It is time this weekend for one of the highlights of the yearly sports calendar in Thunder Bay. The 2010 class is officially inducted in the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. This year four athletes and two builders will be honoured.
Leading the way is former NHLer Greg Johnson. Johnson skated for a dozen years in the show, making his mark as captain of the Nashville Predators. He also was a junior hockey star in the city, and represented his country on the world stage several times, including winning a silver medal at the 1994 Olympics.
Former two-time world curling champion Al Hackner, already in the hall as a member of championship teams, earns his own spot as an athlete. Former Olympic freestyle skier Dave Walker, and championship BMX rider Jay Miron round out the honoured athletes.
In the builder category, NCAA winning coach George Gwozdecky earns his spot. After playing junior hockey here, he went on to great success behind the bench for several U.S. college teams.
And, the person who spearheaded the development of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame almost 30 years ago, Fred Bragnalo, will get his rightful spot as one of the builders of sport in Northwestern Ontario.
It's another well-deserving class added to the ranks of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.
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