Esks' dynasty gets its due

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

They were Edmonton's first pro sports dynasty.

And it took until 2007 - 51 years after they won their third Grey Cup in a row - for the 1954-55-56 Edmonton Eskimos to get into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame?

"That shocked me," said Tom Wilkinson, who went in with the five-in-a-row 1978-82 Eskimos a decade ago.

Wilkinson was at a ceremony yesterday to reveal the Class of '07, which includes his old pal, the late Wes Montgomery, broadcaster and Sunday Sun sports columnist.

"I just assumed they were already in, long, long ago. Long before we went in," he said of the Jackie Parker, Johnny Bright, Normie Kwong, Rollie Miles Eskimos.

"If they'd been in before, there wouldn't be so many who weren't around to have it happen to them.

"It's the same with Wes. So many of the things he accomplished in his broadcasting career happened so long ago. It's something he really would have been proud of and have enjoyed."

Bob Dean, one of nine of the members of that team, who were at the function at the J. Percy Page Centre, said it's still a great honour.

"I guess better late than never," he said.

"But 23 guys from that team are dead."

Also to be inducted are Megan Delehanty, the Edmonton born-and-raised rower who won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, and Robert MacDermott of Edmonton who survived a farming accident that took his left leg, left arm and right thumb yet went on to win the British Amputee Championship in Dublin and several other golf tournaments.

The inductees will be honoured June 1st at the annual banquet in Red Deer.

They also include: Cassie Campbell, Calgary, women's hockey; Earl Ingerfield Sr., Lethbridge, hockey; Curtis Myden, Calgary, swimming; Eldon Godfrey, Calgary, builder, swimming; B.J. Seaman, D.K. Seaman, Harley Hotchkiss, Calgary, builders, hockey; Lorna Snow, Calgary, blind sports, builder; Medicine Hat Tigers, 1987-88, hockey, team; John F. Mayell, Calgary, multi-sport, pioneer award.


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