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NWO Sports Hall of Fame Recognizes New Inductees

By Katie Nicholls Sep 16, 2022 | 5:00 AM

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It’s the 39th year that the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame is welcoming new inductees.

With a lot of celebration for these hard-working athletes, the NWOSHF will be honouring them with an induction ceremony and gala dinner this weekend.

Athletes and notable coaches that will be inducted into the Hall of Fame include;

  • Trevor Bonot Mixed Curling Team that snagged the Canadian Mixed Curling title and a silver medal at the 2017 World Mixed Curling Championships
  • Taylor Pyatt wrapped up his NHL hockey career in 2014 by winning the Spengler Cup when he was with the Pittsburg Penguins
  • Gerry Cizmar is being honoured posthumously for accomplishments in a wide range of sports from the 60’s to 2000’s
  • Jason Napper, a diver from the Thunder Bay Diving Club during the 80’s and 90’s that competed and earned medals at Canada Summer Games and Commonwealth Games
  • Patti Kitler is a well-known ski coach who’s worked with Lake Superior Ski Division, Cross Country Ontario and Nordiq Canada, along with being a champion for para-nordic skiing
  • Ken Slater is being honoured posthumously for his commitment to sports dating back to the 50’s as an active coach, official and organizer

These athletes exemplify what’s great about the variety of sports in our region as well as the community that it builds for those involved. From the local stage to worldwide recognition, it puts Thunder Bay in a positive light showing what the city can offer.


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