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1958 Oshawa Juvenile Hockey Club - Hockey

Year Inducted: 2013

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1958 Oshawa Juvenile Hockey ClubThe Oshawa Juveniles were a dominant hockey club, winning the All-Ontario championship in 1958, claiming the Eastern Ontario and Southern Ontario titles en route to the final.The team helped create big-time hockey interest in Oshawa with its winning ways.Coached by Doug Turner and Harold Hudson, and managed by Bob Branch, the Juveniles had to win six playoff rounds to win the Ontario crown.Oshawa scored series wins over Peterborough, Kingston, Toronto Marlboros, St. Catharines and Tillsonburg to advance to the Ontario Championship.Oshawa played Sault Ste. Marie in the final, winning the fifth and deciding game 3-2 in the Soo before a crowd of 4,000.  The Sault Ste. Marie team featured future NHLers Phil Esposito, Lou Nanne and Wayne Maki.Upon their return to Oshawa, the team was greeted by a crowd of 600 at the Oshawa Centre.

1966-67 Oshawa Midget Boys' All Star Hockey Team - Hockey

Year Inducted: 2022
Birth Date: June 20, 2022
Home Town: Oshawa

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1966-67 Oshawa Midget Boys' All Star Hockey TeamThe 1966-67 Oshawa Midget Boys' All Star Hockey Team celebrated Canada's 100th Birthday like true champions by compiling a record of 69 wins, 8 losses and 3 ties. At the beginning of the season, the team vied for the Centennial Cup against the best teams in the province. In January, they journeyed to Hull, Quebec, and competed in the highly touted 60 team interprovincial Kiwanis Tournament losing in the finals in overtime. The boys continued their stellar play in the OMHA Playoffs. By handily defeating Belleville and Barrie, the stage was set for a Best of Five Final against St. Catharines. Before more than 1500 fans at the Civic Auditorium, Oshawa won the decisive game 6 to 4 and became the 1967 All Ontario Champions.Over the next 3 years, 13 players graduated to play with the very successful Oshawa Crushmen Junior B's. The team also helped to launch the careers of several prominent players.Terry O'Reilly and Hank Nowak, most notably, played in the NHL for several years. Bill Prentice and Peter McNamee went on to be teammates of Gordie Howe in the WHA. Frank Jay became not only a scout and GM for the 1990 Oshawa General Memorial Cup Champions, but also scouted for NHL teams for over 30 years. John Nestic starred at St Louis University scoring 141 goals in 141 Varsity games. Ted McComb was a four year All Star at Mt. Allison University after playing with the Gens and the Marlies in the OHA.

1972-73 Oshawa Parkway Midget Hockey Team - Hockey

Year Inducted: 2014
Home Town: Oshawa

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1972-73 Oshawa Parkway Midget Hockey TeamThe 1972-73 Parkway TV Midgets enjoyed a storybook season that included a tour of Sweden and an all-Ontario championship.  Parkway TV played 76 games in that memorable year, winning 66, losing 8 and tying 2.  The club toured Sweden, winning 6 games and tying the other.  But it was a spectacular play-off run that captured the imagination of Oshawa hockey fans, who regularly jammed Harman Park Arena to watch the team, which was coached by Al Bathe.  Oshawa won series against Peterborough, Kingston, Guelph, Windsor and the Toronto Marlboros before taking down the northern champs, Sudbury, in the Ontario final.

1977-78 Oshawa Kinsmen Bantam Hockey Team - Hockey

Year Inducted: 2015
Home Town: Oshawa

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1977-78 Oshawa Kinsmen Bantam Hockey TeamWhen a hockey team rings up a regular-season record of 53-4-3, other bantam teams throughout the province would certainly have taken notice. The Oshawa bantam hockey organization made plenty of noise, mostly cheering after a goal, during the 1977-78 campaign in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) AAA play.Their season would climax with a 3-2 victory over Sault Ste. Marie to capture the provincial Loblaw's Cup championship. It took victories over Peterborough, Belleville, Richmond Hill, Niagara Falls and Kitchener-Waterloo to finally meet up with the Soo.Losing a few and adding a few bodies over a five-year stretch, the young players stayed together as a team during their Ontario championship run, beginning with the 1975 minor peewee squad and culminating with the 1979 midget title. They came oh so close to winning a sixth crown in 1980, but settled for second best.The bantams featured three high profile players who would later cut their teeth at the National Hockey League (NHL) level. Peter Sidorkiewicz was a solid goaltender and he had strength in front with Dale DeGray as his defensive companion. The scoring touch was orchestrated by Dale Hawerchuk, who in later years was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

1982 Oshawa Turul under-16 boys’ Dines-In Soccer Team - Soccer

Year Inducted: 2023
Home Town: Oshawa

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1982 Oshawa Turul under-16 boys’ Dines-In Soccer TeamThe 1982 Oshawa Turul under-16 boys’ Dines-In soccer team was often referred to as “the great team.”Coached by Oshawa Sports Hall of Famer Nick Springer, the core of the team excelled together from 1975 to 1985, but had a particularly dominant 1982 season. In that year alone, the team won the Eastern Canadian championship, the Ontario Cup title, the Ottawa Invitational tournament, and the National Soccer League Cup. The Turul club also finished as finalist at the Canadian National Championship — losing to a British Columbia team in penalty kicks — at the National Soccer League Tournament, and the Chatham New Jersey Invitational Tournament. At the North American Championships, the Oshawa boys finished third and won the Governor General’s Trophy for displaying the most sportsmanship.Over 11 years playing together, the 1966-born players won one national championship, two Eastern Canadian titles, three Ontario Cup tournaments, two Robbie International Tournament crowns and 22 tournament championships all told. In 1985, its final year together, the Turul team won the Paulista Cup in Brazil, defeating a club from Paris, France 3-1 in the final.

1987-88 Oshawa Kiwanis Major Midget AAA Hockey Team - Hockey

Year Inducted: 2017
Home Town: Oshawa

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1987-88 Oshawa Kiwanis Major Midget AAA Hockey TeamThe 1987-88 Oshawa Kiwanis Major Midget AAA Hockey Team were winners of six championships that season and home to several players who went on to have distinguished careers in the game.The team had an incredibly busy schedule, playing in both the ETA and MTHL major midget leagues. The team played 90 games overall, winning 70, losing just 12 and tying eight, while averaging to score 4.68 goals per game and allowing 2.64.In addition to winning the ETA and MTHL regular season championships, the Oshawa Kiwanis team also claimed the Oshawa Carlo's Electric Classic tournament, the Ontario Minor Hockey Association title, the Ontario Hockey Association all-Ontario crown and the Central Regional Air Canada Cup before moving on to the nationals in Thunder Bay and finishing fourth. The team also had a very successful eight-game overseas trip to Czechoslovakia in November 1987, winning all four games against club teams, tying two against a national team the same age and losing two to an older national team.Four players on the team would go on to win a Memorial Cup in 1990 with the Oshawa Generals, and three would play in the National Hockey League.

1991-1992 Oshawa ONeill Collegiate Senior Boys AAA - Basketball

Year Inducted: 2005

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1991-1992 Oshawa ONeill Collegiate Senior Boys AAAThe 1991-1992 Oshawa O'Neill Boys Basketball Team achieved prominence in Ontario Basketball by being the first, and to date, the only Oshawa school, in fact Durham Region school, to win the highest division senior boys basketball title. The achievements of this basketball team are outstanding.  After a December loss to provincially ranked Toronto Bathurst Heights, Oshawa O'Neill did not lose another game for the rest of the season, winning 30 straight games.  This talented team won the following in 1992:  The Ottawa South Carlton Tournament, The O'Neill Rob Burnett Memorial Tournament, The Oshawa Times Classic Invitational Tournament, The Lake Ontario Secondary School Association Championship and the Ontario Federation Secondary School Association Provincial Championship. In winning the Ontario title, Oshawa O'Neill won five straight games in just over 52 hours, culminating in a 64 to 56 win over the number one ranked Toronto Runnymede Redmen.  The overall team season record was 42 wins and 5 losses. Of special note, all 10 team members, plus the team manager, graduated from O'Neill with four accepting U.S. athletic championships, and four remaining in Canada to play at the university or college level. Chris Kolesnik, Patrick Brandt, Jayson Podrats, Marlon Coore, Troy Cole, Jason Medford, Chris Elmhurst, Doug Wilson, Cam Nekkers, Steve Givelas, Trevor Sharp, Ben Birstonas (Assistant Coach), Gary Blair (Assistant Coach), Peter Gordon (Assistant Coach), Shauna McRae (Manager), Bill Widdis (P/E Head), Kim Burnett and Craig Andrews (Head Coach).

