ABERCROMBIE — It was a special day for members of the Thorburn Mohawks men’s junior softball team when they spent the day taking in events in conjunction with the most recent Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame inductions.
Those Mohawks players present at the inductions on November 2 in Halifax drew a rousing ovation when they were the last past inductees in the athlete, builder and team categories for which nominations are received each year.
The occasion for their presence was that 2018 marked the 55th anniversary of the Mohawks’ first of three straight provincial and Maritime championships. The Mohawks were inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Those members present got to see fellow Pictou County athlete, coach and educator Peggy Gallant inducted among the other athletes, builders and the 1978 Saint Mary’s Huskies men’s basketball team.
The inductions were the last of several events the team members took part in during a day trip that former Mohawks pitcher Allan MacLaughlin, who now lives in Abercrombie, helped organize the itinerary that included renting a bus to take the Mohawks to and from Halifax.
“It was just a wonderful day,” he said. “It worked out beyond our expectations.”
The trip allotted the team members ample time to get together for a meal in the city and spend time at the Hall of Fame and display some of the team’s memorabilia there.
“The guys have been wanting to get together for some time,” he said. “We thought we’d like to go to the Hall of Fame.”
Members of the Thorburn Mohawks who were inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 were among those saluted as they attended the 2018 inductions on Friday in Halifax. Front row: from left: Gordie MacKinnon, Sammy MacDougall, Art Forsyth, Mason Johnston, Donnie Bowden and Graham MacLean. Back Row: Allan MacLaughlin, Leslie “Buddy” MacDonald, Cyril MacLeod, Steve MacDonald, Hillard MacDonald and Billy MacKinnon. (Goodwin photo)