01/23/2014 12:23 PM -
Dawgs/Seaman Stadium Hall of Fame
The Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club is proud to announce the creation of the Okotoks Dawgs/Seaman Stadium Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame has been established to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of:
1) What has become the “Seaman Stadium Complex”, now including Seaman Stadium, the Duvernay Fieldhouse, Tourmaline Field, the Ircandia Outdoor Training Centre, Conrad Field and Riverside Diamond; and/or
2) Dawgs and J Dawgs Baseball, a program that has grown from one youth team to the summer collegiate Dawgs who have averaged over 2400 fans per game making them the #1 summer collegiate draw in Canada and among the top five in North America; and the J Dawgs Youth Academy, now consisting of five high performance youth clubs of 110 players from all over Canada and as far away as Mexico and China, with numerous Alberta and Canadian championships to their credit.
Hall of Fame: The inaugural inductees will be in attendance and honoured at the 7th Annual Dawgs Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 1st. The Dawgs are proud to recognize: Don Seaman, Bob Elliott and Blair Kubicek. Some background on the inaugural inductees:
Don Seaman was the principal donor in the construction of Seaman Stadium and the Duvernay Fieldhouse. He, his late brother Daryl K. (“Doc”) and brother BJ, were principals of the Bow Valley Group of Companies and respected pioneers in the Canadian oil & gas industry. Don has made major contributions to, among many worthy causes, the Seaman Family MRA Research Centre, the Robotic Arm Project at Foothills Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Heritage Park, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Calgary.
Bob Elliott is a MLB Hall of Fame sportswriter who has reported on baseball in Canada since the 1978 home opener of the Montreal Expos. From 1987 to the present, he has covered the Toronto Blue Jays. Bob is the baseball columnist for the Toronto Sun and Sun Media along with being the founder of the Canadian Baseball Network. He has published 3 books including Hard Ball. Through his vision in founding the Canadian Baseball Network he has put a spotlight on Canadian baseball at the professional and youth levels.
Blair Kubicek was the founding and head coach of the Prairie Baseball Academy, in Lethbridge, AB, from inception in 1995 until 2010. He created opportunities for hundreds of players to move on to US colleges and universities. More than anyone he is responsible for building Nolan Yard and was a key member of the Dawgs team that developed Seaman Stadium, Tourmaline Field and Conrad Field. “Over the years, Kubie, more than anyone, opened the door for Dawgs players to be recognized by college coaches and professional scouts. He was selfless in his passion for baseball”, said John Ircandia, Dawgs Managing Director.
Banquet: Plaques honouring the 2014 inductees will be awarded at the Dawgs Banquet and displayed for viewing at a Hall of Fame to be located at Seaman Stadium. The February 1st banquet will also feature Blue Jays and Yankees alumni Homer Bush as the Guest speaker.
2013 Dawgs Award Winners include:
Rookie of the Year: Josh Myers
Pitcher of the Year: Hayden Cleveland
“True Grit” Player: Jordan Procyshen
Most Valuable Player: Thomas Rodrigues
The Dawgs Banquet is on Saturday, February 1st and tickets are $100 per seat or $800 per table. Tickets can be purchased at the Dawgs office in the Duvernay Fieldhouse or by calling (403) 262-3294.