WATERLOO, Ont. (September 26, 2014) - Eight new members were inducted into the Golden Hawks Hall of Fame Friday night at the Senate and Board Chamber as a part of Wilfrid Laurier University's annual Homecoming celebrations.
Six athletes, one team and one builder had their names etched into Golden Hawks history during the ceremony. This year’s athlete inductees included women’s hockey standouts Cindy Eadie and Andrea Bevan, men’s hockey forward Mark Voakes, curlers Hollie Nicol and Paul Arkilander, along with former men’s football defensive standout Clive Tharby. In the team category, the 2004-05 CIS women’s hockey championship squad joined the hallowed halls while in the builder category, former Dean of Social Work and athletics supporter Luke Fusco was honoured.
Cindy Eadie headlined this year’s class as one of the most decorated athletes to ever suit up in any sport for the purple and gold. The former goaltender began her career in 2001-02 and was an instant star. That season, while winning her first of three OUA Championships, she was named the CIS and OUA Rookie of the Year, OUA Player of the Year, a CIS First Team All-Canadian and an OUA First Team All-Star. Three seasons later, in 2004-05, she backstopped the Hawks to their first CIS Championship, along the way collecting CIS First Team All-Canadian, OUA Player of the Year, OUA First Team All-Star and OUA Goalie of the Year recognition. Following the season, she was also recognized with Laurier’s President’s Award as the Top Female Athlete that year. Eadie concluded her career in 2008-09, returning for one season where she won her third and final OUA Championship.
Joining Eadie in representing women’s hockey this year was Andrea Bevan, a former teammate and star athlete in her own right. Winning an incredible five OUA Championships during her tenure on the blueline, Bevan started her career in 2004-05 winning the CIS Championship as a rookie while also being named to the CIS All-Rookie Team and taking home Laurier’s Rich Newbrough Rookie of the Year award. She would go on to earn CIS First Team all-Canadian honours on three different occasions, in 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 while also being named the OUA Player of the Year in 2006-07 and 2008-09. The three-time OUA All-Star concluded her career in 2008-09 by winning Laurier’s President’s Award.
Representing men’s hockey in this year’s induction class was Mark Voakes, a forward who finished his career ranked fifth on Laurier’s all-time scoring list. Suiting up for the Hawks between 2005 and 2009, he was named an OUA All-Star on two occasions, in 2006-07 and 2008-09. In his final, and best season with the purple and gold, Voakes was named the OUA West Most Valuable Player, a CIS First Team All-Canadian and capped off the year by taking home Laurier’s President’s Award. Since Voakes finished his time at Laurier, he has enjoyed a professional career that has seen him compete in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), the top league in Germany.
Moving on to curling, Hollie Nicol had the honour of being the first women’s curler to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the 2014 class. A skip with the women’s curling team over four seasons, Nicol twice guided her rink to a national championship, winning CIS gold in 2007-08 and 2008-09 while adding OUA bragging rights in 2007-08. A two-time CIS Academic All-Canadian, she was honoured with Laurier’s Outstanding Woman of Laurier Award and the Luke Fusco Academic Athletic Achievement Award to finish her career in 2008-09. That same season, Nicol and her Laurier teammates also captured the silver medal at the 2009 Winter Universiade in Harbin, China.
Joining Nicol in representing curling in this year’s ceremony was Paul Arkilander who becomes the second men’s curler in as many years to be inducted. Following in the footsteps of former teammate Bill Francis, Arkilander was a key member of the 2007-08 CIS Championship winning team that won Laurier’s first men’s curling national championship. A first team CIS All-Canadian and OUA All-Star that season, he also helped the team capture the OUA Championship, his second of two titles after winning provincial gold in 2005-06. The two-time CIS Academic All-Canadian also represented Laurier at the 2009 Winter Universiade in Harbin, China, helping the team to a sixth place finish.
The final member of this year’s athlete class was Clive Tharby who suited up for men’s football between 1986 and 1990. A Yates Cup Champion in 1987, Tharby grew as a defensive presence throughout his career. In 1989 he was named an OUAA Second Team All-Star before putting together his best season in 1990. That year he took home OUAA Defensive MVP and First Team All-Star honours en route to earning his way onto the CIAU All-Canadian first team.
The 2004-05 women’s hockey teams entered the Hall of Fame 10 years removed from the season in which they captured the program’s first national championship. Playing under head coach RICK OSBORNE, who was in his first full season with the squad, the Golden Hawks had little trouble in establishing themselves as the top team in the OUA as they cruised to a 17-2-2-1 record during the regular season. As the top seed in the OUA West division, the Hawks crossed over and faced the Brock Badgers in the semifinals, dispatching them by a 3-0 score. Laurier would complete the run to OUA gold in the final as they posted an identical 3-0 scoreline to defeat the Toronto Varsity Blues.
Heading to the CIS Championships at McGill University, the purple and gold won their group thanks to a 6-0 win over Manitoba and a 3-2 victory over the Concordia Stingers. In a repeat of the showdown for CIS gold from three years earlier, the Hawks once again squared off against the Alberta Pandas. However, this time around Laurier proved to be the superior team as they defeated Alberta 4-1 to be crowned national champions.
The final member of this year’s class was Luke Fusco who enters the Hall of Fame as a builder. Since joining the Faculty of Social Work in 1973, Fusco has contributed to the success of the Athletics and Recreation Department in various capacities. As a counselor and mentor of student-athletes, the former Dean of Social Work was instrumental during his career in guiding them through the difficulties of balancing academic and athletic success. In recognition of this, the department honoured Fusco by naming an award after him that is presented each year at the athletics banquet to the male and female student-athlete who best combines academic and athletic achievement. Fusco also worked with many of Laurier’s coaches and athletics department staff in providing guidance during his time at the University, and since retiring has remained active in assisting with the hiring of coaches as well as chairing the Hall of Fame committee.