05 May 2017

Class of 2017 to be introducted at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, June 1

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MICHAEL PECA AND WILLIE “HUTCH” JONES AMONG 12 GREATER BUFFALO SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

BUFFALO, NY – The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame will introduce its’ 12 member class of 2017, Thursday afternoon, June 1, in the Ballroom of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo (153 Franklin Street). Introduction of this year’s new members will commence at 4:00 p.m. with board president, Tom Koller, presiding. A reception in the Ballroom will immediately follow.

This event will mark the 27th class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1991 and brings total membership to 315.

This group will join a rich heritage of native Western New Yorkers, or those who starred in and around the Queen City during their playing days, who are enshrined in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 2017 class will officially be inducted this fall on a date and time to be determined at the annual GBSHOF dinner in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

In addition, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors will announce its annual monetary awards from its Amateur Sports Development Fund (ASDF).

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame honors those who have enhanced our lives with their performances and commitment to Western New York sports, an effort surpassed only by the positive impressions they have left on our athletes of tomorrow.

For additional information on the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, please go to www.gbshof.com. For more information on the press conference, please contact John Maddock at 716-818-1110 or Tom Burns at 716-286-8585, or by e-mail at either maddock@canisius.edu or tburns@niagara.edu.

2017 GBSHOF Inductees

  • Charles Daniels (D) – Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist
  • Danny DiLiberto – World Champion Billiards Player & Pro Boxer
  • Sandra Hollander (D) – Buffalo State Softball Coach
  • Willie “Hutch” Jones – Basketball Player – Bishop Turner, Vanderbilt & NBA
  • Mike Keiser – World Renowned Golf Course Developer
  • E.J. McGuire (D) – NHL Hockey Administrator, Coach
  • Charles O’Brien – WNY HS Volleyball Coach and Pioneer
  • Danny Ozark (D) – Major League Baseball Manager
  • Vaughn Parker – Football Player, St. Joe’s Collegiate, UCLA & NFL
  • Michael Peca – Buffalo Sabres Hockey Player
  • Stacey Schroeder-Watt – Shot & Discus Record Holder & NCAA All-American
  • Tom Terhaar – Award Winning Olympic Rowing Coach
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