AMHERST, N.S. – This past Wednesday, July 18, former Hockey Axeman Mark McFarlane '95 along with two additional inductees were installed into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame (Oakland, CA) in association with CANSA (Cumberland African Nova Scotia Association).
From Amherst, N.S., McFarlane was a member of Acadia's 1993 University Cup hockey championship team and graduated in 1995.
Prior to joining the Axemen, he played for the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League from 1988 to 1991 where he won a Memorial Cup.
After Acadia, Mark turned to the professional ranks, suiting up for several teams in the Southern Hockey League, the United Hockey League, the Central Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League.
McFarlane won three Colonial Cup championships (UHL and CoHL) with the Quad-City Mallards and retired from professional hockey in 2004.
His number 22 was retired by the Mallards and in 2010 and he was inducted into the Axemen Hockey Honour Roll. Mark won five championships from Junior hockey onwards.
"It was a pleasant surprise to see the Acadia contingent attending my induction. It choked me up a bit and that will never be forgotten. I was fortunate enough to be a part of Acadia and everyone from the players, staff and the Valley community were special. It will always be a special place for me," said McFarlane following the event.
"I have so many fond memories of my time at Acadia and its hard to pick one, but I would have to say trouncing the University of Toronto 12-1 at Maple Leaf Gardens in the 1993 CIAU Championship and the ensuing 12th floor party at the hotel with Matt Minglewood playing tunes during the celebration - that was awesome," noted McFarlane when asked what his fondest memory was while at Acadia.
Mark was inducted into the MESHOF along with Bill Riley and Craig Martin.