Sports hall of famers announced

Four more sports heroes will be added to the Nanaimo Sports Hall of Fame.

The Nanaimo Museum announced Thursday that Larry McNabb, Michelle Stilwell, Alan Hill and Ernest “Fat” Edmunds will be inducted to the hall later this month.

McNabb will be inducted in the builders’ category. The longtime chairman of the City of Nanaimo’s parks, recreation and culture department advocated for sports facilities in the city and was honoured this past spring with the dedication of the Third Street sports corridor as the Larry McNabb Sports Zone. At the end of his professional hockey career, McNabb coached the Nanaimo Clippers to three straight B.C. Junior Hockey League championships from 1974-76.

Stilwell, from Nanoose Bay, is still adding to her hall-of-fame credentials. The multiple-time Paralympic gold medallist and world record holder in wheelchair racing won her first Paralympic gold medal in wheelchair basketball in 2000. She is also slated to represent Canada in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Hill played professional hockey in the 1970s and ’80s with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and with several American Hockey League teams. In his first NHL game in 1977 he set a record for points in a game that still stands, as he scored two goals and added three assists.

Edmunds was a soccer all-star in the 1920s and ’30s, playing with the national team and also helping Nanaimo teams to three provincial championships.

The induction ceremony will be Sept. 17 at the Nanaimo Museum.

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