The Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 inductees.
The 1985 Lethbridge Senior Little League Baseball Team – The Lethbridge team won the Senior Little League Prairie and Canadian Championships, and represented Canada at the 1985 Senior Little League World Series in Gary, Indiana. The road to the World Series began with victory at the Prairie Championships in Red Deer, overcoming a slow start through the B-side of the tournament. At the Canadian Championships in Whalley, B.C. they defeated the home team in the final to take the title. At the World Series the Lethbridge squad won one game, the first by a Canadian team over the previous three years.
Mike Mezei (Golf) – One of our city’s most successful golfers, Mezei competed as an amateur between 1997 and 2005, and professionally through to 2013. In 2000 Mike won the Canadian Junior Boys Championship. As a senior amateur he represented Alberta on numerous occasions including a runner-up finish at the 2002 Canadian Amateur Golf Championship. A year later, in 2003, Mike took the Alberta Amateur Men’s Championship. Finally, prior to turning professional, the RCGA selected him to participate in several international competitions. As a professional, Mike won the 2007 Winnipeg stop on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour.
Stacy Roest (Hockey) – A Coaldale native who enjoyed a long hockey career in North America and Europe. Prior to being selected by the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL, Roest completed his local minor hockey with the Lethbridge Y’s in the AMHL. After four seasons in the Hat from 1991 to 1995, Stacy spent the next four years with the Adirondack Red Wings in the AHL. Roest played two NHL seasons each with the Detroit Red Wings (1998-2000) and the Minnesota Wild (2000-02). Finally, between 2003 and 2012, he continued his professional career with the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of Switzerland’s National League A. Roest also captained Team Canada at the 2012 Spengler Cup.
Morgan Munroe (Multi-sport) – Munroe’s long involvement is sport includes leading the CCH football team from 1987-2002, and completing a distinguished career as a basketball official. For these accomplishments Morgan was inducted into the ASAA Hall of Fame in 2015. He began officiating basketball in 1989, and over the years oversaw numerous provincial championships at the ASAA level, including six provincial gold medal games. Munroe also officiated CCAA and CIS basketball for two decades, including six university national championships and two gold medal games. Off the court, Morgan served both the Alberta Basketball Officials Association and the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials, the latter for which he was president in 2016.
Knud Petersen (Multi-sport) – A volunteer for sport in Lethbridge who has distinguished himself as a coach, official, administrator, founder, and fundraiser. Knud founded the Coulee Kickers Soccer Association in Coaldale in 1983. Acted as the head referee for the Lethbridge Soccer Officials Association from 1985-89. Coached the 1994 Lethbridge College women’s soccer team to a national championship. In 1993 Petersen help found the University of Lethbridge’s Pronghorn Booster Club. In 1995 Knud also helped to establish the Southern Alberta Oldtimers Football Association. In addition to his deep interest and involvement with soccer, Petersen has supported many sports in the community with his time and energy. Notably, Knud served as treasurer for the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame for many years, steering most the hall’s activities through the past decade prior to his retirement from the board in 2015.
Kinsmen Sports Persons of the Year:
Ashley Steacy (female) – A member of the Canadian Sevens Rugby team that captured the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. After winning the 2015 Pan-Am Games gold medal in Toronto, Ashley overcame a several injury setbacks to be selected to the Olympic squad. Stacey played her university rugby at the U of L, leading the women’s team to three national titles form 2007 to 2009.
Zack McAllister (male) – At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Zack made the finals in both the 100m and 50m freestyle events. He also contributed to the 4x100m medley relay team’s 7th place finish. In 2015 McAllister broke his 50m freestyle Canadian record at the ParaPan Am Games. Zack is the first UofL swimmer to make an Olympic or Paralympic team.