The Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre is the hub for sporting activities in Brantford and surrounding areas so it's only fitting that it is the location of the NEW Brantford & Area Sports Hall of Recognition. Numerous Olympic, National and International athletes have called Brantford and surrounding communities home. The Sports Hall recognizes hometown heroes, including the Great One, Wayne Gretzky who changed the face of hockey.
Plan your visit
Hours (excluding holidays):
- Monday-Friday 9:00 am-9:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am-6:00 pm
2016 Induction Ceremony
Brantford & Area Sports Hall of Recognition hosted the 2016 Induction Ceremony on Thursday, June 16 at the Best Western Plus Brant Park Inn & Conference Centre in Brantford. This year the Sports Hall Executive Committee inducted the following individuals; Dan Gratton (Hockey), Terry Ireland (Football), Dan Mandich (Hockey), and Jim Carman (Builder Hockey) for their outstanding achievements and Sue Harris (Builder Baseball) was recognized on the 2016 Honour Roll for her personal contributions to sport.
If you were unable to attend the ceremony this year we invite you to tune in to the Rogers TV podium series, channel 20, on Thursday, June 23 at 9:00 pm or Friday, June 24 at 7:00 pm. Additional airtimes may be available and found by visiting rogerstv.com
Jim Carman: Builder - Hockey
Jim Carman started refereeing minor hockey in Brantford when he was 17 and after developing his skills, he joined the Ontario Hockey Association where he refereed for 14 years, including officiating in many provincial championships. At age 21, he did his first Major Junior game and went on to referee in 1,107 regular season games, 293 play-off games and 16 Memorial Cups over 29 years. The highlight of his career was officiating as a linesman representing Canada at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France. Jim continues his involvement in officiating by helping to develop young officials reach their maximum talent.
Dan Gratton: Hockey
Gratton was a key member of the Brantford Minor Hockey League and played in numerous finals and the Memorial Cup. He was drafted as 10th overall into the Ontario Hockey League by the Oshawa Generals and also in the 10th spot in the National Hockey League by the Los Angeles Kings. Gratton spent two years with the Canadian Olympic program, competing in the Spengler Cup, Pravda Cup and Izvetia Cup and winning the Gold Medal World with the Junior Team in 1985. He went on to a six year European play which included time in Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Denmark and the United Kingdom.
Terry Ireland: Football
Ireland’s successful high school football career included winning two Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association Championships and concluded with a scholarship to Ohio’s Kent State University. After school, Ireland signed with the Hamilton TigerCats for two seasons between 1967 and 1968, winning the Grey Cup Championship in 1967. In 1969 he went on Montreal Alouettes before returning to play for the London Lords in 1970. Ireland then turned his focus to coaching and in 1972 was voted Coach of the Year with the West Brant Juveniles. From 1973 to 1980 he coached the Brantford Bisons and was acknowledged as a Bisons Football Honour Roll coach.
Dan Mandich: Hockey
At age seven Mandich learned to skate and by 10 he was playing with the Nadrofsky Steelers. It was the first Brantford team to win the All-Ontario Championship. At 17 he began playing with the Windsor Spitfires, but was injured during the season and finished the year with the Windsor Royals, winning the Southwestern Ontario Championship and all Ontario runner-up. The next year Mandich received a scholarship to play at Ohio State University, where he was selected as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association First Team All-Star and Ohio States All-Century team. Between 1982 and 1986 he played with the Minnesota North Stars until a career ending injury.
2016 Honour Roll Member
Sue Harris: Builder Baseball
Since 1984 Harris has been an integral member of Brantford's baseball culture and a volunteer with Brantford Minor Baseball, Brantford Junior Baseball and the Brantford Red Sox. She supported the sport by helping with tournaments, scheduling games, assisting with equipment, supporting the concession booth, organizing registration and statistics and keeping scores for the Brantford Red Sox, Midget Rep Juuvenile Team and the Junior Braves. In 1991 she received the Brantford Minor Sports Association Award of Merit. In 1998 along with her husband Bob, Harris received the Ted Lawlor Memorial Award. This is the highest honour with the Brantford Minor Baseball Association. In the same year she was added to their Honour Roll and deemed an Honourary Life Time Member.
The Sports Hall Features:
- Interactive Inductee touchscreen
- Honour Roll individuals and Team Wall of Recognition
- Individual sport cases displaying memorabilia, uniforms, trophies and awards
- Trivia Game
- Broadcast Booth
- Mini theatre showcasing Wayne Gretzky's career highlights
- Special tribute area for Wayne Gretzky and his family
Check out the 360 Virtual Tour and Grand Opening Sports Hall video (links open in a new window) on YouTube to learn more.
Sponsors and Donors of New Sports Hall
The Cowan Foundation generously sponsored the exterior of this state of the art space. The impressive displays of Wayne Gretzky’s achievements and replica trophies are funded by Empire Communities and Ball Construction sponsored the Inductee Wall of Recognition showcasing all the local athletes currently inducted in the Hall. Thanks to the generosity of many other community businesses and individuals, funds were raised to create this tourist destination to be proud of in the community! Click on the link below to see the full list of sponsors and donors of the new Sports Hall. Sponsorship opportunities are still available within the Sports Hall including the interactive Trivia Game and individual sport displays. If you wish to help Inspire Greatness in the community please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Inductee Nomination Information
Click to open Inductee Nomination Form (pdf format, opens in a new window).
Roll of Honour Nomination Information
Click to open Roll of Honour Nomination Form (pdf format, opens in new window).
Photo Gallery, Inductee list and Honour Roll list:
Click to view the Brantford & Area Sports Hall of Recognition photo gallery (opens in new window)
Click to view the Brantford & Area Sports Hall of Recognition Inductee list (opens in new window)
Click to view the Brantford & Area Sports Hall of Recognition Honour Roll List (opens in new window)
- Bob Ion, Chair
- Bill Harding, Vice Chair
- Sue Bartlett
- Chris Beachey
- Vince Bucci
- Lisa Campbell
- Trudy Ion
- Rick Mannen
- Bob McGeein
- Pat Shewchuk
- Chad Wilson
- Cliff Atfield, County of Brant
- Cheryl Henhawk, Six Nations