2013 Inductees

Charlie Neville

Builder: Hockey

Charlie Neville was a keen hockey builder in the New Waterford area. He is best remembered for his efforts to promote junior hockey on the island. Charlie was also instrumental in securing the bid to host the Don Johnson Cup in New Waterford.



Duncan "Buller" & Hughie MacKenzie

Athlete: Horseshoes

Duncan and Hughie MacKenzie are former Canadian Horseshoe Champions. The MacKenzie brothers have dominated Nova Scotia horseshoe events over the past 25 years.

Kristal "Cookie" MacLeod

Athlete: Pool

Kristal MacLeod is one of the Maritime's most famous snooker champs. He also won the Canadian Senior Snooker Championship in 2011. Kristal has won many Nova Scotia and Maritime Snooker Championships over the years. He has recorded a total of four 147-point breaks during his career, an impressive feat to say the least.

Bill Williamson

Builder: Fastball

Bill Williamson was often referred to as Mr. Softball in the local area. Bill coached the famed Scotchtown Raiders to numerous Nova Scotia and Maritime Intermediate Softball titles.

Russell "Ruck" MacNeil

Athlete: Basketball

Russell "Ruck" MacNeil's name is synonymous with the basketball championships. MacNeil was a tough, pass-first guard for the famed New Waterford Strands, winners of nine Nova Scotia and Maritime Basketball Titles. He also was a key member of the Saint F.X. University X-Men while attending university.

Mike Roberts

Athlete: Baseball, Basketball, Track

Mike Roberts is a well-known New Waterford athlete. He starred in basketball and track and field but is best remembered as one of the finest baseball players ever produced in the province. The classy, rangy, hard-hitting shortstop spent two years in the Milwaukee Braves organization before returning to New Waterford to lead his hometown Giants to Maritime Senior Baseball Championships in 1959 and 1965.

Leo Fahey

Athlete: Hockey, Baseball, Boxing

Leo Fahey was one of New Waterford's finest all-around athletes. Leo excelled in all sports but is best remembered for his hockey and baseball prowess. During his prime, Leo was one of the best hockey players in the Maritimes, playing in several Leagues over his lengthy career. He was also an outstanding baseball player, playing for the New Waterford Strands, the Stellarton Albions, and the famed Kentville Wildcats of the H & D League.

Charlie MacDonald

Athlete-Builder: Judo

Charlie MacDonald was renowned for his abilities in the sport of judo. Charlie also spent a great amount of time promoting the sport of judo in Cape Breton.

Eddie Gillis

Athlete-Builder: Baseball

Eddie Gillis is a legend in baseball circles across the province. Often referred to as "Mr.Baseball", Eddie was one of the few locals to play in the import-laden, Cape Breton Colliery League in 1936. Eddie was also a key member of the Kentville Wildcats of the famed Halifax and District Baseball League. After his playing days were over, Eddie spent his time coaching baseball throughout the province. He also served as a regional scout for the Milwaukee Braves and the Saint Louis Cardinals.

Marshall "Duffy" Desveaux

Athlete-Builder: Basketball, Baseball, Hockey

Marshall "Duffy" Desveaux was one of New Waterford's finest all- around athletes ever produced in New Waterford. Marshall excelled in baseball, basketball, hockey, and rugby. He was a member of the New Waterford Strands Basketball team that won the 1947 Canadian Intermediate Championship. Marshall also has a great resume as a builder, as he umpired baseball and coached numerous baseball and basketball teams. His finest accomplishment as a builder was coaching the New Waterford Strands Senior Basketball teams to 9 Nova Scotia and Maritime Championships.

Dr. Mike Laffin

Athlete: Harness Racing

Mike Laffin was one of New Waterford's finest harness racing drivers. Dr. Laffin had a long and distinguished career as an owner and driver. Mike was a key figure in harness racing in Cape Breton, during a time when interest in the sport was at an all-time high.

