Bathurst Sports Hall Of Fame

Inductees for year 1988

William Harry McLean

Category: Individual

William Harry (Bill) McLean, who was inducted into the Player category of the Bathurst Sports Hall of Fame in 1988, began boxing when he was 17, and loved it to the day he died. April of 1954 was that fateful year, one in which glory and tragedy intertwined to create a legendary story. He won the Maritime middleweight title that month, and shortly after, was asked to go to Calgary to fight for the Canadian light-heavyweight title. Two days after his 22nd birthday, Bill hopped on a plane bound for the fight of his lifetime. It was to be both the first and last airplane ride of his life, as the plane crashed on the outskirts of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Bill McLean will always be remembered as a young man of sterling character and true courage, one who gave of himself to his community in so many ways. A legend if there ever was one.

Clinton Cecil Lloyd Gammon

Category: Individual

One of the finest Sportsmen to ever call Bathurst home, Clinton Cecil Lloyd Gammon left an indelible mark. Clint's sporting history dates back to early 1925, when he began a hockey career which included stints with the Saint John Beavers. Fredericton Capitals and the Bathurst Papermakers. He played either right wing or center with those teams, was always among their top scorers, was one of the fastest players of his era, and had an uncanny ability to score goals in the dying seconds of closely-contested matches. He was also said to be one of the best coaches to ever lay out instructions, and will be ' forever remembered as one of Bathurst's best.

James Coburn MacLaggan

Category: Builder

James MacLaggan was inducted into the Bathurst Sports Hall of Fame's Builder category in 1988, an honor no one deserved more than this selfless man. His contributions to baseball and hockey organizations are mad impressive when you take into account his many more interests in other non-sporting organizations. Among his more noteworthy former titles are president of the New Brunswick Amateur Hockey Association, chairman of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, and winner of the New Brunswick Sports Executive of the Year award in 1982. Whether it was serving as manager of a local sports team, or co-ordinator of the Bathurst minor hockey program, James could always be counted on to do the job at hand, and do it to the fullest of his abilities.

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