Alumni Sports Hall of Fame
Each year, SJR celebrates the achievements of our athletes and coaches, inducting alumni who have made significant contributions to the world of athletics into the Alumni Sports Hall of Fame. Join us in September at the Homecoming Dinner 2016 where we will be inducting our honorees into the SJRAA Sports Hall of Fame.
To nominate an alum for this prestigious honour, please contact the Alumni Office or download a nomination form.
Carol Chiang '93
Athlete – Swimming
Carol Chiang found early success as a swimmer in The Pas, Manitoba. In 1991, she moved to Winnipeg and attended St. John's-Ravenscourt School until her graduation in 1993. Her continued training while a boarder paid off when she was offered a place on the McGill University swim team. Despite being a rookie, Carol was awarded team MVP in her first year: a title she would receive an additional two times during her five years of university competition. Along with dominating her local Quebec conference, Carol won eleven medals at the national university championships. While team captain in 1996, her time at the Canadian Olympic Trials in 100m freestyle brought her one tenth of a second from a place on the Olympic team. In Carol's fifth and final season, she won a silver medal in 100m freestyle and sixth place in 50m freestyle at the Canadian National Championships in Winnipeg.
Richard Quinton '42 (SJCS)
Richard Quinton graduated from St. John's College School in 1942 before attaining his Chartered Accountancy Degree, which would later serve him well in the family business, Quinton's Cleaners. Richard's golfing passion was predominantly established during his 50 years at Niakwa Country Club, where he held the course record for many years, and 25 years as a member of The Royal and Ancient (St. Andrews) of Scotland. A Niakwa Champion and Manitoba Senior Champion twice, he founded the Mundie Putter and Senior Putter leagues, established to strengthen competitive golf in Manitoba at a local and national level. Along with being an avid hockey player, Richard also excelled in paddling with the Winnipeg Canoe Club, winning the Manitoba singles in 1947, senior fours in 1946 and 1947, and the 65 mile Le Voyageur paddling race three times (once with his brother, Paul). His paddling career would culminate in an appearance at the Olympic Trials.
Andrew Dryden Blair '25 (SJCS)
Athlete – Hockey
Born February 27, 1908, Andrew Blair '25 atended St. John's College from 1918-1925. A Winnipeg native, Andrew played centre at the University of Manitoba as a Bison hockey player for a number of years, and was a member of the team that won the 1928 Allan Cup. He then went on to play professional hockey in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs for eight seasons and then one season with the Chicago Blackhawks.
While playing for Toronto, Andrew was a Stanley Cup Champion in 1932 and was named to the NHL All-Star Game in 1934. For his accomplishments on the ice, Andrew was named an "Honoured Member" of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.
Melford (Mel) Wilson '34
Athlete – Football
Mel entered St. John’s College at the grade six level in 1928, playing his first season of football for the School the following year. He left in 1930 and played two years for Kelvin High School. Mel went on to play with the Winnipegs and then the St. John’s Roamers, leading them to a Western Junior Championship in 1936. At 20 years of age in 1937, Mel joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Over the next ten years, Mel and the Bombers were perennial contenders for the Grey Cup, winning in 1939 and 1941. He continued his career with the Montreal Alouettes and then the Calgary Stampeders until his retirement in 1951. Mel was a ten-time All-Star and three-time All-Canadian while with the CFL. He gave back to the sport as a high school referee and coach, while also competing in golf, curling, racquet-ball and ballroom dance.
Gordon Dailley '29
Athlete – Hockey
Gordon Dailley attended St. John’s College School between 1923 and 1928. Following graduation, Gordon went on to study at the University of Manitoba. He moved to England in 1933 where he joined the Grosvenor House Canadians hockey team, playing defence. In 1936, Gordon was a part of the Winter Olympic team for Great Britain; a team consisting mainly of British-born Canadian citizens. In fact, it was only his three year residency overseas that justified his being a team member. Gordon continued to play for the British national team, becoming the captain the following year. Under his leadership, they captured the European Championships in 1937 and 1938. He went on to play for the Wembley Lions, and captained the Wembley Monarchs from 1937 until the beginning of WWI. In 1993, Gordon was posthumously inducted into the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
Jennifer Botterill '97
Athlete – Hockey
Jennifer Botterill’s athletic career at SJR involved not only hockey, the sport for which she is best known, but also soccer, basketball and volleyball. After graduating in 1997, she became the youngest member of the Canadian Olympic team, winning a Silver Medal for Hockey in the 1998 Nagano Games. Jennifer continued to find success playing at Harvard University, where she still holds an NCAA career scoring record. She is the only two-time winner of the Patty Kazmaier Award for the top player in women’s college hockey. Jennifer was an integral part of the Gold Medal Olympic victories for Canada’s women’s hockey team in 2002, 2006 and 2010. She also competed in eight World Championships, winning five times, and twice achieving most valuable player in the tournament.
