2020 Hall of Fame

Athlete

  • Katherine Plouffe

    Katherine’s career in High School Sports began at Harry Ainlay High School. She played on the Sr. Women’s Basketball team, having two undefeated seasons in her three years from 2007-2010. In 2009, Katherine was invited to the National Elite Development Academy, being only one of 12 girls invited across Canada, and in 2010 received the Miss Basketball Alberta Award. Katherine also played on the City and Provincial Champion teams for Volleyball all three years of high school. During the summers she joined Team Alberta, finishing 2nd at Nationals U15 in 2007, 2nd at Nationals U17 in 2008, and 1st at the Canada summer Games U17 in 2009. Katherine went on to Marquette University, big East Conference (Div. 1) in 2010 and spent the next four years getting ready for her professional career in basketball. In 2010 she was on the NCAA Tournament 2nd round Freshman Team. During her junior year at University she was Second team, All Big East All-Academic Team winner. Katherine capped off her 2013 year as All Big East first Team, Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year, CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team and All-American Honorable mention. While attending University she balanced school and the Canadian Junior National Team. Also in 2010, Katherine played as a FIBA America World Qualifier at 3rd place, and in 2011 was at World Champions taking 5th place. In 2014 she went back to the World Championships in Turkey taking home a 5th place finish. With University done, Katherine went on to the Pan American Champion and FIBA America’s Champion as an Olympic Qualifier. She also Participated at the Nantes Reze Basket in France, LFB, and the Euro Cup for two years 2015-2016. In 2015 Katherine was the French League MVP. Katherine went on to represent Canada at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Brazil, and in 2017 was a contestant at the FIBAmericup Champions. It is with great pleasure that we induct Katherine into the Hall of Fame as a 2019 Athlete Inductee.

  • Michelle Plouffe

    Michelle’s career in High School Sports began at Harry Ainlay High School. She played on the Sr. Women’s Basketball team, having two undefeated seasons in her three years from 2007-2010. In 2009 Michelle was invited to the National Elite Development Academy, being only one of 12 girls invited across Canada, and in 2010 received the Miss Basketball Alberta Award. Michelle also played on both City and Provincial Champion Teams for Volleyball all three years of high school. During the summers she joined Team Alberta finishing 2nd at Nationals U15 in 2007, 2nd at Nationals U17 in 2008, and 1st at the Canada summer Games U17 in 2009. Michelle went on to University of Utah, Mountain West Conference (Div. 1) in 2010 and a Pac 12 Conference from 2014. Michelle spent the next four years getting ready for her professional career in Basketball. Michelle received multiple awards such as NWC Freshman of the year, WNIT runner up, and WNIT All-Tournament Team. Michelle also received the Senior Class Award Nominee, Occie Evans Award recipient as University of Utah’s top female student athlete 2013, Honorable Mention WBCA All-American, Drafted 19th overall by the Seattle Storm. Michelle ended her University career with 2,100 career points being the 2nd in the school’s history and had 1,155 career rebounds making her 1st for University of Utah school history. While attending University she balanced school and the Junior National Team. In 2009, Michelle took 4th place at the World Championships in Thailand, 3rd place in 2010 at the FIBA America World Qualifier and 5th place in 2011 at World’s in Chile. In 2012 Michelle went to her 1st Olympic Games coming in top 8 in London. She ended her University time with another trip to World Championships in Turkey taking 5th place. With University done, Michelle went on to the Pan American Games taking home a gold and FIBA America’s Champion as Champion in 2015. Michelle went on to her second Olympics on Team Canada in 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil finishing top 8, and in 2017 brought home another Gold at FIBAmericup Champions. Michelle has played for the Arras Pays d’Artois Basket a French League (LFB), the USO Mondeville Basket, TGB Basket and can currently be found playing for the Lyon ASVEL Feminin Club. She gives back to the community she started with hosting the Plouffe Hoops Camp since 2015 at Harry Ainlay School for youth boys and girls. It is with great pleasure that we induct Michelle into the Hall of Fame as a 2019 Athlete Inductee.

