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Miller and Davidson newest McGill Sports Hall of Fame inductees

McGill's Glenn Miller, the only barefoot kicker in the Ontario-Quebec Football Conference, wore a ballet slipper to comply with rules.

Vanessa Davidson (hockey)  - was inducted into the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame.

Miller was a fifth-round selection (44th overall) of Hamilton in the 1985 CFL Draft, but instead chose to pursue a business career in Montreal.

“It was a tough decision for me to walk away from a sport I loved and worked so hard at but I was too ambitious,” he said.  “Looking back on my life and how I succeeded as a businessman, I think it was a good decision.”
Miller is now president of his own company, MBG Finance. He and his wife Lisabel also operate an art gallery studio in Montreal.

During the induction ceremony, which was webcast this year due to the pandemic, Miller said the biggest takeaway from his playing days were not his personal statistics, “but the lifelong lessons of imprint and impact that McGill left on me . . . both as an accomplished businessman and a family man.”

Davidson, a 35-year-old Kirkland native, was a standout power forward for five seasons at McGill. She was named the Quebec league’s player of the year in 2006-07 after collecting 39 goals and  68 points in 42 games.

Davidson was also a two-time Team MVP and double recipient of the Gladys Bean Trophy as McGill’s female athlete of the year. She and goaltender Kim St-Pierre are the only Martlet players to merit four All-Canadian selections.

“If feel truly humbled and privileged beyond belief,” Davidson said of her induction.

One of her fondest memories at McGill was capturing the university’s first national women’s hockey title in 2008.
After graduating in 2010 with a degree in education, Davidson played for the Montreal Stars in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, winning a pair of Clarkson Cup titles (2011, 2012).

A couple of West Islanders —- Glenn Miller (football) and Vanessa Davidson (hockey) — are among the latest inductees into the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame.

Miller, a 57-year-old Beaconsfield resident, was recruited to McGill after playing for the Montreal Jr. Alouettes and Vanier College. He played five seasons (1982-85) at McGill where he piled up records as a slotback and placekicker. He was an all-star at both positions in 1984.

Glenn Miller (football) was recently inducteed into the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame.
Glenn Miller (football) was inducted into the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame. McGill University

Miller was the nation’s all-time leading receiver (2,001 yards) by the time he graduated with a physical education degree in 1986, followed by a certificate in marketing. The record stood until broken by Jock Climie of Queen’s in 1989.

Miller is also remembered for being the only barefoot kicker in the Ontario-Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference. (The league later implemented a rule that kickers were required to wear footwear.)

Miller said head coach Charlie Baillie suggested he kick with a ballet slipper to comply with the rules.

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