It is with great sadness that Basketball Manitoba, the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials share the news of the passing of Bob Magel

Bob was well known in our basketball community first as a player and then as a referee. He is best remembered for his playing career at Sisler High School where he was a member of the Provincial Championship team of the undefeated 1972-73 Spartans. That team was inducted into the MHSAA Hall of Fame in 2011. In his Grade 12 year, he was selected a city and provincial all-star as well as an all-star in the Golden Boy Tournament (Wesmen Classic). 

After graduation, he went on to star with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen where he won numerous honours. He was selected as a CIAU/CIS All-Canadian in 1979-80 as well as the Wesmen Athlete-of-the-Year and was a member of the Canadian National B team in 1976. He went on to a career as a basketball official where he was well respected and appreciated. 

In the last few years, Bob struggled with various health issues but always remained positive and friendly to everyone. 

Our sincere condolences go out to all of Bob's family and friends.


Doing some fall cleaning?  The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and Museum is asking all members of the basketball community to search through all of the basketball memorabilia they have collected over the years. We would like to increase our collection with as many 'new' items as possible. We know that many of you have a lot of stuff that you, or your parents, saved over the years. It is probably tucked away somewhere and you seldom look at it. This is an opportunity to donate it to the Hall of Fame and Museum so that it can be preserved and displayed for all our visitors, present and future. It will get a good home, will be looked after and will become a part of the history of the great game of basketball in Manitoba.

We can also convert any old game tapes in most formats to add to our growing Classic Games collection and add them to YouTube.  We can take formats in DVD, VHS, Beta among others.  Learn more...

The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame induction dinner, originally scheduled for September 25 of this year has been re-scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2022. The location will be the same - The Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg. It is hoped that, by then, the event will be able to honour the newest inductees appropriately in an environment where everyone can feel safe and comfortable. The inductees will be as follows :


  • Shawn Gray
  • JoAnne Wells-Small


  • Manny Aranez
  • Ray Hurd
  • John Klassen
  • Randy Kusano


  • Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate Raiders – Varsity Boys, 1983, 1984, 1986 & 1989 and
  • Treherne Collegiate Tigers – Varsity Girls, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, & 2003


Further information regarding tickets will be made available as it gets closer to the event. We hope to see everyone out that night. The Hall of Fame dinners have become a major celebration for the entire extended basketball community, and it is hoped to see them continue to grow.

Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame

A big congratulations to the 2020 inductee class who will finally get the opportunity to be fully recognized at our annual Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Manitoba Liquor Mart.  This November, the MSHOF will formally welcome into the Hall of Fame...

  • Jen Saunders (Athlete – Racquetball),
  • Sheldon Kennedy (Athlete/Builder – Multi-sport),
  • Ralph Lyndon (Athlete – Multi-sport) and
  • The 1996 and 1997 University of Manitoba Bison Women’s Basketball Teams . 
It has been a long time coming and we hope that you can join us so we can give these sport legends the recognition they deserve.

You're invited!

The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner will take place 

  • Thursday, November 4th, 2021.
  • Doors Open & Cocktails: 5:30 pm  
  • Dinner:  6:00 pm
  • Induction Ceremony:  7:00 pm

Tickets are now on sale HERE.

Safety is a top priority, so there will be limited seating at this year's event. In line with the current public health orders, guests must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and wear a mask to attend this event. Proof of vaccination and photo ID must be shown at the door before entering the event. Masks must be worn at all times when not eating or drinking, and we will recognize vaccination exemptions for children 12 and under if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

We will honour the others in the Class of 2020 at Sport Manitoba's Night of Champions event on April 21, 2022. We will formally induct the following honourees and will keep you up to date with event and ticket information when it is available.

  • Ruth Klassen (Athlete – Volleyball)
  • Ed Werenich (Athlete – Curling)
  • Marilyn Fraser ( Builder – Athletics)
  • Baxter Humby (Athlete – Kickboxing/Muay-Thai) 
  • Paul Robson (Builder – Multisport)


by Richard Harzing, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

If you're a basketball fan, you know all about the fast-paced, end-to-end action, three-point shooting style that plays out in today’s NBA games. But back in the ‘70s, the game looked nothing like it does today. The three-point line did not exist, hard fouls were just ordinary fouls, and if you wanted to get into the paint, you had to pay a price, as there was no such thing as a defensive three-second rule.

Yes, today’s NBA players have it easy compared to the physical demands of the game in the 1970s.

In Canada during this time, there was a basketball team whose individual skill sets complimented each other really well. They had decent size and tenacity, a winning attitude, and talented shooters, rebounders, and passers. Above all, they all shared a love of the game, and it led them to win three senior A Canadian basketball championships. That team was the St. Andrews Super Saints. 


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.