Richie Spears

Athlete: Basketball

Richie Spears is regarded as New Waterford's finest basketball player. The Central High School product was a member of the Canadian National Basketball team and a perennial all-star at Acadia University. Richie was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks of the NBA in 1964. After a stint in professional basketball in Europe, Richie returned to North America to coach university basketball in the United States and Canada.

Les Gillis

Athlete: Boxing

Les Gillis won the Canadian Featherweight Title in 1967. His career record is an impressive 31 wins and just 4 losses.

Greg MacSween

Athlete-Builder: Hockey

Greg MacSween was an outstanding athlete who played soccer and hockey. MacSween is best known as one of the Maritimes finest junior goaltenders having starred with Xavier College and The Strait Pirates of Port Hawkesbury. He was a member of the Scotchtown and New Waterford Sabres winners of NS Intermediate Titles. Greg was also a great builder in minor hockey circles and at Breton Education Centre.

William "Bull" Marsh

Athlete: Baseball, Hockey

William "Bull" Marsh was an exceptional athlete playing a variety of sports. Bull is best known for his exploits on the baseball diamond and in the hockey arena. Bull was a star defenseman with the New Waterford Strands Hockey Squad which captured the Cape Breton Senior Hockey Championship in 1946 by defeating the famed Sydney Millionaires to claim the title. Bull also was a star catcher with the New Waterford Strands and also took his talents to Kentville, where he starred with the valley town in the import-laden H & D league.

Robert Burchell

Athlete: Skating, Track

Robert Burchell is a tremendous athlete winning countless medals in Special Olympic competitions. He has represented Cape Breton in events all over the world and has been a tremendous ambassador for our town.

The Rizzetto Nine

Team: Softball

The Rizzetto Nine is New Waterford's most famous and successful ladies' softball team. The George Lewis coach aggregation dominated Cape Breton and Nova Scotia competition during their heyday.

1959 New Waterford Giants Baseball

Team: Baseball

The New Waterford Giants were the first Cape Breton Team to win a Maritime Senior Baseball Championship. The team finished an incredible playoff run by defeating Woodstock, New Brunswick in a nail-biting, 15-inning victory before 5,000 fans at the New Waterford Ball Park. The amazing playoff run included 17 wins and just one loss.

1970 New Waterford Strands Basketball

Team: Basketball

The 1970 Strands Senior Basketball Team is arguably the finest collection of local players ever to hit the hardwood in the coal mining town. They defeated the Pedicodiac Rebels in the Maritime Senior Championship before a packed house at Mt. Carmel gym on Easter Sunday in what many locals consider to be the finest basketball series ever played in New Waterford.

1961 Central High Juvenile Boys Basketball - Canadian Champs

Team: Basketball

The 1961 Central Juvenile Boys Basketball Team captured the Canadian Title in St. John, New Brunswick. The Bob MacDonald-coached squad easily established itself as New Waterford's finest high school basketball team. The team was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame as recognition of their tremendous achievement.

1973 Mount Carmel Senior Soccer Team

1973 Mount Carmel Senior Soccer

Team: Soccer

The 1973 Mount Carmel Senior Soccer squad goes down in the record books as the finest soccer squad ever assembled in New Waterford. This collection of skilled,rough and ready local men were successful in capturing the NS Challenge Cup emblematic of Senior Soccer supremacy in the province.

1946-47 New Waterford Strands, Canadian Senior Basketball Champs

Team: Basketball

The 1946 Strands captured the Canadian Intermediate Basketball Championship at the famous Strand gym in New Waterford. The Jack MacKenzie coached team was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame as recognition of their tremendous achievement.

1932 St. Agnes Canadian Juvenile Basketball Champs

Team: Basketball

The 1932 St. Agnes Boys Juvenile basketball team were pioneers of the game in our community. They captured the 1932 Canadian Title and as such,the team was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame as recognition of their tremendous achievement.