Keeping with the annual Homecoming tradition, the Golden Hawk Hall of Fame Dinner took place on September 24th, 1999 at the Walper Terrace Hotel. This year there were six new inductees to the Hall of Fame, along with the 1973 Golden Hawk Football Team.
Football stars Bill Kubas and Stefan Ptaszek took their place in the Hall of Fame just five years after graduation and eight years removed from the Golden Hawks only Vanier Cup win.
Kubas, who left Laurier as the CIAU’s all-time passing leader, played a key role in the Hawks’ win at SkyDome in 1991, quarterbacking the Hawks to a 25-18 win over Mount Allison.
The 1994 Hec Creighton Award Winner still sits second in the CIAU in career yards passing and is amongst the top 5 in all CIAU career passing categories, a compliment to his stellar career as a Golden Hawk.
The other half of the early 1990’s dynamic duo, Ptaszek, has gone into the Hall of Fame as the CIAU’s career leader in both receiving yards and career receptions.
These numbers are amazing considering Ptaszek battled a pair of lengthy injuries that caused him to miss parts of two seasons. Even more impressive is that Ptaszek built these career numbers in seven game seasons compared to the eight game season of present day.
Joining Kubas and Ptaszek in the Hall of Fame was another former football great, Terry Harvey. Like Ptaszek, this former wide receiver electrified the crowd when he touched the ball. Playing in an era when WLU football lived and died by the run, Harvey still managed to achieve league all-star status in his three year playing career.
Rounding out the football contingent that have entered the Golden Hawk Hall of Fame was the 1973 football team. Coached by the legendary Dave “Tuffy” Knight, the 1973 team may have been one of the best ever to wear the purple and gold, as over 30 members of the team were either drafted or played professionally in the CFL.
A pair of Golden Hawk soccer players who have made their mark both as players and as coaches have also been inducted this year. BARRY MACLEAN
, who currently coaches both the men’s and women’s soccer teams, was an All-Canadian in 1985. In 1992 he served as an Assistant Coach for the National Champion women’s team. He took over as Head Coach for the 1995 season and led the Golden Hawk women’s team to their second National Championship.
Joining MacLean was one of the best women’s soccer players ever at Laurier, Helen Stombous. Currently a member of the Canadian National Soccer team, Stombous was a five time OWIAA All-Star, a four time All-Canadian, and a three time President’s Award winner in her five year stay. She later coached the women’s team to a third place finish at the 1996 CIAU Championship.
Rounding out the athletes inducted in 1999, is a former Waterloo College track and field star Arthur Conrad. Often described as a one man track and field team, Conrad won nearly every event contested, including the high jump, shot put, and the 100 yd. dash.
The final inductee into this year’s Hall of Fame is a man famous to all Laurier Alumni. Retired Dean of Students, Fred Nichols
, will be inducted in the Builders category for his contribution over the years to WLU Athletics. Nichols was seemingly involved in every sport during his tenure, and will now take his place in the athletic Hall of Fame.