Posted on August 5, 2012 by Christopher Thrall

The Augustana Sports Wall of Fame will celebrate its inaugural inductees in the Convocation Centre on on September 8th.

The Augustana Vikings are proud to welcome Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Sale, NHL stars Craig Simpson, Sheldon Kennedy and Bryan Trottier to the first annual Vikings Wall of Fame Dinner, Auction and Golf Tournament on September 8 & 9.

The mission of the Wall of Fame is to honour and recognize individuals and teams and their contributions to the university, community and the different sports they represent.  The Wall of fame dinner will be September 8th at the Convocation Centre at the University of Alberta—Augustana Campus starting at 6pm. The event will be hosted by Global Edmonton’s and long-time Vikings supporter Kevin Karius. The event will also include a silent and live auction including items from the different speakers. In addition the speaker will be personally auctioned off to golf the following day at the Vikings Golf Tournament.

The Vikings Golf Tournament on September 9th is bigger and better than ever before. This year will bolster a four-person Las Vegas Scramble with a shotgun start at 10am. Gifts and prizes will be littered all around the Camrose Golf Course. Tickets include 18 holes of golf, cart, tee gift, snacks and many opportunities to win great prizes. Lunch and a Raffle will follow starting at 3pm.

All proceeds from both the Wall of Fame Dinner and the Vikings Golf Tournament will go towards supporting the fine student athletes of Augustana. Tickets can be purchased online at our secure store or by calling 780-679-1564

The Vikings are proud of the inaugural group of inductees: 1974-75 National Champion Hockey Team, Yvonne Visser, Clarence Servold, Irvin Servold, Dr. Garry Gibson and Karel Lunde.

Clarence Servold (CLC 1946)
Clarence has been an outstanding competitor, coach and administrator at all levels of the ski community: local, provincial, national and international. Two years after graduating from Augustana (then the Camrose Lutheran College), Clarence became Canada’s Junior Nordic Combined champion. He studied engineering in Seattle and Denver, earning U.S. accolades and a 2004 induction in the University of Denver’s Ski Hall of Fame.

Clarence competed for Canada at the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Afterwards, he coached Canada’s Nordic Ski Team and continued to compete internationally. Throughout a long career, his engineering skills and passion for skiing were combined in efforts to design or rebuild ski facilities across Canada.

Clarence was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1984 and received Augustana’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001. At the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, Clarence was invited to light the Canmore Nordic Centre’s Olympic torch.

Irvin Servold (CLC 1952)
Irvin Servold has been involved in – and contributing to – the sport of skiing for most of his life. He began competing at the age of 7 and twice represented Canada in the Winter Olympic Games: 1956 and 1960 in both cross country and Nordic Combined. He was Nordic Combined national champion in 1955 and 1972. Irvin continues to compete around Alberta and B.C. each winter, and also internationally every year in the Masters World Cup.

He has been a member of the Canadian Olympic Association, the Canadian Ski Association and has judged ski events around the world. He was also one of the founding members and long-time volunteers of Cross-Country Alberta, known in its early days as the Alberta Ski Division. He has coached at provincial, national and international levels in Nordic Combined, cross-country and ski jumping. In 1978, Irvin helped with the initial site selection for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games.

Irvin was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, and into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1985. Irvin was recognized with Augustana’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.

Yvonne Visser (CLC 1985)
Yvonne was a Canadian National Team biathlete for 12 years, including two Olympic Winter Games in 1992 and 1994. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 1996 and then certified as a massage therapist with specialization in sport massage. From bobsleigh/skeleton and biathlon, to track and field, Yvonne has been a team Massage Therapist at Pan Am Junior Games, World Cups and World Championships. The Nanaimo, BC massage therapist has accompanied Canadian Olympic athletes to Torino in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010, as well as Canadian Paralympians to Beijing in 2008.

Yvonne was recognized with Augustana’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.

Garry Gibson
Garry “Gibber” Gibson and his wife Dorothy have served Augustana for over 30 years. Their motto has been, through outdoor leadership and athletics, to lead young people to a greater awareness of the natural world, themselves, others and ultimately, their God. They continue to be involved with Augustana, church, and sports.

Based on his PhD research in 1976, Garry designed the Outdoor Leadership Program at Augustana. He helped devise Augustana’s cross-country and biathlon programs: in 1973, with a $5,000 grant for ski equipment from the Camrose Rotary Club, Garry was able to start the cross-country ski program. He coached the program until he retired in 1996.

Garry received Augustana’s 1995 Betty Osterud Award for excellence in service in 1995.

Karel Lunde
Karel Lunde came to the college from the United States as a pastor, teacher and coach during the late 1950s. Under his leadership from 1959 to 1985, the CLC Vikings became the football team to beat in the East Central Alberta region. His former students established the Pastor Karel Lunde Memorial Award in 2005 to honour the legacy of the beloved football and wrestling coach and professor.

‘74/’75 Vikings Hockey Team
In 1974/75, the Vikings hockey team – made up of future farmers, teachers and pastors out of a school of 390 students – won the first Canadian Colleges Athletic Association hockey championships in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

The win on the national stage paved the way for a season played in Europe, and then the inaugural 1981 Viking Cup hockey tournament in Camrose. The small, rural Alberta community hosted teams from across the United States and Europe for 25 years until its final medal ceremony in 2006.

The team made history. In 2009, the 1974/75 Vikings were inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.

Guests

Trottier played for 18 seasons in the NHL and won Stanley Cups with the Islanders (4), the Penguins (2), and the Avalanche (once as coach). He won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year in 1976, the Art Ross (scoring) and the Hart (league MVP) trophies in 1979. He was a 1997 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Sheldon Kennedy was the captain of the 1989 Memorial Cup Champions, the Swift Current Broncos. He played for six seasons in the NHL and helped Canada win a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 1988.

Craig Simpson played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers – where he won two Stanley Cups – and the Buffalo Sabres. He helped coach the Oilers into the Stanley Cup finals in 2006 and is currently part of the primary Hockey Night in Canada broadcast team. He and partner – now wife – Jamie Sale won CBC’s Battle of the Blades in 2009.

After a series of gold medals in World, Four Continents and Canadian championships, Jamie Sale won the Olympic Gold Medal for pairs figure skating with partner David Pelletier at Salt Lake City in 2002. It was Canada’s first gold medal in figure skating since 1960. Afterwards, she toured professionally with Stars on Ice, was inducted into Skate Canada’s Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, and won the 2009 CBC Battle of the Blades with partner – now husband – Craig Simpson.

The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Kevin Karius, sports anchor for Global TV Edmonton. Kevin joined Global Edmonton in 1997 and has worked for Oilers Radio and Oilers Pay per View television. He has been active in the community, acting as the honorary chair for Easter Seals of Northern Alberta and hosts the Kevin Karius Celebrity Golf Classic, which raises money for Easter Seals.

At the dinner you can participate in our first annual live auction. All of the Head Table guests will be auctioned off to golf with the highest bidders at the next day’s Vikings Annual Golf Tourney at the Camrose Golf Club.

6:00pm Cocktails
6:30pm Dinner begins
7:15pm Inductions
8:00pm Speakers

Tickets go on sale August 8th. Single dinner tickets are $75 – with youth tickets available at $25. Half-tables for four are $260 and a full dinner table of 8 is $500. Combine the evening with the next day’s golf tournament! Dinner and golf for 4 is $750, or all eight of you can dine and golf for $1300.

For tickets, call Augustana Athletics Director Greg Ryan at 780.679.1564 or visit our online store and order yours today!


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