Former NHLers Bob Boughner and Tie Domi and former Major League Baseball player Stubby Clapp will be among the eight new inductees in this year’s class of the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.
The group announced Wednesday includes three in the founders category and five in the athletes category, who will be inducted in the 32nd class at the Caboto Club Oct. 13.
“I think we’re one of the truly great cities as far as athletics,” chairperson Gerry Brumpton said.
“We’ve had some outstanding people and this group is just as powerful a group of athletes and founders.”
The athlete inductees feature Boughner, Domi, Clapp, former CFLer Tony Dennis and former Canadian amateur women’s golf champion Laura Henderson-Matthews.
The founders group includes University of Windsor Lancers cross country and track and field head coach Dennis Fairall, football and baseball coach Harry Lumley and cross county and swimming coach Lou Pocock.
“I really think they’re a tremendous class,” Brumpton said. “The last couple of years, we’ve been gradually outdoing ourselves.”
The 41-year-old Boughner, who is a Windsor Minor Hockey Association product, played nearly 700 games in the NHL over 10 seasons with Buffalo, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Carolina and Colorado.
“Obviously, this is a huge honour for myself and my family,” said Boughner, who is now president and head coach of the Windsor Spitfires.
“I was born here, grew up here and now own a business in the community.
“To be honoured by people in your community and be in the hall of fame is something I never dreamt of. You look at the names of the people in that hall and I feel very privileged to be named to it.”
The 43-year-old Domi, a product of the Belle River Minor Hockey program, played more than 1,000 NHL games over 16 seasons with Toronto, the New York Rangers and Winnipeg.
He is third on the NHL’s all-time penalty list with 3,515 minutes.
A graduate of the Windsor Selects program, the 39-year-old Clapp was an unheralded 36thround pick by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Texas Tech University, who made it to the majors fiveyears later.
Clapp, who is now coaching in the Houston Astros system, played 11 seasons of professional baseball, but was also a key figure on several occasions for Canada’s national baseball team, playing at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008.
The 49-year-old Dennis is a Centennial high school grad who went on to play at Simon Fraser University. Switched from defence to receiver after two seasons, he set eight school receiving records.
Drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, he played seven seasons in the CFL with stops in Calgary and British Columbia. He signed with the NFL Los Angeles Raiders in 1985 but a back injury caused him to fail his physical and ended his career.
The 32-year-old Henderson-Matthews, who played out of Kingsville Golf and Country Club, won the Canadian Juvenile title in 1995. She accepted a scholarship to the University of Georgia and earned All-SEC honours in each of her four seasons.
She competed at the Commonwealth Games on four occasions and the Canadian Open twice with SCORE Magazine naming her Canada’s top amateur golfer in 2005 and 2006.
On the founders side, the 59-year-old Fairall transformed the Lancers into one of the elite programs in Canadian university sports.
He has been honoured 38 times as OUA or CIS coach of the year in track and field or cross country. Over 26 years, the Lancers have won 24 CIS titles (19 in track and five in cross-country) and 43 OUA titles (36 in track and field and seven in crosscountry).
“You look at some of the people inducted into this in track and field and it’s quite a thrill,” Fairall said.
“I didn’t want to just develop athletes, I wanted to win national championships and here we are 24 titles later.”
A graduate of Herman high school, the 66-year-old Lumley has become the driving force behind the school’s powerhouse football program.
Lumley has coached the team to 20 league titles in football, as well as guiding the Windsor Mic Macs baseball team to a pair of Canadian Juvenile championships.
The 71-year-old Pocock coached powerful cross-country squads winning 21 city titles at Massey high school while adding six city swimming titles and 14 provincial titles.
He helped found the Windsor Aquatic Club and continues to coach with the Windsor Essex Swim Team.
WINDSOR/ESSEX COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Who: Bob Boughner, Stubby Clapp, Dennis Fairall, Tie Domi, Laura Henderson-Matthews, Lou Pocock, Tony Dennis, Harry Lumley
When: Oct. 13
Where: Caboto Club