Andy Dusome – nominated by Jeff LeClair,
He was signed as a free agent by the Galt Pros of the Ontario Professional Hockey League in 1909 and thus played in Canada’s first “open” professional hockey league in Canada. Galt, led by the scoring prowess of Dusome, went on the capture the OPHL’s inaugural championship. Galt challenged the NHA Stanley Cup Champion Ottawa Senators but lost both games.
The next season, Dusome signed with the Waterloo Colts of the same league but rejoined Galt after only four games. He then played for Belleville and the Picton Pirates of the Eastern Ontario Professional Hockey League before joining the Brantford Indians in the OPHL. It is interesting to note that in 53 professional games, the small right winger scored 50 goals but notched not a single assist - only because the league didn’t record them at that time!
Ron Marchildon – nominated by Tracy Dorion,
A gifted athlete in his youth, Ron received his Recreation Leadership Diploma from the University of Guelph in 1964. He taught school locally until 1973 where he became the town’s Recreation Coordinator in 1973 and the next year, Arena and Parks Manager as well.
Under his tenure, he led and assisted a team of coaches and volunteers to organize various programs and sports in town and fundraise for improvements to the arena, McGuire Park and the town dock.
Ron was a tireless volunteer, helping organize boys’ junior hardball in town. He also coached girl’s baseball and was coach of the 1974 provincial champions Ladies Red Sox Softball team. He was also coach of the Jr. ‘C’ King’s hockey team for two years.
A Charter member of the Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the Midland Sports Hall of Fame as a player with the provincial champion Midland Indians fastball team.
In 2001, he retired after 28 years of dedicated service.
-60 Legion Bantams – nominated by Lisa Fortin, Kelly Price,
Angela Snowden, Stefanie Wiesflog,
First, the Penetang Legion Bantams captured the 1959-60 Georgian Bay title against Collingwood to send them to the 25th Annual Little NHL Tournament being hosted that year by Huntsville.
In their first game, the team shutout the northern champions Parry Sound 3-0, to advance to the semi-finals against Bradford and their big star, future NHLer Wayne Carleton. In a close checking game, the Legionnaires came out on top 1-0.
Then it was on to the finals against a larger and heavily-favoured Toronto Township. Overcoming a 3-0 third period deficit, the team dramatically tied it up and then won the Ontario title in overtime.
Back Row: Peter Dubeau, Bob Delorme, Paul Solmes, David Zwicker, Fred Scott (Manager), Ron Dupuis, Paul DeVillers, Ron Moreau
Middle Row: Doug Scott, Joe Lamoureux (Asst. Coach), Billy Lepage, Mike Dubeau, Peter Berry, Stan LeClair (Coach), Art Desroches
Front Row: Terry Timmons, Jimmy Pollard