St Vital Mustangs
2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Tickets Available Online
The St Vital Mustangs will be holding their 2019 Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies on September 28th, 2019 at the Mustang Clubhouse. This year’s inductees are a strong representation of the commitment and dedication that paved the way for the success the organization has today.
Class of 2019 Inductees
Player / Coach Category
Jack was a key player and coach on numerous Mustang teams over a span of sixteen years. Six as a player and ten as a coach.
As a player, Jack was a formidable running back and placekicker who played an integral role on several championship teams. He was the league’s leading scorer on the undefeated ‘72 Mustangs Midget championship team and starting fullback/place kicker on the ‘73 and ‘74 Manitoba Championship Juvenile teams.
After his playing days, Jack gave back to the Mustangs organization he loved by becoming a coach for ten years. As a coach, Jack won Midget Championships in ‘83 and ’84, Junior Championships in ‘88 and ‘89 and lost the Junior Armadale Cup Final in ‘87.
Player / Coach Category
Mike achieved all-star status in many of the years he played and was a key contributor to the numerous championships his teams won during his Mustang’s playing career. Mike was a talented ballplayer and teammate who embodied the characteristics and qualities befitting of a Mustang Hall of Famer. Mike was a quiet leader who led by example, as hard working in practices as he was come game time. A “heart and soul” player he played on the offensive line at guard or tackle. Mike was always supportive and encouraging towards his teammates, fiercely competitive, extremely tough and highly skilled at his position.
After his stellar playing days, Mike gave back to the organization that gave so much to him volunteering his time as a Mustangs coach. Mike went on to a very long and successful coaching career with the Mustangs.
Kevin spent ten years playing for the St Vital Mustangs starting in Minor bantam and culminating his career with a National Championship Final, as a Junior, in 1987. Kevin was a leader and a captain for all the teams he played on including championship teams in 1983 (Midgets) and the 1984, ‘85, ‘86 and ’87 Juniors. Nicknamed the “Horse” for his bruising play running out of the fullback position, Kevin would lead the Junior League in rushing in 1984 and 1985 a unique accomplishment given the position he played.
A true Mustang to the end, Kevin is being inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously.
FRED DE POURQ
With founder Art McOuat, leaving the team after the conclusion of the 1955 championship season, a young Fred De Pourcq was recruited to take over the Mustang Juveniles. Fred would coach the Mustangs until the late ‘50’s but his best season would be his first season, 1956, where the Mustangs would once again return to the Championship Final only to lose to the Norwood Elks.
Player Bob Turner remembers Fred De Pourcq as a “fantastic coach” and couldn’t say enough nice things about him. Fred was not afraid to “tell the boys how it was but he also had a great sense of humour”.
After he finished coaching, Fred turned to the administrative side of things for the Mustangs, serving as President for a time. In addition, he was a tireless fundraiser and would be instrumental in helping keep the Mustang program going throughout the 60’s.
Special Media Category - Builder
A long serving journalist in Winnipeg, Bob Holliday was very active in covering amateur football in Winnipeg during his time with the Lance, Winnipeg Tribune and Winnipeg Sun.
In 1968, Bob commenced employment with the St. Vital Lance newspaper. Bob worked for the Lance for the next 10 years before joining the Tribune in 1978 until it closed in 1980. During this time, Bob provided considerable coverage on the St Vital Mustangs, even traveling with the Junior team to championship games in Regina, Hamilton and Ottawa. Bob has been instrumental in providing information for our previous Hall of Fame inductees and has contributed to assisting the organization document its history.
Currently, Bob is President of the St Vital Historical Society and is a member of the Football Manitoba Hall of Fame, Hockey Manitoba Hall of Fame and the Sport Manitoba Hall of Fame.