There are 8 new members of the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame, as 5 individuals and 3 teams were inducted at a ceremony on Saturday. Heading into the hall are Robert Benedetti, Clarence “Dolly” Dolson, Steve McKenna, the 2007 Southwood Sabres senior boys’ basketball team, the 2006 and 2007 Cambridge Winter Hawks, Glen Gaudet and Casie Coleman.
Benedetti was a standout athlete at G.C.I. in the 1960s, playing football, basketball, and track and field. He was a member of Canada’s national soccer team in 1967 and, the same year, Ontario’s Athlete of the Year.
Dolson was a Hespeler-born goalie who became one of the first area hockey players to turn professional in the NHL, playing for the Detroit Falcons.
Hespeler’s McKenna made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings in March 1997. He also spent time with the Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins, before playing in Europe and coaching. He also coached Australia’s national team.
The Southwood Sabres became the first Waterloo Region team in two decades to win a provincial championship at OFSAA triple-A. Led by 7' centre Zach Nagtzaam, who subsequently took his talents to Ohio University in the NCAA, it was also the Southwood’s first OFSAA basketball gold.
The 2006 and 2007 Cambridge Winter Hawks became the 6th team in Junior B history to win back-to-back Sutherland Cups. After taking down Niagara Falls in 2006, the Winter Hawks had 14 returning players in 2007 and swept Strathroy in the final. Media who covered the final series called the Winter Hawks the best Junior B team they’d ever seen.
Gaudet closed out his 26-year, ringette head coaching career in 2014. He has taken the Cambridge Turbos to the worlds 4 times, winning 1, and has a handful of Canadian championships. He also coached Team Canada.
Coleman is regarded as one of the top harness racing horse trainers in the country. She won an O’Brien Award as Canada’s 2012 Trainer of the Year.
Sources: The Record, Cambridge Times