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2016 Inductees
Natalie Reimer Anderson
Larry Hodgson
Larry Ethier
Phyllis & Bob Cleland
91-92 Icemen Junior B




The following highlights the 2016 Inductees to the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame, officially welcomed as members in March of 2016.

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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".





Natalie Reimer Anderson

Natalie started her volleyball career in grade nine on the Queen Elizabeth Junior High School team.  As Natalie progressed through the high school and university volleyball programs her love for the sport grew as did her skill level. During her outstanding volleyball career Natalie won three Provincial and two Canadian Championships.  She was female athlete of the year three times, was awarded All-Conference three times, tournament All-Star at the Canadian level four times, All-Canadian twice and Academic All-Canadian four times. Natalie finished her volleyball career by playing her sport professionally.

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Larry Hodgson

Larry developed a, ear;u  passion for competitive sports and his skill level allowed him to play both hockey and baseball.  It was his hockey achievements, including the Manley Memorial Trophy for the best all-round and most co-operative Juvenile player as well as his claim to fame "hat trick in twenty seconds",  still a long-held competitive hockey record, tjat made him a popular pick for teams across Alberta and the European Ice Hockey League where he chose to play in the 60's.  His passion for coaching and mentoring was a natural follow-up to his outstanding playing career.

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Larry Ethier

When Larry moved to Wetaskiwin in 1970 to begin his teaching career, he was expected to coach boys volleyball.  Having no experience in the sport, Larry attended a volleyball coaching clinic and launched his twenty-three year coaching career which took him to eleven Provincial Championships, three appearances at Nationals, a National Bronze Medal and then eventually took him to Japan where he continued to have success.  Known as Coach "E" his methods were ahead of his time, he established a winning mentality, and instilling in his players the value of hard work, goal setting, a positive attitude, confidence, and belief in their abilities.

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Phyllis and Bob Cleland

An outstanding athlete who garnered MVP recognition in several sports Dave is being inducted for his volunteerism.  He started his volunteer career early, as a teenager he coached the Wetaskiwin Olympia Swim Team from 1972-1974.  He also coached the Wetaskiwin Kinsmen Kings Hockey Team in 1983-84.  As soon as Dave completed his chiropractic training in 1981 he put his expertise to work and volunteered to be the team chiropractor and assistant trainer for the Wetaskiwin High School Sabres Football Team, donating his time and knowledge to the them for an amazing 33 years.  He also contributes a considerable amount of time to other teams in the area.

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1991-92 Icemen Junior B Hockey Team

In 1991 the Wetaskiwin Icemen Hockey Team was formed and their mission was to provide young athletes between the ages of fifteen and twenty-one the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in the game of hockey and to assist young persons in the advancement of their educational and occupational goals so as to produce well rounded, community oriented leaders of sound character and integrity.  This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Icemen Hockey Association, and in the twenty-five years of the teamís existence over 400 players have had a chance to play Junior B hockey in Wetaskiwin.

In the first year the team ended the regular season with an impressive 31-5 win-loss record for a solid second place finish in the league.

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