TOUCH FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME


FOR THE PLAYERS ...           ... BY THE PLAYERS



Any player or fan may nominate any qualified person to the Manitoba Touch Football Hall of Fame by emailing the league president (JonFranklin@PITFootball.com). The only restriction is that a player, team or contributor must have played in Manitoba and are in good standing with the league. Players/teams/contributors are not limited to the PIT but may come from any sanctioned touch football organization in Manitoba's history. There is no mandatory retirement period for a nominee, thus active players are eligible to be in the Hall of Fame. Every nomination received will be processed and forwarded to the Selection Committee (TBA). It is important to emphasize that the League President will only vote in the event of a tie. Prior to the election, the only function of the President is to process the nominations as they arrive and to coordinate the annual meeting. The Selection Committee will be comprised of five members wherein quorum will be considered reached if there are three voting members in attendance. Each member of the Hall of Fame Committee will be a volunteer, the membership of which may change yearly. One representative from each category will be awarded annually, with the winner being selected by simple voting majority of the Hall of Fame Committee.



PLAYERS HALL OF FAME
To be considered for selection in the Player's Hall of Fame, a player must have led the league in one or more statistical categories on a minimum of ten different occasions. Those ten occasions may come from any division and include statistical leaders in both indoor and outdoor seasons. Players may also be considered if they have played a minimum of ten years of football (both inside and outside of the PIT) and have reached a level of success (as measured by sportsmanship, productivity, and perseverance) in lieu of leading the league in statistics in ten or more seasons. Players need not play on the same team for the duration of their statistical successes.

2016 INAUGURAL INDUCTEE: Jerome Swarath, The Boozers
PLAYER BIO: In 1979 the Boozers began their football journey in the Canford Touch Football League. Jerome got the call when their QB decided to form his own team in the Winnipeg Centennial Touch Football League (the precursor to the WTFL). With no quarterback, Jerome was elected to "throw the ball" when warming up in the parking lot prior to the Boozers first game. The rest is history. Jerome has played in the WCTFL, the WFTL, the UTFL, Canford and the PIT, making him one of the few (maybe only) player who can say they played in all of Manitoba's Touch Football leagues! Jerome has been at the helm for seven championships (5 Canford, 1 WCTFL, 1 UTFL and is in the championship final to potentially win an 8th this weekend). Those championships have spanned over five decades of football. Jerome has been awarded his teams most valuable player on six separate occasions: 1984, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1992 and 1998. Jerome stated that the honor of being inducted into the Touch Football Hall of Fame definitely was the icing on his football career.
Favorite Memory: "The Overtime" The 1999 Canford Division 1 Championship game at Elmwood high school against The Corporate Raiders. We were tied at the end of regulation play and went into overtime. We lost the toss however our defense came up with a stop. We got the ball on our 35 and marched it down to their 8 yard line where I ran it in for the touchdown and the win.

2017 INDUCTEE: Jim Bell, Eagles/Knights
PLAYER BIO: It has been a tremendous run to play touch football over the course of the last 30 years. I have been so fortunate to play this game with so many wonderful people. Upon reflection, wearing the Eagles jersey for so many of those years was very special, as it is now for the Knights. We have won our share of games and lost some heart breakers as well, but the one highlight that rises above all for me is being able to play this game with some truly classy guys and loyal friends. There are too many to mention however I will give a special shout out to Jake and Henry Kornelsen, who along with me, are original Eagles. Who knew back in the Fall of 1989 that we would still be doing this nearly 30 years later? Jake, nobody ran an "in pattern" like you, virtually unstoppable! Sean Lehmann joined us a few years later and like Jake, your "up and over" has always been money. And, there is no better teammate to be found than Chris Noonan who demonstrates the combination of leadership, teamwork, and athleticism as well as anyone. To my son Trev, what an honor to have played with you.... always loved throwing you that "come backer" on the sideline. I extend my deepest gratitude to all the guys I have had the pleasure to play and compete with as you are a special group. A special thank you to our wives, who have always been there with us. Lastly, thank you to the HOF Selection Committee as this is truly an honour. I do look forward to slinging a few more passes before riding off into the sunset.
Favorite Memory: "The Drive" We were at Tournament of Champions in Ottawa when the Eagles were in their prime. We were in the first division and playing a top 3 or 4 ranked team in the country (Ottawa Magellan). It was a back and forth game and they scored to go up 7 with under 3 minutes. We scrimmaged from deep in our end for the last drive of the game. If my memory is right, we threw at least 3 "in patterns" to Jake on that drive as well as a deep "up and over" pattern to Lehmann. I am sure we had another play or two mixed in but we scored on the last play of the game on ......"the in to Jake" to get us within one point. The referee looked at me and said "Are you going for one to tie it and a tie is like kissing your sister, or do you have the balls to go for two"? We went for two and the call was, an "in and out" to Jake. Well, the corner bit so hard on that in! We made the two-pointer and won the game.

