1946

Waterways Curling Club (WCC) is formed and during the summer a one-sheet curling rink is constructed on the land owned by the Salt Plant Dominion Tar & Chemical Co. Ltd.


1948

McMurray constructs a one-sheet curling rink during the summer.


1957

The WCC demolishes their one-sheet curling rink during the summer to reconstruct a two-sheet curling rink on the same land that was purchased from Dominion Tar & Chemical Co. Ltd.


1965

  • The Great Canadian Oil Sands agrees to take over the sponsorship of the Oil Sands Bonspiel. Jerry Bussieres wins the spiel by defeating Harry Brown. First prize is an electric razor.

  • The McMurray Curling Club (MCC) one-sheet curling rink facility, built in 1948, is no longer adequate due to the influx of people. The MCC and WCC decide to amalgamate and the Oil Sands Curling Club is formed.
  • The new town of Fort McMurray provides land on King Street in the vicinity of the Keyano College parking lot and a four-sheet curling rink is constructed. The 1966 Oil Sands Bonspiel is held in the new facilities.


1966

A new arena is constructed adjacent to the four-sheet curling rink located at King Street.


1967

The Oil Sands Oilers are undefeated in local senior men’s hockey.


1968

  • Provincial Planning Office staff design a new golf course at MacDonald Island. The Tar Sands Recreation Club assists in the efforts to construct the golf course.
  • Miskanaw Golf Course is legally formed and takes responsibility for the lease agreement on MacDonald Island.
  • The Board of Administrators agrees to expand the King Street situated arena with an addition to provide extra locker room facilities.


1969

Ken Hicks wins a Canadian Amateur Boxing Championship.


1970

  • Fort McMurray wins the 1969-70 Bantam C provincial hockey championship.
  • The Noralta Figure Skating Club is created.


1971

  • Fort McMurray wins the 1970-71 Midget C provincial hockey championship.
  • The 25-metre Centennial Pool is officially opens.


1973

Fort McMurray wins the 1969-70 Juvenile C provincial hockey championship.


1975

The YMCA opens a branch in Fort McMurray.


1976

Runner Arthur Taylor sets his first of five world records in middle and long distance running.


1977

Fort McMurray wins the 1976-77 Intermediate D provincial hockey championship.


1978

  • Arthur Taylor sets another World Record as the first 50 year-old to break to the 2:30:00 marathon mark with a clocking of 2:23:01. A record which stood for 25 years!
  • Tarsands and Machine Welding win Alberta Senior A Men’s Fastball Championships


1980

  • The Canadian Black Powder Federation Championships are hosted in Fort McMurray.
  • Boxer Danny (Stone walker) Lindstrom is voted one of the “Canadian Fighters of the Decade”.


1982

  • Coached by Larry Billows, the Fort McMurray Oil Barons complete their inaugural season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) with 31 wins and 29 defeats. Billows had previously coached the Moose Jaw Canucks. Key players include Blaine Rolling, Max Bell, Greg Button, Pat Ryan and league Most Valuable Player (MVP) Greg Squires.
  • Miskanaw Golf Course expands to become an 18-hole course.
  • Fort McMurray Knights win the Edmonton Rugby Union second division title.


1983

  • Fort McMurray is awarded the 1985 Alberta Summer Games.
  • Dan Hodgson is drafted 83rd by the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round Five during the National Hockey League (NHL) entry draft.
  • The Western Canadian Senior Men’s Basketball Championships are held in Fort McMurray.
  • The Challenge Cup is established with guidelines by physical education leaders Judy Haleko, Pam Joslin, Phil Meagher and Fort McMurray TODAY sports reporter Curtis J. Philips. The Challenge Cup is a series of competitive athletic events between Fort McMurray’s senior high schools.


1984

Fort McMurray Oil Barons revert to community ownership.


1985

  • Fort McMurray hosts the 1985 Alberta Summer Games.
  • Danny Hodgson is named Canadian Major Junior Hockey Player of the Year while leading the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders to the Memorial Cup. Hodgson was preceded by Mario Lemieux and followed by Luc Robitaille with CHL Player of the Year recognition. He is also part of the gold medal Team Canada at the World Junior Championships.
  • Peter Headon is selected by the Edmonton Oilers in Round 11 230th overall in the NHL entry draft.
  • Keyano College enters the ranks of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons hit a franchise low with only nine wins in 60 AJHL regular season games.

1986

  • Senior men’s basketball Team Xerox completes an 51-game season representing Fort McMurray in various tournaments in Western Canada. Team captain is Curtis J. Phillips and team features former NCAA rebounder John Randa.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons’ Lubo Dzurilla records an amazing 86 assists during the AJHL regular season. He adds 40 goals and leads the AJHL in scoring.

