Genealogy

Sports

Arnold Anderson

As a sports broadcaster on CKPC Radio for fifty years he interviewed many local athletes and covered numerous local sporting events. The baseball stadium at Cockshutt Park was renamed Arnold Anderson Stadium and he was inducted into Brantford's Walk of Fame in 1998. The Arnold Anderson Sport Access for Youth Fund provides money for youngsters who otherwise would not be able to register for minor sports.

Sylvanus Apps

Born on January 18, 1915 in Paris, Ontario, he was a two-time Canadian champion pole vaulter and he placed sixth in the Berlin Olympics. He won three Stanley Cups as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as the Calder Trophy and the Lady Byng and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961. He represented Kingston in the Ontario Legislature, 1963-1974. The Paris arena was renamed the Syl Apps Community Centre in 1991.

Mike Beres

A native of Mount Pleasant and a graduate of Brantford Collegiate Institute, he played for the Brantford Badminton Club. He represented Canada at the Commonwealth Games in 1998, the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg in 1999, the 2000 Sydney Olympics in mens' singles and mixed doubles, and the 2004 Athens Olympics in badminton. He is one of the local Olympians inducted into Brantford's Walk of Fame in 2000.

Todd Brooker

Born in Paris, Ontario he became a member of Canada's downhill ski team in 1981. His first World Cup victory came at Kitzbuehel, Austria in January 1983 and later that same year he won a race at Aspen, Colorado. The number one downhill skier in 1983-84, he competed in the men's race in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and finished ninth. He retired in 1987 and opened his own ski lodge in Collingwood, Ontario.

Tom Fergus

After living and playing minor hockey in St. George, Ontario he played for the Peterborough Petes junior A team. He started his NHL career with the Boston Bruins in 1981 before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs and later to the Vancouver Canucks. He was inducted into the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition in 1986.

Natasha Filliol

The Paris native was a six-time Canadian junior elite champion in triathlon and duathlon between 1995 and 2000. She was a member of the 2002 Commonwealth Games team, the 2003 Pan American Games team, and the second Canadian at the 2003 and 2004 world championships. She became the third Canadian woman in history to win a Triathlon World Cup race when she won the November 2003 race in Cancun, Mexico. She received the Frank Tomlin Memorial Trophy as Brantford's sportsperson of the year in 2003.

Chris Gratton

The Brantford native played for the Kingston Frontenacs in the Ontario Hockey League and was a member of the gold medal team at the World Junior Championships in Sweden in 1993. Starting his NHL career later that same year he has played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Buffalo Sabres, the Phoenix Coyotes, and is currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche.

Walter Gretzky

He is the host of the annual Walter Gretzky CNIB Celebrity Golf Tournament and the annual Walter Gretzky International Minor Hockey Tournament. He is also the author of Gretzky: from the back yard rink to the Stanley Cup and On family, hockey and healing. He was the Brantford Expositor's Citizen of the Year in 1996, won the Frank Tomlin Memorial Award in 1997 as Brantford's sportsperson of the year for 1997, was inducted into Brantford's Walk of Fame in 1999, and won an Order of Ontario Award in 2003.

Wayne Gretzky

Born on January 26, 1961 in Brantford, he played in the NHL for the Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings, the St. Louis Blues, and the New York Rangers. He owns or shares 61 NHL records and won four Stanley Cups with the Oilers, ten scoring titles and numerous NHL awards. The North Park recreation centre was renamed in his honour and part of Park Road North was renamed the Wayne Gretzky Parkway. After retiring from the NHL in 1999 he was in charge of the men's ice hockey team that won the gold medal in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. He was inducted into Brantford's Walk of Fame in 2004.

Edith Hayman

A well-known badminton player and winner of many championships in both Brantford and Ottawa, she became a coach and founded the Brantford Junior Badminton Club in 1967. She was instrumental in making badminton a part of the elementary school curriculum and students compete for the Edith Hayman Junior Badminton Championship each May. Her many honours include: the Frank Tomlin Memorial Trophy as Brantford's sportsperson of the year (1987), the 3M Canada Coaching Award (1992), and the meritorious service award from the International Badminton Federation (1996). She was inducted into the Brantford Sports Hall of Recognition in 1986 and the Ontario Badminton Hall of Fame in 2005.

David Hearn

A graduate of North Park Collegiate and a member of the Brantford Golf and Country Club, he attended the University of Wyoming on a golf scholarship. He led Canada to its first victory in the Four Nations Cup before turning professional. He was the Canadian Tour's rookie of the year in 2002. In 2004 he won a Great Lakes Tour Platinum Series event, the Canadian Tour's Colonist Times Open in Victoria and the Nationwide Tour's US Alberta Open. In December 2004 he earned his PGA Tour card for the 2005 season.

