Era: 1971 - 1990
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John Stiefelmeyer is a well-rounded athlete. While participating in the minor sports programmes of Niagara Falls, John excelled in hockey and soccer. In 1978, he was a member of the Provincial Zone Hockey Champions - Stamford Sports. Later that same year, he played on the Young Graves Insurance Soccer team which won the Ontario Cup Championship.
At Stamford Collegiate, John excelled in volleyball and basketball. In 1986, he was the MVP on Stamford's SOSSA finalist volleyball team. In basketball, John was the MVP on the 1984 SOSSA Junior Champions, on the 1985 SOSSA Senior Champions, and also the 1986 SOSSA Senicx Champions and All-Ontario Finalists.
At the university level John became one of the top players in Ontario and Canadian basketball history. Playing at the University of Western Ontario John was selected a First Team Ontario West all-star in 1988,1989,1990 and 1991. He was the league MVP in three of these years.
During these same four years, John was named a First Team, All-Canadian basketball player. In 1990, John was honoured as the most outstanding university player in Canada.
In 1988, John was the nation's second highest scorer. This achievement was bettered in 1989 when he led the country in scoring. In 1991, he became the all-time career scorer in Ontario university basketball, and the second leading career scorer in Canada.
In 1991, John capped his university career by leading the University of Western Ontario Mustangs to their first-ever national Basketball Championship. John was selected MVP of the championship tournament. In 1991, he was also chosen as Western's male athlete of the year. However, the award that probably tells us most about John Stiefelmeyer is the Howard Ferguson Award that he received at his graduation. This award is given to the Graduating Western student who has best combined outstanding qualities in academics, in athletics, and in community involvement.
John Stiefelmeyer, an outstanding athlete, citizen, and good will ambassador of the City of Niagara Falls.
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