The 2018 Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony is tonight, and the Generals have a strong tie to the evening. Inductees include Paul Romanuk, Scott McCrory, Rob Pearson and Paul Theriault who all have been a part of the Generals organization along with inductee, track and field athlete Kevin Dillon. The five will be honoured at the 33rd annual ceremony tonight at the Tribute Communities Centre
Romanuk, is currently an NHL play-by-play announcer at Rogers Sportsnet. He has called six Olympic Games over his career and written numerous childern’s books. He claims his first big break was being the radio voice of the Oshawa Generals.
Pearson, an Oshawa native, was drafted by the Belleville Bulls and finished his junior hockey career as a General. He was a first round selection by the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing his NHL career with the Leafs, Washingston Capitals and St. Louis Blues. During the 1991 season with the Generals, Pearson finished the year with 109 points in 41 games winning the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the top scoring right winger in the Ontario Hockey League.
McCrory, played for the Generals from 1984-87. As a General, he won the Eddy Powers Memorial Trophy as the OHL’s top scorer, the Red Tilson Trophy as the most outstanding players, the William Hanley Trophy as the most sportsmanlike player and the George Parsons as the most sportsmanlike player at the Memorial Cup. After a long professional hockey career, McCrory retired to the Oshawa area where he currently resides.
Theriault spent 10 years with the Generals, the longest serving bench boss for the team. He was the winner of the Matt Leyden Trophy for OHL coach of the year in 1986-87 and amassed a regular season record of 350-234-22 while winning two OHL championships.
Dillon, a high school track and field athlete, excelled in the sport and earned full track scholarship to Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He has been a long-time coach at Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School, leading numerous athletes to success including Olympic athletes.
On behalf of the Oshawa Generals, we wish to congratulate all the inductees on their achievements and dedication to their sport as they join many other greats in the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame.