Tennis Alberta would like to congratulate all twelve inductees for 2017 into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. These individuals helped lead the charge for improved sport and recreation in our province, and without their time and dedication, likely countless athletic opportunities would not be available today.
This year there is one inductee who has been especially impactful to the sport of tennis in our province. A true leader, Hans Maciej, was also an athlete, coach, official, sports administrator and volunteer for more than 50 years with many different sports; predominantly tennis. He joined Mount Pleasant Tennis Club in Calgary in 1957/58. As a member of their executive for 35 years, he helped with the revival of the club – both through membership and the facility. In Calgary and throughout Alberta, he initiated a network of public tennis courts, facilities and competitive opportunities. He traveled the province, coaching and conducting clinics, working to re-popularize the game of tennis. Hans pushed for the development of a permanent provincial tennis training facility, which became a reality on May 15, 2016 with the opening of the Osten & Victor Alberta Tennis Centre in Calgary. Hans was named an Honorary Director of the facility.
Other 2017 inductees include:
- Rick Duff, Boxing Athlete
- Keltie Duggan, Swimming Athlete
- Doug Jones, Baseball Builder
- John Kucera, Alpine Skiing Athlete
- Herbert McLachlin, Basketball Builder*
- Marilyn Palmer O’Connor, Golf Athlete
- Ryan Smyth, Hockey Athlete
- Sharon Trenaman, Squash Builder
- 1984/85 NAIT Ooks, Hockey Team
- Jeff Hansen, Bell Memorial Award, Sports Writer
- Betty Carveth Dunn, Pioneer Award, Baseball Athlete
For his immeasurable impact in sport, Hans Maciej will be posthumously inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum on May 26th.