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Nominations: 2016 Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Celebrating Youth

Friday, January 29th, 2016


On Saturday May 28th, 2016, Bobby Orr will host an event to Celebrate Youth in Parry Sound.

This event will be our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of youth, 17 years of age and under, in the West Parry Sound Area.

A maximum of 12 awards will be presented to the top male and female youth, chosen by the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Selection Committee.  Age categories will include:

  • 7 years of age and under,
  • 8 to 9 years of age,
  • 10 to 11 years of age,
  • 12 to 13 years of age,
  • 14 to 15 years of age, and
  • 16 to 17 years of age.

The Top 3 nominees in each age category and their families will be invited to the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Celebrating Youth ceremony on Saturday May 28th, where the final award winners will be announced and called to the stage to receive their award and have their photograph taken with Bobby Orr.

Nominations are welcome for any accomplishment. Individuals that show leadership, enthusiasm, perseverance, and skill in their particular area of expertise will be recognized. It is not limited to sports related activities.

Please consider nominating a deserving youth in our community. Please click on the links below for Nomination Instructions and the Nomination Form, or visit the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame to pick up your copy.

Nomination Instructions

Nomination Form – Submit Online Version

Nomination Form – Printable Version


Information on tickets for this event will be available at a later date.

**Event details are subject to change as nomination packages are received.

For more information, please contact:

Cheryl Ward
General Manager
Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame
705-746-4466 ex. 202


Dave Garagan
Chair – 2016 Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Celebrates Youth

2015 Inductee Announcement

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Induction committee is pleased to announce the 2015 Inductees.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday May 23rd where the following inductees will be honoured.


 L to R:  Ivan Nicksy (1956-57 Shamrocks), Bob Groskorth (1956-57 Shamrocks), Les Tabobondung (Inductee & 1956-57 Shamrocks), Carole McDonald (Representing Wilfred ‘Bucko’ McDonald), Clyde York (1956-57 Shamrocks), Ernie Eves (Inductee)


Les Tabobondung

Category:  Athlete

Les is an icon in the hockey community in Parry Sound and Wasauksing First Nation.  From the age of 12 years old Les could always be found on the ice.  His skills quickly attracted the attention of hockey scouts resulting in invitations for tryouts for NHL farm teams including the Hamilton Red Wings and St. Catharines Teepees Junior A team, as well as tryouts with NHL team the Chicago Blackhawks.   His contribution to sport in the Parry Sound Area continued well beyond hockey and included coaching community minor hockey and softball.   Les coached the Parry Island Women’s Fastball team to several championships and was a great support, teacher and motivation to his son and Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Inductee (2003) the late Barry ‘Hawk’ Tabobondung.  For all of this we welcome Les as a 2015 Inductee.


Ernie Eves

Category:  Honourary Member

Ernie Eves was Ontario’s 23rd Premier.  He represented Parry Sound in the Ontario Legislature for some 20 years and served as Minister of Finance, Deputy Premier and Government House Leader as well as holding other portfolios.  That being said, the Ernie that is being presented as an Honoured Member of the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, is the Ernie who came to Parry Sound in his teenage years, raised a family here and worked with various levels of government to secure Northern Status that, to this day, delivers benefits that are much needed in Parry Sound.  Ernie is responsible for the Highway 400 being expanded to four lanes to Parry Sound.  His work to help secure funding to build a new Health Centre is recognizable when you drive up ‘Ernie Eves Way’ as you approach the building.  Without Ernie’s support the funding to execute upon the dream of a Performing Arts Centre and a Hall of Fame to celebrate our Hometown Icon, may never have happened.   Our Induction in 2015 will give us an opportunity to say thank you again to Ernie Eves as he is inducted into the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame as an Honoured Member.


Wilfred ‘Bucko’ McDonald

Category:  Builder

Wilfred Kennedy “Bucko” McDonald was a Canadian professional hockey and

lacrosse player, coach, and politician.  Born in Fergus, Ontario, he played for the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, and New York Rangers. He won 3 Stanley Cups in his career, in 1936 and 1937 with Detroit and in 1942 with Toronto.  Bucko’s contribution to sport in Parry Sound is legendary, both through his coaching support and his mentorship to Bobby Orr.  Bucko passed away in 1991 but not without leaving behind a legacy that has been recognized by many and will further be recognized through his Induction into the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.


1956-57 Junior ‘C’ Shamrocks

Category:  Team

This team of 10 local boys and 9 “imports” left their mark by becoming Parry Sound’s first team to win a Provincial championship. Their exemplary record during their regular season, while playing an exhibition schedule against teams at a much higher level, earned them a spot in the Junior “C” championship race.   These boys played hard,

eliminating many of their competitors in three straight games, and came out victorious in game seven of the finals to bring home Parry Sound’s first Ontario Hockey Association Championship.

Team Members:

Clarence Vowels, Marcel Plouffe, Gil Marks, Alfred Trotta, Ivan Nicksy, Bob Groskorth, Denton Vowels, Terry McPherson, Clyde York, Les Tabobondung, Dan Guistini, Ron Kearns, Pete Cummings, Ken Boyd, Barry Purdon, Dave Newton, Ron Harris, Bob Calder & honorary team member Alan Hancock.  Coach: Mike Kolisnek.


Tickets to the event will be availble starting Wednesday February 11th, 2015 at 10am.