Pat Verbeek to be inducted into Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall of Fame

The man with arguably one of the best nicknames in the history of sports will be among those inducted into the Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall of Fame this September.

Wyoming's Pat Verbeek, known as the Little Ball of Hate, scored 522 goals and added 541 assists in 20 seasons in the National Hockey League with New Jersey, Hartford, the New York Rangers, Dallas and the Red Wings.
He won the Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999.
He is the only player in league history to amass both 500 goals and 2500 penalty minutes in a career.
Verbeek is currently the Director of Pro Scouting with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.
The full news release from the Sports Hal of Fame Board of Directors outlining the other inductees is listed below.
The Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall Board of Directors is please to announce the 2011 Inductee Recipients.  The Induction dinner will be held at the Camlachie Community Centre on Saturday September 24, 2011.
Following is the list of Awards and Recipients
For outstanding performance as an amateur athlete in their sport.
2 Recipients
Perry Arnold and Bill Blunt
Perry Arnold – Football
Born in Sarnia
From 1970 – 1973 played Defensive Back and Linebacker for the University of Western Ontario Mustangs football team.
In 1970 led the Mustangs in interceptions as a Freshman
In 1973 was named to the OUAA Allstar Team and to the All Canadian University Football team by the Canadian Football Coaches Association becoming the first Sarnian to receive such an honour.
Also in 1973 won the George McGullagh Trophy as the MVP on the Mustangs.
1974 was drafted by the Ottawa Rough Riders in the CFL Draft.
Bill Blunt – Fastball
Was born and raised in Warwick Village where he played his minor ball and hockey in Watford.
In 1971 won O.A.S.A. Intermediate B Championship with the Alvinston Indians
Played for the Camlachie Grain and Feed Fastball Team 1972 – 1988 
Earned MVP (1975), Pitcher of the Year 33 wins – 6 losses (1976), Top pitcher at Zebra Bar Tournament (1978), O.A.S.A. Intermediate C Championship in Hearst On (1979 & 1981)
Bud Morrison Award 
The Bud Morrison Award recognizes a person who over a number of years has made significant contributions to the youth in their sport endeavors.  (ie: coach, manager, official, trainer, facility maintenance, including school officials)
1 Recipient
Denise Kohlmeier – Cross Country/Track & Field
Denise Kohlmeier has been a teacher-coach for the past thirty years at St. Patrick’s Catholic Secondary School (1980-1996) and St. Christopher (1997 – present)
Denise compiled an outstanding record of coaching champions and championship teams at the local, regional, provincial and international levels.
Denise brought her own personal knowledge, credibility and expertise to the sport having excelled herself in both high school and at the Univiersity Level.
This award recognizes significant contributions in the establishment of a sport from its infancy to the mature state within the community; would have been the individual to keep a sport alive in the community and
have a long-term service on sport committees and executive positions either at the local, provincial or national levels.

2 Recipients – Ed and Wendy Seguin

Ed and Wendy Seguin – Huron Lakers Girls Basketball Club
In 1988 Ed and Wendy started the Lakers organization.  In it’s early beginnings the organization was known as the Irish and consisted of 15 girls from boundaries to allow any girl in Lambton County to play.  The name was changed to better reflect the participation of the whole community and together they guided the organization as it grew to a membership of 350 girls and ran a club program with 16 travel teams.
Ed has served as a coach at a number of elementary schools and led the St Pat’s Senior Basketball team to the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association AAA Championship in 1991, 1994 and 1995.
The truly remarkable characteristics of the Sequins is not what they have accomplished on the basketball court buy how they have used basketball as a medium to teach young girls important aspects of life.

Earl Mackenzie
The Earl MacKenzie award recognizes those people involved in sports at least 30 years prior to the year of induction who are worth of enshrinement.

