Wel­come to the Hall

Lat­est broomball Hall of Fame in­ductees say it’s all about the sport

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Editorial - BY MATT MOL­LOY FIG­URE SKAT­ING matthewl­mol­loy@ya­hoo.ca

When the fo­cus was on them, the lat­est in­ductees into the Broomball New­found­land and Labrador Hall of Fame de­flected all attention to the sport they love so dearly.

On Satur­day night at the Knights of Colum­bus hall in Bishop’s Falls, lo­cals Dex­ter Hoffe and Kirk Mc­Don­ald took their place among the broomball greats in this prov­ince when they were in­ducted into the sport’s hall of fame.

In­stead of talk­ing about their per­sonal ac­co­lades and team achieve­ments, both gen­tle­men urged broomball cen­tres across the prov­ince to pro­mote ju­nior pro­grams to en­sure the sport has a fu­ture.

It came as no sur­prise that Gary Pardy, a Bishop’s Falls na­tive who grew up play­ing ju­nior broomball, in­tro­duced the two men.

“I ques­tion if there has been any­one who has been a bet­ter def­i­ni­tion of a gen­er­a­tional broomball player than Kirk Mc­Don­ald from Bishop’s Falls,” said Pardy. “Play­ing for decades with the by’s from Bishop’s, his com­pet­i­tive­ness, de­sire to win, abil­ity to el­e­vate his team and lead by ex­am­ple were only a few of Kirk’s ex­cep­tional traits. He did what­ever it took for his team to win.

“Dex­ter gave more to broomball in Bishop’s Falls than any­one will truly know,” Pardy con­tin­ued, now speak­ing about Hoffe. “His ef­forts were truly un­matched and his com­mit­ment to build­ing the sport in Bishop’s Falls was un­prece­dented. If it were not for the time, ef­fort, blood, sweat and tears, the suc­cess of the Bishop’s Falls Ju­nior Broomball pro­gram would not have achieved what it has with­out Mr. Dex­ter Hoffe.”

Hoffe — along with oth­ers like Mc­Don­ald and Rob Tem­ple — were vi­tal forces in im­ple­ment­ing and con­tin­u­ing ju­nior girls’ and boys’ pro­grams in Bishop’s Falls. The ju­nior boys went on to win nu­mer­ous provin­cial ti­tles and made mul­ti­ple ap­pear­ances at ju­nior na­tion­als.

Mc­Don­ald can eas­ily be con­sid­ered one of the best broomball play­ers of his time. He was the cen­ter­piece of cham­pi­onship win­ning men’s teams from Bishop’s in 1998, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, and rep­re­sented the prov­ince at the na­tional and world lev­els.

“It hit the heart…it’s un­be­liev­able,” said Hoffe, mo­ments af­ter the cer­e­mony. “All of the work we’ve done with the ju­niors to give back to the sport we love, and now we’re see­ing the pay­off be­cause sev­eral of the ju­nior play­ers we coached played here over the week­end (at provin­cials). It just hits the heart. It’s over­whelm­ing, ac­tu­ally.”

“When you see that, it makes the sport mean so much more,” added Mc­Don­ald, talk­ing about the fact so many of the ju­niors they once coached are com­pet­ing to­day. “When you take a kid and show them how to play it, then they go on to love it and em­brace it as much as you do, that makes ev­ery­thing mean so much more.”

The two new hall of famers said all of the count­less fundrais­ing and plan­ning was for the sport and to do what they could to grow ju­nior pro­grams, as well as put com­pet­i­tive se­nior teams on the ice.

“There’s no sport like broomball,” said Mc­Don­ald.

“The broomball com­mu­nity is like fam­ily,” added Hoffe. “The sup­port we get here is sim­ply un­be­liev­able. Broomball is such an amaz­ing, tightknit com­mu­nity and we both feel hon­oured to be part of it.”


Kirk Mc­Don­ald, left, stands with his good friend and fel­low Broomball New­found­land and Labrador Hall of Fame in­ductee Dex­ter Hoffe mo­ments af­ter the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony on Satur­day night in Bishop’s Falls.

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