2018 INDUCTEE: Rick Morand, Timberwolves
PLAYER BIO: Rick has had a tremendous run in touch football in a career now spanning over three decades. While individual stats were not kept for a large portion of Rick’s career he was always at or top of the scoring race in the first divisions for years, culminating in winning the WTFL Division 1 scoring race in 1997. In that year, Rick scored an incredible 194 points, the second most in WTFL Division 1 history – all this after successfully recovering from a broken neck suffered while playing tackle football. In the PIT, Rick has twice won the Division 3 scoring title, two Masters scoring titles, and five Masters interception titles, including the all-time record. Rick was also part of the legendary Timberwolves teams who played in the WTFL and Canford top divisions for years. In Canford, the Timberwolves hold the record for most Division 1 championships in Canford football, including a best-ever five-straight Division 1 titles. You can still find Rick ball-hawking on various teams as the leagues resident super-sub, and even though he is pushing 50 years of age, he might still be one of the fastest guys in the league!
Favorite Memory: "The Bet" When Rick was in his prime he was pretty much uncoverable. In a game against a young Nomads team Rick asked which player would be defending him and then betting the team $20.00 that he would score five touchdowns. Four touchdowns later the Timberwolves were driving to score and on the last play of the game from the five-yard line. The Nomads put all six defenders on Rick to prevent the score…which they did! Rick never paid his $20.00. Editors note: Rick with compounding interest, as of 2019, you owe the Nomads $136.97.



TEAM HALL OF FAME
To be considered for selection in the Team Hall of Fame, a team must have won at minimum five Touch Football championships. Those five championships may come from any division and include championships from both indoor and outdoor seasons. Teams may also be considered if they have played a minimum of ten years of football (both inside and outside of the PIT) and have reached a level of success (as measured by sportsmanship, productivity, and perseverance) in lieu of five championship trophies. In some cases longstanding teams may change names over the course of their history, thus teams must demonstrate that the majority of players have successfully transitioned from one team to the next to be deemed eligible.

2016 INAUGURAL INDUCTEE: The Eagles
TEAM BIO:The Eagles got their start by playing in an autumn league run by the WTFL in 1989. We answered an ad in the Free Press and played a 6 game schedule culminating in a championship. Our team then entered the WTFL in 1990 as part of the 1st Division and went 15-2-1, winning the Intermediate Championship. One of the highlights of Year 1 was beating the Assassins the first time we played them. The Eagles played in the WTFL from 1990 to 2009, then went on to play as the Knights in the UTFL from 2010 to 2012, and the PIT Football league beginning in 2013. The Eagles/Knights have 6 WTFL titles (3 elite), 2 UTFL titles, an Intermediate Title at the Regina Tourney, a BB Championship at the Tournament of Champions, and two PIT Football championships!
Favorite Memory: "The Friendships" Our best memories as a team include all the friendships and relationships made over the course of the last 27 years since the Knights/Eagles have been in existence. Also, traveling with our families to countless Regina tournaments and many, many TOC events over the years. On field highlights would include the championships of course, as well as defeating some very high ranking teams in the nation while competing at the TOC's. One thing we are very proud and fortunate to say is the fact that many of us have been able to play this great game with our own sons and nephews and this continues today. The Eagles/Knights appreciate all those who have worn our jerseys over the years and have contributed to our experience. Our team has been fortunate to have not only tremendous athletes and players, but truly people with outstanding character. A special thank you to our wives and family members who have been so loyal and supportive over the years. The Knights look forward to the next chapter both on and off the field!

