Renovations continue at the home of the Lethbridge Hurricanes – the City of Lethbridge ENMAX Centre as the Hockey Club prepares for a monumental 25th Anniversary Season.
Aside from the countless improvements to the concourse, score clock and overall facility another major addition will be a suspended state of the art press box added to the east side of the building. It is with approval from Lethbridge City Council and support from the management of the City of Lethbridge ENMAX Centre - The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club and the Hurricanes/Bronco’s Alumni Association is very proud to announce this new media centre will be dubbed the STEVE “FOGGY” FALLWELL MEDIA CENTRE.
“This was a proud decision to for the Board of Directors to make in honoring a man of Steve Fallwell’s caliber” said Alumni Association Chair Dick Gibson “Foggy was known in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta as ‘the voice’ of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Lethbridge Broncos and carries with him a sterling reputation for professionalism and integrity.”
Fallwell was the play-by-play voice of the Lethbridge Broncos for 11 seasons calling games for the likes of Steve Tambellini, Ken Wregget and the Sutter brothers. Following the hockey void of 85-86, “Foggy” would return as the voice of the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes in 86-87 (the club’s inaugural season). He would continue to entertain hockey fans until mid-way through the 96-97 season, when unfortunately a sudden illness brought his broadcasting career to a halt.
Fallwell had several offers throughout his career to join the professional ranks however he remained in Lethbridge to focus on the Hurricanes and Southern Alberta. His involvement in the Lethbridge sports scene extended far beyond the hockey rink as he tirelessly promoted other local sports, ranging from baseball, basketball, football, and curling to soccer, swimming, volleyball, and track and field.
His commitment to the community also extended to the committee level for events such as the 1995 Canada Winter Games, the Scott Tournament of Hearts, the Sutter Golf Classic, and numerous other golf tournaments, baseball leagues, and curling bonspiels. It has been said that “Foggy” was always willing to go beyond the call of duty, whether it be for minor sports, high school, college or university sport in Lethbridge and the surrounding area.
Over the course of his play-by-play career Fallwell covered more than 1400 regular season junior hockey games. In 1996, he was inducted into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame in the Special Award category and in 1998 he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and received the Bell Memorial Award for Media. In 2007 Fallwell joined Tambellini and former Hurricane Jamie McLennan as the first ever inductees into the Lethbridge Hurricanes/Broncos Alumni Hall of Fame.
Fallwell released the following statement:
"Really there are no words that could possibly describe how I feel about this announcement. I am touched and deeply honored. I am very much looking forward to seeing the 'New" ENMAX Centre, and of course the new Media Centre. Also, my most sincere congratulations to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on their 25th Anniversary - My time broadcasting and travelling with the Lethbridge Broncos and the Lethbridge Hurricanes is extremely memorable. As always, I will be in the stands for the 2011-2012 season cheering them on. Again, my most sincere "Thank You" to the Lethbridge City Council, the management of the ENMAX Centre, and the Board of the Directors of the Lethbridge Hurricanes for this great honor."
(From Ryan Ohashi, Manager of Communications & Events)
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