Best wishes and congrats to Manitoba’s JOEY JOHNSON (MBHOF Class of ‘13) who will be a member of the Team Canada Wheelchair Men’s Basketball Team coaching staff at the Tokyo Paralympic Games which begins this week! 

Joey is a native Manitoban who graduated from Lorette Collegiate. At 8 years of age, he was diagnosed with a degenerative hip disease which closed the doors to any able-bodied sports. This disability paved a path to opportunity for him in wheelchair basketball, in which he became one of the best players in the world.

He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he was selected as an All-American and led his team to three National Championships in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

Joey's greatest success was on the international level where he competed in five Paralympic Games winning the Gold Medal three times in 2000, 2004, and 2012 and a silver medal in 2008. He won other Gold Medals at the 2006 World Championships and the 1997 Junior World Championships. He represented Manitoba at the club level and with the provincial team for 19 consecutive years.

As a pro, he played in Australia and then won many European and international events and was a member of the 2004 Paralympics team that was chosen as the Male Sport Team of the Year at the Canadian Sport Awards.

Joey has acted as a player-coach on many teams and is a tremendous role model for young disabled athletes.


Congratulations go out to Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame member and University of Manitoba Bisons legend Anne Smith (MBHOF Class of ‘13) who will be the new head coach for the University of St. Boniface women’s basketball team as the program returns to the court this fall!

The school will join the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference after a long hiatus from basketball.

Anne is a native of the Province of Quebec where she attended two high schools, Polyvalente Armand-Saint-Onge in Amqui and Polyvalente de la Foret in Amos before moving on to Cegep Montmorency in Laval. She then came to the University of Manitoba where she played with the Bisons for five years.

In her first year as a Bison, 1995-96, she was named to the CIS All-Rookie team. In 1997-98 she was named the winner of the Nan Copp Award for the most outstanding university player in Canada. She was a three-time CIS All-Canadian in 1997-98, 1998-99, and 2000-01.

She was selected twice as the Player of the Game in the annual Bison-Wesmen Duckworth Challenge. In addition, during her career as a Bison, she was a member of two consecutive CIS national championship teams in 1995-96 and 1996-97.