On the heels of the City of Red Deer‘s bid for the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo, it seems fitting to feature one of rodeo’s greatest builders, Innisfail’s Jack Daines. We invite you to watch the video produced for Jack’s induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. For years we have heard Jack’s voice all over the radio promoting the Innisfail Auction Mart and the sport of Rodeo.
Jack Daines’ love for rodeo events began at an early age when he competed in boys steer riding. He won the Canadian Novice Saddle Bronc title in 1956 and 1957. He began his announcing career during the same rodeos that he was competing in. Since then, Jack has announced at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, the Calgary Stampede, and at rodeos in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the United States.
Jack Daines lives and breathes rodeo and he has made outstanding contributions to the sport for more than 50 years. In 1961, Jack was at the top of his bronc riding career when he built the Daines Ranch Rodeo grounds with the help of his teenage brothers. Each year, rain or shine, there is always a rodeo at the Daines Ranch. He introduced the children’s mutton busting event at their rodeo and the event has now become a part of rodeos all around the world.
Jack also started the Innisfail Professional Rodeo and the Innisfail Bucking Horse Sale. He was instrumental in developing the Alberta Professional Rodeo circuit and secured sponsorships and awards for Alberta cowboys. Jack continues to spend endless hours on behalf of rodeo as an advisor, promoter, announcer and producer.
Jack was named the 1990 Committee Man of the Year by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association and was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005. He was honoured as one of the 125 Greatest Citizens of Alberta by the Calgary Herald in 2008. Jack was inducted into in the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2000 and his son Duane followed in 2004. Father and son are together again, as Jack joins Duane as an honoured member in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
Jack Daines announced his retirement in June 2014 from planning and organizing the annual Innisfail Professional Rodeo. The event has been held for close to 6 decades!
Awards & Honours
1990 – Committee Man of the Year by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association
2000 – Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
2005 – Alberta Centennial Medal
2008 – 125 Greatest Citizens of Alberta by the Calgary Herald.
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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Mike Rogers, Hockey Athlete
Mike Rogers played professional hockey for a total of 12 years; five years in the World Hockey Association, then seven years in the National Hockey League. Mike has the distinction of being one of only four players in the NHL to achieve 100 points in their first three seasons – the others are Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Peter Stastny. Mike’s first year in the NHL was with the expansion Harford Whalers team in 1979/80. He scored 105 points in both his first and second year. Mid-way through the 1980/81season, he was named captain. Mike joined the New York Rangers for the 1981/82 season and led the team with 103 points. He averaged 67 points in his next three seasons as the team adapted a more defensive style of play. In 484 regular-season NHL games, he had 519 points. In 1974/75, during Mike’s first year in the WHA, he led the Edmonton Oilers rookies in goals and points and was selected the WHA’s Most Gentlemanly Player. He was traded to the New England Whalers in 1975/76 and was their top scorer in 1978/79. In 396 WHA games, he scored 145 goals and had 222 assists for 367 points.
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: James Donlevy, Football & Hockey Builder
‘Jim’ Donlevy devoted his professional career to more than 50 years of coaching, teaching and administrative leadership. His career in football began in 1954 coaching Bantam and High School Football teams. He joined the Edmonton Huskies from 1961 to 1963 and won two Canadian titles. At the University of Alberta, he led the Golden Bears to four National Championship games and brought home the Vanier Cup in 1972 and 1980. He had the most wins of any Golden Bears football coach with 89 wins, 69 losses and 3 ties. From 1993 to 2015, Jim was the Western Hockey League’s Education Consultant. He built a formal education and scholarship program for the student athletes playing in the league. It is now considered one of the most comprehensive education programs for hockey in the world today.
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