It’s another year, which means another group of talented and deserving inductees will be enshrined into the 2017 Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame.
For the past 28 years, the Sports Wall of Fame Committee has hosted the Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame, and this year is no exception. On Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, more than 300 people are scheduled to attend the event which bestows the honour upon deserving athletes, builders, sponsors and teams who have not only achieved personal fame but also brought fame to the city of Niagara Falls.
This year’s inductees include:
John Arbour – athlete – Hockey
Phil Mazzone – builder – basketball
John Hall – athlete – basketball and soccer
Grace Sunstrum – builder – Baseball
Charlie Wray – athlete/builder – sports fishing
1991 – Present Era
Michelle Edgar — athlete – ball Hockey
Julianne Miszk – athlete – track and field
As for career accolades:
Arbour played several seasons in the NHL and WHA as a solid stay-at-home defenseman, including stints with the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks.
Phil Mazzone has left his footprint on Niagara Falls sports by creating a mentorship program for young athletes, as well as helping to create the Career Enhancement Program for the Professional Hockey Players Association (the labour union representing the AHL and ECHL)
John Hall spent four years on the St. Thomas University soccer and basketball teams where he won MVP awards in both sports not only once, but twice.
Grace Sunstrum was instrumental in founding the Greater Niagara Baseball Association Ladies Auxiliary, where she was the inaugural president for the first three years. Wray’s fame came about after winning the 1985 In-Fisherman Catch and Release Championship; and was named Ontario’s Angler of the Year in 1986, and currently hosts the online program The Fishful Thinking Show.
Michelle Edgar was a gold medallist for Team Canada in 2009, and also played professional hockey in Europe with HC Slovan Bratislava. Miszk is a silver medallist in the para-sport 800 metres at the Canadian Nationals and is a four-time OFSAA cross country champion.
The event will be held at the Gale Centre, where the Sports Wall of Fame currently resides.
The Gale Centre is located at 5152 Thorold Stone Rd, Niagara Falls.