Four new inductees heading into Brampton Sports Hall of Fame

Author: Mike Weaver |

Former NHL defenceman Mike Weaver is among four individuals who will be enshrined in this year's Brampton Sports Hall of Fame class in May.

Weaver, who played parts of 13 seasons in the NHL from 2001 to 2015, will be inducted alongside renowned power lifter Harnek Singh Rai, longtime tennis club volunteer Rosemary Miller, and former professional boxer Rick Souce, at the 38th annual Brampton Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 15 at Rose Theatre.

Although he wasn't drafted into the NHL, Weaver earned his way into the pro ranks after a strong university career at Michigan State, where he was a two-time Central Collegiate Hockey Association champion, two-time first-team all-star and two-time best defensive defenceman.

In his first two years of professional hockey, he won an International Hockey League title with the Orlando Solar Bears, followed by a Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves.

Weaver then went on to play 633 games in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens. He collected eight goals and 89 assists in that span.

Rai will make history as the first power lifter to be inducted into the hall of fame.

A four-time Canadian champion, he has been involved in power lifting for 40 years as a competitor, organizer, coach and referee. Along with Miller, he'll be inducted into the builder's category.

Miller has 47 years of experience as a volunteer with programs at the Chinguacousy, Bramalea and Brampton tennis clubs. She was a founding member of the Chinguacousy Tennis Club. She has also been a big supporter of the 55+ Games at both the national and provincial levels and has played on Inter-County Tennis Association teams for 46 years.

Miller has been on the board of directors at the Brampton Tennis Club since 2010. The Parks and Recreation Ontario Pro Awards program honoured her in 2016 for her contribution to promoting the benefits of parks and recreation in Ontario.

Souce started out as an accomplished amateur boxer, who became the first fighter out of the Bramalea Boxing Club to win a Canadian championship, in 1979.

He began his professional career in 1986 and got off to a 14-0 start. Around the peak of his prime, he fought three-weight world champion Hector 'Macho' Camacho, losing by technical knockout. He retired with a 15-7 record in 1992.

The Canadian Professional Boxing Federation ranked him No. 1 in the country at one point, the World Boxing Council Continental Americas ranked him ninth and the North American Boxing Federation ranked him fifth.

Souce is now a trainer at Stockyards Boxing and Fitness Club in Toronto.

The 38th Annual Brampton Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Tuesday, May 15 at Rose Theatre. A cocktail dinner begins at 6 p.m. followed by the induction ceremony and reception. The keynote speaker for this year’s event will be former CFL quarterback and four-time Grey Cup Champion Damon Allen. Tickets are on sale now at the Rose Theatre box office, or by visiting

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