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03-14-2012, 11:30 AM
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1997-98 team heading to Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame

The Jamie Ross story is on the other side of the Daily Gleaner's paywall, but the 1997-98 National Champion UNB hockey team is being inducted into the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame, along with other deserved honourees (like some baseball player named Stairs ...)

Joining Randall at the May induction will be retired pro baseball slugger Matt Stairs, hockey/baseball standout Darrell (Dag) Seymour, track and field officials Rick and Margie Stocker and the 1997-98 UNB men’s hockey team.

Dax MacLean, speaking on behalf of the ’97-98 UNB national championship team, said he’d received many emails from his former teammates — all thrilled that they’d be honoured by the city’s sports community.

“I do think it started a tradition at UNB,” said MacLean of his team’s national championship, which was the first for the V-Reds hockey team.

“There were a lot of traditions before that too. We like to think we helped get it to where it is today.”

MacLean, who’s a part of the organizing committee for the upcoming Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey nationals, which kicks off at the Aitken University Centre next Thursday, said this year’s V-Reds are looking good heading into the University Cup.

“I think they’ve got a lot of depth,” said MacLean, who played four seasons with UNB. “They don’t seem to be complacent at all, from winning last year. There are a lot of new guys, and that’s always nice, to push everyone else.”
With the Delta undergoing renovations, the dinner and induction ceremony will be held Saturday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Fredericton Convention Centre.

Tickets are $75 ($50 for alumni members of the Wall of Fame) and are available at MacTavish for Sports or any Fredericton Sports Investment member. For ticket inquiries contact Tim Gillies at 458-3180 during the day.

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