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’89-’90 Calgary Colts Inducted to AB Sports Hall of Fame

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The story of the Calgary Colts Junior football team is based, not just on their back to back national championships, but on how they won.

The team, made up of 17 to 22 years olds, had struggled to be competitive for many years. In 1989 they limped into the playoffs, finishing fourth in the Prairie Football Conference. But once the playoffs started, the team seemed to click. In their first game, the Colts faced the first place Regina Rams, a team they had lost to, 22 consecutive times. And despite falling behind 15- 0 early, the Colts chipped away, scoring the go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, and holding off a late drive from Regina. With a surge of confidence, the Colts went on to beat the Saskatoon Hilltops winning their first Prairie Conference Championship, then routed the much bigger Winnipeg Hawkeyes to take the west. That led to a national championship game at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium versus the favoured Burlington TIger Cats. Led by running back Steve Thompson, the Colts out- played and over-matched Burlington, winning 23-6 and claiming the first ever Canadian Bowl Trophy.

The Colts were not satisfied with one improbable season. In 1990, they once again knocked off powerhouse teams from Saskatoon and Regina, eventually playing Windsor in the Championship game, trouncing the eastern champs 50-15. The championship teams were led by coach Keith Kendal, assembling a group of players with a “never give up” attitude that played with determination and heart, and most importantly, played together as a team.

Todayville is proud to have produced the video profiles of this year’s Inductees.  Watch videos of the other 2018 Inductees here.

Since it’s inception in 1957, hundreds of Albertans have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.  We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of both new Inductees and returning Honoured Members, and their lasting impact on sport in our province.  If you would like more information on the Induction Banquet or to order tickets, please call (403) 341-8614.

 

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Mike Rogers, Hockey Athlete

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Mike Rogers played professional hockey for a total of 12 years; five years in the World Hockey Association, then seven years in the National Hockey League. Mike has the distinction of being one of only four players in the NHL to achieve 100 points in their first three seasons – the others are Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Peter Stastny. Mike’s first year in the NHL was with the expansion Harford Whalers team in 1979/80. He scored 105 points in both his first and second year. Mid-way through the 1980/81season, he was named captain. Mike joined the New York Rangers for the 1981/82 season and led the team with 103 points. He averaged 67 points in his next three seasons as the team adapted a more defensive style of play. In 484 regular-season NHL games, he had 519 points. In 1974/75, during Mike’s first year in the WHA, he led the Edmonton Oilers rookies in goals and points and was selected the WHA’s Most Gentlemanly Player. He was traded to the New England Whalers in 1975/76 and was their top scorer in 1978/79. In 396 WHA games, he scored 145 goals and had 222 assists for 367 points.

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: James Donlevy, Football & Hockey Builder

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‘Jim’ Donlevy devoted his professional career to more than 50 years of coaching, teaching and administrative leadership. His career in football began in 1954 coaching Bantam and High School Football teams. He joined the Edmonton Huskies from 1961 to 1963 and won two Canadian titles. At the University of Alberta, he led the Golden Bears to four National Championship games and brought home the Vanier Cup in 1972 and 1980. He had the most wins of any Golden Bears football coach with 89 wins, 69 losses and 3 ties. From 1993 to 2015, Jim was the Western Hockey League’s Education Consultant. He built a formal education and scholarship program for the student athletes playing in the league. It is now considered one of the most comprehensive education programs for hockey in the world today.

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