Pat Hickey

A Brantford native and a graduate of St. John's College, he started his professional hockey career playing for the Toronto Toros of the World Hockey Association before joining the New York Rangers in 1975 where he scored 40 goals in 1977-78. He later played for the Colorado Rockies, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Quebec Nordiques, and the St. Louis Blues. After retiring in 1985 he founded an after-school program called Ice Hockey in Harlem, was named the American Hockey League's executive of the year in 1992, and was one of the partners who established an AHL franchise in Hamilton.

Julie Howard

She represented Canada in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain and the 1996 games in Atlanta in swimming. She was a member of the women's 4X100m medley relay team which finished fifth in Atlanta. She won the Frank Tomlin Award as Brantford's sportsperson of the year twice and while attending the University of Toronto she was named the Ontario University Athletics swimmer of the year in 1997, the same year that her team won the Canadian championships.

Doug Jarvis

This native of Brantford played in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens, the Washington Capitals, and the Hartford Whalers. He won four Stanley Cups with Montreal and was the NHL's Ironman, playing in 962 consecutive games. He won the Frank Selke Trophy in 1984 as the league's best defensive forward and the Bill Masterton Trophy in 1987. From 1988 to 2002 he was an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars. In 1997 he was inducted into Brantford's Walk of Fame. He was named the head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League in 2003.

Stan Jonathan

Born and raised on the Six Nations Reserve, he played junior hockey for the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. He also played lacrosse and was part of the team that won the Minto Cup in 1973. By the time he retired from the NHL in 1983 he had played in over 400 games, mostly for the Boston Bruins. He helped the Brantford Clamatos win the Allan Cup as Canadian senior champions in 1987.

Keith Jones

After playing college hockey for Western Michigan University, this Brantford native played in the NHL for the Washington Capitals, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Philadelphia Flyers. He had to retire in 2000 because of a knee injury. He was given the Award of Merit at the annual Walter Gretzky CNIB Golf Tournament in 2001 and inducted into the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition in 2003.

Nick Kaczur

A graduate of Brantford Collegiate Institute, he was the football team's offensive line most valuable player four times and the team MVP twice. As an offensive lineman on the University of Toledo's football team, he was the first four-time All-Mid-American Conference player in the school's history. Chosen by the New England Patriots in the third round (100th overall) of the 2005 NFL draft, he made the team as a backup guard and tackle for the 2005 season.

Angela Kelly

A graduate of North Park Collegiate, she helped the University of North Carolina win four NCAA soccer championships. During her time with the Canadian national soccer team, 1989-1996, she started every game in the 1995 World Cup in Sweden. She has been the head coach of the women's soccer team at the University of Tennessee since 2000. She was inducted into the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition and the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.

Kevin LaVallee

A native of Sudbury, he played for the Brantford Alexanders in the Ontario Hockey League. Drafted by the Calgary Flames in 1980, he also played for the Los Angeles Kings, the St. Louis Blues, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. After playing in Europe for nine years he retired from professional hockey and entered the business world. He was inducted into the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition in 2002.

Tom Longboat

Born on the Six Nations Reserve on June 4, 1886, he won the Around the Bay Race in Hamilton in 1906 and the Boston Marathon in 1907. He competed in the marathon in the London, England Olympics in 1908 but collapsed from heatstroke and was unable to finish the race. An historical plaque commemorating his life was unveiled outside the Ohsweken Council House in 1957. He was also honoured with a Canada Post millennium stamp. He was one of the Olympians inducted into Brantford's Walk of Fame in 2000.

Rick Mannen

After winning the Toronto Wang marathon and the Hong Kong International marathon in 1986 he was named Brant County's outstanding track and field athlete for that year. He won the Expositor Trophy as athlete of the year in 1995. In 2004 he was given the Award of Merit at the Walter Gretzky CNIB Celebrity Golf Tournament.

John Muckler

Born in Paris, Ontario, he became the coach and general manager of the Long Island Ducks of the Eastern Hockey League at the age of 27. He started his NHL career as coach, player director, and scout with Minnesota. In 1982 he was named an assistant coach of the Edmonton Oilers and was the head coach in 1989 when they won the Stanley Cup. He has also worked for the Buffalo Sabres, the New York Rangers, and is currently the general manager of the Ottawa Senators. He was inducted into the Paris Wall of Recognition in 1990 and the Brantford's Sports Hall of Recognition in 1995.

