Drumhel­lerites in­ducted into Al­berta Hockey Hall of Fame

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There was a Drumheller pres­ence at the Al­berta Hockey Hall of Fame gala as two for­mer res­i­dents were in­ducted as part of two very spe­cial teams.

Ge­orge Kal­lay, who pre­vi­ously had been in­ducted on his own, was in­ducted as part of the 1999 Canada Win­ter Games Gold Medal team. Also in­ducted was Shantel Tren­tham, daugh­ter of Dick and Mar­garet Tren­tham. She was a mem­ber of the 1991 Canada Win­ter Games Gold Medal team.

This was the 15th-An­niver­sary Awards Gala, held in Can­more on July 22.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to all who are be­ing in­ducted into the Al­berta Hockey Hall of Fame. Your ded­i­ca­tion is what brought us to­gether,” said Bob Clark, chair of the Al­berta Hockey Hall of Fame in his con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sage.

The 1991 Team Al­berta Gold Win­ning team made his­tory, as this was the first year that Fe­male Hockey was added to the Canada Games. In Al­berta, 120 play­ers tried out for the 21 spots. Most were from ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and most went through the same ex­pe­ri­ence; play­ing on boy’s teams, chang­ing in boiler rooms or wash­rooms. As a com­par­i­son 6,000 young ladies tried out for the On­tario team.

In pool play, the Al­berta team fin­ished with a 3-1 record, with wins over Man­i­toba, New Brunswick, and New­found­land. Their loss was at the hand of Que­bec. In the semi-fi­nal they bested the heav­ily favoured team from On­tario and went on to play Bri­tish Columbia in the fi­nal, win­ning 2-1.

Shantel was ac­com­pa­nied by her par­ents and fam­ily mem­bers to the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony. In meet­ing with her for­mer play­ers she told The Mail it felt like they were to­gether just yes­ter­day.

Kal­lay’s re­sume among those in hockey cir­cles is well known. His ser­vice has spanned decades and he has ful­filled a num­ber of roles ded­i­cated to player de­vel­op­ment. He has been a par­ent, coach, and of­fi­cial, all the way up to serv­ing on the ex­ec­u­tive of Hockey Al­berta, The Hockey Al­berta Foun­da­tion, and Hockey Canada. He was in­ducted in 2015.

On this evening he was cel­e­brated as part of the 1999 Team Al­berta squad that won the Canada Win­ter Games. These games were hosted in New­found­land and Labrador. Kal­lay was di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions.

Team Al­berta opened the tour­na­ment with a one-goal vic­tory over Que­bec and fin­ished round robin play with wins over Man­i­toba, the Yukon, and PEI. In the semi­fi­nal, they blew out On­tario 6-0. The fi­nal was a re­match be­tween Que­bec and Al­berta and it went into over­time be­fore Al­berta eked out a 3-2 vic­tory.

The team in­cludes a num­ber of play­ers who went on to the NHL in­clud­ing Scott Har­nell, Jared Aulin, Dan Black­burn, Bren­nan Evans, Ben On­drus and Nathan Smith.

Other in­ductees this year into the Al­berta Hockey Hall of Fame in­clude Flames goalie Mike Ver­non, Oil­ers goalie Grant Fuhr, coach Wally Kozak and broad­caster Ron Ma­clean.

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The 1991 Women’s Gold Medal win­ning Al­berta ey Hall of Fame. Shantel Tren­tham (back row, sixth Hockey team was in­ducted into the Al­berta Hock- from the right) was a mem­ber of the team.

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