1 Recipient 

Larry Capp – Squash, Hockey, Fastball, Bowling, Golf
Squash career began in 1968.
Competed at the Ontario Masters Provincial Championship in 2001, 2002 and 2003 earning 1st, 2nd & 3rd ..

Competed at the Canadian National Champions with a 4th place finish.
Competed in tournaments in Toronto (2000 – 2003 with 2 semi finalist and 2 bronze finishes), London (3rd), Peterborough (1st)
Co-Founder Point Edward Old Timers Hockey Club.  Competed at 2000 Ontario Senior Games Association in Collingwood.
Played major league fastball in 1957 – 1958, continued to play two pitch in Sarnia
Won numerous trophies for Golf and Bowling.
For outstanding performance at the professional level.  Must have achieved professional status and maintained that level for three (3) years or three (3) seasons and be retired from his/her professional career for a minimum of three (3) years.

2 Recipients – Pat Verbeek & Gary Waite

Pat Verbeek – Hockey

Born May 24, 1964 
Hometown –  Wyoming, Ontario.

Verbeek was selected 43rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.
He helped the Devils to their first playoff berth in the 1987–88 season, when he scored a club record 46 goals during the regular season.

After the 1988–89 season, the Devils traded him to the Hartford Whalers. In his first season, he led the team in goal scoring and in his second he was named team MVP. In 1991, he made the All-Star team for the first time and in the following season, Verbeek was named the Whalers captain. After a short stint with the Rangers, he signed with the Dallas Stars as a free agent, where he won his first Stanley Cup in 1999.
During the 1999–2000 season, he signed with the Detroit Red Wings. In Detroit, he passed the 1,000-point mark, scored his 500th goal, and moved into the top 25 in career goal scoring before returning to Dallas for his final NHL season in 2001–02.
Gary Waite – Squash

Born Sept 9, 1966 in Quebec, moved with his family to Sarnia and attended Northern.
After having been exposed to squash by his parents Lewis and Janet at the age of 12, Gary became part of a burgeoning junior squash movement in the area inundating courts at Pinsonneault’s and the Sarnia Riding Club for years to come. Gary garnered more titles than any other junior squash player in the history of Canadian squash. He would continue this trend into the professional ranks to become one of the most decorated professional squash players in the history of the game worldwide. In 1993, while attending Harvard University, Gary could lay claim to being the #1 hardball singles player, #2 hardball doubles player and #12 softball singles player in the World…a feat in combined rankings not achieved by any player in the history of any of the three disciplines.

Bud Haveling Special Achievement Award
This award recognizes a person who over a number of years has made significant contributions to sports beyond athletic endeavors, ie: media, coach, official, trainer etc.

2 Recipients – 
Gerald (Gerry) and Merilyn Benenati

Gerry and Merilyn Benenati were both involved with local sports for over 20 years.
Gerry coached Ladies Softball, became a member of the Sarnia Broomball Referee Association, Sarnia Umpires Association.  He was elected Umpire in Chief and Assigner for Sarnia/Lambton.
Gerry was involved with several organizations and committees:  Inter-county baseball association for Southwestern Ontario, Can-Am Tournament, SMAA Umpire Committee, Sarnia Sting Booster club, Michigan Umpires Association and in the winter the Florida Umpire Association.

Merilyn played ladies softball in 1979 and went on to coach the team along side Gerry. In the early 1980’s she was asked to be the team driver for the Jr. Pacer Lacrosse Team, she also was on the board of directos for the Pacers.  Merilyn was involved with the Canadian Senior Lacrosse Championship held in Sarnia in 1987.  
Merilyn also volunteered at the International Gold bat Tournament, sat on the board for the Can-Am Tournament, SMAA, Sarnia Sting Booster Club. 

This is a group award in recognition for winning a major championship or a team performing in an outstanding manner over a period of time.

Camlachie Fastball Team

1981 Ontario Intermediate “C” Champions in Elmvale
The team was formed in 1962 and played for 25 years at the Camlachie Community Centre ball park.

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