Adriano Didanieli - Soccer

Year Inducted: 2002
Home Town: Udina

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Adriano DidanieliAdriano DiDanieli was born in Udina, Italy in 1934 and moved to Canada in 1954.  In 1960, he arrived in Oshawa where he joined the Holandia Soccer Club, moved on to the Kickers, and then to Oshawa Italia.  Over a nine year period he became a star in the league.  He led his team to nine league championships, as well as three provincial finals, 1965-66-68, an Ontario Cup Championship in 1965, the Eastern Canadian Championship in 1965, and the Dominion finals in the same year.   During his career, Adriano was selected to the All-Star Team nine times, as well as being voted most valuable player three times and winning the individual scoring title four times. Adriano then became a player - coach and his experience and love of the game was rewarded by being selected to coach the All-Star Team several times.  In 1982-83-85, the Durham Regional Soccer Association named Adriano Coach of the Year.

Alan (Beefy) Bathe - Hockey

Year Inducted: 2012
Birth Date: May 12, 1927
Home Town: Oshawa

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Alan  (Beefy) BatheBorn in Oshawa on May 12, 1927, Beefy played minor hockey in the city before graduating to the Oshawa Generals for the 1945-46 season.  The next season he won an OHA Junior B title with the Toronto DeLasalle Oaklands.  Alan also attended the Toronto Maple Leafs camp for two years.  Following that he played senior hockey, including a season with the Toronto Marlboros in 1947-48.  Beefy spent the 1948-49 year as a player-coach with the Ayr Raiders in Scotland.  He eventually returned to Oshawa, started a family and career in the construction business and returned to his minor hockey roots.  He served as coach, advisor and sponsor in Oshawa Minor Hockey in the 1950\'s, 60\'s and 70\'s. Among his many highlights were taking the 1972 Oshawa Parkway TV Midgets on a tour of Sweden.  He then guided the same team to an All-Ontario Championship and won the North American Silver Stick Tournament and an All-Ontario Championship with the Oshawa Bantam Hockey Team.  Beefy was also awarded by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association for his dedication and contributions. Beefy was responsible for converting Terry O\'Reilly from a goalie to a forward during his bantam year. In other sports, Alan was an avid golfer and after switching from playing left handed to the right, he carried a Two Handi-cap competing annually in the Club Championships at the Oshawa Golf Club.  He curled and also played junior and senior baseball.

Alan K. Essery - Cycling

Year Inducted: 1998
Home Town: Oshawa

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Alan K. EsseryAlan, born and educated in Oshawa, attended Centre Street Public School and O.C.V.I.  He began his competitive cycling career in 1948.  In 1949 he moved from a class 'B' to a class 'A' rating.  In June 1951 Alan won the Canadian 1/4-mile, for which he was the recipient of the 'William Spencer' trophy, and he also won the 1/3-mile Canadian championship.  In September of that year he captured the 1-mile and 5-mile Ontario championships, was second in the 1/4-mile event and third in the 1/2-mile.  For his accomplishments Alan was awarded the All-round Ontario championship.  During his career in Canada he competed in Oshawa, Toronto, Montreal, Delhi, Brantford and Vancouver.  In the United States he competed in Buffalo, Hamburg, Tonawanda and Detroit.  Although Alan's competitive career came to a close in 1960, he is still active today as a member of the Oshawa Cycling Club.

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