John Curtis Brackenbury '71
Athlete – Hockey
Curtis Brackenbury began his 11 year professional hockey career in the WHA. He won the AVCO Cup with the Quebec Nordiques in 1979, when they narrowly defeated the powerful Winnipeg Jets club led by Bobby Hull. Claimed by the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers on waivers, he played 141 games in the NHL before retiring in 1983. Brackenbury competed in the 1985 Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii and in 1987 as a member of the Canadian team in sailing in the America’s Cup. He later joined the Australian Institute of Sport as a research associate. Today, Curtis promotes MLX hockey skates, in partnership with Mario Lemieux and US speed skating gold medalist David Cruikshank. He is also President of Scipertek International, a company which focuses on athletic performance and intra-team relationships.
Jackie Honey '93
Athlete – Track & Field
After graduating from SJR as a Manitoba Scholar Athlete, Jackie Honey competed successfully in High Jump, Long Jump and Heptathlon, but developed her expertise in pole-vault. In 1996, at her first university national meet, she became Canadian Champion. In 1997, she won gold at the Canada Games as well as the Canadian University Championships, setting records at both meets. She went on to set pole-vault records at the University of Manitoba in 1988 as well as Provincial and National records in both 2001 and 2002. Jackie Honey is considered a pioneer in women’s pole-vaulting in Manitoba, reaching the top levels of her sport. From 1994 to 2004, she ranked within the top seven pole-vaulters in Canada, ultimately reaching number one nationally in 2000 and 2001. In 2001, she was ranked number 37 in the world.
George Phillips '47 (SJCS)
Builder – Athletics
George Phillips is widely recognized as a superb, tireless, multi-sport builder. A long-serving physical education instructor, he was later a school principal in Winnipeg. In 1962 George founded the Legion Sports Camp at the International Peace Gardens. Funded by the Royal Canadian Legion and staffed with Manitoba’s best, this multi-sport, annual training camp has trained nearly 38,000 young athletes from around the globe. George organized mobile track and field clinics that traveled throughout Manitoba during the summers of the 1950s and 1960s, while in the 1960s and 1970s, he organized and directed the annual Red River Relays. In 1970 George was recognized by the Governor General for his efforts in amateur sport. In 1980 he was awarded the inaugural Manitoba High School Athletic Association Certificate of Recognition.
Thomas Roulston '75
Athlete – Hockey
As a member of the SJR midget hockey team, Tom Roulston won both the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba hockey championships in 1972-1973. The team amassed a superb 24-0-0 run that season, an SJR record. In 1975 Tom was a spectacular scoring centre for the SJR Senior A team and was named to the first provincial all-star team roster. He went on to play junior hockey in both AGHL and WCHL leagues. Drafted in 1977 in the third round by the St. Louis Blues, he played hockey in the IHL, CHL, AHL and the NHL (1977-1995). In the 1980s he played for the dynamic Edmonton Oilers alongside Wayne Gretzky. In 1983 he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he played with Mario Lemieux.
Paget Stewart '81
Athlete – Biathlon
While at SJR, Paget was a multi-talented athlete who began competing in cross-country ski races in 1975. In 1978 he placed first in his category in the internationally recognized Kortelopet race in Wisconsin–the first Canadian to win this event. Paget turned to biathlon the following year and in his first raced placed second in the Canadian Junior Championships. In 1980 he was the Manitoba junior biathlon champion, representing both Manitoba and Canada in competitions at home and abroad. In 1984, he improved steadily and in 1986 achieved the best showing ever for a Canadian in international biathlon competition, placing 26th at the World Championships. Paget qualified for and competed as a Canadian biathlete in the 1988 Calgary Olympics, at the time the only Manitoban to reach that goal.
