Called to the hall

This year’s inductees to the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame are (from left) Deanna Rindal, Douglas Primeau (represented by his widow Marian Primeau), Ken Morrison, the P.A. Mintos (represented by Mike Mazurak), the PA. Minor Hockey Association (represented by Brad Toporowski) and Chris Lair. (Josef Jacobson/Daily Herald)

Six new inductees have been named to the P.A. Sports Hall of Fame

This year’s inductees to the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame were announced on Friday, and the class of 2017 will include six sports organizations and individuals who have made an impact on their sport and on the community.

Karate coach, instructor and international-level competitor Chris Lair is being inducted in the “Meritorious Service” category. The fifth-degree black belt has served on the Saskatchewan Shotokan Karate Association and as the Saskatchewan provincial coach for national competitions.

“I’m very grateful to be honoured in the Sports Hall of Fame,” Lair said.

“(It’s) something that I wasn’t expecting. It’s not something that I would have looked forward to or thought about when I started my karate career or as I continue my karate career. We don’t do it to be publicly recognized but it’s certainly nice to be recognized.”

Ken Morrison is being inducted in both the “Athlete” and “Builder” categories. The Telus Cup-winning Mintos coach is also a Memorial Cup champion with the P.A. Raiders and finished his WHL career with 391 points in 268 games. He went on to play for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, winning a Canada West Championship and setting a number of scoring records with the team. As a high school girls basketball coach his teams regularly advanced to provincial championships.

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