LAKE PLACID Hockey coach Bill Beaney, actor and writer John (Jack) Kendrick, and artist Helyn (Rusty) Hovey McKenna have been voted this years class into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame.
The 24th annual induction dinner and ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Comfort Inn Banquet Room in Lake Placid.
Since its establishment by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) in 1983, the Lake Placid Hall of Fame has inducted 109 individuals as well as the members of the 1948 U.S. Olympic Four-Man Bobsled Team and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.
Permanent plaques commemorating each member are on display in the Olympic Centers Hall of Fame Room. The nine-member volunteer selection committee makes selections to the Hall of Fame.
To be considered for membership, individuals should be past or current residents of the Olympic Region, or have some significant connection to the area. Nominees must have made significant sports, cultural, or civic contributions to the Olympic Region, or their endeavors must have enhanced the historical heritage of the area. In addition to their sports accomplishments, athletes must also have made meaningful contributions to society improving the quality of life or the fellowship of man in the Olympic Region.
Members of this years committee are Jeanne Ashworth, Ron Butler, Connie Bonsignore, Liz DeFazio, Ken Jubin, Barbara Kelly, Doug Lansing, Howard Riley, Keela Rogers and Favor J. Smith.
A native of Lake Placid and graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Bill has spent most of his life playing and coaching hockey. He started his teaching and coaching career at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, VT, and moved after three years to the collegiate level, coaching at New England College. He then returned to his alma mater for two years as an assistant to legendary hockey coach Charlie Holt.
In 1986 Bill took the head coaching position for the Middlebury College mens hockey team in Middlebury, VT, and for the past thirteen years has also been the head coach of the Panther golf teams.
Bills hockey teams have captured eight NCAA Division III National Championships, including an NCAA record five in a row from 1995-99. The Panthers also won three in a row from 2004-06. The team has appeared in thirteen straight NCAA Tournaments, while winning seven of eight NESCAC Championships. His 1996 National Championship squad set school records for most wins in a season (twenty-six), highest winning percentage (.929), and longest unbeaten streak (twenty-nine games). He has also led the team to six ECAC Tournament appearances, with a championship in the 1990-1991 season.
Bill was selected as the New England Coach of the year in 1989, 1991, 1995 and 2006. He also earned the Edward Jeremiah Award as the National Coach of the Year in 1990, 1995, 2004 and 2006. In 1998-1999 he was named the USOC National Hockey Coach of the Year.
Bill is also heavily involved with USA Hockey. He served as the head coach of the U.S. Women's Junior National team (1996 and 1997) and coached the USA Hockey's Junior Olympic team (1985-1997), while serving as an assistant coach for the 1994 U.S. Junior National team. Bill and his wife Judy live in Cornwall and have two grown children.
Jack was born in Vermont, but was raised in Lake Placid. He holds degrees from St. Michaels College, in Vermont, Syracuse University, and University College, in Dublin, Ireland, with studies at Pembroke College, Oxford, England.
A former teacher and coach at the high school and collegiate levels, Jack has appeared as an actor and writer in television, films and stage. His plays have been produced in New York, as well as in many countries around the world. His poems and plays have been translated into three languages. Jack has won an Edinburgh (Scotland) and Dublin (Ireland) Festival Award for drama and has received two Rockefeller Arts Foundation Grants for poetry and drama.
Jack is married to Ulla Nordlof Kendrick and has a son Rhidian, who is a photo journalist. Jack and Ulla currently reside in Sweden.
Rusty was born in Chicago, IL, and studied at the Chicago School of Art. Following her marriage to native son Bill Hove, she moved to Lake Placid in 1953. After her husbands untimely death Rusty married John McKenna and is remembered lovingly as the mother of a large blended family. She was a member of the Lake Placid Club, the Lake Placid Garden Club and a board member of the Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society.
As an artist, Rusty created a plethora of work that is installed in public buildings, businesses, Olympic venues, churches and private homes. Rustys use of art to demonstrate her love and commitment to Lake Placid and its place in the world of winter sports is testimony to her numerous civic contributions. Her legacy can be seen in private collections and public spaces throughout Lake Placid and its vicinity. Rusty is survived by her husband John and her children and stepchildren.