TORONTO (March 6, 2018) – Lanny McDonald, Chairman of the Board of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today the appointment of a new member to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee commencing with the 2018 nomination and election proceedings.  NBC hockey analyst, Pierre McGuire, will replace Scotty Bowman whose 15 year term limit concluded on December 31, 2017 after serving on the Selection Committee since 2003.

“I am very pleased to welcome Pierre to the Selection Committee, as he brings a wealth of knowledge that will complement the Committee’s deliberations in recognition of excellence in the game of hockey”, said McDonald.  “I also extend our utmost appreciation and gratitude to Scotty for his distinguished service and outstanding contributions to the Selection Committee.  Scotty’s incredible understanding and perspective of the game has been a tremendous resource throughout his tenure.”

“To receive a call from Lanny McDonald asking me to accept a position on the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee is something I never thought was possible”, said McGuire.  “I am honoured and excited to know that I will be a part of this amazing group of hockey people whose mandate is to uphold the Hall’s standards of excellence in the process of celebrating the game’s greatest players, builders and officials.”

“I would like to thank the Hockey Hall of Fame for allowing me to participate on the Selection Committee for the past 15 years, which I have enjoyed immensely”, said Bowman.  “It has been a privilege for me to be associated with so many excellent hockey people and to play a contributing role in the selections for hockey’s highest level of career achievement.”  

In addition to the new appointment, David Branch (President, Canadian Hockey League), Brian Burke (President of Hockey Operations, Calgary Flames Hockey Club), Marc de Foy (2010 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Recipient), Mike Gartner (Honoured Member/Class of 2001) and Anders Hedberg (IIHF Hall of Fame/Class of 1997) were each re-appointed to the Selection Committee for a further three-year term expiring December 31, 2020.

On a separate subject matter, 2018 is a momentous year for the Hockey Hall of Fame as it will commemorate 75 years since its inception on September 10, 1943 and 25 years since opening its destination attraction at BCE Place (now Brookfield Place) on June 18, 1993.

In view of these significant milestone anniversaries, the Hockey Hall of Fame launched the “75/25” inaugural endowment fundraising campaign with the goal of contributing $1,000,000 in net proceeds from the Hockey Hall of Fame 75/25 Anniversary Legends Gala, the marquee event and focal point of the campaign to be held at historic Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Monday, June 25, 2018.

To achieve this fundraising goal, individuals and businesses can become Founding Members of the newly established Hockey Hall of Fame Development and Preservation Fund.  Up to 75 Founding Members each making a one-time contribution of $25,000 will receive (among other benefits) tickets to attend the “Legends Gala” in the presence of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s fraternity of Honoured Members and other special guests and entertainers.   Plans are also shaping up for various “75/25” themed promotional activities at the Hockey Hall of Fame, from June 18, 2018 to September 10, 2018, and a commemorative coffee table book titled “THE HALL” will be published by Montreal-based Griffintown Media for release in fall 2018.

The day after the “Legends Gala”, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, the Selection Committee will meet to consider duly nominated candidates for election into Honoured Membership.  The announcement of the Class of 2018 will be made later that day at 3:00 PM and the annual Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018.



(as appointed November 14, 2017)


John Davidson, Chairman                           Dublin, Ohio

Jim Gregory, Chairman Emeritus                Toronto, Ontario

David Branch                                               Toronto, Ontario

Brian Burke                                                  Calgary, Alberta

Colin Campbell                                            Toronto, Ontario

Bob Clarke                                                   Ocean City, New Jersey

Marc de Foy                                                 Longueuil, Quebec

Eric Duhatschek                                           Calgary, Alberta

Michael Farber                                             Verdun, Quebec

Ron Francis                                                  Raleigh, North Carolina

Mike Gartner                                                Richmond Hill, Ontario

Anders Hedberg                                          Stockholm, Sweden

Jari Kurri                                                       Espoo, Finland

Igor Larionov                                               Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Pierre McGuire                                            New Canaan, Connecticut

Bob McKenzie                                             Toronto, Ontario

David Poile                                                  Nashville, Tennessee

Luc Robitaille                                              Santa Monica, California

Bill Torrey                                                    West Palm Beach, Florida



Former All-Pro football guard Conrad Dobler, gold medal winning swimmer Rachel Komisarz-Baugh, retired basketball player and current University of Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak and national golf long drive champion Evan “Big Cat” Williams have been elected into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame for 2018.

The 46th Annual Induction Banquet will be Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Michigan.  Tickets for the banquet, which begins at 5:30 pm., are $125 and can be ordered by calling (313) 407-3300.  Information on the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame is available at

Conrad Dobler played college football at Wyoming from 1968-71 where he starred as an offensive tackle in his second and third years and then played at defensive end his senior season.  Named to the all-conference and all-academic team, he was taken in the 1972 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th round.  Dobler played with the Cardinals (1972-77), New Orleans Saints (1978-79) and the Buffalo Bills (1980-81).  Playing at right offensive guard, he started every game but four in his 10-year career.   For six of his NFL years, the offensive lines anchored by Dobler led the league in fewest sack allowed.  The 1975 Cardinals set the NFL record for fewest sacks in a season by only allowing only eight the entire year.  Dobler was selected for three consecutive Pro-Bowls in 1975, 1976 and 1977.

