The St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1990 to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of both women and men, athletes and builders whom have significantly contributed to the development of sport in St. Catharines and went on to success at Provincial, National and/or International levels of competition.
The original founding and nomination committee of the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame consisted of Jack Gatecliffe, Joe McCaffrey, Ellard O’Brien, Archie Katzman and Bill Stevenson. At present the election committee has grown to 10 members who meet quarterly. The Nomination Committee represents a cross section of the business, media and sporting community and includes sport enthusiasts, historians and Hall of Fame inductees. The Committee accepts nominations throughout the year and utilizing selection criteria inducts five new Sports Hall of Fame members annually.
Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony
From 1990 to 2005, Sports Hall of Fame Inductions would be presented to the honoured members at the Knights of Columbus and Shriners Sports Celebrity Dinner. After a year hiatus, the Sports Celebrity Dinner was resurrected in 2007. This annual event, organized and hosted by the Niagara Peninsula Children’s Foundation has become the highlight of the St. Catharines/Niagara Region sporting community and has featured key note speakers including, former NHL, CFL, NLL players as well as Olympic athletes and other local sports personalities. The Hall of Fame, and the Selection committee is pleased to be partnered with the Niagara Peninsula Children’s Centre and looks forward to maintaining this mutually beneficial partnership for the future.
David S. Howes Wall of Fame and Sports Hall of Fame Website
The St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame started as a display containing the names and biographies as well as some select memorabilia and until 2012 found its home at the St. Catharines Museum.
In January of 2012, the Sports Hall of Fame committee, with the help of Mayor Brian McMullan, officially unveiled the St. Catharines Sports Wall of Fame, located at Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Complex. The wall enshrines the names of the Hall of Fame Inductees, viewed by over 500,000 visitors each year. In September 2014, the Sports Wall of Fame was moved to its new home in the Meridian Centre. At a ceremony in February 2015, the Wall of Fame was renamed in honour of David S. Howes a long-time supported of sports in St. Catharines. At the same event, the new St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame was opened with an exhibition featuring the hockey history of our community.
In May 2013 the Sports Hall of Fame website was launched to accompany the Wall of Fame, providing detailed biographies of the inductees, nomination information as well as providing an opportunity to accept donations for the Sports Hall of Fame.
Sports Hall of Fame Profiles and Pictures
Once a nominee has been selected, a representative from the Hall of Fame Nomination Committee will contact the Inductee and/or their family to gather information and pictures to create the Inductee’s profile for the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame website. The Nomination Committee encourages inductees and their families to participate in the ‘look and feel’ of their profile and welcomes updated stories and pictures that can be added to the website. Further information on where and how to submit information to the Nomination Committee is located in the contact section.
Future Plans for the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame
To coincide with the opening of the Meridian Centre in the Fall of 2014, the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame has found its new home on the concourse level of this great new facility. The St. Catharines Hall of Fame is home to the St. Catharines Sports Wall of Fame as well as an exhibition showcasing a greater selection of the City’s sports artifact collection for viewing by the public during events at the Meridian Centre.
Donations of sports memorabilia from the Inductees are an important and integral part of telling the story of St. Catharines’ illustrious sporting history. To ensure new visitors will gain the full experience of sport in St. Catharines and to entice returning enthusiasts, the Hall of Fame, through facilitation of the St. Catharines Museum will rotate and change the display contents to ensure all memorabilia finds prominence within the Hall. The Hall of Fame Committee is soliciting donations or loans of sports artifacts, memorabilia, photos or items of significant interest. If you are interested in contributing to the Sports Hall of Fame please contact the St. Catharines Museum at (905) 984-8880.
The St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame will be a place to celebrate the sporting accomplishments of the past, to reminisce in the ‘joy of victory’ and the ‘agony of defeat.’ Please plan on dropping by to meet an ‘old friend’ or to explore the wealth of talent found in the history of sport in St. Catharines.