Rudy Slaney

When Rudy got old enough he followed his older brother, Gary, to play meadow soccer on the "HOG". It was there where he had to learn quickly because he was playing against boys much older than he was. From there he registered with the minor soccer program and was an absolute standout as a peewee and bantam winning four Provincial titles.

Upon entering High School, he again helped his team win another two provincial titles. The coaching staff of the Newfoundland Soccer Association recognized his ability as he was selected for the Provincial Under-18 team. They went on to win the National Championship in 1974. His deceptive speed played a big role in that win.

Coach Allan Ross who named him to the Newfoundland Canada Games team again recognized his speed and scoring ability. He spent 1976 and 1977 playing with both the St. Lawrence Laurentians and the Games team.

Rudy patrolled the right wing position and many older Laurentians said that no one could cross balls into the 18-yard box like he could. Sometimes he would beat two or three players before going right to the corner flag and drifted a perfect ball to his strikers. When he decided to move the ball in the middle of the pitch his skill provided him with the opportunity to take his own shot and more often than enough the ball would end up in the back of the net.

He has won a number of awards such as Most Gentlemanly and Effective Player, Most Valuable, and Most Dedicated. His talent provided the Laurentians with a number of Burin Peninsula titles, Provincial titles, and appearances at National Challenge Cup competitions.

Rudy joins his Dad, Grandfather, and three uncles into the Hall.

The St. Lawrence Soccer Hall of Fame welcomes RUDY SLANEY.