Honoured for helping others
McIntyre | Footballer earns place among city's sporting
elite because of countless hours of volunteering time
By Bruce Hallihan
Published in the Daily Gleaner on Monday May 9, 2011
Appeared on page B2
Terry McIntyre's home used to double as a storage facility for
Capital Area Minor Football Association equipment.
Now, he'll have to make a little room for something he's earned
McIntyre received a keepsake plaque to go with one that will be
permanently displayed at the Delta Hotel for being inducted into the
Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame.
McIntyre shared the spotlight with a standout class of inductees and
other honourees at Fredericton Sport Investment's 20th annual dinner and
induction ceremonies Saturday night.
"I'm very honoured, I'm joining a select club," McIntyre
said. "Definitely the who's who of Fredericton are here tonight. If
you had told me 10, even five, years ago I'd be here tonight I would
have just shook my head."
The veteran volunteer has worn many helmets in his career as
president, coach, official, publicity coordinator and jack of all trades
within the CAMFA, an organization that has swelled from six teams and
125 players when he first got involved to 46 teams and about 950 players
under his watch.
"We're the smallest of three (major) cities and we've got the
biggest organization," McIntyre said, "so I think somewhere
along the way we've done something right."
McIntyre takes the greatest pride in seeing kids develop as players,
on and off the field.
"Four years ago, a little kid, I'll call him Johnny, came to us
with his grandparents. He was 10 years old. He stared at the floor, he
shuffled his feet, he was uncomfortable."
McIntyre made sure to put 'Johnny' with a coach who would help him
come out of his shell.
"The fourth year he was an all-star," McIntyre said.
"I saw him recently at spring football fittings. He came through
the door a different kid. Confident, smile on his face, looking forward
to the season. I thought to myself, like they said in the movie Forrest
Gump, 'We fixed him.' "
Also part of the class of 2011 were former Fredericton High School
basketball coach Steve O'Rourke, ECHL hockey commissioner Brian McKenna,
the late Roy 'Hammy' Kitchen, who managed championship softball and
hockey teams in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, multi-sport athlete Pat Dobie,
inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame last year and so an
automatic selection to the shrine in her hometown, and the Ecole
Sainte-Anne Castors high school girls volleyball teams that won
consecutive A, AA and AAA high school championships from 1980-81 through
Longtime hockey volunteer Kim Hepditch won the fifth William (Bill)
MacGillivary Award as Fredericton's outstanding sport volunteer and
community worker, while Dan McCullough of the Canadian Football League's
B.C. Lions accepted the Myer and Jack Budovitch Trophy as Fredericton's
athlete of the year.
"This is terrific," McKenna said. "It's certainly
something that I didn't expect, but I'm truly honoured. A lot of the
folks on that wall I grew up respecting and admiring."
McKenna was born in Prince Edward Island but moved to Fredericton
when he was 11.
"This is where my roots are," McKenna said. "It's here
where I got a chance to play sports and compete in baseball and hockey
and gain a lifelong interest and love of the games.
"The fact that I've been able to have a career in sports and
sports management is all as a result of that - the foundation I got here
McKenna says the ECHL prides itself on stability. The B.C.-based
Victoria Salmon Kings are moving to the WHL, but a new team in Chicago
and another team in the United States, to be announced in a month or
two, will bump North America's premier AA league to 20 teams next
"The last three or four years, the economy is tough, but we've
survived that," McKenna said.
Some 466 players, including Toronto goalie James Reimer and Vancouver
forward Alex Burrows, have jumped from the ECHL to the NHL, "along
with countless coaches, front-office folks, trainers and
broadcasters," McKenna said. "We're trying to give people a
chance to further their career."
Kitchen's son Shawn and daughter Heather spoke fondly of their late
father, who was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame as a
builder in 1998 and as a member of the Neill's softball team in 2002. He
was previously recognized on the Fredericton wall as the manager of the
1966-67 Caps hockey team in 1995 and the Neill's softball team when they
were enshrined in 2004.
"I wish he was here to accept it himself," Shawn said.
"It would be old hat to him, but the biggest thing is he'd just
enjoy seeing the people. For what he's done and the way he did it, he
was known and respected by a lot of people. This is the final thing for
him, now that he's been gone for a year and a half. It's a lasting
tribute, I guess, to a man who's done a lot for the community."
O'Rourke, who will retire from teaching at the end of the school
year, called his selection to the sports wall "a very close
second" among the highlights of a coaching career that spanned 34
years, included 22 provincial championships and 1,125 wins - and just
"No. 1 for me would have to be winning championships with both
my daughters," said O'Rourke. "But this is the closest second
you could possibly get."
The significance of being inducted "really hit me when I arrived
tonight" and read the citations on other plaques.
"When I stood out there and looked at who's on the wall prior to
this, it really brought everything into focus as to what it really means
to me," he said. "I'm just humbled beyond words to be up there
in the company of all those who came before me and are being inducted
"It's an absolutely surreal evening," O'Rourke said.
"I'm going to enjoy every second."
Dobie was an outstanding athlete in track and field - especially the
field events of shot put, discus and javelin - and also excelled in
basketball and fencing.
"It's wonderful, I feel quite privileged," Dobie said.
"I was never a Frederictonian for very long but I'm very pleased to
be still considered one. I've lived in Ottawa for 40-some years, but I
grew up and did all my training here with Johnny Vey and I consider
Fredericton my hometown. I was so lucky to be coached by Johnny, who was
very knowledgeable, for four years. After I joined the air force I went
to Toronto and was coached by Lloyd Percival, who was the coach of
Mike LeBlanc was head coach of the championship ESA team. With only
40 females in the entire school, he was fortunate to have eight of the
13 players for the A, AA and AAA championship run.
"Six or seven of them still live in Fredericton," LeBlanc
said. "They get together quite often and they usually include me.
I've been to four or five weddings. Even 28 years later, they're more
friends than former student athletes. We had a lot of talent. Several
played university later and a couple are still playing volleyball
Hepditch said receiving the MacGillivary award "means a lot to
me. I've stepped into some pretty big shoes to follow, with John and Gus
Mazzuca, John Waite, Ed Dunham and Tim Cane. I guess the only difference
is I'm going to wear high heels.
"No one ever volunteers for recognition," Hepditch said.
"We do it for the feeling it gives us."
McCullough, who's entering his fourth season with the CFL Lions, is
known for snapping the ball, but he made quite a catch earlier in the
week. He proposed to Tara Gass of McAdam and she said yes.
"We just got engaged the other night," said McCullough, who
also wanted to thank another woman in his life. "My mom sacrificed
so much for me and my brother," McCullough said. "She kind of
had this motto for us growing up: Work hard and have fun.' I've kind of
lived by that slogan, as corny and cliché as it is, but it's gotten me
a long way."