Hockey broadcaster, gymnast and baseball legend to be inducted into the PEI Sports Hall of Fame.


CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — A hockey host, a gymnast and a baseball legend are set to become the three newest inductees into the PEI Sports Hall of Fame.

George Matthews, Scott Chandler and Arthur Sullivan will become the final inductees at a dinner at Credit Union Place on July 8 at 6 p.m., officials said in a news release.

Matthews, the unmistakable voice of the Charlottetown Islanders, gets fans into hockey even when they can’t get to the rink.

From his youth in O’leary and Summerside, Matthews had a deep desire to be a broadcaster, covering up to 70 local hockey games a year for more than 20 seasons.

His big breakthrough came when Doug MacLean asked him to be the broadcaster for the young NHL team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

His passion outweighed his lack of professional experience, leading him to cover more than 1,000 Blue Jackets games in 13 seasons. He has since returned to Prince Edward Island to cover Islanders games for the past eight seasons.

Chandler, a native of Charlottetown, will be the first gymnast to be inducted into the PEI Hall of Fame. after a career in which he competed at the highest levels of the sport.

Chandler qualified for age group national teams every year from 1987 to 1994, winning four national titles.

He was also a gold medalist at the 1991 World Small Islands Games, and in the same year was the first-ever Roland Michener Award winner at the Canada Games.

Chandler was the first to introduce several new skills to Canadian gymnastics and, after a 10-year hiatus, returned to perform at the highest level, making him the oldest man to ever compete at national championships in the age of 40.

Scott Chandler of Charlottetown is set to become the first gymnast to be inducted into the PEI Sports Hall of Fame. after a career where he reached the highest levels of sport. Contributed.

Sullivan may have died in 1969, aged 60, but his legacy lives on.

As a child, after being left without an organized league to play baseball in, he decided to create a diamond and enduring league for the community of Montague as he grew older.

The sport grew rapidly and talent began to develop, with the junior age team qualifying for the Junior National Championships in 1970.

His commitment to his community and the sport of baseball has since been honored with the construction of the Sullivan Field, leaving a legacy for Montague.

Arthur Sullivan will be inducted into the PEI Sport Hall of Fame after his dedication to the sport of baseball left a legacy at Montague. Contributed

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