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Bouchard induction makes it a family affair

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Greg Bouchard is thrilled that he will become the latest member of the Bouchard family in the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame.

The Hall announced its 2014 induction slate at a media conference at the Canada Inns Polo Park on Jan. 13 and the Andrew Mynarski VC School principal is one of four athletes who will be honoured.

Joining him will be the Taylor brothers, Bob and Fred, who were outstanding orthodox pitchers in the 1950s and ’60s, and Garth German, whose ability at shortstop earned him many all-star awards including being named All-Canadian at the 1987 Softball Canada Senior Fast Pitch Championship.

"I’m so proud to be joining my father, my uncle and aunt and my cousin in the Hall of Fame," Bouchard said. His father, Leo, was inducted in 2003, his uncle Cam in 2004 and his aunt Grace (Peckover) Bouchard, a great CUAC Blues catcher, in 2007. Cam and Grace’s daughter, Stacy, was also inducted in 2007 as a member of the 1993-1997 Smitty’s senior teams.

Greg’s pitching resume includes top minor, senior and male player awards from Softball Manitoba, plus he has used his teaching and administrative skills in many ways for the provincial association.

Former Softball Manitoba president Ron Witkowski, umpire and builder Keith King, and coaches Joe Nespor from Lac du Bonnet and the late Nick Pliszka of Portage la Prairie also will be inducted.

The 1927-1930 Uneedas men’s diamond ball team, the 1967-1970 Pine Falls Canadians men and the 1994-1996 Smitty’s Terminators midget girls will be honoured in the team category.

The Smitty’s induction is long overdue, as the team won three consecutive Softball Canada championships with the 1994 title being the first victory for Manitoba since Molson Canadians won the men’s championship in 1967.

Terminators Nicole Anneck, Lindsay Chester, Kathy Le, Heather Newsham and Leanne Scott went on to play for Canada’s national junior team. The induction banquet will be held May 3 in Winnipeg.

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The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame lost two of its honoured members early in the new year. Steve Patrick, who died Jan. 11 at age 81, was a stalwart on defence for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for 13 seasons in the 1950s and ’60s and played on four Grey Cup champion teams. He was inducted as an athlete in 1988.

Dr. Ian Reid, 82, from Selkirk, who died Jan. 12,  was honoured as a builder of waterskiing in 1986. He was the founder of the province’s first waterski club, the Selkirk Seals, in 1951 and later served as president of both the Manitoba Waterski Association and the Canadian Waterski Association. His son Bruce, who competed internationally in waterskiing, was inducted in the Sports HOF the same year as his father.

Original WHA Winnipeg Jet Cal Swenson died in Edmonton on Jan. 1. He played 102 games for the Jets over a season and a half before moving to the Jacksonville Barons of the AHL.
Al Gowriluk advises that the Winnipeg Ringette League will hold its fifth annual all-star night at the MTS Centre on Feb. 5 starting at 5 p.m. It’s always a rocking evening with the young players enjoying the opportunity to show off their skills on the big stage while being cheered on by opposition players, family and friends.

Memories of Sport appears every second week in the Canstar Community News weeklies. Kent Morgan can be contacted at 204-489-6641 or email: sportsmemories@canstarnews.com

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