Sports Wall of Fame adds four more

    Danielle Bourgeois, Dr. John Hogg, James Lazaruk, and Dr. David Otto to enter the Sports Wall of Fame in September

    By Connor Hood on June 6, 2017

    Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics has announced the four newest inductees into the University of Alberta Sports Wall of Fame. Danielle Bourgeois, Dr. John Hogg, James Lazaruk, Dr. David Otto will all be inducted into the Sports Wall of Fame during the 2017 Alumni Week Celebrations, on September 24th, 2017 in the Van Vliet Complex. 

    All four will also be honoured on September 25th at the 2017 University of Alberta Alumni Awards ceremony at the Jubilee Auditorium.

    When trying to the picture the epitome of a University of Alberta Panda, one immediately is drawn to former Pandas Hockey player A. Danielle Bourgeois, B.A. (‘05), L.L.B. (‘09) – and the legacy she created over the past 17 years.

    Throughout her tenure with the Pandas Hockey team, Bourgeois established herself as one of the best women’s hockey players in Canadian University history, being awarded consecutive CIS Women’s Hockey Player of the Year Awards (2004 & 2005), consecutive University of Alberta Bakewell Trophies as Female Athlete of the Year (2004 & 2005), earning four straight Team MVP and three Team Leadership awards. Bourgeois finished her University career as the all-time University women’s hockey scoring leader, amassing 106 goals and 212 points in 85 conference games. Her 106 career goals are still a Pandas program record. 

    Her induction is also a historic one for the University, as she is the first person from the Pandas hockey program to enter the Sports Wall of Fame. 

    Few have ever changed the landscape of Canadian University sport the way Dr. John Hogg - MA (1978), Ph.D (1982) - did. His work over a 25-year tenure at the University, not only with the Golden Bears and Pandas, but also in his field of performance enhancement, is unparalleled.

    Hogg’s work with the University of Alberta’s swimming program as their head coach from 1978-1986 sparked similar changes across the country, including more funding for women’s sports, scholarships for student-athletes, and more University representation on the Canadian National Team. Five Canada West Championships were won by the Golden Bears and Pandas during his tenure, as well as numerous podium finishes at National Championship competitions. 

    After becoming a Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation in 1992, Hogg began work with various Golden Bears and Pandas teams, which in part led to one of the most successful decades in U of A history. From 1990 until his retirement in 2003, Hogg worked closely with the Pandas Basketball, Soccer, Ice Hockey, Field Hockey and Volleyball teams, who captured an astonishing 12 national championships over the 13-year span, including six-consecutive won by the Pandas volleyball team from 1995-2000.

    Wherever James Lazaruk - BSc (1971), BEd (1973) - went, winning seemed to follow. Be that with the Golden Bears Football team, the Edmonton Wildcats Football Team, or at Salisbury Composite High School, Lazaruk had the ‘Midas Touch’.

    Lazaruk joined the Golden Bears football team in 1970, which sparked the best stretch in program history. During his time on the Bears offensive line, Lazaruk helped the Bears to two Vanier Cup Championship appearances and one national title in 1972. Following his graduation, he found immediate success as a local football coach, adding High School Champion and Junior National Champion to his resume. He earned a second Vanier Cup Championship title (1980) after joining the Bears coaching staff in 1979, before transferring his coaching abilities from the gridiron to the hardcourt. Over the ensuing 20 years, he added another four city championships as the head coach of the Salisbury High School Women’s Basketball team, while also holding his post as a teacher for an astonishing 33 years.  

    Dr. David Otto - BMSc (1986), MD (1988) - While his talent on the ice was unmistakable, it was his interest in knee surgery, and his gift in the operating room that landed David Otto in the National Hockey League.

    Otto took over the Golden Bears hockey team by storm, accumulating nine goals and 21 points as a rookie in 1983/84. Over the next four years, Otto would add another 205 points, two Canada West Championships, and a CIAU National Championship in 1986. He was a member of the Dean’s Honour roll for three-consecutive years, earned an Undergraduate Scholarship in 1984, and was the co-recipient of the President’s Award in 1988.

    Otto earned his MD in 1988, and in turn, become one of the most renowned Orthopedic Surgeons in Edmonton. Since 1996, Otto has spent time as a lecturer at the University of Alberta, became the Director of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery, as well as having his research featured in 18 publications. Most recently, Otto has served as the Orthopedic Surgery Co-Director at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic, while also joining the Edmonton Oilers Medical Staff.