mountain Figure Skating Club. In addition to designing the clubs crest and pin, she was the clubs first amateur coach. She was also the first Collingwood born member of the club to teach as it’s professional.

Joanne skated as an amateur from 1951-1959. During which time she and Pauline Piitz
were the first club members to pass Canadian Figure Skating Association tests.

In 1956, 1957, 1958 Joanne skated in the ice dance competition in the Western Ontario Sectionals. Skating with Don Pherson, Joanne placed third and had two second place finishes in Senior Dance. This qualified her and her partner for Senior Dance at Canadians. In addition Joanne also competed in the Senior Ladies singles. She managed again to qualify to skate at Canadians.

As well as skating Joanne also was certified as a low test amateur judge in
figures, free skating and ice dance.

Joanne turned professional in 1960 to teach in Collingwood with triple fold test qualifications.

Joanne taught professionally from 1960 to 1977 in Collingwood, Fergus, Stratford, Ingersoll, Tavistock and London.

IZORA MUSSELMAN

Izorz (Keith) Musselman attended King George Public School and Collingwood Collegiate Institute. She was an outstanding athlete and was always considered a team player.

From 1942 to 1944 Izora played for the Clyde Aircraft sponsored baseball team. They played in a league with Thornbury, Wyeville, Barrie and Base Borden. Izora was the teams number one pitcher as well as an excellent outfielder.

In 1945 Clyde Aircraft closed and Izora was recruited by the Stratford Krochler Team. The Krochlers played in the Provincial Women’s Softball Association League. The other teams were from Brantford, Preston, Hespler, Waterloo, Kitchener and London.

Izora was a much valued member of the team. Her personality and team value were always held in high regard by her teammates as well as management. During Izors’s term with the Krochler’s they won five Provincial Championships in 1946, 49, 50, 53, and 55. Izora was very versatile, playing both infield and outfield, but was very outstanding as a right fielder.

Izora moved to Stratford with her husband Stan where they raised their son who served in the Canadian Navy.

 

 

ELSIE CRUIKSHANKS

While her son Clyde only played in Collingwood for a couple of years, most parents would be humbled at the minor hockey volunteer service record of Elsie Cruickshanks. Along with her late husband Frank, an Inductee in 1994, the 79-year-old Cruickshanks will enter the Builders’ category of the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame. Well-known in the community for her continuing tireless efforts as a volunteer at the Royal Canadian Legion, Cruickshanks is also occasionally stopped on the street by grown-ups who remember her for what she did at the hockey rink. “They haven’t forgotten us!” she muses. “Like they say, you’re only going to be rewarded with what you put into something. We enjoyed spending time with the children.” A ticket taker, raffle draw seller, registrar and an organizer of the annual Huronia Tournament for 25 years, Cruickshanks assisted Frank with the youth teams he coached. For these efforts, she has been recognized with the 2003 Order of Collingwood alongside a certificate presented by Mayor Terry Geddes for her service to youth in 1999.
Cruickshanks recalled an exhibition game hosted by Collingwood Minor Hockey in the 1970s against a touring midget team from Finland. Her family billeted four of the opposing players and the teams quickly made friends, despite the language barrier. Collingwood had been chosen to be a site for the game because of its reputation for hosting tournaments. “I know the Finnish boys had a great time here, because the next night they had another game in Markham. Clyde and a carload of boys who had played against them the night before went to Markham to watch the game. When (the Finns) came out on the ice, the fans booed them. What a disgrace! They treated those boys horribly. That would have never happened in Collingwood.” When asked about her favourite part about being a minor hockey volunteer, Cruickshanks recalled the massive breakfasts whipped up daily at the Huronia Tournament. “Frank Sheffield and a bunch of other people did such a tremendous job in the kitchen,” she added. “We never seemed to have trouble getting teams to come to play in Collingwood.”

This evening, October 23, 2004, the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame welcomes Elsie Cruikshanks as an enshrined member for her role as a Builder of our athletic community.

RON “KING” TAYLOR

In Collingwood’s rich sporting history, Ron’s nickname “King” is acknowledged as one of the most used sports’ monikers in Collingwood. Born in Singhampton on November 6, 1936, Ron has lived in Collingwood since 1946. Ron has one daughter Polly and three grandchildren who continue to reside in Collingwood with Ron. A graduate of Victoria Public School and Collingwood Collegiate, Ron continued his studies at the Ontario Fire College – Gravenhurst where his distinguished firefighting career included Fire Chief for the Town of Collingwood. Ron’s passion for sports ensured his year-round participation. However, he excelled in hockey and baseball where his triumphs have resulted in his induction as a member of the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame on June 12, 1998 in the Players’ category.

In 1965, Ron was a member of the Collingwood Shipbuilders OHA Senior B Championship. On the ball diamond, Ron’s Stayner Motormen won the 1957 OBA Intermediate A Championship. Ron’s active interest in the fine details of the game allowed for his easy transition as a coach of the 1976 & 1977 Kinsmen Midget baseball teams. Additionally, Ron has worked behind the sporting scenes as a 17 year member of the Collingwood Parks and Recreation Board, Past President and Life Member of the Collingwood Kinsmen Club, and original member of the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame acting as a Director for many years. Ron played an instrumental role in the creation of Old-timer Hockey and the Masters Division Slo-pitch in Collingwood.

 

JOHN THOMAS

“Men weren’t supposed to figure skate back then”, said Thomas, “I just went about my business and did what I had to do, and what I wanted I wanted to be. I had a wonderful career. I met a lot of wonderful people over the years”.

Thomas was 1955 champion in the Northern Ontario Junior Mixed pairs. He was a 1956 Bronze Medalist for the Northern Ontario Junior Men’s competition. He was also champion of British Columbia Junior Men’s competition and a British Columbia Bronze champion in 1958.

