Sackville Sports Wall of Fame to Honor Local Sports Legends

Press Release
For Immediate Release: May 1, 2024

Sackville Sports Wall of Fame to Honor Local Sports Legends

SACKVILLE, NB – The Municipality of Tantramar is excited to announce the upcoming induction ceremony for the Sackville Sports Wall of Fame, which will take place on June 25th, 2024, 6:00 PM at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre. This prestigious event celebrates individuals who have significantly contributed to the sporting community in Sackville and beyond.

This year, the Sports Wall of Fame will honor outstanding athletes and builders who have demonstrated excellence in play, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to their sports and the broader sports community. Nominees must have been retired for at least five years before being eligible for nomination.

In the Athlete category, we posthumously recognize Neville Rowland (Rollie) Norman, a remarkable hockey player whose career spanned from 1903 to 1913 in Sackville, Moncton, Montreal, and Halifax. Notably, in the 1909/1910 season, Norman was signed by Hockey Hall of Famer Art Ross to play for the All-Montreal Hockey Club in the Canadian Hockey Association. During his eight seasons in senior and professional hockey in New Brunswick, his teams won two Maritime professional championships, three NB senior amateur championships, and two Maritime senior amateur championships. Norman also served as team captain for the Moncton Victorias, significantly contributing to the organization of professional hockey in the Maritimes. Rollie also competed against the Quebec Bulldogs for the Stanley Cup in 1912 while playing for the Moncton Victorias. He is the only Sackville, New Brunswick, born player to ever score a goal in the Stanley Cup Finals.

In the Builder category, we honor Nev Garrity, a dedicated coach who began his coaching career in 1998 and continues to inspire athletes today. Garrity has coached over 279 games, touching the lives of 150 athletes across hockey, soccer, and track and field. His coaching philosophy focuses on sportsmanship, skill development, and teamwork, which has led to numerous achievements, including a silver at the District 2 championship in 1999 and winning the NBIAA varsity AA senior girls’ soccer provincial championships in 2017 with the Tantramar Titans. Nev Garrity is also a co-founder of the Eastern Soccer League, the first all-female soccer league in New Brunswick that now has over 75 teams and 3000 participants at all age levels.

The induction ceremony promises to be a momentous occasion, celebrating the legacy and continuing impact of these local sports legends. The event will be open to the public, providing an opportunity for the community to honor their achievements and contributions.

Event Details:
Date: June 20th, 2024
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre, Sackville, NB

We invite all residents and visitors of Tantramar to join us in celebrating these remarkable individuals.


Media Contact:
Jeremy McLaughlin
Communications Officer
Municipality of Tantramar