1966-1967 Berwick Shell Juniors
A decade after the 1956-1957 Berwick Apple Kings were crowned provincial and Maritime Junior champions, a Berwick Junior team once again rose to provincial prominence.
Much had changed in 10 years: the Apple Kings' era had ended, but a new era had emerged, spawned by the introduction of artificial ice.
Don Stewart, with the sponsorship of Sawlor Fuels, started a junior program. Stewart was also instrumental in the formation of the Metro-Valley Junior 'B' Hockey League, but Berwick opted not to join the league.
1979-1980 Berwick Lions Juveniles
The Berwick Lions juveniles were a team brought together in the spring of 1980 to compete for the regional and provincial Juvenile 'C' titles.
The players, mainly from the Berwick area, had played together at one time or another over the years, but this season, they would all play as one unit.
That 1980 season consisted of playing exhibition games as no juvenile league existed in the province at the time. The Lions won the bulk of those games, looking to peak at the provincial Juvenile 'C' playoffs.
In the late 1950s, there were few if any athletes in Kings County to rival Berwick's Robert Norman Clark, who excelled in track and field and was equally successful in both jumping and throwing events.
Robert's earliest memories of track and field are of a meet in 1950 held behind the old Berwick school, organized by Principal C.G. Sutherland and Vice-Principal Ian Robb. Some of the local competitors included Eddie Nichols, Paul Ward, Don Weir, Donnie Hall and Darrell Corbett.
A long and eventful life began for Wilfred Robert Hoare Aug. 21, 1916 in Manchester, England a life that would see him accomplish many things, make many friends and influence countless young lives.
An athlete in his youth, Wilf participated in football (soccer), cricket and track. In 1940, he was short-listed for the British Olympic 4 X 440-yard relay team, only to see the Games cancelled due to World War II.
Born in Welsford, N.S. Jan. 20, 1921, Cyril Ellsworth Kinsman was the youngest son of a very large family. With his wife Ruth, he lived his life (and they raised four children) in Welsford, where Cyril farmed and also served as an apple inspector for the Department of Agriculture.
Cyril's family, known for their boxing prowess, also took a keen interest in other sports as well. In 1960, Cyril found his way to the Berwick Arena along with his son Davey, a talented young hockey player.
In 1964, Jim Keddy, his wife Elizabeth (Libby) and their three children, Robert, Pamela and Kimberley, moved from Nictaux to Berwick, where Jim had just been appointed Postmaster.
Having a young family and possessing an outgoing nature, Jim often found himself at the Berwick Arena with his children. When the Shell Junior hockey club, also among our Inductees this evening, was formed in the fall of 1966, Jim was there to do all he could to help.
Dunachton Gale (Special Recognition)
Dunachton Gale, a three-time winner as Atlantic Canada Horse of the Year, has a special place in the hearts of owner Dave Fillmore of West Berwick and Phil Pinkney, the legendary Nova Scotia trainer and driver who drove him in all but one of his victorious races in an outstanding six-year career.
The Truro Driving Park record-holder with a 1:53.2 mile, run on July 29, 2006, and a Gold Cup and Saucer Trial winner on P.E.I., the magnificent stallion amassed over $200,000 in career earnings.
Woodbine's Joey Shea described Dunachton Gale in his prime as “a nice horse to be around a good feeling horse. He is a well-mannered animal off the track and a true professional on it.”