2017 INDUCTEE: The Assassins
TEAM BIO:The Assassins started playing in 1978 in the Winnipeg Centennial Touch Football League. Many of the early practices were held at Assiniboine Park on the field adjacent to Portage Avenue and in the later years moved to Tec Voc High School. The Assassins traveled to the annual Tournament of Champions in Toronto for the Victoria Day long weekend in May, the Labour Day Tournament in Saskatoon and then Regina, and to Touch Bowl in October. The Assassins won 23 Provincial League Championships (WCTFL and WTFL) and later two coed championships, 26 Labour Day Championships (Elite), six other western tournaments, two Football Canada Touch Bowl Championships (Western), and the 1982 Canadian “A” (Intermediate) Championship. The Assassins also made it to the 2005 Canadian “AA” Elite Division Finals, losing the Ottawa Canadians in the championship on home soil in Winnipeg. Up until that time, this was the best a Manitoba team had ever finished at Nationals.
Favorite Memory: "The Rivalries" First, Bob Dowbiggin running the kick return for the winning TD in the 1982 Canadian A Finals! Second, playing in the Canadian National Championship Tournament in Halifax where the team dressed up and enjoyed the Mardi Gras Halloween street party where we all became the entourage of Macho Man Billy Hasiuk. Third, the intense rivalries we had with teams such as the Combines, Eagles, the Ratz, Avengers, and SunParties where we won our fair share and lost our fair share, and then sitting around having the post-game beverages which allowed us to develop bonds of friendships that are still going strong today. These friendships we made throughout the years across all of Canada have provided such great memories and special bonds that we will always cherish being able to play touch football.

2018 INDUCTEE: The Ratz
The Ratz are one of the greatest touch football teams in Manitoba history, advancing to the finals of the Winnipeg Touch Football League Division 1 championship fifteen times between 1976 and 1996, winning the provincial crown five times. Those five championship trophies place the Ratz in some rarified air, finishing second all-time, behind only the Assassins in total number of WTFL championships. The Ratz were lead by Hall of Famers Bill Telford and Rick Morand and featured the likes of Ron Allen, Alfred Giesbrecht, Darren Yewchyn, and Trevor Westwood. The Ratz also had a much storied National Championship career, finishing in the top ten in Canada on multiple occasions during their heyday in the 80s.
Favorite Memory: "The Resurrection" Beside the five titles, the Ratz reformed to play in the inaugural season of the PIT and entered a team in the second division despite having an average age in their 50s and having not played as a team together in over a decade. The result? Another trip to the finals as they stunned Division 2 with their veteran play. While they had lost a step-in speed, they never lost their competitiveness or their skills! An amazing feat.



CONTRIBUTORS HALL OF FAME
To be considered for selection in the Contributor category, an individual must have contributed to the game significantly in areas outside of the competitive arena (i.e. administrator, league architect, innovator, instructor, coach etc.). Contributors have changed the game for the better and lay the groundwork for the future success of touch football in Manitoba.

