Curious case in Harbour Grace
Whereabouts of town’s athletic team award an unsolved mystery
Don Regular hopes someone in Harbour Grace or one of the neighbouring communities might have a large plaque collecting dust inside a home, garage, or shed.
That’s because for a number of years now, volunteers with the Harbour Grace Hall of Fame Committee have scratched their heads over the whereabouts of its athletic team of the year trophy.
“We suspect that it has probably been passed on to other team members, and it has a greater chance of being lost or misplaced — being placed behind a chesterfield or hanging on someone’s wall and not realizing it has to be returned,” said Regular, one of the committee’s members.
“We’d just like to have it back, because it would be really helpful to us for historic purposes and for information purposes.”
The former CHVO radio station sponsored the trophy when it was first awarded in the 1980s. According to Regular, just about all of the spots to list winners have been filled.
Of particular interest to the committee are the names of the winning teams on the plaque — it otherwise has no record of past re- cipients for those years. Regular has recently been combing through The Compass’ archives with his brother Dave in an effort to track down the names of past winners. Over the course of a few visits, they’ve managed to identify the winning teams for 20 out of the 25 or 26 years the plaque was handed out.
Regular reckons the plaque was last presented about three years ago. The committee has since started to use a new trophy to honour Harbour Grace’s team of the year.
Anyone with information to share about where the trophy might be can contact Dave Regular at 596-8206.
“You can leave information with him as to how we can get it back, and we’d appreciate any co-operation in getting it returned,” said Don Regular.
The nomination deadline for this year’s Hall of Fame Awards was last week. A banquet will be held in Harbour Grace April 23 to recognize 2014’s best athletes at the Knights of Columbus building.
The St. Francis Crusaders basketball team was declared team of the year in Harbour Grace for 1995. The plaque shown in this Compass file photo went missing a few years ago. Pictured here are; back row (l-r), Garry McCarthy (coach), Kerry Maher, Stephen Sullivan, Stephen Fahey, Jamie Korab, Peter White, Brendan Chafe and Cy Simmons (coach); front row (l-r), Teddy Whelan, Trevor Gear, Philip Reynolds, John Harvey of CHVO, Darryl Whelan, Grant Rose and Nelson Stone.