1988

  • Fort McMurray hosts the 1988 Winter Olympic Games Torch in route to the host city Calgary. The torch run passes through the city February 5, 1988.
  • Fort McMurray is viewed as a potential market for a Western Hockey League franchise.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons Randy Keller leads the team with 64 goals and is named MVP of the AJHL.

1989

  • Trevor Buchanan is drafted 199th in Round 10 by the Hartford Whalers in the NHL entry draft.
  • The “Flurry in McMurray” is held March 10th at Westwood Community High School gymnasium. The featured bout on the professional boxing card has Ken Lakusta earning a seventh round KO over Rick “King Kong” Kellar.
  • Fort McMurray hosts the National Cycling Championships from August 29 – September 3.

1990

  • Danny (Stonewalker) Lindstrom wins the Canadian Lightweight Professional Boxing title with a first-round decision over Dave Fiddler at Edmonton’s Northland Coliseum.
  • The Fort McMurray Golf Course located at Athabasca Ridge, opens a nine-hole course.
  • Danny (Stonewalker) Lindstrom fights Michael Moorer for the World Boxing Organization Lightweight belt in Pittsburgh, PA. Stonewalker is stopped by a eighth round TKO.
  • For a second time, Boxer Danny (Stonewalker) Lindstrom is voted one of the “Canadian Fighters of the Decade”.
  • Phil Meagher wins the inagural Oilsands Marathon. He will defend his title a record 15 times!

1991

  • City Council enters into an agreement with the Spruce Valley Recreation Society to operate the ski hill located at Saprae Creek.
  • Miskanaw Golf Course pro Mark Shushack passes away. Contrary to city policy, the city flag is flown at half-mast for three days in his honour.
  • City council awards the tender for the construction of an arena and addition to MacDonald Island Complex in the amount of $3,000,000.
  • Fort McMurray is viewed as a potential market for the Can-Am Professional Baseball League and Global Basketball Association.

1992

  • The 1992 Alberta Winter Games (AWG) kick-off takes place in front of city hall February 1st with the cauldron being lit. This signifies the beginning and the count-down to the AWG with registration set for February 27th.
  • Rhonda Sinclair, Jody Lee, Lori Olson, Kary Anne Kjelshus and coach Randy Olson are crowned 1992 provincial junior women’s curling champions
  • “Kickfest” is held at the Wood Buffalo YMCA to a sold out audience with 14 local martial arts demonstrations by local martial arts groups.
  • Danny (Stonewalker) Lindstrom wins the Canadian Heavyweight boxing championship with a 6th round TKO over George McFall in Winnipeg.

1993

  • Hartford Whalers draft Nolan Pratt in the NHL entry draft 115th overall. The Fort McMurray native son goes on to win two Stanley Cups (Colorado Avalanche, 2000-2001 and Tampa Bay Lightning, 2003-2004).
  • City council declares June 9th as “Joey Young Day” in Honor of Joey Young of Fort McMurray who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays. Young was the highest pick of a Canadian player at the time, by the Toronto Blue Jays with a third round selection 93rd overall.
  • Fort McMurray Running Club hosts the Provincial Championships.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons’ Bobby Stewart named AJHL Rookie of the Year.

1994

  • Fort McMurray wins the 1993-94 Midget AA provincial hockey championship.
  • Spruce Valley operators terminate their lease for the operation of the ski hill and the city advertises for a new operator.
  • The National Jet Ski Race is hosted by the Fort McMurray Jet Sports Boating Association.
  • Fort McMurray Under-17 soccer team wins the provincial championships.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons’ Harry York leads AJHL in scoring with 26 goals and 73 assists.
  • Brian Shantz wins his first of back-to-back scoring titles in the Central Hockey League and is also named league MVP the following year.

1995

  • Hockey’s Chris Phillips and badminton’s Sonny Lee both receive medals at the Canada Winter Games held in Grande Prairie.
  • Fort McMurray Peewee Barons win the International Division for the Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament
  • Beacon Hill Arena was renamed the Frank Lacroix Minor Hockey Arena in honor of Frank Lacroix in recognition of his dedicated time and effort to the betterment of youth within the community.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Baron’s A.J. Aitken is named AJHL MVP
  • Fort McMurray hosts the Canadian Triathlon Championships with the assistance of 750 volunteer. More than 6oo athletes participate. Over 100 athletes were local and six athletes qualify to represent Canada in Cancun, Mexico.
  • The FLLY Dome opened on Mackenzie Boulevard.
  • Jody Lee, Lori Olson, Kary Anne Kjeshus, Diane Lee and coach Randy Olson are crowned 1995 provincial junior women’s curling champions

1996

  • Chris Phillips strikes gold as part of the Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships. He is also named Western Hockey League Player of the Year playing for the Prince Albert Raiders.
  • Bowman’s Tae Kwon Do Club is represented by 13 members at a national tournament in Edmonton. They bring home nine gold, three silver and two bronze medals.
  • Spruce Valley Ski Hill renamed to Vista Ridge Ski Hill.
  • Chris Phillips is selected first in the NHL entry draft by the Ottawa Senators.
  • June 28th is declared “Chris Phillips Day” in recognition of his athleticism and his accomplishments in hockey.

