Chatham Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced


Athlete – Modern Derek Krete (1974-       )

       Derek was born in Chatham starred in football at CCI where he won MVP honours in 1992 and went on to an outstanding career with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs.

 1994 – 1997 – starred at University of Western Ontario

       – was a 3 time Ontario University All-Star team selection (1994, 1996, & 1997)

       – was a 3 time Canadian University All-Canadian Team selection (1994, 1996, & 1997)

       – 1994 – team won Vanier Cup as Canadian university champions

       – In 1996 won the President’s Trophy as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player In Canadian University Football

       – 1997 – Derek was chosen UWO’s Male Athlete of the year and also received a Purple Blanket in recognition of outstanding career contributions to the University

-was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes, had a tryout with the Denver Broncos, and went on to play 2 years with the Toronto Argonaughts and Saskatchewan Roughriders

– 2014 – Derek’s 1994 Vanier Cup Championship team was inducted into the UWO Wall of Champions

       – in addition, Derek was inducted as an individual player

  Dr. Derek Krete is a physician currently living in Peterborough with his wife Amanda and their two children. He specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine. He also serves as the specialist lead for the Peterborough Youth Sports Concussion Program.

Athlete – Legend Joe Malo (1934-     )

       Joe was born in Fort William, Ontario, moved to Chatham in 1959 to play for the Senior Maroons and has lived here ever since. While in school in Fort William, he played softball, basketball, football, and ran track. He also played hockey, mostly on outdoor rinks. As 15 year old captain of his midget hockey team, Joe was chosen league’s MVP and received Bob Glover Memorial Trophy which Alex Delvecchio had won a few years earlier

– 1950-53 – played Major Junior “A” hockey for the Fort William Hurricane- Rangers – 1951-52  team reached Memorial Cup Semi-finals where they lost to Regina

       – for five years, attended Detroit Red Wings training camp since the Fort William team was a farm team for Detroit

– 1953-54 – with one year of junior eligibility remaining, signed a professional contract with Sherbrooke Saints (another Detroit farm team) of the QHL – also on the team were future NHL players Al Arbour, Marcel  Bonin, and Gerry Ehman

– 1954-55 – started season with the Springfield Indians coached by Eddie Shore – future NHL goalie Don Simmons was on the team – after 9 games sent to Edmonton Flyers where he played on a line with Norm   Ullman and was coached by Bud Poile – other team members were Johnny Bucyk, Glenn Hall, Bronko Horvath, and Vic Stasiuk – finished season playing for the Quebec Aces coached by Punch Imlach and      featuring Al Arbour, Camille Henry, and Gerry Ehman

– 1955-56 – started season in Edmonton in the WHL – after nine games, was reinstated as an amateur in order to play for Penticton Vees who had won the World Championship the previous year

– 1956-57 – started season in IHL with Troy (Ohio) Bruins – after 11 games went to play in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in NOHA where he averaged a point a game

– 1957-58 and 1958-59 – played senior amateur hockey with Sudbury Wolves where he averaged nearly a point a game – chosen to play on all-star team against a touring Russian team

– 1959-60 – moved to Chatham to play for Senior Maroons and has remained here ever since – worked for Ontario Hydro and then for Union Gas where he worked for 35.5 years – in first year, Maroons won Allan    Cup emblematic of best senior hockey team in Canada beating Trail, BC for the title – was a key member of      that team scoring 14 points in 14 playoff games

– 1960-61 – Maroons chose not to represent Canada at World Championship because of expenses involved

       – Trail went in their place and won the Championship – Maroons went on all-expenses paid trip to Sweden and Russia making them the first Canadian hockey team to play in Russia

       – after Maroons were eliminated from league playoffs, picked up by Galt Terriers along with Fred Pletsch and George Aitken for Allan Cup playdowns which they ultimately won – played 12 games scored 5 goals and 8 points

