The History Department would like to congratulate one of our alumni, Derek Holmes, BA/73 (History), as he is one of six people who will be inducted into the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame in May.  He will be honoured at the ceremony on May 13 at the Brookstreet Hotel. A short excerpt is below with full details in the Ottawa Sun article “Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame will add six inductees in May” online.

The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame announced Thursday basketball coach Dave Smart, hockey player and official Marina Zenk, Carleton Sports Therapy founders Phil Ashcroft and Dr. Donald Johnson, martial arts legend John Therien and hockey pioneer Derek Holmes will be its 2020 inductees.

They will be honoured at the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony May 13 at the Brookstreet Hotel.

“Each year the selection process seems to get more and more difficult,” said Dave Best, chair of the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame. “Ottawa is home base for an exceptional pool of sporting achievement and excellence. This is reflected in the quality of the nominations we receive. This year’s inductees are athletes, builders and champions all, with not only remarkable sports pedigrees, but impressive records of community service and volunteerism.”

Holmes began as a player, toiling through various hockey leagues, winning championships and serving as captain of the Canadian eam in 1968. He was executive director of Hockey Canada in 1975, manager of the national team in 1978 and Hockey Canada’s first technical director in the 80s. From 1980 through the early 2000s, Holmes was one of the first agents for elite professional players from Europe.