Team Canada hockey player and Stratford native Stephen Monteith and two outstanding Stratford Central boys volleyball teams are the 2014 inductees for the City of Stratford’s Sports Wall of Fame.
The Sports Wall of Fame organizing committee met recently to choose this year’s inductees.
The City of Stratford will be honouring the inductees at the annual Minor Sports Council banquet on Saturday, Apr. 26 at the Rotary Complex.
Monteith, a high-scoring forward, won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.
In fact, he’s already on the city’s Wall of Fame as a member of the 1960-61 Stratford Jr. ‘C’ Braves Ontario championship hockey team.
Monteith and the Braves were inducted last year in the team category.
Monteith is also a member of the University of Toronto sports hall of fame. He set a school career scoring record with the men’s varsity hockey team back in the 1960s, collecting 102 goals and 147 assists.
He played a total of seven seasons with the Blues, he told the Gazette recently.
“Actually, I was quite surprised, but pleased (to be inducted),” Monteith told the newspaper. “It’s quite a honour to be up there with the list of local athletes who are already there.”
Back-to-back OFSAA titles
The Central Rams’ 1988 and 1989 boys volleyball teams, both provincial high school champions, will be enshrined in the team category.
The 1988 squad won OFSAA ‘AA’, and the 1989 team captured the OFSAA ‘AAA’ title.
Guest speaker will be colourful sports broadcaster Rod Black.
Black, 52, is a Canadian sports announcer for TSN and CTV Sports. The Winnipeg native won the 2005 Sports Media Canada Award as Outstanding Sports Broadcaster, and has earned five Gemini Award nominations for best sports broadcaster.
Black has been the master of ceremonies at several Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in St. Marys.
Tickets for the banquet can be purchased for $25 per person at the Rotary Complex.