WATERLOO, Ont. (July 4, 2013) - This fall, the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawk Hall of Fame will welcome seven new members as part of the 2013 induction class.
The induction ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, September 27 in the Senate and Board Chamber.
During Homecoming weekend, five athletes, one team and one builder will have their names etched into Golden Hawks history. This year's athlete inductees include three former members of the football team, Brian Devlin, Anthony Maggiacomo and Scott Evans, along with women's lacrosse player Erica Howard and mens curling's Bill Francis. In the Teams category, the 2001-02 women's hockey team will be honoured while Dean Boles will be recognized in the Builders category.
Devlin was a kicker for the Golden Hawks from 2003 until 2005 and is best known for being the player who helped clinch Laurier its second Vanier Cup title when he kicked the game-winning field goal against Saskatchewan. A two-time Yates Cup Champion, Devlin was honoured as a CIS Second Team All-Canadian in 2005 as well as earning both first and second team OUA All-Star awards the same season for both his place kicking and punting abilities. Despite playing for just three seasons with the Hawks, Devlin ranks fourth all-time for career kickoff yards and seventh all-time for career punting yards.
Maggiacomo suited up for Laurier from 2003 until 2007 as a linebacker. Also a member of the Golden Hawks 2005 Vanier Cup championship squad and a two-time Yates Cup winner, he produced one of the best defensive performances in team history in his final year at Laurier. Recording 60.5 tackles in 2007, third-best in Hawks' history, Maggiacomo would go on to earn CIS Second Team All-Canadian and OUA First Team All-Star honours, the OUA President's Trophy for Outstanding Stand-Up Defensive Player as well as Laurier's President's Award as the top male athlete.
Evans was an offensive lineman for the Golden Hawks between 2003 and 2008. A Vanier Cup and Yates Cup champion in 2005, he was a force in the trenches for Laurier, earning OUA First Team All-Star honours three times, in 2006, 2007 and 2008, as well as CIS Second Team All-Canadian honours in 2006 and 2008. In 2007, he was also named as the OUA and CIS winner of the J.P. Metras Trophy for Lineman of the Year as well as a CIS First Team All-Canadian.
In her four years at Laurier, Howard played a pivotal part in the Hawks' success as she won four OUA championships at the attacker position from 2003 until 2006. An OUA First Team All-Star from 2004 until 2006, she was also named the conference's Most Valuable Player in 2004 when she finished fifth in league scoring with 21 goals and nine assists to help lead the Hawks to an undefeated record. She becomes the first women's lacrosse player to enter the Hall of Fame since Emily Watson
was inducted back in 2006.
Francis is the final athlete to be inducted in this year's class. A member of the men's curling team from 2003-04 until 2007-08, he was instrumental in helping Laurier win its first CIS Championship in his final year, while also winning the OUA Championship in 2007-08 as well as 2005-06. Francis was named an OUA First Team All-Star and a CIS Academic All-Canadian in 2007-08 and represented Canada at the FISU Games in 2009 in Harbin, China where he and his Laurier teammates finished sixth. With his induction, Francis becomes the first men's curling athlete to enter the Hall of Fame.
The 2001-02 women's hockey team enters the Hall of Fame with the distinction of being the first Laurier women's hockey team to medal at the CIS Championship. After posting an unblemished 19-0-1 record during the regular season, the Hawks would knock off Queen's in the OUA Semifinals before dethroning the Toronto Varsity Blues to win the OUA Championship. At the national championship in Regina, Laurier won both of their round-robin pool games over St. Francis Xavier and the Regina Cougars to earn a berth in the gold medal game. However, their run to a CIS Championship was halted by the Alberta Pandas as Laurier finished the year with a CIS silver medal.
The team was led that season by rookie goaltender Cindy Eadie who was named the OUA Most Valuable Player and the CIS Rookie of the Year. Alison Goodman was also instrumental to the team's success as she was named a CIS All-Canadian while Kate MacNamara and Jacqueline Grahek took home OUA All-Star awards.
Boles, who enters the Hall of Fame as a builder, served as the head coach of Laurier's swim team for 22 years. A three time OUA Coach of the Year, Boles was also honoured with the Tuffy Knight Award in 2009-10 as well as the 3M Coach of the Year back in 2000. During his time at Laurier, he also coached Canadian athletes to four different Olympic Games from 1996 to 2008. However, one of Boles' biggest contributions during his time at Laurier came in 2008 when Laurier's pool was under threat of being closed due to extensive renovation costs. Through the efforts of Boles, the pool was saved after necessary funds were raised thanks to partnerships being formed with the Kitchener-Waterloo aquatic community, including the Region of Waterloo (ROW) swim club, as well as the municipal, provincial and federal governments.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame dinner on September 27 are available for purchase on the Hall of Fame's website
. For more information on the event, please contact JON KURSIKOWSKI
by phone (519-884-0710 x3289) or by e-mail (email@example.com).