The Canton High School Hall of Fame Class of 2019 induction will include five new individuals and one team during the annual ceremony on Sept. 28. The 2019 induction ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Canton High School Auditorium with a reception at Bacon Brothers BBQ at Partridge Run immediately following the ceremony.
The Canton High School Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes the following.
John Harrington, Class of 1978
John was a two-sport athlete in soccer and hockey. He received 1st team All Northern as a senior in soccer and was leading scorer of the team and the league with 24 goals. He also received honorable mention in hockey his junior and senior years. In hockey he was a captain of his junior varsity team and captained his soccer team.
John attended Brockport State where he earned a BS is criminal justice with a minor in sociology. He played four years of varsity ice hockey. He was captain his junior and senior years and led the team in points. He was MVP in 1979 and 1981 and broke an NCAA record for scoring two goals in five seconds.
In 1981 he also participated in the New York Empire State Games and was a gold medal recipient and selected to the All Tournament team in the Ottawa University Invitational.
Upon graduation, John played professional hockey in West Germany for two years. He was involved in the youth programs and contributed by teaching and promoting ice hockey.
In 1985 John received an invitation to attend the Philadelphia Flyers prospect camp and was afforded an opportunity with minor league affiliates. In 1986 John moved to Fort Myers where he currently resides with his family, wife Barbara and sons Michael and Dillon, where John spent his career in law enforcement, and is currently retired. In the summer they reside in a camp on the St. Lawrence River.
John is very active in the local community, participating in Florida Law Enforcement Games, SADD, Open Water Rescue Diving, the Police Benevolent Association, Masonic Lodge, Florida SWAT, and International Police Mountain Bike Association, among others. A sampling of received awards and recognition includes his work with Safe and Drug Free Schools, Respect for Law Camp, YMCA American Lung Association and Cystic Fibrosis, Special Olympics, Multiple Sclerosis, and the Mayor’s Alliance for People with Disabilities. He has been Officer of the Month at least five years and received several certificates for his work with youth. He also has coached many youth hockey teams at all levels and has coached high school lacrosse.
Dan Bovay, Class of 1978
Dan ran track for one year and earned a silver medal at the Van Dusen and a bronze medal in Canton in the 880 yard relay. He played baseball for two years, hockey for three and soccer for four. He was named to the 2nd team All Northern in hockey and soccer, along with 1st team All Northern and an All-American nomination in soccer. He was the Division MVP in soccer in 1977. In 1976 and 1977 his soccer team earned Section X Championships and an interdivisional Championship. In 1978 the hockey team became the Section Champions over Massena. While in high school Dan was the 1978 Yearbook Sports editor.
Dan later attended RPI and SUNY Canton, earning a certificate in the HVAC program and is currently the evening supervisor at the college. As a student, he played hockey and was a member of the 1981 NJCAA National Championship team.
Dan is the son of Larry and Lillian Bovay, both of whom are deceased. His son Dylan lives in Daytona FL.
Meghan Richardson, Class of 2005
Meghan was a three-sport athlete in soccer, hockey and softball. In soccer and hockey Meghan was captain as both a junior and senior, and as a senior in softball. She was team MVP in all three sports as a senior and additionally as a sophomore in soccer. In soccer she earned 2nd team All-Northern as a junior and 1st team All-Northern & League MVP as a senior. In hockey she earned 1st team All-League as a freshman (01-02) and Honorable Mention All-League as a junior and senior. In softball Meghan earned 1st team All-Northern all four years, was League MVP as a senior, the Watertown Daily Times 1st first team All-North as a senior, and 4th team All-State as a senior in 2005. Meghan’s uniform was retired at the conclusion of her senior year. At her graduation she was also presented with the Stevens Memorial Trophy – presented to the most outstanding senior athlete. While a student at CHS, Meghan was consistently on the high honor roll and earned an Advanced Regents diploma.
Meghan then attended St Lawrence University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at St Lawrence she played three years of softball until her career was ended by an injury. She created a child obesity program at St. Mary’s school. Meghan earned her Master’s degree at the University of Tennessee. She earned an Adidas Partners in Sports award after being voted Most Likely to Succeed by her professors. Her Master thesis focused on Gender Identity and Gender Roles in Sports. Meghan was previously the Sports Information Director and Assistant Softball Coach at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y. and is currently the Assistant Sports Information Director at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.
Meghan is the daughter of Peter and Mary Richardson. Her siblings are Amie (Richardson) Stewart and Gregory Richardson.
Sean Flanagan, Class of 2004
Sean played hockey for three years, lacrosse for four, and junior varsity soccer for two. He was captain and MVP in both hockey and lacrosse, as well as earning 1st team All Northern in both hockey and lacrosse, twice. He was voted Section X MVP in hockey. In lacrosse he also was a 2nd team All Northern his sophomore year, and an All American his senior year.
