Alberta Sports Hall of Fame announces 2020 inductees

Olympic medallists, a former NHLer and others who made an impact in sports are among the 2020 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

A number of athletes, builders and award winners will officially join the Hall of Fame, located in Red Deer next to Highway 2, during the induction banquet at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre May 29.

“We are proud to welcome these new honoured members into the hall,” said Tracey Kinsella, Hall executive director.

“Their contributions to sport in our province are incredible and humbling. They have truly earned the right to have their names added to out Hall.

The athletes joining are: former NHLer Chris Phillips, the longest serving player in Ottawa Senators history; skier Deldra Dionne, Olympic bronze-medallist in ariels; Kelly Sutherland, chuckwagon driver and 12-time Calgary Stampede winner, with seven Calgary Stampede aggregate titles; and Michael Robertson, Olympic silver-medal winning snowboardcross athlete.

The builders joining the Hall in 2020 are: Jan Ullmark (figure skating), Terry Morris (curling), Ken Babey (hockey) and Derek Douglas (soccer).

The Bell Memorial Award goes to Nancy Southern and Ian Allison, as the team who pioneered equestrian sports broadcasting in Alberta – they are the first duo to win this award.

John Currie, president of the 1983 Western Canada Summer Games, won the Achievement Award; Stan Wakelyn, captain of the 1922 Calgary Hilhurt FC, won the Pioneer Award; and Dennis Kadatz will receive the legacy award for guiding the Edmonton Huskies junior football team to three consecutive championships, before becoming the head coach of the University of Calgary’s fledging football program.

The new inductees were announced on social media Thursday afternoon.

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