Larry Patrick's part of a committee putting together a sports hall of fame in Kenora. After a delegation to city hall this morning, Patrick was optimistic.

"When I see how Kenora supported the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada event, the rowing games, the vibrancy of the community speaks for itself. They'll support it," he said, after his deputation.

Patrick added he was part of the sports hall of fame in Fort Frances, and he wanted to be part of one in his new home of Kenora.

Along with Patrick, the Kenora Sports Hall of Fame Committee consists of Mark Duggan, Dan Reynard, Heather Kasprick and Sarah Minor.

In their deputation, Patrick and Duggan asked for a contribution from the city of under $5,000 to assist with a cabinet for the rec centre, along with materials for the induction ceremony.

Members of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame will already be included in Kenora's hall of fame. Posthumous inductees for the city's new honour would be members of the 1907 Stanley Cup winners Intermediate Thistles from 1952-53. 

Curler June Shaw, football player Noel Dunford and decathlete Michael Smith would also be inducted, along with Merv King in the builder category for his work with Judo.

An induction ceremony is set for the fall of 2018. Nomination forms are expected to be out next week on their Facebook page.

For more information:

Hockey Hall of Fame - 1906-07 Kenora Thistles

A History of Women's Curling - June Shaw

Winnipeg Blue Bombers - #78 Noel Dunford

The Canadian Encyclopedia - Michael Smith

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