The Induction Committee is pleased to announce the Class of 2020 Inductees into the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, recognized for their outstanding achievements and lasting contributions to sport. The 13th Induction Ceremony will take place at the Charles W. Stockey Centre on June 13, 2020 at which the following inductees will be honoured:
Ken Hadall – Honourary Member
Ken Hadall has been a dedicated and selfless friend and supporter of the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame for more than a decade. Ken’s support has come in a variety of forms over the years. His contributions to the annual Celebrity Golf Classic fundraiser are legendary and include prizes, gift bags, custom hockey sticks signed by hockey royalty and partnerships with his vast network to secure and ever-growing list of celebrities to pair with golf teams. Ken was instrumental in brokering a deal with Samsung Canada which saw the donation of technology for the Hall of Fame displays in addition to a significant financial contribution to Hall of Fame reserve funds. Ken loves the community of Parry Sound and the pride shown in local youth which led ken and Doug Gilmour to approach the Hall of Fame with a donation to establish a Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Scholarship for local youth in 2018. On top of his financial support, Ken is incredibly generous with his time, it’s been said his most-used phrase is “how can I help.” The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame has benefitted immensely from Ken’s generous support and dedication and the Hall is proud to welcome him as an Honourary Member.
Chris Lee – Athlete
Chris Lee, born in MacTier, ON, has further solidified the reputation of the West Parry Sound region for producing great hockey players. Chris grew up playing Minor Hockey in Parry Sound and his teams won Bantam, Midget and Juvenile All-Ontario Championships. He attended State University of New York (SUNY), Potsdam, an NCAA division II school on a hockey scholarship. In his final season he was named SUNY Athletic Conference Player of the Year and selected for the All-American First Team by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Lee went on to play 249 games in the American Hockey League for the Albany River Rats, Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, Iowa Stars, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Moving to the German DEL league with Adler Manheim in 2011-12, he earned the Defenceman of the Year Award. Chris went on to play a total of 118 games in the DEL, 71 games in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and 322 games in the KHL where he holds five all-time records. Chris made his team Canada debut on the world stage in 2017, winning a silver medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championships followed by a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Sarah ‘Sally’ Manning – Athlete
Sarah ‘Sally’ Manning was an outstanding and dedicated multi-sport athlete and role model for active living. One of Canada’s most accomplished field hockey players, she won multiple national championships, played on Team Canada at three world field hockey tournaments and was selected as a member of the World Eleven all-star team to play at the Golden Jubilee Tournament of 1980 in Ayr, Scotland. Although born in Toronto, Sally had a long connection to Parry Sound before relocating here through her involvement with local adventure travel company Black Feather with whom she guided canoe, kayak and hiking trips for more than 25 years. Sally was an avid golfer; at Parry Sound Golf & Country Club she was a four-time Senior Ladies Club Champion and three-time Ladies Club Champion. Sally was an also an avid hockey player with the Parry Sound Phantoms for more than a decade competing provincially. Additionally, she was a committed master cross-country skier, winning numerous provincial and national championships and competing at multiple world championships. She won a silver medal in 20 km skate ski at the 2008 World Masters Cross Country Ski Championships. While Sally was a fierce competitor in all her sports, she is remembered by teammates and competitors alike for her sportsmanship, integrity and quiet modesty. Sally passed away in 2014 after a battle with cancer, during which she showed the same fighting spirit that allowed her to rise to such a high level in so many sports.
Peter Wiltmann – Builder
Peter Wiltmann emigrated to Canada from Germany in search of open spaces and room to play. He landed at Wawanaisa Resort in Carling with wife Dorte, which they have operated together for more than 40 years. With a great deal of winter downtime on his hands and trails nearby, cross-country skiing quickly became a passion for Peter, shared by sons Viktor and Konrad. He began volunteering at Georgian Nordic Ski Club more than 20 years ago and since that time has coached the high school ski team, assisted in the creation of the Georgian Nordic Racing Team and served as a Georgian Nordic Board Member. Athletes coached by Peter have gone on to race at provincial, national and international levels. Athletes, parents and fellow coaches alike have noted Peter’s dedication, enthusiasm and the fun, caring, team atmosphere he builds. Just like his athletes, Peter is always striving to improve his coaching techniques and stay abreast of new developments in the sport. Peter is passionate about teaching youth to love sports and considers a day successful if his athletes are giving their best and have a great time outdoors on the snow. In 2018 he was recognized with the Heinz Niederhauser Outstanding Coaching Award by Cross Country Ski Ontario for his significant, long-term commitment to coaching cross-country ski racing in Ontario.
Tickets for the Celebrating Champions Induction Ceremony on June 13 can be purchased from the Stockey Centre Box Office starting March 11 for Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Members and March 18 for the general public.
For more information, please contact Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Curator Caitlin Dyer or Induction Committee Chair Dave Garagan.