HNIC’s McFarlane to attend WOAA 75th
TheHostOrganizing Committee of the Diamond Jubilee 75th anniversary of the Western Ontario Athletic A s s o c i a t i on ( WOAA) announced Jan. 2 that Brian McFarlane, the long- time member of the cast of Hockey Night in Canada, is confirmed as a head- table guest.
McFarlane, a native of New Liskeard, Ontario, is known as Canada’s foremost hockey historian, and a man who has been a player, a wri ter and a broadcaster for more than 60 years. As a retired commentator on Hockey Night in Canada ( HNIC), McFarlane spent a quarter century on the iconic Canadian Saturday night sports program. McFarlane also worked for CBS and NBC. In addition, he is a prolific author of more than 80 books about hockey. His l i t e r a r y prowe s s h a s re s u l ted i n h is be ing considered an expert on hockey history and he has compiled several volumes of hockey lore titled “It Happened in Hockey.” As well in 1999, he wrote a highly regarded series of books on “The Original Six” hockey clubs.
WOAA president Allan Dicks on state s : “The WOAA is very pleased to have Brian McFarlane add to the success of our anniv e r s a r y . B r ian’ s v a s t knowledge of hockey will result i n h i s be i n g engaged by many fans in reminiscing about the history and evolution of Canada’s favourite sport.”
The WOAA milestone anniversary will be celebrated on Saturday, July 22, 2017, with golf at the Goderich Sunset Go l f Club and dinner at the G o d e r i c h Me m o r i a l Arena. The dinner wi l l feature two programs of recognition intended to include all WOAA communities from the “tip of the Bruce” south to Grey, Huron, Perth and Wellington counties.
The WOAA Community Sports Legends program will recognize extraordinary volunteers who have provided significant longterm service to sports programs in hometown WOAA communities. Information for nominating “Communi ty Sports Legends” is avai lable on the WOAA website www. woaa. on. ca with deadline for Nominations onMonday January 9, 2017 or when the maximum is reached.
The WOAA Alumni of Excellence programwill recognize WOAA alumni who have participated at a high level in hockey, softball and baseball. The current list of WOAA alumni to be recognized is available on the WOAA website www.woaa. on.ca
As well, the 15th annual “Jon Bateson Memorial Celebrity Golf Classic” is scheduled f o r a 10: 30 shotgun start. An “early bird” discounted fee of only $ 75/ golfer ( for the 75th anniversary) is available for golfers registered and paid by February 1, 2017.
For questions about the WOAA Diamond Jubilee 75th Anniversary, please contact Linda Espensen, Executive Administrator, at the WOAA office at 519357- 3512 o r by ema i l through the website www. woaa.on.ca.