Olympic Athletes

The following Olympians were inducted into Brantford's Walk of Fame in 2000: William Wood, 1908 marathon; Tom Longboat, 1908 marathon; Norman General, 1920 marathon; Sylvanus Apps, 1936 pole vault; Sara Barber Jenkins, 1956 swimming; Debbie Miller, 1968 track and field; Grant McLaren, 1972 track and field; Gregg Smith, 1976 canoeing; Marg MacGowan-Hendershot, 1976 track and field; Robert Martin, 1976 track and field; Candy Clarkson Lohr Jirik, 1984 basketball; Todd Brooker, 1984 skiing; Nancy Irvine, 1988 paralympics for free relay and medley relay; Helena Rooyakkers, 1988 and 1992 paralympics for go ball; Julie Howard, 1992 and 1996 swimming; Wayne Gretzky, 1998 hockey; Bill Morgan, 2000 paralympics for judo; Jason Dunkerley, 2000 paralympics for track; Mike Beres, 2000 badminton; and Kevin Sullivan, 2000 track and field.

Gaylord Powless

He played for the Oshawa Green Gaels and helped them win the Minto Cup as national junior lacrosse champions from 1964 to 1967. He was named the most valuable player in that championship in 1964 and 1967 and received the Tom Longboat Award in 1964 as Canada's outstanding native athlete. After playing professional lacrosse he led the Brantford Warriors to the national senior "A" lacrosse championship in 1971. He was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1990; his father Ross had been inducted into the Hall in 1969, making them the only father and son to be recognized in this way. The Ohsweken arena was renamed in his honour.

Ross Powless

A member of four Mann Cup winning lacrosse teams in the early 1950s, he won the Tom Longboat Award twice as the top native athete in Canada. As a coach he led the Brantford Warriors to the Canadian Senior B Championship in 1968 and the Rochester Chiefs to the Can-Am Lacrosse League Championship in 1969. Inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1969 (his son Gaylord was inducted in 1990) he also served as a Six Nations band councillor for eight years.

Jeff Reese

After playing his minor hockey in Brantford and his junior A hockey for the London Knights, he started his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1987. He also played for the Calgary Flames, the Hartford Whalers, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the New Jersey Devils. He was inducted into the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition in 2001 and is currently a goaltending coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Greg Stefan

Born and raised in Brantford, he played all of his minor hockey here. He was a goaltender for the NHL's Detroit Red Wings for nine years before having to retire during the 1989-90 season because of a knee injury. He was inducted into Brantford's Sports Hall of Recognition in 1995.

Kevin Sullivan

He set 6 OFSAA records in the midget, junior and senior 800 and 1,500 metres and won 13 OFSAA gold medals while a student at North Park Collegiate. He won the silver medal in the 1,500 metres at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria and he finished fifth in the 1,500 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Summerhays Brothers

These three local boxers all turned professional on April 21, 1970 in Windsor, Ontario and they also fought on the same night in Madison Square Garden, New York in 1974. Gary, who won both the Canadian (1973) and Commonwealth (1978) light-heavyweight championships, retired in 1981. John won the Canadian lightweight crown twice as a professional before he retired in 1984. Terry won the Ontario amateur championships as a featherweight in 1965 and as a welterweight in 1969. The first annual Summerhays Boxing Tournament was held in September 2000. The three brothers were inducted into Brantford's Walk of Fame in 2005.

Jordan Szoke

He has been racing motorcycles professionally since 1994. After winning the points championship of the Parts Canada Series in 2002 he won the Frank Tomlin Memorial Trophy as Brantford's sportsperson of the year. He is on the Corona Suzuki squad on the American Motorcycle Association Series in the United States.

Jay Wells

A native of Paris, Ontario, he played in the NHL for 18 seasons (over 1,000 games) for the Los Angeles Kings, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Buffalo Sabres, the New York Rangers, the St. Louis Blues, and the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was part of the Rangers Stanley Cup winning team in 1994. After retiring as a player he spent four seasons as an assistant coach in the American Hockey League before becoming the head coach of the Senior A Brantford Blast in 2003. He was inducted into the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition in 1998.

Len Yeck

He started showing birds at fall fairs when he was young and continued with this hobby after moving to Brant County and also became an accredited judge of many varieties of birds. In 1960 his bird came first in a class of 6,000 birds at the Royal Winter Fair, Toronto. He appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1969. He was inducted into the Canadian National Exhibition Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Royal Winter Hall of Fame in 1975. Other honours include: receiving a lifetime achievement award for service and dedication in the field (1997), a certificate of merit from the Pigeon Fanciers of Nova Scotia for outstanding leadership (1997), and being inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world's largest pigeon (2000). Len Yeck died on January 8, 2007.