Milton Sports Hall of Fame: Inductees

2018 Inductee

Athlete

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Bob Kranstz (Martial Arts)

Born in Milton and a resident for more than 25 years, Bob transitioned from Judo to Jiu-Jitsu during the 1960’s to participate in a martial art that combined more than grappling.  Since his transition in to Jiu-Jitsu, Bob has had many successes over the years.  Bob has an eighth level Black belt and is a three time world champion. Bob’s involvement in Jiu-Jitsu extends well beyond as an athlete.  Almost 40 years ago, Bob decided to open a dojo in Milton, the first of its kind in the community.  His daughter continues to operate the dojo to this day, preserving the legacy once started by Bob. He was also instrumental in the composition of a stringent set of rules to ensure safe and fair competition in the Jiu-Jitsu arts.  Bob is an official International Referee and continues to host two tournaments each year out of the Milton dojo. His awards are numerous, from Regional to International, and he was inducted in to the Canadian Blackbelt Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Brad Grant (Ice Hockey)

A resident of Milton for more than 30 years, Brad purchased the floundering Milton Merchants Junior A hockey club in 1986. The Merchants had just come off of a difficult season, winning only 5 times over the course of the entire season with a .012% winning record. Within three years Brad and the bench staff were able to produce a 0.512% winning record. In 12 seasons as the owner, the Merchants won four divisional championships, three Central Ontario Hockey League titles, one provincial championship (Dudley Hewitt Cup) and made it to the semi-finals of the national Royal Bank Cup.Brad was well respected by the entire organization, including players, executives and volunteers.  He took pride in having local talent on his rosters including siblings from four different families – Haydar, McPhail, Janjevich and Bertoli, and 7 players from Milton the year the Merchants went to the Royal Bank Cup.

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Dave Brush (Ice Hockey & Baseball)

Dave was an athlete in his own right, having played baseball and hockey all of his life in Milton. He advanced to the junior level in hockey and intermediate level in baseball but it was his work in helping to develop Milton sports organizations Dave is remembered for most. After serving in WWII, Dave returned to Milton and managed the Fred Armstrong Arena for two years.  His dedication to hockey also included coaching at the minor league level, founding Milton’s first Junior C hockey club (Milton Merchants), which later became Junior B and eventually Junior A status. Dave worked hand in hand with Cliff Houston in the operation of the Milton Minor Hockey Association and would also referee in the Ontario Hockey Association for five years. Dave was equally involved in Milton Baseball, having coached the Milton Baseball Club to the Ontario Baseball Association Intermediate C Provincials.  In 1949, the Club would win the Halton County Championship and the Provincials.  In the late 1950’s Dave started the Milton Minor Baseball Association and years later assisted in forming Milton’s first girls’ softball league. Dave’s involvement in the community went beyond sport, as a charter member of the Kinsmen Club of Milton in the 1950’s, he was involved in many projects with the club until it ceased to exist.  He then became a chartered member of the Milton Lions Club in 1963 and remained an active member until his death in 1986.

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Jim Leworthy (Lacrosse)

In 1984, Jim had a goal of bringing lacrosse, Canada’s National summer sport, to Milton.  With his wife, Carol, they founded the Milton Minor Lacrosse Association.  Their goal was simply to introduce the game to as many children as possible.  In order to increase interest and skill level, Jim would attend local schools, providing the necessary equipment to teach the students the game.  In the first year 40 children registered.  Over a 15 year span, the Milton Minor Lacrosse Association increased their participation numbers to as many as 500.  During that time, and continuing today, the Mavericks have produced many tournament and Provincial champions from the Tyke to Intermediate age groups. Once the Minor system was established, Jim shifted his attention to securing a Junior B franchise for the Town of Milton.  In 1995, Jim successfully founded the Milton Mavericks. In 1999, his last year of involvement with the organization,  Jim won the bid to host the Founders Cup, the Junior B National championships.  The Mavericks were coached by Jim that year and made it to the championship finals.   Many players since that time have been drafted to Junior teams, secured scholarships with Canadian and American universities and colleges and even a select few have played at the professional level. Jim continues to be involved with the sport of lacrosse to date, including work with the governing body, Ontario Lacrosse Association.

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Milton Merchants Jr. A Hockey (Ice Hockey)

The 1996-1997 and 1997-1998 Merchants represent the high point of success in the club’s history, having won back to back league championships and making it to the final of the Dudley Hewitt Cup both years. In the 1997-1998 season the Merchants won the Dudley Hewitt Cup, advancing them to the national Royal Bank Cup in British Columbia.  The Merchants lost in the semi-finals to the eventual champions, South Surrey Eagles. During this tenure the Merchants signed 7 players who grew up in Milton and played with the Milton Minor Hockey Association.  To have this many local players on a team is practically unheard of, even by today’s standards.The two teams combined for an impressive regular season record of 78 wins, 15 losses and 6 ties, resulting in a 0.840% winning record.

 

2017 Inductees

Veteran Athlete:

Enio Sclissizi Enio Sclisizzi (Ice Hockey)

Enio was the first person to come from the Town of Milton and play in the National Hockey League.  Playing for 6 years in the Original Six Era, he played alongside some of hockey's legends including Gordie Howe. His hockey accolades include being a member of the American Hockey League (AHL) and Western Hockey League (WHL) First All-Star Teams, was a member of the 1950 Indianapolis Capitals Calder Cup champions and was a member of the 1952 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup champions. After his hockey career, Enio moved back to Milton to raise his family and coached the Milton Merchants in the mid 1960's.