– 1961 through 1964 – played 3 more years for Maroons averaging a point a game

       – in 13 years of senior hockey averaged only 8 penalty minutes per season

– most served in 1 season was 14 minutes

       – 1961-62 – played for Maroons

– picked up again by Galt, along with Jack Douglas, for World Championships – played on a line with reinstated professionals, Tod Sloan and Jackie McLeod

– scored 8    goals in 7 games as Canada won silver medal, losing only to Sweden

– was third in team scoring (14 points) and goals scored (8) – only McLeod (17 points) and Sloan (16 points) had more

Builder Bill Stobbs (1935-     )

       Bill was born in Windsor, grew up in Leamington, and after a short career with the Toronto Dominion Bank, joined Union Gas in 1956 with whom he remained for 40 years. Bill had a number of roles with Union Gas that took him to Petrolia, Sarnia, London, and Burlington, but the bulk of his time was spent in Chatham and immediate area. No matter where his work took him, Bill served his community and province as a volunteer in hockey arenas and meeting rooms throughout Ontario. He presently resides in Chatham and continues to work with the hockey community.

– 1979 – 81 – was President of Chatham Pontiacs Senior Hockey Team

– 1988 – 2012 – was board member Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) – served as Director, Vice-chairman, Chairman, and Advisory Board Member – was also Chairperson of Great Lakes Junior “C” League (GLJC) attended most GLJC League Meetings in role of OHA Life Member Observer – was OHA Advisor to GLJC        Executive Board and GLJC teams

– 2008 – with Bill Saunders, re-wrote GLJC Constitution – 2015 – reviewed changes made by GLJC General Managers and updated its Constitution

– 1995 – 2003 – was Director of Hockey Development Centre of Ontario (HDCO) which distributes funding to Ontario hockey organizations

– 1995 – 2003 – held positions with Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF), initially (1995-1999) as Chairperson of  Senior and Adult recreational Hockey – 1999-2003 – was Treasurer

– 1998 – became an Honourary Member of the Chatham Maroon Alumni – annually does an audit of the Maroon Alumni’s banking practices and produces an audit report for same – at Maroon Alumni Officer’s Meeting, conducts its annual election of officers

– 2003 until present – member of Chatham Minor Hockey’s (CHMA) Tournament Committee

– has served as Co-  Convener/Host at the Memorial Arena for CMHA’s Annual (pre-Christmas) Silver Stick Hockey Tournament

– for 2 years in early 2000’s served as Special Advisor on Provincial Hockey Matters (i.e. HDCO and OHF) to      CMHA

– 2013 until present – OHA Chairperson of the Western Division of GOJHL Junior “B” League

– 2010/11 season until present – charted game ‘on ice’ playing time and game performance of all 16 year old players for Chatham Jr. “B” Maroons and for Jr. “C” Blenheim Blades, Dresden Kings, Wallaceburg Lakers, and Wheatley Sharks – also charted all “rostered” 16 year old players of all other Jr. “B” and “C” teams       based in Essex and Lambton Counties – also charted 16 year old players from Jr. “B” teams in London, St.      Thomas, Strathroy, and St. Mary’s when they were the visiting teams in La Salle, Leamington, Chatham,        Sarnia, and Lambton Shores

– in late 1990’s and early 2000’s – was the only volunteer hockey voice at Hockey Canada (HC) level promoting Adult Recreational Hockey

– HC later hired a full time staff person to undertake this responsibility

– 2000 – 2001 – was advisor to Chatham-Kent Recreation Commission (for Blenheim)

– 2002 – 2003 – covered Chatham Jr. Maroons home games for the Windsor Star and occasionally, was an analyst for CFCO Radio

Awards and Recognitions

– 1991 – Certificate of Appreciation Towards the Advancement of Women’s Hockey in Ontario from Ontario Women’s Hockey Association

– 1992 – Ontario Hockey Federation Past President’s Award

– 1999 – Hockey Development Centre Ontario Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions towards the Development of Hockey

