Every day this week leading up to the StFX Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on October 20th, we will profile our 2012 inductees. Today we introduce the 1963 X-Men football team.
Legendary X-Men football coach Don Loney referred to the 1963 X-Men as the ‘greatest overall team’ he ever coached. The team went undefeated in nine conference games (including four shutouts), outscoring their opponents by a 405-21 margin. They went on to defeat Toronto 15-9 at the Atlantic Bowl and with an earlier exhibition win over McGill, posted an undefeated 11-0 record. Prior to the establishment of the Vanier Cup, the Atlantic Bowl victory was the 1963 X-Men’s championship game. The same X-Men squad was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1983.
Team members include: Carl Alguire, Eddie Amaral, Doug Billing, Jim Bowes, Mike Brosseau, Jim Burke, Ken Bussey, Howie Carty, Gary Ceppetelli, Steve Connolly, Ronald Chisholm, Bill Crean, Tom Delaney, Bob Doherty, Joe Franciose, Terry Gilead, Paul Girard, Terry Gorman, John Herold, Phil Hughes, Ben Kuzmic, Joel Lamorre, Wayne Long, Chuck Lyons, Dan McCarthy, Tom McGowan, Jerome MacDonald, Dave Merry, Pat McMenamin, Richard Moloy, Jim Muska, Gord Pranschke, Jon Purcell, Paul Rusyniak, Bruce Racicot, Dick Raymond, Terry Ryan, Guy Roy, Todd Scott, Roger Sevigny, John Shaw, Phil St. John, Gerald Strong, Pete Travis, Jim Ward, Peter White, Dick White, managers John Davis and Jack Ney, assistant coach John ‘Packy’ McFarland and head coach Don Loney.
This year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony and breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the StFX Bloomfield Centre MacKay Room. Tickets are on sale for the general public ($40 each) by contacting the StFX Athletic department at 902-867-2152. Inductees will also take part in a Hall of Fame reception Friday, October 19th during the X-Men hockey game at the Charles V. Keating Centre, as well as partaking in a ceremonial kick-off and ceremonial puck-drop at the respective X-Men football and X-Men hockey games on October 20th.