Nationally, he won the Western Canada Silver Junior Men’s Championship in 1958. Thomas started the Stayner figure skating club in 1959 with the Stayner Lions Club. During his 19 year professional career, he spent a lot of time coaching and teaching in several towns. He said somewhere along the line he and his coach decided that mentally challenged children deserved the chance to skate. “We devised a method of teaching them, and it gave them something to strive for” said Thomas, “after being all over it was nice to give something back”.His aunt and cousin are also in the Hall of Fame as volunteer “builders” of sports clubs.

He skated until 1978, long enough to skate in an annual town skating carnival with his two daughters Sheri and Monica. He said that many things have changed since he last skated. He used to take his own luggage onto a Trans Canada (Air Canada) plane. He also said figure skating used to be an art, now it’s a sport!

John Thomas was inducted into the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame June 17, 1994. John was honoured for his figure skating career and his work with the mentally handicapped.

ALBERT WALMSLEY

Albert, or Ab as he was better known, was inducted into the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame on June 20, 1992, in the players category.

He was born in Collingwood, May 1, 1933 and at the time of his election to the
Hall he was living in Collingwood with his wife Gladys.  They had three
children. Albert attended Collingwood Connaught Public School and Collingwood Collegiate Institute.

The list is long for this multi-sports athlete, thus the reasons for naming Ab to
the Hall of Fame.

A summary of his career is seen in the following:

– 1946-1960 he played hockey

– 1947-1959 he played baseball

– 1960-1967-he played fastball

– 1948 competed in high school track and field

He played juvenile hockey in 1949-50 moving up to Junior ”C” to be coached by Jack
Portland and winning the OHA’s Junior “C” title.  Continued his “C” career until 1953 having played on all four Junior ”C’ Greenshirt championship teams-1949 -50 with Jack Portland; 1950-51, 1951-42, 1952-53 with Eddie Bush. In 1953-54, he played on the Collingwood Intermediate Hockey Team. In 1954-55, Ab was a member of the Meaford Knight’ Intermediate Hockey Club going to the OHA final before being ousted by Tillsonburg in the seventh game.

During the 1949-50 season while playing juvenile hockey he was scouted by Bob Davison, chief scout of the Toronto Maple Leafs and signed to an Option “C” form.
The following year he attended the Toronto Marlboro Junior “A” Hockey Team’s
camp at Maple Leaf Gardens.

In fastball, he played on local teams until 1957 when he joined the Stayner Motormen’s OBA Intermediate club helping the team win the provincial title.  In 1958 and 59 he went to OBA finals with Stayner and the Collingwood Lions.  He also played with the Midland Indians and the Creemore Red Sox.  He ended his ball career playing with Collingwood clubs sponsored by GM Motors and the Tremont Hotel.

In 1948, while attending Collingwood Collegiate Institute he completed in junior
boys’ track and field becoming the junior school champion in three events (880
yard dash, 440 yard and 220 yard) and finished second I the 100 yard dash.  He was named the overall junior champions.

Ab worked at the Collingwood Shipyards as a draftsman until the yard closed in
1986.

FRANK CRUIKSHANKS

Frank was born in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia on May 2, 1923 moving to Collingwood in 1970 with his wife Elsie (inducted 2004). Along with their family of 5 children – Frank, Norma, Donna, Clyde and Vicky, the Cruickshank quickly immersed themselves into Collingwood’s vibrant sports scene.

Frank’s resume as a supporter of Collingwood minor sports is impressive. His
accomplishments include:

O.M.H.A. Coaching I,II,III, IV and Referee I,II, III; Executive role in Collingwood
Minor Hockey for 7 years including President in 1979;  Coach & Manager role in teams ranging from Atom to Midget for 20+ years; Chairman and member of the Youth Education Committee, Royal Canadian Legion 1980-83.

Throughout Frank’s active involvement he has been recognized as the recipient of the Andy Morritt C.M.H.A. Award in 1974, Royal Canadian Legion of Merit in 1980
alongside a Life Membership. In 1995, Frank was the further recognized with the
Legion’s Meritorious Service Award in 1985 acknowledged as the highest award
awarded to Legion members.

Frank’s dedication culminated in his membership within the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame on June 12, 1998 in the Builders’ category.

ROBERT STEWART

Robert Stewart, secretary-manager of the Canadian Standard bred Horse Society, died suddenly after collapsing while playing in an Oldtimers’ hockey game. He was 38.

A native of Collingwood, Stewart had a lifelong involvement in almost all facets
of harness racing and served as the Society’s chief executive officer for
almost 16 years.

In his early teens he trained horses owned by his parents, Ray and Edna Stewart,
including Spencer’s Pride, Muddy Heel, If, Success Curl and Trivia.  During the summer school breaks he worked as a groom at the raceways for Clarence Lockhart and Pat Crowe and also trained horses for Jack Smith and Russ Irwin. He was licensed as a driver in 1969 and drove primarily in races at “B” tracks such as Owen Sound and at fall fair meets in the Collingwood and Barrie area.

Stewart was also licensed as a starter and associate judge from 1970 to 1978 and
officiated in these capacities at various non-extended meetings. In recent years, his Adanac Farms co-owned such outstanding racehorses as Happy Little B, Mon View, Saunders Alpine Label and Trojan Leroy, all winners of more than $165,000.

Stewart was widely known and highly respected throughout the standard bred industry in both Canada and the U.S.  He was primarily responsible for making the
three horse sales conducted annually by the Society among the most successful
in North America and was a strong advocate of having all horses’ blood typed and foals identified by freeze branding to ensure their identity and to verify their parentage.

After receiving his early education in Collingwood, Stewart graduated in Business
Administration from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto and then from
the Akron School of Business Administration where he made the Dean’s List both
years.