TORONTO BUCCANEERS HALL OF FAME
In June, 2008 the Buccaneers RFC were pleased to present their inaugural Hall of Fame inductees on Alumni Day. Post-match celebrations were centered around presenting Hall of Fame awards to the Buccaneers first three nominees: Darcy Ring, Dave Nixon, and the late Ron Moss. All three Hall of Famers were honoured by the Buccaneers club for their outstanding contributions on and off the field. While the Buccaneers have scores of fantastic former members of the club, Ring, Nixon and Moss were stand out players and/or builders for the Buccaneers.
In June, 2009 the Buccaneers celebrated their annual Alumni Day by inducting two new members into their Hall of Fame. The 2009 recipients were Clifford Smith and Damien Keenan, both of whom were founding members of the Buccaneers Rugby Club, established in 1976. In memory of both players (who have both previously passed on to the big rugby pitch in the sky), former Buccs President Jose Duarte, and Buccs Alumni Director Todd Smith made toasts in their honour.
In July 2010, the Buccaneers continued their tradition of honouring past players by inducting two more founding members into the club's Hall of Fame.
Mike Sarosiak (aka Lunch) who unfortunately could not be present, and John Glover who regaled the audience with wonderful stories of the origins of the club, in addition to a few unforgettable ones about his fellow inductee. John also very generously donated an original 1976 Buccaneers jersey which will be displayed in a place of honour at our sponsor bar, the Fox and Fiddle.
The evening was a great night for both old and young Buccs alike, as they were treated to some fine company and an excellent history about the origins of the club, all while enjoying a sumptuous semi formal banquet at the High Park Club.
September 2011 saw our fourth set of inaugurations into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame. Continuing on from the previous year's tradition of hosting a formal dinner at the High Park Club, young and old Buccs alike came out to honour two special past members.
Chris May (left), a former club captin and Kevin Elder (right), a former club president, both accepted their inaugartions into the Hall of Fame and helped give other members a chance to hear some of the rich history of the club. The night was a great oppourtunity for alumni members to see and meet new faces in the club, while the younger players got the wonderful context of knowing where the club has come from and how it continues on in the same spirit today.
A very special thank you goes out to Kevin Elder, who graciously donated some very special touring ties from prominent sides to the club for our raffle. A good time was had by all and we look forward to continuing this great tradition.
In 2012, the Buccaneers coupled the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony with the clubs season awards. Once again returning to the High Park Club with one of the best attendances to date, Buccaneers old and young alike were treated to great food, beverages and stories, recongnizing and welcoming Todd Smith into the Hall Of Fame. Todd has been greatly helpful to the club by way of helping to liaise with the alumni over the years and help ensure their continued involvment with the club. Thanks in large part to to his efforts the club has the privilege of having some great past players who still agree to put up with the young ones and come out every once in a while for some fun.
A very special thank you goes out once again to Kevin Elder, who graciously donated a few more classic rugby ties from his family's collection, along with some wonderful beverages which were happily enjoyed by not just the winners. In addition, some great prizes were raffled off courtesy of Amsterdam and Steamwhistle breweries, the Keg and Epic restaurants as well as Sydney Johnson's 'Ladies Basket'.
View photos of the event here
It was with sad hearts that the Buccaneers learnt of the passing of our teammate, friend, and rugby brother Davis Kelo in Ocotber of 2007.
Davis, a ginger-haired 19 year old promising young player, had only played one season with the Buccaneers. He began to practice late in the season and his first game was as a flanker against Oshawa. Those who played with him know what a brave, fast, fit and sturdy player he was, not to mention one helluva lad.
While Davis was only with us for a brief time, his memory and commitment to the game now live on each year with the presentation of the Davis Kelo Rookie of the Year Award.
You'll be missed Davis, but not forgotten.
Click here for a video montage of Davis created by club member and photographer José Lagman