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The following highlights the 2014 Inductees to the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame, officially welcomed as members in March of 2014.


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For biographical information and details on the sporting achievements of the inductees please click a picture below or the link to the "Full Story". 





Don Siler

Don Siler moved to Wetaskiwin with his family when he was 12 years old.  With an athletic older brother involved in sports it was only natural that Don do the same.  As a youngster he was involved in hockey, fastball and track and field.  It wasn’t until high school that he participated in football.   After graduating from the Wetaskwin High School Sabre football program, Don continued his football career and played Junior Football with the Calgary Mohawks and then University Football with the Calgary Dinos.   As the Dinos quarterback, Don led his team to their first ever Canada West Championship, their first Atlantic Bowl Championship and first Vanier Cup Final. 

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Martin Sonnenberg

Martin Sonnenberg was born and raised in Wetaskiwin and from the time he started playing hockey when he was five  years old,  it was evident that Martin was going to excel.  Martin played in Wetaskiwin’s minor hockey system up to the Bantam level, played Bantam and Midget Hockey in Leduc and then Junior Hockey with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL.  In 1998 Martin turned professional and signed with the Pittsburg Penguins of the NHL.  Martin played in the NHL and AHL for eight seasons and then played in Europe for five seasons.  His accomplished 12 year professional career took him to two continents, five leagues and twelve different teams. 

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Elvin Kopp

In 1981 Elvin Kopp married his wife Jan and they settled at their newly purchased “That’ll Do Ranch” near Westerose Alberta.  Raising cattle was one of their ventures and after time Elvin decided that he would like to have some help dealing with his cattle. Consequently, a year after he started his life as a rancher Elvin attended a dog training clinic (1982).  When he saw what a stockdog could do he was “hooked”.  He bought a Border Collie pup at the clinic and started training his protege.  In 1984, two years later, Elvin entered his first competition and three years after that (1987) he was the World Sheepdog Champion, a meteoric rise to the top.  During his time competing, Elvin trained eleven different dogs to championships.

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Bob Hartnell

Bob Hartnell is being recognized for his volunteer work in recreation and sport in Wetaskiwin.  Bob was chairman or a member of many recreation committees; was President or Governor of numerous sport or hockey related organizations and leagues; coached and/or managed many hockey teams; initiated many innovative programs and organized countless hockey activities.  Through his involvement Bob has made significant contributions to the citizens of our community.  The people of our community and especially the youth have benefitted immensely from the volunteer commitment of Bob Hartnell and acknowledge his outstanding efforts and accomplishments.

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For two fastball seasons, a group of talented 17 and 18 year old young men brought excitement and recognition to the small community of Falun by capturing the Provincial Juvenile Fastball Championships.  Twenty-one players composed the two teams and eleven of those players played on both teams.  The head coach both years was Clayton Managhan  with Keith Andersen serving as assistant coach in 1968 and Frank (Francis) Reglin and Lorne Ganske in 1969.   The Pigeon Lake Playboys of 1968 and 1969 were the first Falun teams to win Provincial Championships and were the teams that began the Falun dynasty that continued for the next 25 years and led to Fastball Alberta calling Falun the “Fastball Capital of Alberta”. 

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