Athletic Administrator

  • Scott Bezubiak

    Scott began his work as an Athletic Administrator at Ross Sheppard High School in 1998. He set the standard and culture for one of the most successful runs in Alberta high school sports history, with 8 Provincial Championships, 13 other Provincial Finals, and at least 25 City Championships during his ten years. Scott has since become the President of the CIAAA. Scott led the Registered Apprenticeship Program and Career Pathways at Ross Sheppard and then Harry Ainlay. However, Scott not only stayed involved in athletics, but he also strengthened his connection with high school sport by becoming involved with the AIAAA. As early as 2009, he represented Edmonton on the AIAAA Board and was one of the first Leadership Training Program (LTP) Course Instructors in Canada. Scott has written or co-written seven of the 18 Canadian LTP courses and developed no less than 10 workshops for athletic directors, presenting over 40 times to more than 1000 athletic directors and coaches. For over 20 years Scott has displayed his fervent belief in educational athletics. He demonstrates this in action with the teams and players he’s coached, the coaches he has mentored, and with the wisdom he has shared with so many others. He is a servant leader and his impact will continue to be felt for decades to come. It is with great pleasure that we induct Scott into the Hall of Fame as the 2019 Administrator Inductee.

Coach

  • Calvin O'Brien

    Cal began his high school coaching career in 1971. He was directly involved in high school sports for thirty six years (1971- 2007); his entire professional career. Cal was an ASAA Zone Representative in the South Central, South West and then South Zones for a total of 36 years. He coached high school sports 1971 -2001 and he served as Athletic Director at Catholic Central High School 1987 -2007. His contribution to school sport was not only in coaching but also leadership in the many volunteer positions he held in various sports councils and leagues. In 1971-1976 at Canmore High School, Cal coached girls basketball, girls volleyball, track & field, badminton, and cross country. In 1973, his girls basketball team won Zone Championships, the first team banner in that school’s history. In 1976, Cal coached the football team to earn the T. Eaton (Golden Football) Championship which is the Tier 1 football classification today. This is the same championship event that Cal threw the winning pass as the team backup quarterback for Catholic Central in 1963. In 1979 -1981, Cal coached at the Girls Volleyball Zones bringing home gold medals, and a Provincial Bronze medal ,1981. In 1980 -1981, Cal’s girls basketball team brought home Zone gold medals again, the consolation award at Provincials in 1980, and gold at Provincials in 1981. From 1982-1985, his girls basketball team won Zones again and took home second in Provincials in 1982 & 1983, and a bronze at Provincials in 1985. In 1986 they received Zone and Provincial gold medals. From 1991-1994 they won Zone gold medals, Provincial bronze medals in 1991, and the Provincial consolation awarded in 1993. In 2001 they received Zone gold medal. From a coaching excellence standpoint, six of Cal’s high school athletes went on to participate on the Canada National Womens Basketball team. Cal has been and is highly regarded and respected by players, coaches and administrators to this day. He is still contributing to CCHS Cougars Girls Basketball. Catholic Central High School has named the basketball court in the main gym ‘Cal’s Court. and the school hosts a Girls Basketball tournament named ‘Cal O’Brien Classic’. It is with great pleasure that we induct Cal into our Hall of Fame as the 2019 Coach Inductee.

Official

  • Todd Kennedy

    Todd has refereed 1564 games in basketball over 23 years. Todd began his first season in 1996/97 with 25 games in his first year. He now averages 68 games a season, and has driven more than 150,000 km to officiate. In the 2012/13 season Todd officiated 102 games alone. Todd has officiated at 15 ACAL, 39 Men’s League, 554 Jr High, 956 Sr. High, and too many to count in Elementary basketball games. Todd has also officiated at Provincials, including the 2013 3A Girls Provincial Basketball Championships at Strathmore High and 2014 1A Girls Basketball Championship at Clear Water Academy. While Todd was in Barrhead he not only officiated, he assigned all the games for the Association. Todd made sure every game was covered even if it meant he had to cover more games or travel to all towns within the Association’s reach. Todd has trained and mentored numerous officials throughout his career, supporting them throughout their entire development. Todd has a knack for positively interacting with coaches and players to diffuse situations and remain in control of the game- all qualities that are important in a mentor. Todd loves to interact with everybody while he is refereeing. You can often see Todd in the crowd between games visiting with parents, coaches and players. Todd can switch from an ACAC game one night to Grade 7 game the next night and give both groups his best effort. Off the court Todd is often involved in the hosting of events. Todd supported the 2015 2A Boys, 2016 1A girls and 2017 2A Girls Provincial Basketball Championships, using his expertise to guide and assist the hosts. He has worked behind the scenes on countless ASAA Provincials. While Todd was helping out with 2A Girls provincials at PCA and supporting the officials he received a sportsmanship pin from the host for his willingness to assist all the teams participating in one way or another. It is with great pleasure that we induct Todd into the Hall of Fame as the 2019 Official Inductee.