Earl Howe Thompson, Builder Category
For over five decades, Earl has developed athletes, coaches and officials at all levels of sport. Earl played competitive hockey from 1954-66, winning six Atlantic Senior championships and was invited to several NHL training camps. He later spent 11 years working as a trainer with NHL training cam
ps and spent time with both Soccer Canada’s and Ski Canada’s Olympic training and development programs. Earl has also officiated competitive hockey, basketball, volleyball, aquatics, water polo, track and field, and softball. Returning to Sackville in 1994, Earl helped coordinate the junior golf program for seven years and coached many Sackville Minor Hockey teams. He is a past recipient of a special commendation for his work and dedication to sporting events at CFB St. Jean; a base commander’s commendation from CFB Comox for his outstanding community sports efforts; coach of the year from Sackville Minor Hockey; a Central Midget Hockey League fair play award; and a life membership award from the Sackville Legion for his years of dedication to the Sackville Bantam Hockey Legionnaires.
Heather Lynn Smith, Individual Athletic Category – Curling
Heather learned to curl in the junior curling development program in the 1980s at the Sackville Curling Club, leading her TRHS team to the school’s
first NBIAA high school championship in 1989. From there, Heather accumulated several championships; including 2 NB Junior Women’s Championships, 1 National Junior Women’s Championship, 4 NB Mixed Curling Championships, 5 NS Mixed Curling Championships, 2 National Mixed Curling Championships, and 4 NS Provincial Women’s Curling Championships. She has competed in 4 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, winning a bronze medal in 2011. Additionally, she has participated in the Canada Games, competed in the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, and represented Canada on the international stage.
Steve Craig Ridlington, Builder Category
Steve has been “The Voice of the Mounties” for over 40 years and team manager of the lady soccer Titans for the past 20. He was co-founder of the Fifth Quarter Club (Mount Allison’s football booster club) in 1981. Steve also helped co-found the U18 women’s Eastern soccer league, which now boasts more than 75 teams and 3,000 participants. He has been announcer and media coordinator for the TRHS girls’ rugby and hockey teams; commentator for the Moncton Magic; announcer for the women’s World Cup, the AAA Midget Atlantic women’s hockey finals, women’s U20 World Cup, MTA Women’s Hockey, and a women’s soccer International Exhibition game. He also served on the Sackville Sports Wall of Fame board from 2008 to 2016 and emcees the town’s annual sports recognition night. He is a past recipient of the Bubsy Grant Award, the Charles Frederick Allison Award and Soccer New Brunswick Volunteer of the Year.