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IceCaps to Celebrate Sport NL Hall-Of-Fame

April 14, 2016 - American Hockey League (AHL) - St. John's IceCaps News Release

ST. JOHN'S, NL - In what has become an annual tradition, the St. John's IceCaps will wear special - yet to be unveiled - jerseys Friday night to honour the latest inductees of the Sport NL Hall-of-Fame.

The following athletes will be honoured prior to the IceCaps game versus the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Sandy Faulkner-Ash - "Athlete" (Soccer)

Faulkner led teams to 13 provincial titles and three gold, one silver, and three bronze medals at the National Jubilee Trophy Senior Women's Soccer Championships. The St. John's native had stints with the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team and played in the North American Women's Semi-Pro Soccer League and the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU). In recognition of her outstanding contribution to Memorial University's athletic program Faulkner was elected to membership in the university's Athletic Honour Society in 1990 and the University of Alberta Academic/Athletic Excellence Award in 1992. In 2011, she was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Hall of Fame.

Nigel Facey - "Athlete" (Soccer/Hockey)

A leading scorer throughout his senior soccer career with the Fieldians, most notably in 1976, when his scoring total was double the next competitor - despite missing the last five games of the season. Facey was a member of the St. John's Capitals provincial senior hockey champions in 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976 and captain of Mike's Shamrocks - the 1979 champs. The St. John's native also appeared at seven national Allan Cup competitions with 12 goals and 18 assists, making him the sixth highest scorer of all participants. He had a 259 game career with 260 points, finishing as the second-highest scoring defenseman in provincial senior hockey history. For his efforts, Facey had tryouts with two professional teams the Omaha Knights (farm team of the Atlanta Flames) in 1972 and the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1973. He was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.

Howie Meeker - "Builder" (Hockey)

After a standout playing and coaching career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Kitchener, Ontario native moved to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1957 where he quickly became involved in local hockey, helping to create a large group of talented players. Meeker's coaching contribution had a major influence in hockey in the province. He coached high school, junior, and senior leagues in St. John's, including the St. John's Capitals who won a Herder Memorial Trophy in 1970. He is remembered for his coaching expertise, having a philosophy and instructional leadership that benefited many kids, as well as accomplished players. Meeker later went on to become a ground-breaking analyst on Hockey Night in Canada.

IceCaps to Celebrate Sport NL Hall-of-Fame Inductees to be Honoured Friday Night, IceCaps to Don Special Jerseys

ST. JOHN'S, NL (April 14, 2016) - In what has become an annual tradition, the St. John's IceCaps will wear special - yet to be unveiled - jerseys Friday night to honour the latest inductees of the Sport NL Hall-of-Fame.

The following athletes will be honoured prior to the IceCaps game versus the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Sandy Faulkner-Ash - "Athlete" (Soccer)

Faulkner led teams to 13 provincial titles and three gold, one silver, and three bronze medals at the National Jubilee Trophy Senior Women's Soccer Championships. The St. John's native had stints with the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team and played in the North American Women's Semi-Pro Soccer League and the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU). In recognition of her outstanding contribution to Memorial University's athletic program Faulkner was elected to membership in the university's Athletic Honour Society in 1990 and the University of Alberta Academic/Athletic Excellence Award in 1992. In 2011, she was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Hall of Fame.

Nigel Facey - "Athlete" (Soccer/Hockey)

A leading scorer throughout his senior soccer career with the Fieldians, most notably in 1976, when his scoring total was double the next competitor - despite missing the last five games of the season. Facey was a member of the St. John's Capitals provincial senior hockey champions in 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976 and captain of Mike's Shamrocks - the 1979 champs. The St. John's native also appeared at seven national Allan Cup competitions with 12 goals and 18 assists, making him the sixth highest scorer of all participants. He had a 259 game career with 260 points, finishing as the second-highest scoring defenseman in provincial senior hockey history. For his efforts, Facey had tryouts with two professional teams the Omaha Knights (farm team of the Atlanta Flames) in 1972 and the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1973. He was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.

Howie Meeker - "Builder" (Hockey)

After a standout playing and coaching career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Kitchener, Ontario native moved to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1957 where he quickly became involved in local hockey, helping to create a large group of talented players. Meeker's coaching contribution had a major influence in hockey in the province. He coached high school, junior, and senior leagues in St. John's, including the St. John's Capitals who won a Herder Memorial Trophy in 1970. He is remembered for his coaching expertise, having a philosophy and instructional leadership that benefited many kids, as well as accomplished players. Meeker later went on to become a ground-breaking analyst on Hockey Night in Canada.

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