Bathurst Sports Hall Of Fame

Inductees for year 1998

Eldy McLean

Category: Builder

Eldy Mclean With over 30 years logged as a coach and teacher Eldy McLean's name will always be associated with championship teams in Bathurst. From 1966-71 he coached a total of seven teams to provincial championships at Leblanc High School. Once Leblanc High School closed its doors in 1971 he continued his coaching at Bathurst High School where he would be at the helm for 2 more provincial championship teams. A demanding coach, he was involved with several sports and both boys and girls teams. Basketball, volleyball, soccer and badminton (teams all benefited from his dedicated efforts). A long time promoter of adult fitness and recreation programs in the city he also was instrumental in the development of cross-country skiing in the area. His total commitments, dedication and interest over the years have played an important part in the building and development of character, sportsmanship and leadership among the young people of Bathurst.

Pat Maher

Category: Player

Between 1970 and 1996 Pat Maher participated in a total of 7 national curling championships. Curling for such well-known names as Shirley Pilson, Karen McDermott and Anne Orser she has represented New Brunswick at 5 MacDonald Lassie/Scott Tournament of Hearts; as second stone in 1970,71 and 88; and third in 1976 and 79. She also represented New Brunswick as third stone at the Canadian Seniors in 1992 and 96. A strong shot maker she has been a fixture at the Bathurst Curling Club over the years where she has been an active supporter of junior curling and was instrumental in organizing a bridge club. She is also an active golfer and a mother of 5. Her dedication to her sport and community has made her an excellent ambassador for both the sport of curling and the City of Bathurst over the years.

Freddie Mackay

Category: Individual

Known as “The Lamplighter” for his ability to score often Freddie Mackay was a member of the Bathurst Papermakers hockey team from 1946-64 and also played for Bathurst High School. Besides winning the Most Valuable Player Award in the North Shore Hockey League and several league scoring titles he was also presented the league’s most sportsmanlike award on 6 occasions averaging less than 2 minutes of penalties per season. In 1959 he captured all three awards and had a remarkable 27 game scoring streak. He led the Papermakers to the Maritime Hockey title in 1948 and was captain of the 1956 Papermakers that won the Maritime Intermediate A Championships. He was also a member of the 1945/46 BHS team that won a Maritime Championship. Known for his accurate shot he even skated on a line with the legendary Jean Beliveau while on a tryout with the Quebec Citadels.

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