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Fawcett among Hall of Fame inductees


Four athletes and two builders, including one from Fort Frances, make up the 2018 slate of inductees that will enter the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame at the 37th-annual induction dinner and ceremonies on Sept. 29 at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay.

The 2018 inductees include:

Scott Fawcett-(Builder): Learning the game of football growing up in Fort Frances, this long-time coach went on to enjoy a close to 30 year career in which he was a part of 10 championship squads.

A special teams and defensive coordinator, his record of success included a CFL Grey Cup victory with the 1999 Hamilton Tiger Cats, the 1985 CIAU Vanier Cup with the University of Calgary, along with victories in the NAIA Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, Manitoba Junior Football League, and NWOSSAA and Northwestern Ontario titles with Fort Frances and Kenora teams.

Lynda Devine-(Athlete): This Port Arthur-born golfer won her first district ladies' golf title in 1964 at just 14 years of age, going on to claim 18 district titles from the 1960s to the 90s, 13 of which were consecutive.

Competing outside of the district, she won multiple Manitoba Open titles and was a three-time Manitoba Women's Amateur champ.

Devine claimed the 1968 Canadian Junior Women's title and was the first, and only, woman from the region to ever win a national golf title.

She competed in a total of nine Canadian Amateur golf championships.

Janet Sillman-(Athlete): This multi-talented athlete claimed early honours as Hammarskjold High School's 1971 and 1972 female athlete of the year.

A long-distance running specialist, she was consistently the top female in races held in Thunder Bay, Minnesota, Manitoba and southern Ontario.

Competing in the highly demanding sport of triathlon, she dominated local and provincial races and was the first female across the finish line in the 1987 Montreal World Triathlon, finishing 28th overall.

Competing in cycling, she has won multiple races in her age category, including the 2005 World Masters Games and earned a third place finish at the 2015 World Amateur Cycling Championships.

Dave Gatherum-(Athlete): This outstanding Fort William minor-league goalie was signed by the Detroit Red Wings in 1952 and enjoyed a professional career that also included time in the WHL, QHL, and AHL.

Serving as the back-up goaltender for Terry Sawchuk in Detroit during their 1953-54 Stanley Cup winning season, he was called upon for three games, earning a shutout in his NHL debut.

Winding up his playing career with the Kelowna Packers from 1955-58, he was named an all-star goalie, team MVP, and helped them advance to the 1958 Allan Cup finals. Returning to the Lakehead, he passed along his knowledge as a manager and executive member for junior hockey.

Dennis Olson-(Athlete): This Kenora-born player spent time in the junior ranks in Port Arthur before beginning his pro career in 1954, going on to spend time in the IHL and WHL before being called up by the Detroit Red Wings during the 1957-58 season.

Acquired by the Springfield Indians, his AHL career spanned from 1958-65 and saw him amass 307 points in 432 games, making him the eighth-highest point-getter in that franchise's history, and a three-time AHL Calder Cup champion (1959-62).

Following his playing career, he returned to Kenora where he coached the Muskies' junior team.

Dick Hill-(Builder): This builder spent six decades dedicated to sport as an administrator, official and volunteer.

Starting in the late 1950s, he spent over 40 years behind the plate umpiring games in Little League, senior and rural leagues, and as an official for the 1981 Canada Summer Games.

Serving as the Ontario District # 3 Administrator for Little League from 1980-98, he helped organize local, provincial, and national tournaments.

In hockey, he served as a referee from the 1960s to 90s where he officiated in the Elks, Commercial league, and with Thunder Bay Minor and Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Associations.

Tickets for the 37th-annual induction dinner and ceremonies can be ordered by calling 622-2852 or via e-mail at or dropping by the Hall which is located at 219 May Street South.

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