Sport Newfoundland Labrador Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce five new members into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame. Selected by the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame Board of Governors, these honorable inductees will be celebrated at the Stars and Legends Awards Gala taking place on April 27, 2019.
2019 NL Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
Angus Barrett in the “Athlete/Builder” Category (Soccer)
Ward Gosse in the “Athlete” Category (Softball, Hockey)
William (Bill) Hogan in the “Builder” Category (Swimming)
Terry Ryan Sr. in the “Athlete” Category (Hockey)
Michael Ryder in the “Athlete” Category (Hockey)
The Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame is designed to recognize, honour and pay tribute to individuals on playing ability, sportsmanship and character and who have achieved extra-ordinary distinction in any sport. Furthermore, it encourages the development of all aspects of sport by permanently recording the achievements and history of such individuals.
“Newfoundland and Labrador have a tremendous sporting community and we are proud to acknowledge their accomplishments through our Hall of Fame,” said Ed Murphy, Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame. “Our five inductees for 2019 are individuals who have made notable contributions throughout their careers creating legacies that deserve to be commemorated. Their achievements help promote amateur sport and inspire Newfoundland and Labradorians in sport and life.”
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador is a volunteer organization committed to the promotion and advancement of amateur sport throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Hall of Fame Inductee – Biographies
Angus Barrett (Athlete/Builder Category – Soccer)
Angus Barrett has been a figure in the soccer community of Newfoundland and Labrador since the 1960’s. He was an avid soccer athlete as a member of the Holy Cross Soccer team from 1965-1976 winning multiple championships including the Provincial Challenge Cup in 1973 going on to participate in the 1973 National Challenge Cup soccer championship. He continued playing Master’s soccer with Mt. Pearl until 2006.
His love of soccer lead him to many positions with the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association including director of coaching, vice president, and president. He would soon find himself working at the national level as a member of the Canadian Soccer Association finance committee in 1995-1999, where he would continue his involvement with the association until 2009. Angus held multiple positions with CSA including a member of the board of directors, member of the executive committee and chairman of the CSA National competitions committee for 9 years. His expertise in finance and accounting made him an excellent choice to discuss directions and decisions for the CSA and he has overseen many progressive changes for competition including the rules of National Competitions from player eligibility to harassment and risk management training.
Angus also served as CSA’s representative on the board of directors for the Canadian Olympic Committee taking a lead role to discuss the need to change the formula for funding national Team programs vs individual sports. In 2009, Angus was recognized for his dedication to soccer with the Aubrey Sanford Meritorious Service Award from the Canadian Soccer Association. This award is in recognition of a lifetime of service to the soccer community on the local, provincial and National level. Barrett has received multiple awards and recognition for his dedicated service including induction into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and NL Soccer Association Hall of Fame, winner of the Sandy Foster service award, and he is an honorary life member of the Canadian Soccer Association. With over fifty years of making a difference and having a significant impact on the development and advancement of soccer in Canada, Angus Barrett still continues to contribute to the sport as a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association’s Hall of Fame Committee.
Ward Gosse (Athlete Category – Softball, Hockey)
Ward Gosse has been involved in softball since he was a boy with a career from 1979-2012. Growing up in Bay Roberts, he could always be found on a softball field and was coached by fellow Hall of Fame member, Langdon Critch. Playing softball for many years, Ward honed his skills as a pitcher and found himself on 9 senior provincial championship teams. Ward had an outstanding senior league career, winning numerous honors and awards. His career batting average was an outstanding 323 average with 355 RBI’s and a slugging percentage of 624, a field percentage of 933 and is currently the all-time home run and RBI record holder. He played for 25 years in the St. John’s Senior League as an infielder and pitcher, and was a member of 11 championship teams.
Ward went on to compete Nationally as a member of 15 provincial teams representing Newfoundland and Labrador winning Gold in 2012, Silver in 1995, 2005 and 2007, and Bronze in 2001 and 2010. He was named an all-star pitcher 3 times at Nationals in 1999, 2005 and 2009 and in 2012 he was inducted into the NL Softball Hall of Fame. Internationally, Gosse participated in the International Softball Congress Tournament and was named to the 2nd All World team as a pitcher. In 2012 he was a member of the Parry Island Hawks that captured the ISC II gold medal and named tournament MVP and most outstanding pitcher.
Gosse was a multi-sport athlete and during the off-season he demonstrated a love and talent for hockey. He played for 17 years in the Senior A St. John’s Senior Hockey League and was a member of 5 Herder championship teams in 1990, 1995, 1996, 2002, and 2005. He was top defensemen in the West Coast Senior Hockey League for the 2002-2003 season.
