Vincent Massey Vikings 2012 Hall of Fame Class
Josh Cory - Player 2000-2003
Josh was a dominate force for the Vikings during the 4 years he played. The best work to describe Josh was relentless. Josh started every game in his 4 years of High School and was an unstoppable force on the football field. Josh would impose his will on opposing teams and the Viking opponents needed to game plan around how to stop him. Josh’s long arms, quick burst off the line, and speed set him apart from other defensive players in the league. Josh was an integral part of the 2000 and 2001 Championship teams as well as the 2003 RMFL finalists. Josh was a very selfless player who wanted his team to succeed more than himself. He showed his love for his team in every play by doing his very best and sacrificing himself for his teammates. Off the field Josh was a gentle giant who had a calm demeanor and a great sense of humor. He was well respected and loved by his teammates. In 2003 Josh was awarded the Doug Steeves "All Heart" award for his outstanding contribution to the Viking program. Josh also received rookie of the year honors in 2000.Josh is a red seal plumber working in Brandon. He is engaged to Chelsey and is the proud dad of future Viking football players Joey and Jake.
Tyson Snelling - Player 2002-2005
Many would call Tyson Snelling an undersized football player that would be too small to ever play college football. What people didn’t know that his heart was bigger than the moon and Tyson proved his doubters wrong by becoming a starting cornerback and team captain for the Minot State Beavers. Tyson Snelling epitomizes the words grit and perseverance. As a running back for the Vikings Tyson dominated the RMFL with his power, quickness, speed and awareness. Tyson always made the big plays when needed and often carried the team on his shoulders. Tyson has a kind heart who always considers others first. You would never hear Tyson saying a bad word about anybody- he respected the game, his opponents and his teammates too much to degrade them. His calm demeanor on the field instilled in his teammates and coaches a sense of confidence that everything would be alright because Tyson could handle it. In 2004 Tyson helped an underdog Viking football team beat the Dauphin Clippers in the RMFL final. In that game Tyson returned an onside kick for a touchdown late in the game to seal the win for the Vikings - forever giving credence to the Viking saying “What is the most important play in football?” Tyson received the MVP award from the RMFL in 2004 he also received the Vincent Massey 2003 “True Grit” award and the 2005 Viking MVP award. Tyson has recently graduated from Minot State with an International Degree in Business and Management. Tyson has spent the last year working at a Tiber Ridge Treatment center a rehabilitation center for young males ages 12-17.
The Dubois Family - Players Builders 2001-2011
Each member of the Dubois family Michael, Tanis, Christopher, Carolyn, Matthew, Catherine and Michael have made significant contributions to the Viking football team for over a decade. Christopher, Matthew and Michael each were outstanding members of the team who always displayed grit, character and selflessness that is unparalleled. Each of them willing took on any role that was giving to them without concern or complaint. Christopher was a clutch receiver that will always be remembered for making one of the greatest catches in Viking history by making a diving catch against Crocus Plains in the 2004 semi-final. Matthew played on the defensive side of the ball as a defensive lineman and affectionately self-proclaimed himself as the “Pain Train”. Matthew played the interior line with grit and sheer determination. Michael, like his brother, played receiver and although he rarely saw the ball he received the Viking football “True Grit” award two years in a row, a feat that has never been repeated. Each one of the boys also played quarterback for the Vikings at different times and were chosen to do so for their commitment to the team and football sense. Matthew is still remembered for this famous quote: “I am a good tackler because I played quarterback.” Both Carolyn and Catherine acted as statisticians for the team dedicating hundreds of hours standing on the sidelines in inclement weather and travelling with a bus full of stinky football players. Carolyn or Catherine never once complained always displayed a positive attitude and contributed greatly to our program. Tanis and Michael were always considered to be the “unofficial” team owners of the Viking program. During their time with the team they coordinated fund raisers that raised in excess of $15,000. Their kind and giving hearts have helped build the Viking football program into what it has become today. The Dubois family epitomizes the word Character – a word that means so much to the Viking program.