Rachel Komisarz-Baugh was a three-time Southeastern Conference champion and a seven-time NCAA All-American swimmer at the University of Louisville from 1996-1999.  Swimming freestyle and butterfly, she was named SEC swimmer of the year in 1999.  Komisarz-Baugh was a member of the U.S. National team that won two Olympic medals and 13 World Championship medals.  In the 2004 summer Olympics, she won a gold medal in the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and a silver medal in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay.  In the 2003, 2004 and 2005 World Championships, Komisarz-Baugh won Gold medals in the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and in the 2008 World Championship, she won a Gold medal in the women’s 4×100-meter medley.

Larry Krystkowiak played basketball at the University of Montana where he still holds the school career records for points and rebounds. The 6’9” forward was named conference MVP three times (1984-86) and was a two-time Academic All-American.  Krystkowiak was selected by the Chicago Bulls as the 28th pick in the ’86 draft. He played nine seasons in the NBA with the Spurs, Bucks, Jazz, Magic, Bulls and Lakers where he averaged eight points and five rebounds per game. After his playing days, Krystkowiak coached Montana to two conference tourney championships and two NCAA tournament appearances. He joined the NBA coaching ranks as an assistant with the Bucks before being elevated to head coach in 2007.  Krystkowiak is currently in his seventh season as head coach at the University of Utah.

Evan “Big Cat” Williams is credited by many with creating visibility for long drive competitions, putting the sport on the map by virtue of his back-to-back U.S. National Long Drive Championship titles in 1976 and 1977.  With a blast of 353 yards, he defeated, among others, Jim Dent, considered the longest driver on the PGA tour.  His winning drive stayed on the books as the championship record for 18 years.  Big Cat brought long drive competitions to the forefront of sports with exhibitions in 26 countries.  Over the years, Williams won national long drive titles in the United States, Australia and Bermuda.


The National Wrestling Hall of Fame announced that it has hired Steven Jastrabek as a Development Officer. He will be responsible for fundraising with a primary focus on major gifts and corporate sponsorships.

“Steven possesses not only knowledge and experience in fundraising, but also with the sport of wrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame,” said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “He has a sincere passion for philanthropy and will help us to engage those people who want to support an organization that is making a lasting impact on wrestling and society.”

Per the organization’s bylaws, Jastrabek will resign from the Hall of Fame’s Board of Governors, having been appointed in March of 2017. He served as president of the Hall of Fame’s New Jersey Chapter for four years from 2014-2017, and was honored as its Outstanding American in 2017.

“I believe that wrestling is the best sport out there for young kids,” said Jastrabek. “The individual attention, dedication and sacrifice this sport requires will positively shape the rest of your life. To be a part of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s mission of preserving, recognizing and inspiring future generations is an honor.”

Jastrabek was instrumental in fundraising for the United States Olympic wrestling team in 2000. He founded the New Jersey Night of Champions program, which raised more than $1 million for amateur wrestling in 2004, and serves as executive director of the Night of Legends Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for amateur wrestling.

He wrestled for Pope John High School in Sparta Township, New Jersey, and finished third in the state championships in 1978. He was captain of the post graduate wrestling team at Blair Academy and won the national prep championship in 1979. Steven wrestled at Clarion State University from 1980-82, compiling a 32-7 career record, and he won a senior open freestyle championship in 1987. He tried out for the Olympic team in 1988, but did not make the team.

Jastrabek credits wrestling for giving him the confidence to build a celebrity clientele at his Steven John Salons in Bernardsville, New Jersey. He was considered one of the best hairstylists in the world, and selected him to its All-Time Hall of Fame hairstylist list.

Jastrabek will work in association with Mike Doughty, who has been a Development Officer with the Hall of Fame since 2013. Doughty’s primary focus has been the Wrestling Beyond the Walls Dan Gable Museum Capital Campaign, a $1.5 million project that will transform the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, into a state-of-the-art museum with interactive displays. It will also expand the facility’s wrestling room, teaching center and theater, providing more opportunities for youth wrestlers to practice and receive instruction.




CANTON, OHIO – The Pro Football Hall of Fame was today named the Best
Attraction for Sports Fans in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award
contest. The Pro Football Hall of Fame was one of 20 nominees in the category.
Nominees were chosen by a panel of relevant experts and online voting was open to
the public for four weeks at

The Hall of Fame, also voted the Top Tourist Attraction in Ohio through a fan poll in
May 2015, attracts guests from across the United States and the world. Regarded as
“The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!” the Hall of Fame represents its sport in many
entertaining ways. The Hall continually enhances its exhibits to provide guests with an
immersive and experiential visit built around the important mission to “Honor the
Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values and Celebrate Excellence

“We thank fans throughout the country for recognizing our institution as the Best
Attraction for Sports Fans,” stated President & CEO David Baker. “This sport’s
popularity is not only because of the excitement and talent that is displayed on the
football field but also the values and life lessons this Game teaches.”

The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened its doors more than a half century ago. From its humble beginnings in 1963 to today, the Hall of Fame has grown in both size and stature. Recognized worldwide as America’s premier sports Hall of Fame, it reaches tens of millions of football fans each year through broad outreach such as national televised events, an in-depth website, educational and youth programs, social media, traveling exhibits, and special events held around the country. provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site’s uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. averages 5 million visitors per month. It was acquired by USA TODAY in January of 2013. More about the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest can be found at: