2012, John Flynn (Boxing, Showshoe Biathlon, Hockey)

John Flynn was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his achievements as a Coach/Builder for Boxing, Snowshoe Biathlon and Hockey.

Dawson City’s Art Fry Boxing Club seems to produce athletes worth immortalizing. Dawson’s John Flynn became the third boxer from the club to be inducted into the Sport Yukon Hall of Fame. Flynn is joined in the hall by inductees Joe Mason, Flynn’s cousin, and Chester Kelly. Born in Dawson in 1955, Flynn began his sports career boxing at the Art Fry club before moving on to other sports. After leaving the canvas, Flynn switched to hockey and snowshoe biathlon, two sports he’d have a lot more success in. Flynn played on the Yukon’s silver-medal-winning hockey team in the 1974 Arctic Winter Games in Anchorage, Alaska.

His silver ulu in hockey pales in comparison to what he accomplished at the Games in snowshoe biathlon.

Flynn went on to win 13 medals, including nine gold, at the Arctic Winter Games in the sport.

Flynn kept active in both sports as a coach, helping a peewee boys team from Dawson win gold at a Yukon Hockey Championships. In 1997 Flynn was instrumental in the recreation of the 1905 Dawson City Nuggets game against the Ottawa Hockey Club (a.k.a the Silver Seven) for the Stanley Cup. Over a span of 22 days, the Nuggets mushed dogs and (unlike the 1905 Nuggets) snowmobiled to Whitehorse. Instead of taking the White Pass railway, like the 1905 team, they bused to Skagway. They then ferried to Bellingham, Washington, bused to Vancouver and took the train to Ottawa.

Flynn was the captain of the Nuggets in both 1997 and last year when, as part of Hockey Day in Canada in Whitehorse, the Nuggets and Ottawa Senators alumni staged two games in the Yukon – one in Whitehorse and one in Dawson. Ottawa kept the 106-year win-streak over the Nuggets going, but Flynn scored a goal against the Senators in Dawson.