Inducted November 19, 1994
Brian Wakelin, a native of Sudbury, Ontario is most known for his contributions to Hockey. Brian started a long and colourful career when he was elected as a Director of Harbour Grace Pee Wee Hockey Team in 1958.
In 1968, Brian rose from the grass roots level to become Central Area Chairman of N.A.H.A. Minor Committee. In 1970 he was elected Minor Hockey Chairman, a position he held until 1979. From 1979 to 1984 Brian was National Chairman of The C.A.H.A. Minor Committee and later Chairman of the Board making him the first Minor Hockey executive to have achieved this honour.
Brian has represented Canada at 11 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) meetings. He was assistant Chef de Mission for the Canadian Olympic Team at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988 and he was head of the hockey delegation at the Winter Olympics in Albertville in 1992. For the 1994 Olympics in Norway, Brian was host of Canada House in Norway for COA and Canadian government.
Brian has been the recipient of a number of awards. Most recently, in 1993, he was awarded the Federal Government’s Commemorative Medal for The 125th Anniversary of The Confederation of Canada for the District of St. John’s West for outstanding service to his province and country.
During his tenure as Chairman of Minor Hockey at the National level, Brian and his administration were responsible for introducing and setting up legislation for both the hockey helmet and face guard.
Brian now moves on to be Canada’s Chef de Mission for the next Olympic Games. With all of these accomplishments, he still manages to maintain his involvement at the grass roots level of the game. Brian continues to make a tremendous commitment to building sport in our province, country and the world.