HALIFAX — Colin White was quick to credit others for the hockey road that led him to his induction into the Nova Scotia Sport Heritage Hall of Fame.
White was among five athletes, two builders and a team inducted last Friday in Halifax before a large crowd that included a strong contingent of current and former Pictou County residents.
Born in New Glasgow, White, who will turn 40 on December 12, played 12 of his 13 seasons in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, whom he helped to Stanley Cup wins in 2000 and 2003. He also played for the Hull Olympiques, who won the Memorial Cup in 1997. He now works with the Devils’ alumni.
The video citation for White included congratulations from former members of the Devils — legendary goaltender Marty Brodeur and general manager Lou Lamoriello.
“Lou was a mentor to me,” White said.
White also talked about his desire to win and play a physical game.
“I had to use my physicality — it was a good way to get my frustrations out,” he said. “I do not like losing — I don’t like losing at washer toss.”
White also paid tribute to his minor hockey teammates from Pictou County who also played pro hockey — Jon Sim and Derrick Walser. They were teammates on the Pictou County Bantam AAA hockey team that contested the Atlantic championships in 1993.
“Jon and I pushed each other — Derrick Walser too,” he said, while thanking his coaches, family and teammates who supported him on his way to the NHL.
CBC broadcaster Bruce Rainnie emceed the inductions for the 19th straight year, including his first as the hall of fame’s executive director.
Other athletes inducted included judo great Amy Cotton, distance runner Lucy Smith, softball player Todd King and Sarah Baker — a Paralympic medalist in swimming,discus, javelin and wheelchair basketball.
Volleyball referee Brad Barton was inducted in the builder category, as was hockey executive Mike Kelly, posthumously.
The Cheema Canoe Team was inducted in the team category.