Wall of Fame

Celebrate the moments in our Lakehead’s sports history as part of this special ceremony
Come together to welcome our Builders, Athletes, and Team to the Wall of Fame

2015 Inductees Announced – Learn more about them!

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Builders – Francis Clayton and Lou Pero
Team – Men’s Hockey, 2005-06
Female Athletes – Lynn Black and Rena Viehbeck
Male Athletes – Don Holmstrom and Mike Thomas

HOMECOMING 2015 SCHEDULE
Wall of Fame / Homecoming 2015

 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Hangar

Reception: 5:00pm

Ceremony: 5:30-7:00pm

 

 

 

Wall of Fame – Photos Inductees

 

 

 

Lakehead Athletics Wall of Fame Inductees

Builders Teams Female Male
Gord Garvie Women’s Basketball ‘84-85 Lynne (Brown) Johnson Vince Friyia
George Birger Wrestling ‘79-80 Kathy Harrison Elvin Martin
Bill Shannon Wrestling ‘73-74 Sandy (Hummel) Boghossian Steve Daniar
Peter Dika Hockey ‘66-67 Elizabeth McKinnon Nick Cipriano
Henry ‘Hank’ Akervall Men’s Basketball ‘69-70 Patti Brousseau Jerry Hemmings
Don Talbot Men’s Squash ‘65-66 Kerri (Skilling) Rock Terry Paice
Bob Thayer Men’s Basketball ‘72-73 Kelly (Breutigam) Wilkins John Zanatta
Jim Johnson Men’s Golf ‘67-71 (era) Terttu Vuorinen Evan Simpson
Dr. Norman La Voie Women’s Swimming ‘74-75 Julia (Scott) Mangold David Zanatta
Stu Julius Hockey ‘72-73 Jeanni Tuomi Frank Abdou
Lou Pero Men’s Basketball ‘76-77 Lana Puumala Dwight Stirett
Francis Clayton Field Hockey ‘73-76 (era) Katya Masun David Siciliano
Hockey ‘05-06 Lynn Simmer-Black Murray Smith
Rena Viehbeck Jim Zoet
Egon Beiler
Rob Smyth
Larry Zulianello
Mark Jodoin
Don Holmstrom
Mike Thomas

About the Wall of Fame:
Since 1996, Lakehead Athletics’ Wall of Fame has existed to acknowledge athletes, coaches, teams and administrators who have made outstanding contributions to Lakehead Athletics over the years. Working on a biennial cycle, 1 Builder, 2 athletes* and 1 team (or a string of teams representing an era) are inducted into the Wall of Fame. Inductees’ photos are displayed on the Wall of Fame, which is located in the Hangar Lounge.

*Under the current format. In years passed there have been cases of inducting 4 individual athletes (2 Male, 2 Female).

Wall of Fame 2013 Inductees:

– Stu Julius (Builder) – Women’s Basketball coach (1981-99), Athletics Director (1991-99)

– Women’s Field Hockey 1973-76 (Team)

– Katya Masun (women’s basketball, 1993-98)

– Mark Jodoin (men’s wrestling, 1978-82)

(2013 Inductees article)

Wall of Fame 2011 Inductees:

– Dr. Norman La Voie (Builder) – Director of Physical Education and Athletics, 1988-94;

– Men’s Basketball 1976-77 (team);

– Larry Zullianello, men’s hockey, 1970-74;

– Jeannie Tuomi, women’s basketball and field hockey, 1971-75;

– Rob Smyth, men’s wrestling, 1993-98;

– Lana Puumala, women’s nordic skiing, 1992-2000.

Dr. Norm La Voie’s tenure as Director of Phys. Ed. and Athletics was from 1988 to ‘94, although he began as a professor of exercise physiology in 1972. He helped to create the Lakehead Sports Medicine Clinic, was a key contributor to the dubbing of ‘The Thunderdome’, and chaired the committee that hosted three women’s national basketball championships, among many other accomplishments.

The Men’s basketball team of 1976-77 was coached by Arne Donovan, along with his assistants Wayne Bovay and Don Punch. No Lakehead team has ever won a national basketball title, but this team came as close as one can, losing in the final to Acadia in the Halifax Metro Center. This team was highlighted by it’s captains, Brett ‘Hooper’ McEwan and Mel Bishop, along with 7’ footer Jim Zoet, who was named an All-Canadian that year with Bishop.

Larry Zulianello was a star on the Nor’Wester hockey team, who set the record for most goals scored in a Lakehead career (97), before his record was broken recently by current coach Joel Scherban. Zullianello had multiple hat tricks, and played against two tough leagues of opponents in the American NAIA and GPAC conferences.