2016 INAUGURAL INDUCTEE: John Robertson, CANFORD Sports
PLAYER BIO:John Robertson first started playing touch football in early 60's and founded CANFORD Sports in 1975 as a rec director at inner city Broadway Optimist CC. CANFORD stands for CAN- offer programs/facilities -FOR- the community and -D etermined to establish Winnipeg as the most active city that it could be. CANFORD staged touch tournaments and friendlies in the latter years of 70's and officially started league play in August of 1980 and is now celebrating its 37th season. John played in CANFORD for over a dozen years won 6 championships with the teams 'Southenders 80' 82' 85', 'The Robbies' 87', and 'The Stars' 90',91'. John led CANFORD in scoring five consecutive years and led in interceptions all 12 years played! At aged 40 John set a CANFORD league record with 32 interceptions. John won the Harry Hood Award honoring the best high school football player for performance on the field and within the community and was runner up to Gord Patterson (bomber alumni) as the best Manitoba tackle football player of the 60's. I am often asked about possible regrets like saying NO to the five football scholarships and giving up on my dream of pro football. To that I simply say "Becoming a father at 1, and a single father at 20 raising two boys, led me to doing what God always had planned. Saying no to my pro aspirations and yes to the countless thousands and thousands of amateurs that have graced and embraced CANFORD programs.
Favorite Memory: Why has CANFORD been so special within our great city? The success of CANFORD was formed in my high school years. Friendships formed then are still even stronger today. At St Pauls, we were challenged to be 'men for others, in the service of others'. And I am still working on that, every single day. And I thank God for being able to do just that. And among the many things I hear from those involved in CANFORD, one especially stands out. That being said and often shared by so many was/still is.." CANFORD is more than just a sports league, CANFORD is more like one big family.

2017 INDUCTEE: Cliff Kitchen, Former WTFL President, Current Disciplinarian & Rules Committee Chair, PIT Football
PLAYER BIO: Cliff Kitchen started playing in the WCTFL in 1984 with the Chargers. After jumping into the officiating arena, Cliff went to his first National Championship in 1986 as a referee. This Championship was known as Touch Bowl at the time and was run by Football Canada. Early in his career Cliff joined the WCTFL board of directors and started what would be a lengthy tenure growing the sport of Touch Football, including sitting on the Board of Football Manitoba. Cliff was also an integral member of a startup group in the newly formed Manitoba Touch Football Officials Association (MTFOA). Following the creation of the MTFOA, Cliff attended training out east to become a certified touch football clinician to bring his knowledge and experience back to Manitoba's officials. Cliff still runs officiating clinics in the PIT Touch Football league. In 2004, while still heavily involved in the Touch Administration end of things, Cliff became the president of the Winnipeg Touch Football League (WTFL). This was a significant time for touch football, as touch football exploded in popularity with the league growing from under 30 teams to well over 60 in the span of a year or two. But that was not all Cliff had on his plate, on his many trips as a referee and player to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) out east (what was now known as the National championship due to the demise of Touch Bowl in the 90's) Cliff had a vision. That vision was to bring the TOC to Winnipeg, an endeavor he would undertake starting in 2004 with initial discussions with administrators out east in charge of TOC. In 2006, the TOC would make is first foray outside Ontario and Quebec and was held in Winnipeg at the Maple Grove Rugby Park. Since then Cliff has taken on more of a consulting role in the formation of the PIT Football league and running the Officials clinic. Cliff still gets around on the gridiron with various teams and assisting with Officials development and disciplinary procedures for the PIT.
Favorite Memory: The 2006 Tournament of Champions held in Winnipeg. While a daunting task and many issues to deal with, standing on the clubhouse hill overlooking the fields on the first Saturday with the games ongoing is a memory that I will always remember.

2018 INDUCTEE: Darrell Mazur, Former WTFL President, Owner/Operator Mazur Indoor Football League, Creator of the Indoor game in Canada!
PLAYER BIO: Darrell Mazur began his Touch Football playing career in 1976, when during a University of Manitoba Bison’s “off-day”, his next-door neighbor asked him to play for Vic Wehrmann’s Furnaceman Flames. During Darrell’s Bison years (1975- 1978), he played with the Bison’s Alumni touch team prior to the start of the University season. In 1980, after seven professional football tryouts, he returned home and was asked to play for the Sante Fe Express, by his former Elmwood High School Quarterback and High school Hall of Fame QB, Bill Petrie. The team finished in the top four in the first division competing with the Assassins, the Combines, and the Rouge River Ratz. During his last year, (1982) with the Express, he, Brad Kelm, Garry Kelm, Bill Hasiuk, and Larry Sarna were asked to join the Assassins in Saskatoon for the annual Labour Day tournament. Not only did the Assassins win the tournament, but Mazur was so impressed and enamored by the tournament that he wanted to bring that type of event back to Winnipeg. This was the impetus needed to motivate Darrell to organize the first of what would be many activities to promote touch football in Manitoba. What resulted was the 1984 Winnipeg/Labatt’s Classic Spring tournament that saw ten teams from Regina, Saskatoon, and rural Manitoba participate, as well as many teams from Winnipeg. At that point, as the tournament director, while serving on the WCTFL executive, he launched a volunteer career with the league through its conclusion in 2017. Darrell’s other successes include: co-founding the Women’s Touch Football League; creating the Mazur’s Indoor Touch Football League, becoming a multi-time President of the WTFL, a Level Five Touch Football Official, and Touch Football Officials Certifier. Darrell is also widely credited to starting indoor touch football, not only in Manitoba, but in Canada. Quite an amazing resume spanning over thirty-five years!
Favorite Memory: As a player my favorite memory was my corner comeback in the Touch Bowl in Ottawa, diving out of bounds but toe tapping to lead the Assassins to victory. Administratively, organizing a Level One touch officials’ clinic and presenting for 120 attendees. In the end, “I love competing and helping people achieve”.



