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2011 Hall of Fame - Ted Moritsugu
Submitted By Jim File on Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Richmond Hill Ringette Association is proud to announce Ted Moritsugu as the 2011 inductee into the Richmond Hill Ringette Hall of Fame.  The presentation was made to Ted at the RHRA 2011 Banquet held on June 11, 2011.

Ted has been a Richmond Hill resident for over forty years and was involved in ringette in Richmond Hill since its early days, as well as contributing to the provincial organization long after his daughters stopped playing the sport.

Ringette first started in Richmond Hill in 1978 when the Arena Administrator heard that ringette was a growing on-ice sport for girls.  Believing that girls in our town should have a chance to play, he started a one-hour weekly program.

In 1979, Ted’s daughter Lynne asked if she could join this sport, and there began Ted’s involvement in what became the Association as we know it now.

In the summer of 1980, Ted and a few other parents met to try to create a more structured program.  At the end of the 1980/81 season the newly formed RHRA joined the Ontario Ringette Association.  In its first year, goalie equipment and sweaters were borrowed from the Hockey Association.  Ted was always on the lookout for broken hockey sticks which he sawed, planed and sanded then painted red, white or blue as coloured sticks indicated positions at that time.

Registration increased each year, and the 1981/82 season had enough players to form a four team house league, with each team having age defined "big shifts" and a "little shifts" which changed every 2 minutes on the buzzer.  Seeing a need for coaches and referees, Ted worked to improve his skating skills as the only adult participating in the Power Skating sessions held each fall.

During the 80’s ringette evolved.  Markham started an association, which allowed Richmond Hill to have league play with neighbouring teams.  Teams also entered into tournaments, and eventually competed in the Regionals.  During this era, Ted was coach, referee, president, and referee-in-chief, often holding more than one position a season.  He also wrote articles for the Richmond Hill Liberal to raise awareness of the sport.

Ringette was a family affair for the Moritsugu’s.  Ted’s three daughters all played for many years, some coached and refereed; his son refereed at the national level; and wife Nancy assisted with coaching, managing, time keeping, fund raising, hosting board meetings and billetting out-of-town referees.

In 1987, Ted was inducted into the ORA Hall of Fame as a Community Builder.  In 1990, Ted and Nancy were recognized by the town of Richmond Hill as Volunteers of the Year, for developing ringette in the community.

In addition to building our Association, Ted volunteered with the ORA, as Chair of the Provincial Rules Development Committee, Referee Evaluator, Editor of the Ref-O-Gram (the referees’ newsletter), Regional Referee Evaluator, and as a Supervisor of Officials at Provincial Championships from 1995 to 2004 and in 2007, some years at both the A and double A’s.

Ted Moritsugu was primarily responsible for the establishment and growth of the Richmond Hill Ringette Association through its first decade.  Without his dedicated efforts, our Association would not be where it is today.  Thank you, Ted. 

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