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  • 1977
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UNB 1945 Men’s Basketball Team

They have been referred to as "The basketball pride of the Maritimes" and "The top team in the nation."

Their home was the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium on the University of New Brunswick campus; their coach and some-time player was the inimitable Howie Ryan; the roster included seven players - Demers, Elgee, Lockhart, Mitton, Owens, Sidwell and Stothart. Their record included the Maritime Intercollegiate, the Maritime Intermediate and the Canadian Intermediate Championships - all of the hoop world open to them.

The 108-71 two-game total point win over Toronto West End Y.M.C.A. in 1945 was their crowning glory - but the fact that all of them graduated and moved on to positions of leadership in business and industry, in government and education, confirms that they were the kind of student-athletes to whom success was inevitable.

Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 4, 1977.

Quick Facts

  • Won the 1945 Canadian Intermediate championship in Toronto
  • Won the 1945 Maritime Intercollegiate title
  • Team members: Art Demers; Neil Elgee; Jerry Lockhart (D); Ed Mitton; Ted Owens (D); Howard Ryan (D); Keith Sidwell; Dave Stothart
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