By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
Members of the city’s sports community gathered at the General Motors Centre to honour the latest inductees into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame.
Athletes, politicians, and media were on hand to honour the hall’s five newest additions, including former Oshawa General and NHLer Eric Lindros; Elena Davydova, one of Canada’s most successful gymnastics coaches who operates Gemini Gymnastics; national Motocross champion Ron Keys; badminton coach, official, player and administrator Peter Stephenson; and Gord Garrison, the former voice of the Oshawa Generals who passed away in 2009.
The ceremony included remarks from Mayor John Henry and MPP Jennifer French along with Hall of Fame chair Dan Walerowich.
“Oshawa athletes have always had a winning tradition,” Walerowich said.
Prior to the ceremony, The Oshawa Express had the chance to speak with Lindros about his induction and is memories from his time in Oshawa.
He says the club’s farewell from the Civic Auditorium, prior to travelling to compete for the Memorial Cup in 1990 – a tournament they would go on to win, defeating the Kitchener Rangers in double overtime – is among his top memories of his time in the city.
“I don’t think I’ll ever forget that the rest of my life,” he says. “It was pretty special and it was a great way to keep the momentum going.”
Lindros spent the better part of three seasons with the Generals from 1990 to 1992 and credits his success during that time to his teammates.
“I had the fortunate time of playing with great players both years that I was here,” he says.
Lindros is not the only one with a sterling track record in the sporting community.
Davydova won a gold medal in gymnastics at the 1980 Olympics, and has lived in Oshawa since 1991 and owns Gemini Gymnastics. Her coaching success has seen multiple gymnasts on their way to the roster of the national team.
Keys spent the majority of his racing career living in Oshawa, which would include a five-year stint as the Canadian national champion from 1969 to 1973.
Stephenson has been dedicated to the sport of badminton for decades as both player and coach. Born in Oshawa, he now lives in Whitby, and Garrison was a familiar voice for any old-time fans of the Oshawa Generals, serving as the broadcaster from 1948 to the 1960s. He lived in Oshawa from 1948 until his death.
To learn more about the newest additions, visit the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame located within the GM Centre.