Allan Cup champion Bearcats to be inducted into N.S. Sport Hall of Fame

Published on June 16, 2014

HALIFAX - The 1998 Canadian senior hockey champion Truro Bearcats are headed for the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

The Bearcats will be enshrined on Nov. 1 during a ceremony at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax.

The Bearcats became the first Nova Scotia team to win the coveted Allan Cup since 1935.

They captured the title on home ice in front of a capacity crowd at Colchester Legion Stadium by defeating the London, Ont., Admirals 6-1 in the final.

The local heroes include Kevin MacRae, Jason White, Mike Boyd, Craig Booker, Chris Hale, Steve Ryan, Chris Brassard, Bruce Campbell, Rod MacIntosh, Reggie Bowes, Steve Gordon, Gary Thomas, Craig Jenkins, Randy MacNeill, Kelly Kolke, Dwight Lucas, Sandy MacKenzie, Jason Decoste, Brian Melanson, Todd Parker, Ryan Isenor, Brian Grouchy, Darren Welsh, Barry Harrietha, Tom Beaton, Jim Laing, John Kibyuk (coach), Gerald Marshall (assistant coach), John Thomas (equipment manager), Kelly Johnson (medical trainer), Shawn Thomson (trainer), Jim Foley (general manager), Larry Anthony (general manager) and Stu Rath (owner).

Led by tournament MVP and all-star goaltender Jason White, and fellow tournament all-stars Darren Welsh (defence) and Dwight Lucas (forward), the 21 players (19 of whom were Nova Scotians) were named Sport Nova Scotia's Team of the Year.

The late Scott Fraser of Shubenacadie will also be inducted into the Hall.

Fraser, who drove stock cars professionally for 12 years, won the Maritime Modified Championship in 1992, and later, a pair of Maritime Association for Stock Car Racers (MASCAR) championships in 1996 and 1998. In 1999, he was named Nova Scotia Male Athlete of the Year.

From there, Fraser started racing against drivers from abroad, securing a set of wins at both the World Series of Asphalt Stock Racing and the International Pro Stock Car Challenge Championship. In 2001, Fraser claimed the top prize at six notable American Speed Association (ASA) contests on the northeastern seaboard. He finished first a final time that September - in front of hometown fans at the Scotia Speedworld track.

In total, five athletes, two builders and one team will join the Hall of Fame.

Others being inducted in the athlete category include Theresa MacCuish (basketball), Richard G. Munro (track and field), Ken Poole (badminton) and Kevin Dugas (golf).

In the builder category, Dr. Cathy Campbell and Anthony Hall will be honoured.