1997

  • City council names the new Little League Baseball park, adjacent to the YMCA of Wood Buffalo, “Ron Morgan Little League Baseball Park”. It honours Morgan, the longest serving Councilor of the New Town of Fort McMurray, the City of Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
  • The Fort McMurray Oil Barons win the 1996-1997 AJHL championship
  • Fort McMurray is visited by a Japanese Little League Baseball team from Sonoru, Japan.
  • City council passes a motion to purchase the FLLY Dome and lease the property to the Fort McMurray Youth Soccer Association (FMYSA) for $1.00 per year.

1998

  • Fort McMurray hosts the 10th Annual Albert Nokohoo Hockey Tournament.
  • The Apollo World Curling Championships are held at MacDonald Island from March 25th-29th.
  • Chris Marchand is drafted by the Major League Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers in the 48th round.
  • Mark Versfeld competes in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia. Versfeld wins two gold medals, breaking Commonwealth records. He is also part of the Canada’s bronze medal medley relay.
  • The skate board/In-Line skate facility at Borealis Park is named “Casselman-Lush Memorial Skate Park” in memory of John Casselman and Michael Lush.
  • Tiffany Booth, a member of the FMYSA, is selected for the Canada’s Women’s National Team.
  • Keyano College Husky men’s volleyball team wins the ACAC Ron Lavery Fair Play Award.

1999

  • Fort McMurray Ringette Association hosts the Alberta Ringette Championships with approximately 600 people attending.
  • Bobby Stewart, team captain of the Maine Black Bears hockey team, wins a National Collegiate Athletic Association championship.
  • The Western Canadian Men’s and Ladies Intermediate “A” Fastball Championships is held in Fort McMurray August 20-23.

2000

  • Alberta Francophone Games are held in Fort McMurray from May 19-22.
  • The Highland Games are held June 10. A family-oriented event it features heavy sports such as Heavy Hammer and Toss the Caper plus pipe competitions and highland dancing.
  • From July 27-August 2 the Canadian Big League Baseball Championship is held in Fort McMurray. The winner advances to Tucson, Arizona for the World Series. Fort McMurray is represented by the Bull Dogs.
  • The Fort McMurray Ladies Slow Pitch Team wins the provincial championships in Calgary.
  • The Fort McMurray Oil Barons host and win the Royal Bank Cup, symbolic of Junior hockey supremacy in Canada. They also set an AJHL record with 52 regular season wins.

2001

  • The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Provincial Hockey Tournament is held in Fort McMurray.
  • City, Council approves the decision to submit an application to host the Alberta Senior Games in 2003.
  • Official opening of the Casselman/Lush Memorial Skateboard Park is held on September 8.
  • Dr Ken Nickerson and Leo Robert are appointed Co-Chairs of the Organizing Committee for the 2003 Alberta Senior Games.
  • Scottie Upshall is named Canadian Hockey League’s Rookie of the Year playing for the Kamloops Blazers.

2003

  • Fort McMurray host the Alberta Senior Games from July 24-27 In excess of 1,200 athletes over the age of 55 participate in a variety of sports.
  • Paul Wohlgemuth selected as captain for Team Canada at World Shotokan Karate Championships.

2004

  • February 28 – March 6, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo hosts the Arctic Winter Games. Six rural communities also host an assortment of games. Fort Chipewyan hosts basketball, Arctic sports and a cultural performance. Anzac hosts dog mushing and a cultural concert. Conklin and Fort McKay host a cultural concert. Fort McKay and Janvier also play host to Dene Games and Saprae Creek, the home of the local ski hill, host Alpine skiing and Snowboarding.
  • Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School Trappers win the Challenge Cup.
  • Fort McMurray hosts the Little League Triple “A” Prairie Championships.
  • Golfer Stuart Anderson is part of the World Cup Team Canada.
  • Scottie Upshall is part of the Calder Cup champion Milwaukee Admirals.
  • Jason Loutitt is part of Team Canada at the World Mountain Marathon Championships in Italy.

