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The Greater Saint John Sports Hall of Fame located in TD Station. (Image: www.saintjohn.ca)

Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Tickets Now On Sale

By Tim Herd Oct 21, 2022 | 5:30 AM

The Greater Saint John Sports Hall of Fame will welcome six inductees.

Tickets are now on sale for the induction dinner being held on November 5 at the Lily Lake Pavilion.

The six inductees include Rick Gosselin, Cynthia Johnston, the late Bruce Melanson, Malcolm (Seward) Neilsen, Charlie Sullivan Jr., and Kevin Watson.

“Our region is fortunate to have had such high-calibre people representing us on the national and international sporting stages,” reads a statement from Aaron Kennedy, chair of the Greater Saint John Sports Hall of Fame Committee.

“We look forward to seeing the names of these six individuals on the walls at TD Station.”

Rick Gosselin was New Brunswick’s first fencing champion in 1970. He represented the province twice at the Canada Winter Games.

He also coached the provincial fencing team at four Canada Winter Games.

Cynthia Johnston competed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as a member of the Canadian Women’s Basketball team.

Johnston was recognized by U SPORTS as one of the country’s top 100 women’s basketball players of the century.

Bruce Melanson died in 1985 at the age of 18. He remains the highest-drafted Saint Johner in NHL history, after being selected 41st overall by the four-time Stanley Cup-champion New York Islanders in 1984.

Malcolm Neilsen was an on-court basketball official for 52 years. Neilsen nearly single-handedly reorganized the structure and function of the New Brunswick Association of Approved Basketball Officials.

Charlie Sullivan Jr. was a member of the 1988 World Junior Curling Champions and was part of Team New Brunswick which finished second at the 1990 Brier.

Kevin Watson’s true calling was as a boxing coach and administrator, however, he also excelled in the ring as a competitor. He was an assistant coach for Team Canada at the World Championships in 1995.

The Greater Saint John Sports Hall of Fame is located in the lobby of TD Station.

Tickets are $65 for the general public and $50 for members of the Hall of Fame.

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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