Bathurst Sports Hall Of Fame
Inductees for year 1987
J. Huntley Ferguson
Every community should be lucky enough to have a man like J. Huntley Ferguson living in its midst. Inducted into the Builder category of the Bathurst Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, Huntley was one of the most giving people you would ever care to meet. His undying devotion to hockey, baseball, and above all, curling, made an entire community indebted to him. He borrowed privately in 1951 in order to have artificial ice installed in the Bathurst Curling Club. After that, he devoted much of his years ensuring that it was put to good use. When he wasn’t curling, he was teaching others how to. And when he wasn’t doing that, he was managing in the background to ensure top local players could go on higher playing fields. Huntley will always be one of the city’s most endearing citizens.
Better known as Kid Lulu, Paul Doucet was inducted into the Player category of the Bathurst Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. The Kid began boxing as a child and quickly progressed from there. Regarded as one of the best little men in the fight game by his late teens, he was, at various times, the Maritime lightweight champion, the Eastern Canadian lightweight champ, and the Canadian junior medium weight title holder. His life, however, ended in tragedy at a very young age. He was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Nigadoo, near Bathurst, when only 22 years of age. Described as being one of the nicest young men you would ever want to meet, Kid Lulu will forever be remembered as not only a Canadian champion, but our champion- a great kid.
1970-71 Bathurst Papermakers
The 1970-71 Bathurst Papermakers are perhaps the most widely-known of all this city's illustrious sports teams. Over the six years this team was intact; it won virtually everything there was to win. The only thing that remained left to win was the Canadian Intermediate A Hockey Championship, and that chance came about at the tail end of the 1970-71 season. Using a cast comprised solely of local players, contrary to the common practice of picking up players to bolster their roster, the Papermakers thrilled a hometown arena filled to capacity by beating Rosetown Sask., in the final series. The players and fans of that era have relished that victory ever since.