2005

  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons win 14 straight games which earn them a second place in the national rankings compiled by the Canadian Junior “A” Hockey League.
  • In horse racing, Knight’s Covenant owned by Robert Vargo, captures the 75th Alberta Derby at 25-1 odds and later places third in the Canadian Derby.
  • Liam De’Silva plays major league soccer for the Vancouver Whitecaps after a stint with the Edmonton Aviators.
  • The So-Wester puts on a demonstration for local skateboarders at the Casselman/Lush Skate Park. The tour featured Andrew Reynolds of Tony Hawk Pro Skater game notoriety.
  • The Fort McMurray Bulldogs win the Big League Prairie Championship at the Ron Morgan Little League Baseball Park.
  • The Mantas Swimming Club wins their fourth straight provincial Tier II team championship in Calgary at the Alberta Age Group Championships.
  • Wade Redden and several other NHL players are the featured guests at the annual Chris Phillips/ Scottie Upshall Charity Golf Tournament held at the Miskanaw Golf Course. The tournament raises $45,000 for the Kids Forever Charity.
  • Kari Anderson bowls her way to two gold medals at the Canadian Masters Championships in Red Deer, Alberta.
  • Meaghan Young goes undefeated and captures gold in women’s wrestling 75 – 90 kilogram weight class at the Canada Summer Games in Regina.
  • Ernie Sheaves finishes fifth in a competition of 154 at the Canadian Mid-Amateur +40 Championships in Prince Edward Island.
  • Pro golfer Stuart Anderson landed fifth on the money list of the Canadian Professional Golfing Tour.
  • Fort McMurray Composite High School principal and marathon runner Phil Meagher picked up his 14th win at the 16th Annual Oil Sands Marathon. He finished with a time of 2:48:43.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons’ Brandon Sadlowski is selected to the Canadian Junior “A” Hockey League’s prospects games played in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
  • Edmonton Rush players, including National Lacrosse League defensemen of the year Andrew Turner, visit Fort McMurray to showcase Canada’s national sport.
  • Ryan Hopping places second at a national championship in the sport of cyclo cross. Cyclo cross combines road racing, running and mountain biking. His second place win earned him a trip to the World Championships in the Netherlands.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons’ goalie Jimmy Bernier records a record 274-minute shutout streak.
  • Archer Monique Marguis targets four Canadian titles.

2006

Jason Loutitt is part of Team Canada’s Mountain Running team.


2007

  • Laurie Wiltshire captures her third consecutive women’s senior national judo title in the -52 kilogram class.
  • Ottawa Senators Chris Phillips, longtime Fort McMurray Oil Barons’ president Nick DeHoog, the 2000 Royal Bank Cup champion Fort McMurray Oil Barons and Olympic swimmer Mark Versfeld are the first inductees into the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Curtis J. Phillips is the halls first president.
  • Mark Hartigan of the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks brings the trophy to Fort McMurray for celebration.
  • Keyano College Huskies Athletics men’s volleyball player Alwyn Piche is named a National Aboriginal Role Model by the National Aboriginal Health Organization in Ottawa.
  • In conjunction with the opening of the Syncrude Sports & Wellness Centre it is announced that Keyano College Huskies Athletics will be host the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) 2008-2009 Men’s National Volleyball Championships.
  • Bobby Stewart signs with the Brantford Blast to be part of their team which is hosting the 100th edition of the Allen Cup.


2008

  • Keyano Huskies host the Alberta Colleges Atheltic League basketball championships at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre and both men’s and women’s teams earn a silver medal.
  • Laura Wiltshire wins her 5th Canadian title in judo.
  • Jason Loutitt wins the Canadian National Snowshoe Championships. He also sets numerous course records in various running disciplines.
  • Colin Murphy signs with the Portland Pirates (AHL)
  • Members of the Edmonton Chill of the International Basketball League conduct a clinic during the annual C.J. Phillips Frozen Hoops All Star Weekend which showcase boys and girls junior and senior high school all star games with representation from all 20 local schools.
  • Thoroughbred owner Danny Dion was named 2008 Canadian Owner of the Year with nearly $2 million in earnings, and had Canadian Horse of the Year with Fatal Bullet.

2009

  • CCAA Men’s National Volleyball Championships are hosted by Keyano College Huskies.
  • Huskies’ Alwyn Piche is named CCAA Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year. Trent Mason named CCAA Coach of the Year.
  • Chris Phillips and Scottie Upshall are part of Team Canada at the World Hockey Championships in Switzerland.
  • Lori-Olson Johns qualifies for the Roar of the Rings as part of the Webster rink of Calgary. The Bernard rink of Calgary wins the event and will go on to represent Canada in curling at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

2010

The 2010 AJHL (Alberta Junior Hockey League) All Star Game is held in Fort McMurray.


Additions or corrections contact WBSHFS Media Liasion and Historian Curtis J. Phillips at cjphillips@shaw.ca or 780-743-4853