VETERAN PLAYER HALL OF FAME:
To be considered for selection in the Veterans category a player’s or Team's competitive career must have primarily occurred prior to 2008 (the inaugural year of the PIT Football League), or have been retired from active playing for a minimum of two years. There is no minimum win or statistical criterion to be selected for this category as many statistics were not kept prior to 2008. Players and/or teams from all leagues in Manitoba's History of Touch Football may be considered in the Veterans category as we pay homage to the pioneers of the game of touch football.

2016 INAUGURAL INDUCTEE: Tim Shea, The Assassins
PLAYER BIO: Tim Shea began playing football in 1978 in the Winnipeg Centennial Touch Football League (WCTFL, the precursor to the WTFL). During his five decades of play Tim threw for the legendary Assassins team that won 25 league championships, 26 Labour Day championships (both elite and intermediate), 6 other western tournaments and one National A (intermediate) championship. Tim played 31 years with the Assassins in the WTFL and then one more year in the UTFL in 2010 until the outdoor Assassins were retired. Tim still plays coed indoor football where he has won 2 of this 25 league championships.
Favorite Memory: "The Win" My first league championship in 1979, all the friends and shared memories and experiences.



2017 INDUCTEE: Bill Telford, The Ratz
PLAYER BIO: Bill Telford helped found the Ratz, one of the original teams of the Centennial Touch Football league, and was President of the WCTFL in 1980 and 1981. Originally named the Rouge River Ratz, they became the Winnipeg Winter Ratz a couple of years prior to their first trip to Nationals. Over a 10-year period in the 70s and 80s the top two teams in the Province were the Assassins and the Ratz, with the Ratz winning four Division 1 championships. Bill was the key player for the Ratz as he was a both a keen tactician and had a wonderful touch throwing the ball. He had superb accuracy on his deep passes and Bill was credited as being one of the few quarterbacks that specialized in the mid-range pass, which was a key to his success. The Ratz made a comeback after over a decade in retirement in the Summer of 2009 and remarkably played Division 2 after all the years off from the game. The result: a championship finals appearance! After the game Bill and the Ratz hung up their cleats for good, knowing they could still compete with the best.
Favorite Memory: "The First" In 1985, The Ratz won the intermediate A division at Nationals. This was the first ever intermediate championship at Nationals for a Manitoba team. Since then the Assassins, Eagles, and Avengers have all won the Intermediate championship. The Ratz are part of very rarified company in the Province and were the first to do it!



