New inductees join sports hall of fame
Nov. 21, 2017 – The St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame will induct five new members during a public ceremony at the Meridian Centre.
Five names will be added to the David S. Howes St. Catharines Sports Wall of Fame when the City honours the class of 2017 on Thursday, Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. This year’s hall of fame class includes athletes who enjoyed success at the top levels of their sports: Henry “Hank” Ciesla (hockey), David Gorman (hockey); Diane Hilko (basketball and track and field) Mark Johnston (swimming) and Tim Twaddle (harness racing).
The induction ceremony is open to the public and takes place at the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame, located on the concourse level of the Meridian Centre. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis, with no advance registration required.
“We are excited to announce another amazing class of athletes to the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame” says Peter Partridge, hall of fame chair. “We love to recognize the outstanding sporting achievements of our finest athletes and this group of inductees is no exception. We are extremely proud of what they have accomplished and we are delighted to permanently recognize them in the hall of fame.”
With the latest inductees the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame will now have 168 members. Founded in 1990, the St. Catharines Sports Hall Of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of athletes and builders who have significantly contributed to the development of sport in St. Catharines and/or gone on to succeed at provincial, national and/or international levels. Candidates must have been born or raised in St. Catharines or lived in St. Catharines during their sporting career to be eligible for the hall of fame. Candidates must have also demonstrated superior athletic performance or made significant contributions to their sport(s).
The St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame is sponsored by Fallsview Casino Resort and is available for viewing during public events at the Meridian Centre.
Hank Ciesla – Hockey
Played hockey for city teams under Vic Teal, winning many league championships
Played lacrosse and baseball for city teams
Played four years with St. Catharines TeePees
1954: Played in the Memorial Cup
1954-55: Red Tilson Memorial Trophy recipient: voted the most outstanding player in Ontario Junior A hockey
1954-55: Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy recipient: leading scorer in Ontario Junior A hockey (57 goals, 49 assists and 106 points)
Played four years in the National Hockey League: Chicago Blackhawks, 1955-57; New York Rangers, 1957-1959
Played six years in the American Hockey League: Rochester Americans, 1959-61; Cleveland Barons, 1961-63; Pittsburgh Hornets, 1963-64; and Buffalo Bisons, 1964-65
Dave Gorman – Hockey
1971-74: Scored 329 points as a member of the OHL St. Catharines Blackhawks
1973-74: Member of Ontario Hockey League (OHL) champions St.Catharines Blackhawks
1973-74: OHL all-star
1973-74: Won the Jim Mahon award as the OHL’s highest scoring right-winger (53 goals, 76 assists, 129 points)
Scored five goals in one game on two occasions with the OHL Blackhawks.
1974: Drafted 16th overall by Phoenix Roadrunners in World Hockey Association (WHA). Turned professional as an underage player
1975: Drafted by Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League
Played with Hockey Hall of Famer’s Frank Mahovlich, Rod Langway, Michel Goulet and alongside Paul Henderson on the WHA’S Birmingham Bulls
April 9, 1978: Six-point game (three goals, three assists) with the WHS’a Birmingham Bulls in a game against the Indianapolis Racers
1979-80: Played in the National Hockey League with the Atlanta Flames
1984: Member of first Team Canada to win Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland
Diane Hilko – Basketball and Track and Field
Two-time Athlete of the Year – Grantham High School
Five-time OFSSA track and field qualifier
1977: OFSSA champion, discus
Three-time SOSSA champion, discus
Five-time City champion, discus.
1977: Free throw champion at the St. Catharines Standard Basketball Tournament.
Two-time Brock University athlete of the year
Four-time conference all-star
OWIAA Gold Medalist, track and field, discus.
1994: Head coach of provincial basketball champions, St. Catharines Saints midget girls club team
Played softball with various teams, including the Manitoba Souris Blue, St. Catharines Panthers, Darts, Stokes
1997-2001: Assistant coach for the University of Regina women’s basketball team. Three-time conference champions (1999, 2000, 2001). National champions in 2001.
2001: Inducted into the Brock University Sports Hall of Fame
2006: Inducted into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame
2006: Inducted into the University of Regina Sports Hall of Fame
2008: Inductee into the City of Regina Sports Hall of Fame
2011: Inducted into the Brock University’s Women’s Basketball Sports Hall of Fame
Mark Johnston – Swimming
1996-2006: Canadian National Swim Team member
Fourteen-time national champion in the 200m, 400m and 1,500m freestyle
Two-time bronze medallist at world championships (1999 and 2002)
Two-time finalist at the Summer Olympic Games (2000 and 2004)
1999: St. Catharines Athlete of the Year
2000: Inducted into the Denis Morris High School Hall of Fame
2002: Silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games
Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Athletic All Canadian
Twenty-three medals, including 16 gold medals, at the CIS swimming championships
2015: Inducted into the University of British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame
Tim Twaddle – Harness Racing
Dec. 13, 1982: Won first race at Greenwood Raceway in Toronto with horse named Rearmed.
Sept. 21, 1991: Won the Metro pace at Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville, ON with horse named Shipps Saint.
Sept. 23, 1993: Won the Jugette in Delaware, Ohio with Towners Image. Towners Image set multiple world records that day: world record time in her elimination heat, world record time in the final, as well as world record time for combined heats.
Oct. 24, 1993: World record time in the Robert Stewart Stakes final at Mohawk Raceway with two-year-old Hardie Hanover.
1994: Set the Canadian record for half-mile track by a three-year-old filly with Hardie Hanover. Also set a track and Canadian record for three-year-old fillies at Woodbine Raceway with Hardie Hanover.
July 2, 1994: Set track record for three-year-old fillies at Pocono Raceway winning a Pennsylvania Sires Stake race with Hardie Hanover.
Sept. 3, 1994: Won the Fan Hanover Stakes final at Woodbine Raceway in a Stake record time.
Sept. 24, 1994: Won the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final at the Meadows racetrack in Washington, PA with Hardie Hanover in a world record time.
Oct. 21, 1994: Won the Breeders Crown for three-year-old filly pacers with Hardie Hanover at Garden State Park racetrack in New Jersey.