Peters to enter hall of fame

Former Fort Frances resident R.H. ‘Bob’ Peters was announced as one of six new 2002 entries into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame yesterday
Peters will be inducted in the “builder” category for a long and successful 41-year coaching career with the University of North Dakota and Bemidji State University hockey programs.
“Being nominated and then being selected is certainly a professional milestone. It’s a great, great honour,” said Peters, 64, who retired last spring with a 728-267-47 record and 13 national (various division I and II) titles under his belt. But hockey is still in his blood. Currently a member with BSU’s athletic department specializing in fundraising for the men’s and women’s hockey teams, Peters also is the commissioner of the three-year hold College Hockey America conference.
“Hockey is just something I’ve always enjoyed,” he reasoned.
And while his ties remain close to Fort Frances with friends, family and former teammates and charges, Peters admitted he doesn’t know who nominated him to the NWO hall-of-fame.
“In a way, it was surprise. I still don’t know who nominated me,” he laughed.
Other inductees, all from Thunder Bay included cyclist Curt Harnett, diver Mary DePiero, judoka Sandra Greaves and hockey player Walt Poddubny in the “athlete” category and Jeff Currie’s junior men’s curling rink who captured the 1995 national title in the “team” category.
Peters added he and his wife, Marylou, are planning to attend the 21st annual induction ceremony on Sept. 28 at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay.