2017 ONTARIO LACROSSE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED
Saturday June 24, 2017
(Toronto, Ontario)-The Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) announces the newest
Members of the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame (OLHOF) located in St. Catharines, Ontario.
The 2017 Inductees for the OLHOF are Jamie Batley – Player (Peterborough),
Paul Day – Builder (Grimsby/Peterborough), Roy Ledoux – Builder (Cornwall)
Scott McMichael ***– Player (Brooklin), Ken Montour – Player (Ohsweken),
Bert Russell – Veterans Category (Brampton)
Jamie (Bats) Batley - of Peterborough is elected in the Player Category.
Jamie is known as an exceptional playmaker and goal scorer, which makes for a lethal combination. He has won his share of individual awards and citations, and a number of team awards. Jamie was OLA Jr. A League Scoring champion in 1987 with 55 goals and 112 assists and 68 goals and 66 assists in 1988, and was selected as the MVP of OLA Jr. A Lacrosse and Peterborough Jr. Athlete of the Year in 1987.
Jamie was also an All American award winner at the Division 1, UMBC in 1993, and one of only six UMBC players to score 10 points in a single game (Ohio State -5g and 5 a in 1993).
He was a member of the 1990 Canadians Mens`National Field Lacrosse Team World Games in Perth Australia, and of the 1995 and 1996 Six Nations Chiefs Mann Cup Championship Teams.
Upon his retirement in 2004, Jamie went on to have a successful Coaching career with the Peterborough Lakers where they won Five Mann Cups in 10 years.
Jamie has dedicated much of his life to being a good sports citizen of Peterborough and in particular the sport of Lacrosse.
Paul Day - of Grimsby/Peterborough is elected in the Builder Category.
Paul hails from one of the small town hotbeds of lacrosse Peterborough. Like so many others his summers were spent playing minor box. In 1983 he played Jr. B and then played 6 years of Junior A, where he was a member of the two time Minto Cup Champions the Peterborough Maulers. Along the way he picked up two OLA Best Defenseman Award in 1988 and 1989 and was selected Team Captain. He then played in the MILL, Senior A with both the Burrards, and the Niagara Falls Gamblers in 1997.
He has built and coached teams to become competitive and vie for championships. He Paul has coached the Rochester Knight hawks on the NLL for over 18 years.
In the summers during NLL offseason, he coached the St. Catharines Jr. A from 1993 to 1996, the St. Regis Indians in 2009 and was an Assistant Coach with the Brampton Excelsiors of the MSL in 2010.
He was the GM of the champion-Team Canada Indoor team in 2007, and Assistant coach in 2011, and 2015.
He has instructed at schools and clinics in the Niagara area, and has also conducted a few clinics south of the border in California when time permits from his career and his lacrosse activities.
Paul recently returned to the Peterborough Lakers where he was entrusted as their GM to bring in a coaching staff and build successfully toward the 2015 Mann Cup. He still holds this position currently.
Roy (Leroy) Ledoux - of Cornwall is elected in the Builder Category.
Roy has been involved as a Builder for forty-six years to date. He has had a huge impact for lacrosse in Cornwall, Akwesasne and the greater East Ontario Region. He began his minor lacrosse in 1965 in the Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Association, and it was through his involvement as a player that his passion for the game grew. He started as a referee and house-league coach in 1970, and moved to coaching competitive lacrosse in 1972.
Roy coached the Cornwall Juvenile team to a bronze medal at the National Championships held in Rimouski, Quebec in 1978.
Roy continued building by establishing the Cornwall Flames, a Can-Am League Senior B team in 1981.Although the team existed for a mere two years, his desire to grow the game was clearly evident. He also put efforts into establishing lacrosse in Hawkesbury in the early 90`s.
He was the driving force in reviving Cornwall minor lacrosse from 2000-2007. Roy coached, managed, did fundraising and held the role of President of the Association, and the Director of Zone 5 Box lacrosse.
Zone 5 expanded to eight associations under his leadership.
