Greater St. Stephen Sports Wall of Fame to celebrate six inductees at banquet in April

Kate Scott/Courier Greater St. Stephen Sports Wall of Fame committee members Jeff McGinn (left), chair Mike O’Connell, and Don Walker sit in front of the sports wall with the composites of the six inductees from last year’s inaugural banquet. The 2nd Annual Greater St. Stephen Sports Wall of Fame banquet is slated to take place April 28 at the Garcelon Civic Center, which will induct another six entrees. O’Connell is holding a picture of the Milltown/St. Stephen Baseball Teams from the 1930s, one of the inductees to be honoured at this year’s event.

St. Stephen – James Michael Maxwell Sr.,- Jim to all who know him – has been chosen to join the ranks of those being inducted into St. Stephen’s Sports Wall of Fame.

Maxwell, selected for his contributions to baseball, will join this year’s inductees Sandra Barr, John “Jake” Donahue, Francis “Fran” McHugh, Milltown/St. Stephen Baseball Teams, and Donald Norton who were among the original 11 chosen to be inducted when the hall of fame was created last year.

With 11 inductees in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame from the greater St. Stephen area, six were chosen to be inducted to the Greater St. Stephen Sports Wall of Fame last year at the inaugural banquet.

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Preparations are well underway for the 2nd Annual Greater St. Stephen Sports Wall of Fame banquet.

This year’s event will take place at the Garcelon Civic Center on April 28; social hour is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., with the banquet and induction ceremony to follow at 6 p.m. The dinner will be catered by Judy Olsen.

Though Maxwell sits on the committee, he was excluded from the selection and voting process.

Mike O’Connell, chair of the Greater St. Stephen Sports Wall of Fame committee, said in total, seven “great quality” submissions were received.

“This is the first year that we opened it up to nominations,” O’Connell said during a recent committee meeting at the Garcelon Civic Center.

“The committee met without Jim (Maxwell) present, and basically it was just discussion around the table about each nomination. Questions were asked on each one, and there was a vote; Jim was then unanimously selected.”

O’Connell said the nominations received this year will be kept on file, and automatically be submitted to the committee next year.

“Going forward there will be a maximum of three inductees selected; ideally one from each category, of athlete, builder, and team.”

Board member Jeff McGinn, who created the artwork for last year’s inductees, will continue to do the artwork this year.

At the meeting, committee member Jamie Waycott said after last year’s dinner, he received a multitude of positive comments about the event.

“It’s a great evening to celebrate our past, our sporting past, or present and our future moving forward.

“I had a real good feel about the greater St. Stephen area when I left that night, and class act comments from people from around the province who attended many dinners, be it NB Sports Hall of Fame, or other community dinners.

“We felt it was certainly a very nice evening put on for inductees. We want to help celebrate St. Stephen and it’s a good night to do it.”

There are 200 tickets available for the event. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased at the Garcelon Civic Center, from committee members, or online at under the “About” tab.

In addition, a silent auction will also be available during the event.