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2006 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
Louis S. CrosbyLouis S. Crosby – Pioneer
Louis S. Crosby arrived in Banff from Prince Edward Island in 1907 to become the bookkeeper and accountant for the Brewster Transportation Co. as part of a 57 year career with that company that led to him being President and General Manager of Brewster Transport Co. and Brewster Rocky Mountain Gray Line.

Lou fell in love with the mountains when he got here and is credited with first ascents of Mt. Fifi and Mt. Devil’s Head. He was an active member of the Alpine Club of Canada for over 50 years. Lou was involved in many sports within Banff National Park. He was instrumental in having speed skating recognized by the Alberta Amateur Athletic Union, which led to Banff’s participation in the Alberta Indoor and Alberta Outdoor Championships every few years. Through his connection with Brewster, Lou was also able to arrange transportation for the Banff skaters and often acted as driver, timer, referee and coach. In the summertime, Lou loved golf and in 1911 was a charter member of the original Banff Springs Golf Club and president, or on the executive, for most of the next 50 years. Lou received many trophies and was club champion 7 times. In 1950, he introduced the “Crosby Trophy” for seniors, which he happened to win in the inaugural year. Lou was instrumental in the formation of “The Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies” and the “Skyline Trail Hikers” and was a life member of both organizations that brought many visitors to Banff National Park to share in the area’s beauty.

Lou was an athlete, builder, coach, official, administrator, financial supporter and spectator of sport and mountain leisure for many, many years in Banff National Park. Above all, he was a great pioneer. 


Bruce HenryBruce Henry – Builder
Bruce Henry was born in Banff in 1947, attending Banff Elementary and Banff High School graduating in 1965.

Bruce was a member of the Banff Ski Runners, competing in all Alpine Ski Events at the Club level, Provincial and the National Jr. Alpine Championship. Bruce began his coaching career in the early 1970s and a member of the National Alpine Coaching Staff from 1976 to 1980, coaching the National Alpine Slalom and Giant Slalom Ski Team. In 1980 Bruce became an integral part of the National Disabled Alpine Team that represented Canada at the Disabled Olympic Winter Games in Norway. During his coaching career Bruce coached many local elite skiers: Karen Percy, Peter Monod, Peter Bosinger, Rob Bosinger, Felix Belczyk, Brian Stemmle and Rob Boyd to name a few.

In 1992 Bruce coached the Women’s World Cup Downhill Team, retiring from active coaching following the 1994 XVII Olympic Winter games in Lillehammer, Norway. During his coaching career Bruce attained his level IV coaching certificate and was an active member of the Canadian National Coaches Association. He is highly admired and respected throughout the skiing community for his knowledge, wisdom, sense of humour and dedication to the athletes and to the Sport of Alpine Ski Racing


Bonnie and Mike WiegeleBonnie and Mike Wiegele – Achievement
Mike and Bonnie Wiegele have had a wide influence on mountain sport. Individually and together their involvement has had a major impact on their community. Mike was born in Austria and after moving to Banff became the Director of the Lake Louise Ski School where he initiated their ski racing program. Several of the young athletes under their guidance went on to be part of the National Ski Team, and in particular, part of the Crazy Canucks. As a youth he excelled as a ski racer, mountain climber, ski instructor and ski guide. Subsequently he founded Mike Wiegele Heli-Skiing. He is a major supporter of avalanche research and an overall advocate for mountain sport.

Bonnie was born in Edmonton, Alberta and from childhood has been active in sports. She began her career in competitive swimming moving on to compete nationally in synchronized swimming. As a youngster she competed in gymnastics and helped found the Banff Gymnastic Club. She participated in triathlons and finished the World Ironman in Hawaii. Her downhill skiing career includes instructing and Master Ski Racing.

Mike and Bonnie not only have remained active in sports but have given back to the sport community. Together they founded the Banff Quickies and Alpine Racers introducing children to skiing and ski racing. They have been supportive in numerous ways of developing athletes. Their love and passion for sport, their success in sports and support of athletes, represent an outstanding achievement.


Rob BosingerRob 'BoZo' Bosinger – Athlete
A national alpine ski team member for seven years, Rob (Bozo) Bosinger represented Canada in three World Alpine Ski Championship events and was a solid representative on the World Cup circuit for many years. His best results on the World Cup were a 7th place finish in Beaver Creek, Colorado, 1988 and 14th place in Wengen, Switzerland in 1989.

When injury forced Rob to end his athletic career, his passion turned to coaching as he worked with top male and female junior athletes at the Banff Mountain Ski Academy.

In 1996, Rob joined Alpine Canada’s coaching staff until he took up full-time employment in the field of computer technology in Calgary in 1999. Never far away from the ski hill, Rob became a weekend coach for the Banff Alpine Racers at the K2 level.

Rob died suddenly in Calgary on May 20, 2005, of a cardiac arrhythmia at the age of 38. His passion for excellence and his desire to give back to the sport will be remembered forever by an entire community and a growing legacy including: Norquay’s Rob’s Run, the annual Rob Bosinger Memorial weekend (BoZo Cup) and a group of young athletes who are referred to as the “BoZo Brats.”


 
Dean MageeDean Magee – Athlete
Growing up in Banff in the 1960s, Dean Magee was an all-star throughout his minor hockey league days. As the midget-aged captain of the Juvenile Team, and under the direction of Banff Sports Hall of Fame inductee Jack Macaulay, Dean helped lead the team to the ‘71/’72 Provincial Championship. He then played two years for the nationally-ranked Calgary Canucks Junior Hockey team before being awarded a full ride hockey scholarship to Colorado College.

Dean continued to be a standout, record-setting player at Colorado College, where he graduated with a degree in Business.

Dean began his pro-career with the Minnesota North Stars, the NHL team that drafted him in 1976. That summer, the rival World Hockey League was formed and Dean signed with the Indianapolis Racers, where he played on a line with 17 year-old Wayne Gretzky. He played with them until he was picked up by Glen Sather of the Edmonton Oilers and finished his career playing in the minors.

As a little boy growing up in Banff, Dean often dreamed of playing in the NHL. The people and the Town of Banff helped to make this dream come true.


Dave Spence Sr.Dave Spence Sr. – Builder
One of Alpine Skiing’s earliest advocates, Dave Spence was the Western President of the Canadian Amateur Ski Association for ten years, from 1946 to 1956. In post WWII Canada, much of the decision-making was made in Eastern Canada, but Dave was instrumental in first dividing the association into four main disciplines: the Alpine disciplines of Downhill and Slalom and the Nordic disciplines of Jumping and Cross-Country. Next he used his strong interpersonal skills and relationship with Sidney Dawes, the Eastern President to gain more training and races in Western Canada. This meant more events, more coaches, more officials.

Dave truly was a trailblazer for the interests of this area and the legacy of such early efforts are certainly evident in the quality of the skiing landscape we now see.

An active community member, Dave was a member of the Kiwanis Club and was successful in managing the Banff Winter Carnival and many other events.