Arthur Coulter '26* (SJCS)
Athlete – Hockey
Art Coulter learned to play hockey at the old St. John’s rink and at the Forks located at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, an experience he later described as “300 kids and one puck”. His NHL debut was with Chicago in 1931, helping the Blackhawks win their first ever Stanley Cup in 1934. Traded to the New York Rangers in 1936, he became their captain in 1937 and led them to their first Stanley Cup in seven years in 1940. A fierce competitor, he often led the Rangers in penalty minutes. During a reunion for the Rangers at the time of their 1994 Stanley Cup Championship, Coulter compared his era with the then-current team: “Our old team that won the Stanley Cup could skate backwards blindfolded and whup the Rangers they’ve got today.” Coulter was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947.
*Graduation date not confirmed.
Frederick Creighton '50 (Rav.)
Athlete/Builder – Hockey
Fred Creighton began his hockey career as a player and ended as a celebrated head coach. He won five professional championships in the minor leagues, two as a player with the Omaha Knights in 1972-1973, when he was also presented with the Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey league, and three as a head coach, the first with the Omaha Knights in 1972-1973, when he was also presented with the Jake Milford Award that year as the league’s best coach. In 1974, Creighton reached the pinnacle of his hockey career as an NHL head coach for the Atlanta Flames from 1974-1979, and head coach of the Boston Bruins during the 1979-1980 season. He then returned to the WHL to coach the Indianapolis Checkers in 1981, guiding them to two consecutive championships in 1980-1981 and 1981-1982, and was honoured with his second Jake Milford Award as coach of the year in 1981.
Emma Robinson '89
Athlete – Rowing
Emma Robinson began rowing in 1990 with the University of Toronto; the next year she won University of Toronto’s first gold medal in over ten years at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. During a remarkable university career, she won gold at the 1992 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and gold (eights) and silver (fours) at the 1993 World University Games. She was subsequently recruited by the Canadian National team, with whom she won silver in eights at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as well as three consecutive World Championships in pairs. In 1999, Robinson had surgery to remove a cancerous thyroid. Four days later she was training full time, winning gold at the World’s in pairs. In the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, she won bronze (eights) and finished fourth (pairs). Robinson was inducted into the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Jeff Powell '94
Athlete – Rowing
An accomplished basketball player at SJR, Jeff Powell earned the Most Outstanding Player Award for the 1994 Provincial Championship team. After graduating from the University of Manitoba, Powell focused his attention on rowing to become the 2002 National Champion in pairs and a member of the first Canadian men’s eights crew to win the Henley Royal Regatta and the World Championship title. Powell was the singles National Champion in 2003, repeated his men’s eights team win as the Henley Royal Regatta Champion and won the Lucerne World Cup and overall World Championship. In 2004, Powell earned the World Cup Champion title at both Munich and Lucerne and rowed for Canada in the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Andrew Currie '28 (SJCS)
Athlete/Builder – Football
Andy Currie began playing football at St. John’s College School and moved on to Junior and the CFL. In 1928 he played for the National Junior Football Champion Regina Pats and then, one week later, for the Regina Roughriders in the Grey Cup; he also played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He coached high school football from 1934-1950, leading Daniel MacIntyre to four consecutive championships from 1947-1950. In 1982, he was voted high school coach of the 1940s. Equally adept at officiating, Currie refereed amateur football from 1953-1960, was Referee-in-Chief for Manitoba from 1953-58 and trained other officials from 1956-1960. He was a CFL referee from 1957-1966. In 1965 Currie chaired the CFL Rule Book, adopted in 1967. Currie was inducted into the Winnipeg Blue Bomber, Manitoba, and Canadian Football Halls of Fame in 1984, 1989 and 1974 respectively.
David Drybrough '53
Athlete – Athletics
SJR’s top athlete in 1953, David Drybrough went on to set several University of Manitoba track records in the 1950s earning the 1956 Outstanding Athlete Award. He set the Manitoba half-mile record in July 1958, broke it in August, and that October set University of Manitoba records for the half-mile, mile and two-mile races. In 1959 Drybrough ran the fastest Canadian mile during half-time of an Ottawa-Edmonton CFL game, set the Manitoba three-mile record and represented Canada in the 1500-metre final at the Chicago Pan Am Games. His fastest race set the 1960 Canadian Indoor Mile Record (4:10.4). In other sports, Drybrough was named Rookie of the Year in the 1959 Manitoba Senior Basketball League, coached University of Manitoba’s 1964 cross-country running team to the National Championships, chaired the Marathon Committee for the 1967 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, and represented Canadian Track & Field as an official at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.