The Powell River Sports Hall of Fame has 10 worthy and accomplished inductees for their 2022 induction.
The additions are, in alphabetical order: Brad Bombardir – Athlete; Marion Borden – pioneer; Tristen Chernove – athlete; Scott Glaspey – builder; Larry Gouthro Sr. – builder; Doug Ladret – athlete; Larry Louie – pioneer; Debbie Massullo – athlete; Jessie Newman – athlete; and the 1997 Powell River Regals.
Connie Polman Tuin, admitted to the hall as a track and field athlete in 2019, notified five of the 2022 additions. She said she spoke to Terrill Marlow, daughter of racing star Marion Borden, who was “very excited” about her mother’s selection and was looking forward to the introduction. Polman Tuin contacted figure skater Doug Ladret who was excited to hear about the induction and plans to be there. Larry Louie, a soccer player, was “honoured” with his selection. She said he was a great role model.
Polman Tuin then called paracyclist Tristan Chernove, who was also honored with his selection and plans to attend the launch event in June. Then she called Scott Glaspey, her former track and field coach. She said it was special to be able to announce to her former coach that he made the Sports Hall of Fame.
“Overall, everyone was excited about the announcement,” said Polman Tuin.
Drew Ferguson, also inducted as a footballer in 2019, told four new nominees about their honors. He said soccer player Jesse Newman was “over the moon” with his induction and hockey player Brad Bombardir was honored by his selection. Curler Debbie Massullo was delighted with the news and is looking forward to the induction ceremony, Ferguson added. He spoke to Larry Gouthro Sr.’s son, Larry Jr., who was honored by his father’s selection and plans to accept the award on behalf of his father, who was a driving force behind local baseball.
Ferguson said the achievements of athletes from this region are amazing, especially given the size of the community.
Class of 2022
Regarding the recruits, Brad Bombardir is a former National Hockey League player who was drafted 56th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1990. He played two years for the Powell River Kings and four years for the University of North Dakota. In 2000, he won a Stanley Cup with New Jersey and brought the Stanley Cup to Powell River. After playing with the Devils, he played four seasons for the Minnesota Wild and spent part of a season with the Nashville Predators.
Borden, who is deceased, known as the Speedster of Paper Town and Queen of the Cinder Trail, was a sprinter in the 1930s and 1940s who held provincial and national records and was a two-event silver medalist at the 1939 Canada Women’s Championship. She had set her sights on the 1940 Olympics, but they were canceled because of World War II. In 1940 she retired from active competition.
Chernove is a Team Canada Paracyclist with 13 World Championships and numerous silver and bronze podiums in international competitions. He is also a Paralympian with four medals from two Paralympics, including one gold, two silver and one bronze. He is a three-time winner of the Canadian Paracyclist of the Year Award. Chernove, who won a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, has retired from elite competition.
Glaspey was instrumental in building the Powell River Track Club into one of BC’s top performing clubs. During his coaching career, local athletes won numerous provincial titles and several athletes competed and won medals at the national level. He coached Polman Tuin to Canadian records and world-class events such as the 1984 Olympics. He was also the coach of Team Canada.
Gouthro Sr., who is deceased, taught hundreds of Powell River kids to play baseball at a high level. He spent countless hours teaching young people in this community the game he loved. Gouthro was honored by the City of Powell River by naming the park on Manson Avenue with baseball diamonds and soccer fields in his honor.
Ladret was a figure skater who, with partner Christine Hough, won gold at the 1987 Skate Canada International Meeting and the 1988 Canadian Championship. They were selected to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, where they placed eighth. They competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, where they placed ninth. They also finished ninth at the 1992 World Championships.
Louie is an exceptional athlete, natural leader and mentor who has inspired people in the football world and beyond. He has received scholarship offers from Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and Saint Louis University in Missouri. He was unable to accept the scholarships but played on the BC soccer team that won the gold medal at the 1969 Summer Games in Canada. He has also been scouted for professional soccer teams, tried out for the Vancouver Whitecaps and played for Powell River Villa.
Massullo is a world curling champion who has taken the lead for Victoria’s Pat Sanders’ team. In 1987 her team had eight wins and one loss at the World Championship tournament held in Chicago. Canada beat Germany 14:2 in the final.
Also in 1987, the Sanders team won the Scott Tournament of Hearts for the Canadian championship, beating Manitoba 9-3. In the tournament, held in Lethbridge, Alberta, Massullo’s player share was 92 percent and in the final 94 percent.
Newman is a two-time Gray Cup champion with BC Lions and Calgary Stampeders. The offensive lineman was the third draft pick in the 2008 Canadian Football League and went to the Stampeders, where he won his first Gray Cup. In 2010 he joined the Lions where he won his second championship.
In 1997, the Powell River Regals won the Allan Cup, which is awarded to the top Canadian senior AAA ice hockey team. The 1997 Regals were inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, had 17 Powell River-born players and 24 team members were BC-born. The 1997 Allan Cup was held in Powell River; Regals won the final 7-3.