Keely Brown’s contribution to Ringette in Canada goes beyond the ice, her passion for the game even leading her to make improvements to the equipment.
Keely moved to Alberta in 2003 where she joined the Edmonton WAM! of the National Ringette League. As a goaltender, Keely competed in 19 Canadian Ringette Championships, winning gold 9 times and silver 8 times. For 13 consecutive years, Keely was the goaltender for Team Canada, becoming the longest serving goalie in Ringette Canada’s National Team history.
As a national team member, Keely won 4 silver medals, and gold in 2002. Keely was named the MVP for the final game three times, and the top goalie forthe tournament in 2002 and 2007. Keely’s skill, finesse, patience, athletic ability, and grit set the standard for those involved in ringette. Keely’s athletic prowess extended beyond ringette. She was a goalie for the Edmonton Chimos of the Western Women’s Hockey League for 8 seasons, and played for Team Canada at the World Inline Hockey Championships from 2002 to 2011. Keely led Canada to 9 medals in 10 years, including 3 gold.
Keely was also the driving force behind an improved goaltender’s glove. Working with manufacturer NAMI, Keely’s design was more suited for ringette than previous styles, allowing the goalie to make the save, then pick up and toss the ring with an eye for accuracy and distance. The equipment is now known as the “Keely”.
Keely continues to give back to the sport. She founded and co-owns a ringette goalie instruction company and has also written two books on Ringette Goalie Instruction.
Todayville is proud to have produced the video profiles of this year’s Inductees. Learn more about the 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.
Alberta loses a sporting legend and an educational leader
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Donlevy passes away
As a football coach he was a national champ and an absolute institution at the University of Alberta. But it’s likely that Jim Donlevy may actually have made an even bigger impact in hockey where he was instrumental in the formation of the post secondary scholarship system in Junior Hockey. Jim was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame just a few months ago.
His brother Michael is a long time Red Deer resident and recently retired from a brilliant career of his own at Red Deer College. Here’s what Michael shared with friends after the death of his oldest brother:
Early Sunday, we lost an amazing individual in Jim Donlevy. A great husband, father, uncle and Grandpa – and my oldest brother. He was a friend and mentor to me over many years in my career and in life, who encouraged all of what I did. I was and remain deeply proud of what he accomplished, benefiting so many people and am very grateful that Jim was properly recognized this year, with his induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Jim was a coach and dedicated educator, totally committed to teaching, learning and student athletes. He leaves an incredible legacy and all of us will miss him dearly.
Here’s Jim Donlevy’s Alberta Sports Hall of Fame induction video.
‘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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Innisfail hosts Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament August 8th- Reserve your spot!
As your plans and commitments for this summer start to fill your calendar, we hope that you have had a chance to set aside August 8 for the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum annual golf tournament.
On August 8, 2019, we will be having our annual golf tournament at Innisfail Golf Club. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame has strived to preserve and celebrate Alberta’s exceptional athletes, builders, pioneers, and teams for over 62 years. Each year the Golf Tournament brings together our Honoured Members, Inductees, sporting organizations and the community for a great day of golf and networking. The Golf Tournament is a major fundraiser for ASHFM and allows us to continue to bring sports history and education to Albertans and inspire the future Hall of Famers. Your support in the past few years is very much appreciated and we hope that you will be one of our special guests this year. I have enclosed the tournament sponsorship opportunities and a golf registration if you would like to join us for our Golf Tournament this year.
Please call Kayli at 403-341-8614 if you have any questions or concerns regarding our golf tournament sponsorship or participation.
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