Jeannie Tuomi was a dual athlete, excelling in both field hockey and basketball (teams both coached by Joan Stevenson). In one stretch of Tuomi’s field hockey career her team only surrendered 1 goal over two seasons, going undefeated both of those years. She was an active shooting guard, and was a rare jump shooter, as most women in the sport at the time only shot set shots.

Rob Smyth was named as Wrestler of the Year for all of Canada in his senior year. He wrestled in the 65 kg weight class. He won several medals, including He received his education degree from Lakehead and now is a vice principal in North Vancouver. Smyth transferred to Lakehead from the University of Western Ontario in 1994, and carried the team to much success over the concluding years of his career.

Lana Puumala was a prolific nordic skiier in her time at Lakehead, which spanned from 1992 to 2000, as an athlete and a coach. She captured many awards for Lakehead during her illustrious career (OUA Aggregate Champion, ’94 and ’95) and also for the province of Ontario at the Canada Winter Games.

For more information on the Wall of Fame email athletics@lakeheadu.ca

As always the Committee is looking for nominations for consideration for induction into the Wall. Click here for the list of criteria. If you feel there is an individual or team that should be considered please contact the Committee at athletics@lakeheadu.ca

2009 Wall of Fame Induction

Builder – Jim Johnson

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Athletes

Jim Zoet: (Men’s Basketball)

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Terttu Vuorinen: (Women’s Basketball & Track)

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Egon Beiler: (Men’s Wresting)

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Julia Mangold (Scott): (Women’s Basketball)

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Team

1972-73 Men’s Hockey Team

2007 Wall of Fame Induction

Builder – Bob Thayer

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Athletes

Kelly Wilkins (Breutigam): (Women’s Volleyball)

Frank Abdou: (Men’s Wrestling)

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Kerri Rock (Skilling): (Women’s Swimming)

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The “S” Line- Dwight Stirrett, Dave Siciliano, Murray Smith: (Men’s Hockey)

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Team

1967-68 to 1970-71 Golf Teams

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1974-75 Women’s Swim Team

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2005 Wall of Fame Induction

Builder – Don Talbot

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Athletes

David Zanatta: (Men’s Basketball)

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Patti Brousseau: (Women’s Field Hockey & Basketball)

Team

1972-73 Men’s Basketball Team

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2002 Wall of Fame Induction

Builder – Hank Akervall

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Athletes

Evan Simpson: (Men’s Basketball)

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Liz McKinnon: (Swimming)

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Team

1965-66 Men’s Squash

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2000 Wall of Fame Induction

Builder – Peter Dika

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Athletes

John Zanatta: (Men’s Basketball)

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Terry Paice: (Men’s Wrestling)

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Team

1969-70 Men’s Basketball

1999 Wall of Fame Induction

Builder – Bill Shannon

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Athletes

Jerry Hemmings: (Men’s Basketball)

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Sandy Hummel: (Women’s Basketball)

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Team

1966-67 Men’s Hockey

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Athletes

Nick Cipriano: (Men’s Wrestling)

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Kathy Harrison: (Women’s Basketball)

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Team

1973-74 GPAC Men’s Wrestling

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1997 Wall of Fame Induction

Builder – George Birger

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Athletes

Steve Daniar: (Men’s Wrestling)

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Lynne (Brown) Johnson: (Women’s Basketball)

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Team

1979-80 Men’s Wrestling

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1996 Wall of Fame Induction

Builder – Gord Garvie

Athletes

Vince Fryia: (Men’s Hockey)

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Elvin Martin: (Men’s Wrestling)

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Team

1984-85 Women’s Basketball

History

Many years ago Francis Clayton had a dream of starting a Sports Wall of Fame to honour those that have made outstanding contributions to Lakehead University Athletics.

In September of 1993 the Wall of Fame Committee was struck. It consisted of Norm Lavoie, Ron Lappage, Hank Akervall, Peter Dika, Steve Daniar, Francis Clayton, Dan Bissonnette and Darlene Yakimoski. Their mission was to develop the criteria for the wall which included who could be eligible for nomination to the wall. It was decided that each induction year there was a possibility of one builder, two athletes and one team being included.

In June of 1996 the First Annual Lakehead University Sports Wall of Fame Induction Dinner was held. It continued for five consecutive years. It was then decided that the dinner would be held every two years. The Wall of Fame is located in the Hangar Athletic Facility.

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