The Gee-Gees Football Hall of Fame will welcome three new players to its illustrious membership on April 29, 2017 at the annual Touchdown Dinner. A trio of All-Canadians: Gord Weber, Lukas Shaver, and Kevin Kelly will be honoured as the 2017 induction class at the Chateau Laurier.
Gord Weber played linebacker for uOttawa from 1985-1989, garnering two All-Canadian awards and the OQIFC Most Outstanding Defensive Player award in 1989. Known as a hard-hitter with great speed and range, Weber totalled 329 tackles during his time in Garnet and Grey, including a league-leading 91 in his rookie year. He was drafted by the Ottawa Rough Riders in the 1989 CFL Draft and enjoyed a four-year career with Ottawa. Born and raised in Ottawa, Weber is now a professional photographer and works for the CFL covering Redblacks games as well as regularly volunteering his expertise to shoot the action at Gee-Gees games.
Lukas Shaver was a two-time All-Canadian at safety and the 2000 winner of the OQIFC Most Outstanding Defensive Player award. He played from 1997-2000, one of the most successful periods in Gee-Gees history, and was captain of a vaunted defence which carried uOttawa to its Vanier Cup victory in 2000. Drafted by Calgary in the third round of the 2001 CFL Draft, Shaver played two seasons in the CFL, primarily with the Blue Bombers. He is now a Captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force, piloting an Airbus 310 on active duty in operations against ISIL. He has received a NATO medal for service on NATO Operation Unified Protector in Libya and also served as part of Operation Provision in Lebanon to transport Syrian refugees to Canada.
Kevin Kelly is one of only six Gee-Gees to be named an All-Canadian three times and was the anchor of the Gee-Gees offensive line during his 2003-07 career. Playing centre, Kelly was recognized in 2005, 2006, and 2007 with OUA All-Star and All-Canadian awards. His leadership allowed a formidable offence to lead the OUA in yardage in 2006 and he was one of the captains to step forward and raise the 2006 Yates Cup. Now a teacher and football coach at St. Joseph High School after earning his Master’s of Education from uOttawa, Kelly continues to inspire football players with his positive attitude and work ethic.
Both Weber and Shaver returned to uOttawa following their professional playing careers to complete their undergraduate degrees in the Faculty of Social Science.
Tickets for the Touchdown Dinner and Hall of Fame ceremony are now available online. All proceeds from the dinner support the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Football Program.