Athletics alumni news
Distance runner Tambra Dunn is among six new 2010 inductees to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame.
Football player Val St. Germain is among six new 2010 inductees to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame. The 6-foot-4, 308-pound offensive lineman played four seasons at McGill and graduated with a degree in education, majoring in English and history. He was selected first overall by Hamilton in the 1994 CFL amateur draft, becoming the first McGill player to be picked No. 1 since Len Sigurdson in 1958.
Canadian Olympian Dick Pound is among six new inductees to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame. The long-time Montreal tax lawyer was born in St. Catharines, Ont., on March 22, 1942. A star swimmer with the McGill University Redmen from 1958 to 1962, he established school records in every freestyle event, winning three Canadian intercollegiate gold medals in both his sophomore and senior years.
In the wake of the Als' Grey Cup win in November, Molson Stadium, on the south face of Mount Royal, has undergone its most important expansion since 1950. Through this past winter and spring, 5,000 seats have been added, bringing the stadium's capacity to 25,012. And here's what's really newsworthy about it: The project has come in on time and on budget, a rarity these days in Quebec.
Former Olympic swimmer Richard Pound, who went on to a lengthy administrative career with the International Olympic Committee, headlines a new cast of six inductees announced for the McGill Sports Hall of Fame, bringing the list of honoured members to 101 since the pantheon opened in 1996.
George Burnett, a former member of the McGill men's hockey team and physical education graduate, has been named head coach of the Canadian national under-18 team that will compete at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka memorial tournament this summer.
The best feel-good story of the Canadiens' season was Mathieu Darche. It's remarkable how far the St. Laurent native has come since his first season of university hockey at McGill in 1996-97, when he had no goals and one assist in 15 games. Part of the reason for his limited success might have been the fact he was playing two sports at McGill: hockey and football.
Vincent Damphousse and his wife Allana - a former basketball star at McGill - were in Toronto on Saturday to receive the honourary Life Member Award from the ALS Society of Canada in recognition of their volunteer contributions to the country's ALS community. Allana lost her father to ALS in 1993 - a disease you would never wish on your worst enemy.
Kelly Nobes, a McGill graduate, has been appointed head coach of the men's hockey team. The 36-year-old native of West Hill, Ont., becomes the 28th coach in team history and the 11th former Redmen player to guide the squad. He replaces Jim Webster, who had served the past season on an interim basis and led McGill to a 34-14-1 record overall and the league's Queen's Cup title.
Gavin Ross, a long-time supporter of athletics and jazz at McGill University and past executive director of the McGill Alumni Association, died at the Montreal General Hospital on April 16, of complications from a recently-installed pace-maker. He was 75.
Hamilton Bulldogs head coach Guy Boucher, who once captained and coached the McGill University Redmen, has won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the most outstanding coach in the American Hockey League.
George Burnett, a McGill University graduate, has been named by Hockey Canada as part of Guy Carbonneau's coaching staff with the Canadian men's team that will be competing at the IIHF under-18 world championship in Belarus, April 13-23.
There are 43 games left in the Dayton Gems' inaugural International Hockey League season but McGill grad Sam Bloom could be lost for the campaign after an MRI revealed he tore his ACL. "It's unfortunate," head coach John Marks said of the talented winger. "I really liked the way he had developed in a short period of time."
Aspiring authors are encouraged to write about something they know or, better yet, something they love. Plymouth resident and Bridgewater State College professor Andrew Holman, a former McGill football player, has got both bases covered with his book Canada's Game: Hockey and Identity.
(THE GAZETTE) - Dr. Willie Lambert, a former football star at McGill University who also played for the Alouettes before becoming a successful dentist in Montreal, died Saturday of congestive heart failure.