Ward Gosse is held in high regard as a competitive player and teammate. His athletic accomplishments in both softball and hockey put him amongst an elite group of athletes recognized as our provinces best.
William (Bill) Hogan (Builder Category – Swimming)
Bill Hogan has been an invaluable contributor to the sport of Swimming not only in Newfoundland and Labrador but across the entire country. He has been involved in the sport for over 30 years serving at swim meets across the globe and has held leadership positions as an official at local, provincial, national, and international levels including the Olympic Games. Bill is a master trainer for FINA; the International Swimming Federation for 24 years and is a well-respected figure in the world of swimming. He has served as president and vice-president of Swimming Newfoundland and Labrador, Vice president of Swimming Canada in 2003-2004 and President of the Aquatic Federation of Canada from 2007-2011. Thousands of officials from countries all over the world have benefited directly and indirectly from Bills knowledge and teaching.
Mr. Hogan always made it a priority that people were treated fairly and athletes who worked so hard to compete whether domestically or at the Olympics were ready for what was to come. He took pride speaking to coaches and athletes to make sure they understand the rules so they were able to improve within their competition with little risk for mistakes. He has been recognized for his efforts with multiple awards including Official of the year in 2001 with Swimming Canada, President of the year in 2002 with Swimming Canada, and Official on the Year in 2017 with Aquatics Canada.
Hogan is a true guide in life as someone who wants to teach, bestow knowledge and wisdom for something bigger than himself. He is a man of impeccable character, kind, professional and giving. He currently serves as the President of Swimming Newfoundland and Labrador. What he has done for the sport of swimming can never be repaid and he is greatly respected for his contribution.
Terry Ryan Sr.
Terry Ryan Sr. of Grand-Falls-Windsor, had a successful career as a hockey and baseball player. Terry grew up immersed in hockey and would find himself playing for the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1969-1972. His skill lead him to multiple awards including Rookie of the Year in 1969 and the team’s top scorer and MVP honors in 1972.
Spending three years in Hamilton, Ryan played 171 games, scoring 92 goals, and adding 203 assists for 205 points. He was soon drafted by the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association (WHA) and as a rookie in 1973, he had 13 goals and six assists in 76 games. He set a league record in 1973 with six short-handed goals, 4 of which were game winners. He played in the International Hockey League for two seasons, was fifth in league scoring in 1975, and voted to the second all-star team with 52 goals and 90 assists for 141 points.
Ryan also played 7 seasons of Provincial senior hockey with Memorial University, the Gander Flyers, Mike’s Shamrocks and Stephenville Jets and the St. John’s Capitals collecting 84 goals, 173 assists, 247 points in 164 games. Ryan was an excellent promoter of hockey and contributed in many ways to the betterment of the sport in Newfoundland and Labrador. Ryan was inducted into the Hockey NL Hall of Fame in 2000.
In addition to his great hockey career, Terry Ryan Sr. was an all-star baseball player. For two decades Ryan represented Newfoundland and Labrador at numerous national junior and senior tournaments where he developed a reputation as a clutch hitter. At 15 years of age, he was selected to the Canadian All-Star team. He would capture 3 provincial junior championships, 2 with Grand Falls and one with St. John’s, and 9 senior with the St. John’s Capitals. In 1977 Terry has the best individual season of his career winning 8 league awards. Over the course of his career, Terry won 29 individual league awards in St. John’s and won 6 city championships eventually retiring in 1990.
Michael Ryder (Athlete Category – Hockey)
Bonavista native, Michael Ryder has enjoyed an incredibly successful hockey career. After playing midget hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ryder was given the opportunity to try out for the Quebec Major Junior League’s Hull Olympics where he showed his skill scoring 50 goals. After his first year in the Q, the Montreal Canadians made him the 216th pick for the NHL draft in 1998. Two years later, he was a member of Team Canada winning a bronze medal in the World Junior Championship. Ryder moved around between the AHL and the East Coast Hockey League for a few years but in 2003, Michael made the Montreal Canadiens and would not play in the minors again. In his first season with the Canadians, Michael was a hard shooting right-winger scoring 25 goals and 63 points, and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. In 2008, Ryder signed with the Boston Bruins for 3 years where he won the Stanley Cup in 2011 when the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks. Ryder became the second native of Newfoundland and Labrador to a win a Stanley Cup championship.
In addition to playing with Montreal and Boston, Ryder also played with the Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils, the team with which he closed out his career. In 2015, Ryder retired after an 11-year NHL career with 237 goals and 484 career NHL points the most of any Newfoundlander. For his incredible career, Ryder was inducted into the Hockey NL Hall of Fame in 2017 and is known as one of the province’s most successful hockey players.
Source: Sport NL News Release