Veteran Athlete:

Peter McDuffe Peter McDuffe (Ice Hockey)

Peter had a successful hockey career as a goalie in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), World Hockey Association (WHA) and National Hockey League. Born in Milton and still a resident, Peter's accomplishments include 1970-71 CHL Most Valuable Player with a goals against average of 2.88 and also won the Western Hockey League (WHL) Leading Goaltender Award in 1971-72.  He started in over 250 NHL regular season games with a goals against average of 4.07

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Cliff Houston Cliff Houston (Ice Hockey and Baseball)

Cliff was a well-rounded athlete who participated in a variety of Milton sports as a player including baseball, hockey and tennis, but it was his development of Milton sports organizations and groups that Cliff is most well known for. In 1946, Cliff started what is now known as the Milton Minor Hockey Association, with 32 boys to form 4 teams.  He also started the Milton Referees Association in hockey, the Milton Umpires Association for baseball and fastball and the original Milton Tennis club. Not only involved in the administration side of these sports, Cliff was also a referee in the Toronto Hockey League (THL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and umpire in the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) for many years. In 1969, Cliff was inducted in to the Halton County Sports Hall of Fame.

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Bruce Hood Bruce Hood (Ice Hockey)

Born in Campbellville in 1936, Bruce was a longtime resident and called Milton home when he wasn't on the road travelling to officiate hockey games. Best known as a hockey official in the National Hockey League (NHL), officiating more than 1100 hockey games including 157 Stanley Cup playoff games. However Bruce was involved at a grass roots level long before then writing the occasional sports column for the Milton Champion newspaper, was the statistician for Milton Minor Hockey Association, and Central Ontario Hockey League; secretary of the Halton County Baseball Association and Referee in Chief (RIC) of the Tri County Hockey League and Milton Referees Association. Over the years Bruce was involved in a variety of community initiatives and organizations including Milton Lions Club, Milton Downtown Business Improvement Association and the Milton Chamber of Commerce.

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E.C. Dury Secondary School Wrestling

E.C Drury Secondary School Wrestling (Freestyle
Wrestling) (1998-2010 Era)

From 1998-2010, the E.C. Drury wrestling team won an Impressive 13 consecutive Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) medals, including 6 team titles. Five of those titles were won in consecutive years and is believed to still be the longest team winning streak in OFSAA history. Additional team accomplishments included 13 Halton championships and 12 Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference (GHAC) championships in that same period of time. Individuals from this era of wrestling also went on to excel at a provincial and national level of competition, many winning Ontario and Canada Amateur Wrestling championships. In addition to their accomplishments, this era of wrestlers gave back to the community, participating in goodwill wrestling tours to Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Nicaragua.

 2016 Inductees

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 Ed Whitlock (Road Running) Athletics

At age 85, Ed Whitlock continues to break records in his age category in road running. In April, 2016, Ed set yet another record, running a half marathon with a time of 1:50:47, breaking the record set in 2006. Ed holds more than 80 age group world records and remains to date as the only person over the age of 70 to break the 3 hour mark in a marathon. Having been a resident of Milton since 1984, Ed continues to place Milton on the map in his travels as he competes on the world stage. 

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Scott Hogarth (Martial Arts) 

Hanshi Scott Hogarth is an 11 time World Champion, holding Master titles in more than 7 martial arts styles including Ki Jitsu, Karate, Kung Fu and Jiu-Jitsu. Hanshi Scott is the current President of the Canadian branch of the World Martial Arts Organization (WMO). In 2014, Hanshi Scott was awarded the Masters Hall of Fame Golden Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifelong contribution to the sport of karate. As owner of Fighting Griffin Martial Arts club in Milton and a teacher for more than 30 years, his roots to the Milton community remain strongly embedded.

Veteran Athlete

 

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John Tonelli (Ice Hockey)

Professional hockey player John Tonelli played hockey in the Milton Minor Hockey Association until the age of 16 when he was drafted by the Toronto Marlboros to play Junior A hockey. In 1977, John was drafted by the New York Islanders where he would spend the next 9 years playing with hockey legends like Gordie Howe, Mike Bossy and Denis Potvin. John went on to win 4 consecutive Stanley Cups with the Islanders and appeared in a total of 6 Stanley Cup finals and 2 All Star Games as part of his 1028-game NHL career, which included 325 goals and 511 assists for 836 points.

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Carole Murray (Swimming)

 

A resident of Milton since 1973, Carole quickly became immersed in coaching swimming in Milton, starting with the Milton Swim Team in September 1974 and remains active in the swimming world to date. In 1985, Carole started the Milton Master’s Swim team for adults over the age of 25 looking to remain in competitive swimming. During her tenure numerous swimmers have gone on to compete at various levels including international competition. Her contribution to the sport goes well beyond the awards. Carole has taught literally thousands of swimmers not only basic survival skills but also confidence, dedication and a love for the water. 

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Campbellville Merchants Itermediate Baseall Club (1952-1984 Era) Baseball

 

From 1952-1967 the Merchants won 11 consecutive Halton County league titles as well as 12 OntarioBaseball Championships, all under the management of Len Andrews. The Intermediates were inducted in to the Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame in 2014, only the second team in the history of the Ontario Hall of Fame. In a village of approximately 250 people, the Merchants would regularly draw crowds between 500-1000 people to watch their Sunday afternoon games. The Merchants would also spend their days off providing “clinics” for the local children who wanted to improve their skills.