2018 INDUCTEE: Glen Dyck, Nomads
I never played sports until the age of 18. Then decided to try this sports thing out. I gravitated to football first. Played tackle football (No equipment) with a group of guys that I met while working in the parking lots in 1972. We were the original Boozers. Jerome’s (Another HOF guy) team was the Mean Machine from Longest Yard fame. They were the young guys at 14-15 and we were the old guys at 17-20. In 1978, I decided in my infinite wisdom that, having 0 experience at tackle football, I was going to try out for the Bisons (boy, I had Hutzpah). One obstacle was that I didn’t have a high school diploma to get into university. So, I had to go to adult education for a year to get my diploma. I didn’t make the team, however I lasted 2 training camps. In 1982 I asked the guys from both the Boozers and the Mean Machine if they wanted to go into the WCTFL. They said no. So, I took a group of rag tag guys and formed the Cougars. We went 0-18 and 2-16 the first two years. Then, in 1984, we formed the bandits. We played 5 very competitive years. I then formed the Gators, playing four years and winning my first championship. Then in 1995, I started the Nomads. And for the next 20 years we were a very competitive team in both the WCTFL, CANFORD (as the YardApes), and the PIT, winning eleven championships, including the first ever Mazur Indoor Football league (MFL) championship!
Favorite Memory: "The Camaraderie" The main thing that touch football gave me is a camaraderie that most people who play other sports take for granted. Being able to play and compete with young guys in my final year at the age of 61 was such a treat.





TEAM CAPTAINS HALL OF FAME
To be considered for selection in the Team Captains category a player must have been a team captain for a minimum of 20 seasons of touch football (indoor and outdoor included). Team captains are the unsung heroes of touch football and this is the first Hall of Fame to pay tribute to the players that go above and beyond for their teams in an administrative capacity.

2016 INAUGURAL INDUCTEE: Randy Stankewich, Detonators, Blue Devils, Rampage
PLAYER BIO: From 1982 to 1986 Randy played for the Chargers in CANFORD, from 1987-2008 Randy moved to the WCTFL/WTFL to play with the Detonators/Stallions, Blue Devils (Blue Devils II/Blue Demons), Woodys, and Rampage (Torsion, Piranhas). From 2009 to present, Randy has resided in the PIT captaining Rampage (Rinkside, Wildside), and daKillaBeez at different points. Randy has also captained Darkness, daKilla Beez, Fastus, and in the Mazur Football League and the Masters in the PIT indoor league. Randy has won two CANFORD league championships as well as a CANFORD tournament. In the WTFL, four more league championships banners were won to go along with three tournament championships. Randy also has two indoor championship trophies, one in the Mazur League and one in PIT, and took home a coveted Manitoba Summer Games championship in 1988. To go along with his ten championships, Randy was a top ten scorer in the WCTFL during the 1987 season.
Favorite memory: The great players and people I met not only on teams that I organized but on teams that I played against. A great number are now life-long friends. If I had to pick a season that was the most satisfying for me both from a team and an individual perspective, I would have to say it was the 1987 season. That was the year the Detonators moved from the Canford league to the larger WCTFL. We won the Intermediate B championship that season and formed the basis of a solid team that would stay together for years to come! It is a great honour to be considered for the Hall of Fame and to be in the same class as my co-inductees. I owe a great deal to a large number of teammates over the last 35 years for this honour as well as my wife and family who have always supported me in my labour of love, touch football.

2017 INDUCTEE: Chris Harwood, Cobras
PLAYER BIO: Chris started playing with the Cobras in 1998 in the WTFL, taking over as the team captain a few years after that. Chris captained the Cobras originally in the WTFL, moving the team to the UTFL for a couple of seasons, and then to the PIT where the Cobras currently play. Chris was also the captain for the Cobras' first foray into indoor for two seasons (and served as a barely competent quarterback in the process!). The Cobras have shown massive potential many times, making it to the finals in 2014, and then again in 2016, that time winning the Division 8 championship for the first time in team's nineteen-year history. While never leading in stats, Chris has been a high-performing center for many years and is a clutch receiver.
Favorite memory: Hands down it is winning the Championship in 2016 at Investors Group field! We went into the game feeling like we could do it, but we fell way behind early on, trailing 19-0 in the second quarter. However, the Cobras stormed back, and rattled off 34 unanswered points! It was made even sweeter by the presence of some Original Cobras teammates in the stands. It's an honor to be inducted into the Manitoba Touch Football Hall of Fame, something I never would have imagined happening. I've always enjoyed being a Captain, but that's because my teammates have always been good about the "annoying things" - paying on time, letting me know about schedules, etc. I owe my longevity to my family, who have allowed me to make football a priority, and to my teammates, who have consistently refused to take the job from me.