Roy revived Junior in Cornwall in 2006, and his experience propelled Akwesasne into the Junior “A“ Ranks from 2009 -2011. In 2012 Akwesasne moved to the Junior B Ranks and since 2009, has remained their General Manager
In 2015 Roy`s Akwesasne team won the Founders Cup., the Junior B National Championship.
His commitment to build the game has touched the lives of many young men and women.
Scott (Scotty) McMichael ***– of Brooklin is elected in the Players Category.
The words tough defender, great on transition, and team leader are mentioned often when describing Scott McMichael
Peter Vipond stated that there is little appreciation for how good Scott was at both ends of the floor. Despite his predominantly defensive role, he averaged close to a point a game throughout Junior and Senior lacrosse.
After winning a Founders Cup with Scarborough in 1985, he joined the Brooklin Redmen and was an integral part of the strong Brooklin teams that won Mann cups in 1988 and 1990.
Scott was more than a great team player; he was the ultimate team mate and leader. He was a heart and soul player who was respected by everyone who wore the Redmen sweater, and he always wore his A with tremendous pride.
Most people will always remember him for his toughness, and that definitely was part of who he was. Pound for pound he was one of the toughest players in the game, but also a legitimate athlete. With him on those Brooklin teams every player was six inches taller and thirty pounds heavier.
Those that played with him also saw a strong work ethic, leadership abilities on and off the floor that brought out the very best in his teammates.
Stats alone do not define a great player and Scott was the complete package.
Ken (Monster) Montour – of Ohsweken is elected in the Player Category.
Ken began his lacrosse journey like so many as a young boy playing Minor Box in the OLA. He was a goaltender with his home town Six Nations Club. Lacrosse was and continues to be his first love.
Ken has been the recipient of a number of personal accolades starting with the Larry Ruse Award for leading goalkeeper in midget in the OLA and Indigenous Games field lacrosse goalie in St. Paul Minnesota in 1995. In 1996 and 1999 he represented the Iroquois Nationals Under 19 Field team in Japan and in Australia respectively. He was also honoured by the Junior A Ontario league as the MVP in 1999, and was a Tom Longboat Award Finalist.
He a member of the four times Ontario Championship teams at Brock University for Field, and was presented the Ontario University All Star Award Championship Game M.V.P. in 2003.
Ken played Junior A and all his Senior Summer years playing for his home town Six Nations except for 2001 and 2002 where he suited up for Coquitlam SR A in the WLA and was a member of the Mann Cup championship in 2001.
He also played in the NLL for 8 seasons. He was the recipient of the NLL Best Goalie Award in 2009 when he was a member of the Buffalo Bandits. Unfortunately a major injury ended both his lacrosse, and his teaching career. Despite this life altering lacrosse injury Ken still continues to contribute to the game he loves, he has been a goalie coach and travels from Ohsweken to run lacrosse camps at indigenous reservations in both Canada and the US.
Bert Russell – of Brampton is elected in the Veterans Category.
Bert was a consistent top scorer, always a top 5 on his team and top 10 in the league throughout his illustrious career.
In 1955 he was picked up by Long Branch to bolster their team in the quest for the Minto Cup. He was a strong contributor to the team and they were successful in winning the prize. The same year he was also selected as the MVP for the Junior Excelsiors.
Bert`s strongest assets during his playing days were his outstanding speed combined with an excellent shot. His team mates described him as a solid top scorer, an unselfish playmaker, who was diligent on the defensive side of the ball.
Bert had a long successful career that spanned over 17 years in Ontario Lacrosse and all but two years were spent as a Brampton Excelsior. He was a member of two Minto Cup championships, three Mann Cup finalist team, and won several Ontario Championship from Midget right through to Senior.
In addition to lacrosse, he was an excellent all sport athlete, winning championships in football, basketball and track. In later years he also took up tennis. His current challenge is working on his golf game.
The Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame is at Museum Lock 3, Welland Canal Centre, Welland Canal Parkway, St. Catharines L2R 7C2
The 2017 Induction Dinner will be held on Saturday November 11th 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Marriott-on-the-Falls, located at 6755 Fallsview Blvd. Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3W7.
Please contact Chuck Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any further information.