Sean attended St. Lawrence University from 2006-2011, earning a BA in History and a minor in Sports Studies in 2010, and a Masters in 2011 in Educational Leadership. He Terry Slater award in 2011. The Saints advanced to the league’s championship weekend twice over his four years. He served as an assistant captain during his senior season, then went on to play professionally with the Las Vegas Wranglers and Quad City Mallards in the ECHL.
Sean was the assistant coach at Hobart from 2012-15. Following that Sean worked at UMass-Lowell, where he served as the River Hawks’ director of hockey operations for the 2015-16 season. He is currently the assistant coach at Cornell University.
He participates in the Coaches VS Cancer Community Game Changing Gala, in partnership with the Cayuga Medical Center.
Sean is the son of Jack and Kathy Taylor Flanagan, and brother to Kyle Flanagan.
Kyle Flanagan, Class of 2007
Kyle was a four-sport athlete, playing hockey for three years, lacrosse for four, junior varsity football and then switching to soccer for his junior year. In hockey, he earned 3rd team All Northern honors in 2004 and 1st team honors in 2005 and 2006 and was named a 1st team All State and Co MVP of the league in 2006. In lacrosse he earned 1st team All Northern in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and was named an All American in 2005 and 2007. In 2006 and in 2007 he was MVP and captain in 2007. He also played in the Empire State Games in 2005 for the Adirondack team.
Following high school, Kyle spent the next two years playing hockey for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders before attending St. Lawrence University, where he earned a BA in Performance and Communications Arts. While at St. Lawrence he was Co-MVP in 2011 and was co-captain and team MVP the next year. He was also named 3rd team ECAC. In the 2012-2013 season he was team captain, a Hobey Baker finalist, 1st team All American and 1st team ECAC. He earned team MVP, the Coaches Award, and a Dedication and Perseverance award. At the end of the season he signed an NHL contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. Kyle played for the Adirondack Phantoms, Modo in Sweden, and in Binghamton under the Ottawa Senators for the next five years. Kyle currently is a scout for the Ottawa Senators.
Kyle has helped run the NoCo Hockey Camp started by Wade Megan. He also volunteers at the Edward I Moses Walk Run for Cancer.
Kyle is the son of Jack and Kathy Taylor Flanagan and brother to Sean Flanagan.
2004 Golf Team
Braden Antle, Alex Bain, David Burnham, Bryan Carpenter, Alex Darrow, Dan Davis, Eric Hayes, Shane Laurie, Ross Logan, Andrea Maxon, Dean Maxon, David Parker, Greg Richardson, Devin Robert, Zach Short, Ike Siematkowski, Blake Todd, Kyle Weaver, and Matt Wight.
With a record of 8-2 and both losses to Potsdam the team ended up in 2nd place. Greg Richardson, Matt Wight, Dean Maxon, Eric Hayes, Blake Todd and Shane Laurie won the Section X Championship. Earning 1st team All NAC were Greg Richardson and Dean Maxon. Shane Laurie earned 2nd team All NAC and the Sportsmanship Award. Andrea Maxon qualified for the Girls State Tournament.
The establishment of the Hall of Fame was a result of the 1998 basketball reunion weekend and its committee’s work. After the basketball weekend a formal Hall of Fame committee was formed. For the past several years this committee has worked to establish a pool of candidates from which to choose each year’s inductees. This pool was established by people submitting candidates through the nomination forms that are available. The committee encourages everyone to submit a form for the committee’s consideration. This is an annual ongoing process and they do not want to overlook anyone.
The monies the committee uses to support this weekend and to buy the plaques and certificates come from donations of businesses and individuals. The committee would like to thank all of those people for their generosity. A special recognition should be given to Commercial Press for their preparation of the program for the ceremony each year.
If you would like to support the Hall of Fame and leave a footprint here at school, you can buy a brick to be engraved and placed in the Alumni Walk. Forms are available at the table or by clicking here.
The Canton High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee gives special thanks to the following:
• Commercial Press for making the Hall of Fame plaques and tonight’s program
• Scott Sanderson and the CHS custodial staff for mounting plaques and site preparations
• Canton Board of Education and Administration for their support and participation
• The Hall of Fame presenters
The Hall of Fame Committee thanks the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations to this year’s ceremony. The committee relies on donations to help with the costs associated with the ceremony.
Barkley’s Lock and Safe Frazer Computing
MacFadden Dier Agency
St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union
Pat Collins Real Estate
North Country This Week
Star Route Sales & Service
Hunt Appraisels Save A Lot
North Country Savings Bank
There will be order forms available in the lobby if you wish to buy a brick for engraving and placing in the Alumni Walk. This walkway is not just for ex-athletes, but for all alumni of Canton High School. The cost per brick is $30. If you have any questions contact a Hall of Fame committee member.