2018 INDUCTEE: Al Bloomfield, Anvils
PLAYER BIO:Sean Stiff recruited me to play touch football in 1997. I played sandlot football with friends in the past and it sounded like a good time. I showed up to my first game in jeans and runners. Although it was the bottom division in the WTFL at the time, this was not sandlot football. I bought some cleats. Over the course of the next several years Sean and I played on teams together in both the UTFL and the WTFL. We had the good fortune to win a championship in each league. Then in 2004 we co-founded the Anvils and proceeded to become the team with the longest stretch without a championship in Manitoba touch football history. We did make it to the championship game twice but could not bring home the hardware. Sorry guys. The Anvils had some good years and some rough years, but it has almost always been a good time. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all the core players and people that stuck with us for years. Despite the grind associated with running a team I am happy to have organized the Anvils for these many years.
Favorite Memory:As a player I have ended up on several other teams both indoor and outdoor including Masters and Free Agent teams. I still haven't been on another outdoor championship team but have had more success indoors (8 championships). Some recent personal highlights include returning a kickoff for a touchdown (ok, it was indoor) and intercepting the ball while rushing. I was also ever so close to throwing a touchdown pass...after snapping the ball and then dropping into the backfield. Receiver error!



OFFICIALS HALL OF FAME
To be considered for selection in the Official’s category, an official must have displayed the leadership, ability, and understanding of the rules to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for the players. The official must have conducted themselves in a professional manner both on and off the field and be recognized and respected by his/her peers as a Head official, back judge or sideline referee. The Officials Hall of Fame has been created as a means of recognizing and honoring those officials who have provided many years of outstanding and dedicated service to our sport.

2017 INAUGURAL INDUCTEE: Brad Kelm
OFFICIAL'S BIO: Brad Kelm began playing touch football in WCTFL in 1981 and played competitively up until 2008. Brad’s playing career began with the Santa Fey Express. He then joined the Assassins in 1983 and played up until his retirement, winning 23 championships along the way. Brad became a touch football official in 1981 and is still officiating today. Brad is one of just three people in the Province to have both his Level 5 Official and Level 5 National Course Conductor certifications. In an administrative capacity Brad was the Past President of the Manitoba Touch Football Officials Association and served on the WTFL executive for 15 years as both vice president and official’s coordinator. Brad is also the only Manitoba ref to be selected to officiate in multiple AA Finals at Tournament of Champions (National Championships). Finally, Brad was also a key contributor to the start of the PIT Football league, where he served as Head of Officials for a decade. Remarkably, Brad Head officiated every single outdoor game in the PIT’s first year of existence, a record 222 games that summer! Without Brad, there may not be a PIT league and we owe him a debt of gratitude for all his hard work over the years.
Favorite Memory: Players shake my hand after the games win or lose and it's one of my favorite things about officiating in the PIT. At Nationals it was a honour and privilege to referee with Dave Williams and Dave Ash in the AA National Championship. Those guys are also HOF worthy officials.

2018 INDUCTEE: Donny Desaulniers
I began my career playing touch football in the mid 80’s with the Flames & B52. Back then teams had to provide a side judge, which got me interested in officiating. After I was finished playing football, I began officiating full time. I have officiated in four different leagues (PIT Football, the WTFL, the UTFL and MFL), many Labor Day Classic Tournaments, two Western Tournaments, and two national championships, and served as a WTFL board member. I should thank five individuals for helping me through my years of officiating: Lee Benoit, Brad Klem, Darryl Mazur, Cliff Kitchen and Everett Shade. I thank God for giving me the ability and physical motivation for letting me continue doing what I enjoy doing. A big thank you goes out to my wife for giving up many summer nights.
Favourite memory: It was a playoff game sometime in the 90s with the B52s, I scored 14 pts & had 15 catches. I was open, and the quarterback kept throwing it to me because they were watching Rick Litke. We went on to win the championship. For officiating, refereeing with Dave Williams, one of the top officials in Canada. I observed how the players responded to him and I have used that knowledge to further my officiating ability. And, meeting so many players and officials throughout my career that I now call friends.





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