– 2002 – Ontario Hockey Federation Certificate of Appreciation for contributions made towards the success of the CHA Annual Meeting held in Toronto

– 2002 – Hockey Development Centre for Ontario Award for Program Development as Inline Hockey Team Leader for Central Canada

– 2002 – Ontario Hockey Association Centennial Award (as an OHA Board Member)

– 2003 – Ontario Hockey Federation Volunteer of the Year Award

– June 2007 – Ontario Hockey Association Gold Stick Award

– June 2010 – Ontario Hockey Association Life Membership

– 2014 – Ontario Hockey Federation Senior Hockey Involvement Award in recognition of years spent actively promoting Adult Recreational Hockey in Ontario as well as work in other provincial branches of Hockey Canada

In Addition

       While working and living outside Chatham, Bill was involved in community activities, both sports related and non-sports related including:

– Executive Member Petrolia Squires Sr. Hockey Team who were Allan cup Champions in 1979-80

– first Referee-in-Chief for Petrolia Minor Hockey Association

– served as Petrolia Town Councilor for two terms and Chaired Petrolia Arena and Recreation Committee when Petrolia Arena was under construction – continued as Chairman for ten years until transferred to Chatham

– was Chairperson of Petrolia Police Committee – was Charter Member of Petrolia Jaycees

– 1982 – OHA Junior “D” League Convener


Builder Jim Maynard (1941-   )

       Jim Maynard’s first love was hockey, but in 1976 his daughter started bowling in a youth league and Jim became involved. Thirty-nine years later, he is still at it. He started out as scorekeeper, then became a coach, a supervisor, and for the last 29 years he has been program director for kids from 3 years old up to 19 years of age. With help from other volunteers, he runs the league and tournaments, orders trophies and crests, raises money, and makes sure that the results are published in the paper. Number wise, the program has maintained an enrollment of over 200 kids per year over the last 20 years. At its peak in the late 1990’s there were over 300 kids, involved making it the 2nd largest 5-pin program in Ontario.

– has taken a countless number of teams to Provincial Finals over the years – 5 teams have advanced to National Finals

       – 1993 Bantam Girls Team

       – 2005 – Junior Boys Team – Junior Boys Single

       – 2006 – Junior Girls Team

       – 2007 – Junior Girls Team

Awards and Recognitions – 1989-90 Program Director of the Year

       – 1995 – Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award

       – Variety Club Award for recognition in helping handicapped kids

       – Distinguished Service Award from Bowling Proprietors of Ontario

       Jim continues to spend weekends at Bowlerama and a couple of other days a week doing the jobs necessary for the program to run successfully. He prides himself on the fact that he has always done it for the kids and not for himself.


Team 1989-90 CKSS Boys “AA” Volleyball Team

       The “AA” classification for high school athletics was established in 1985 and CKSS teams had won 3 bronze medals and had 1 fourth place finish in the first 4 years at OFSAA. In the 1989-90 school year, CKSS won their pool without losing a game and then met what proved to be their toughest opponent, Banting Secondary School from Alliston, in the quarterfinals. CK won that match 15-11, 16-14. They then swept Ottawa Carleton 15-10, 15-1 in the semi finals and North Bay Widdifield 15-11, 15-8 in the finals. This was the first Chatham volleyball team to win OFSAA at a level higher than “A”. Their overall game record was 94-23. With 9 players back the next year, CKSS went on to win gold again and then made it 3 golds in a row the following year as 5 players played on all 3 championship teams. Since this OFSAA championship, Chatham has become a dominate force in volleyball in the province. Team members were Jake Birch, Rhian Bohunicky, Kevin Butcher, Earl Grant, Aaron Hamilton, Todd Johnston, Darby Kalp, Colin Pittuck, Mark Service, Mike Service, Jeff Siddall, Jon Teetzel, Wayne Wright, Dale Lahey (head coach), Randy Bartlett (assistant coach), and Leigh Edwards (manager).

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