Sports Infrastructure Achievement - Inducted 2003
Robert (Bob) McGhee comes from an athletic background, which has been the foundation of his love of sports. Bob played hockey, baseball, and fastball and in the 1948-49 hockey season was named the Most Valuable Player in the Moose Jaw Juvenile League. In the 1950's Bob played major junior hockey under the Calgary Buffalo Association and Intermediate hockey for the Hillhurst Hustlers. During university, Bob was captain of the University of Alberta Golden Bear hockey team and coached the Junior Golden Bears.
In 1966, Bob McGhee joined the Red Deer Athletic Association and became involved in fundraising and coaching. Bob was the first coach of the Red Deer College Kings hockey team and has represented Alberta and Canada in the Old Timers Hockey playing in Denmark and Japan.
Bob has been an avid volunteer for many sporting events including curling's Labatt Brier, the 1995 World Junior Hockey Championship, World Under 17 Hockey Championship, Alberta Winter Games, and Skate Canada.
Bob McGhee was instrumental in securing sports facilities in the City of Red Deer such as the Centrium, the Waskasoo Park System, and the River Bend Golf Course while serving as the Mayor of Red Deer from 1980 to 1992. It was Bob's vision and leadership that spearheaded the initial campaign for the City of Red Deer to bid on the project to establish a permanent home for the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Bob was able to assemble both the political and financial support necessary to see the project succeed. As Chairman of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Fund Raising Committee, Bob McGhee was pivotal in the development of the permanent home and created an enduring legacy for sport in Alberta.
Robert passed away on May 22, 2021