Four new inductees were named to the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in January. The inductees are notable BC Hockey alumni who have contributed to our organization over the years. BC Hockey congratulates the recipients and extends our gratitude for their contribution to BC Hockey.
Dennis Kearns, who coached at Hollyburn Minor Hockey, played ten seasons in the National Hockey League, all with the Vancouver Canucks. Kearns is the top defenseman on the Canucks all time list for assists (290), shares the all time lead in total points for defenseman with 321 points. Dennis played junior in Kingston of the OHA and pro with Portland in the WHL. He was voted to the WHL first all-star team in 1970. Kearns was claimed by Vancouver in 1971 and enjoyed a successful NHL career. His mobility and offensive savvy were rewarded by being selected to play for Canada at the 1977 and 1978 World Hockey Championships. He was a two-time winner of the Babe Pratt Trophy, awarded to the Canucks top defenseman.
Brian Burke, former President and General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks, is a strong supporter of BC Hockey. His contribution came in the way of support of the BC Centre of Excellence initiatives and as a guest speaker at many of our awards ceremonies, Annual General Meetings and seminars. Burke first joined the Canucks in 1987 as Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations. He left the Canucks in 1992 to become General Manager of Hartford and later was NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations for five years before returning to the Canucks as President/GM. He completed six seasons in that capacity. Burke has supported numerous charities and The Sporting News named him Executive of the Year. It recognized his passion for the game, commitment in strengthening the Canucks financial situation, improving the on-ice product and generating increased fan support. In June 2005, Burke was named General Manager of the Anaheim Ducks.
Bob Hall is presently NHL Officiating Manager. He was born in Penticton, British Columbia. After playing minor hockey, he started refereeing in 1973 with Seafair and Richmond Minor Hockey Associations. His officiating career included assignments in the BCHL, WHL, CHL, AHL, and the NHL. Hall was a member of the NHL officiating staff from 1979 to 1989. He was referee for the first CHL All-Star Game, officiating AHL Calder Cup Finals and Stanley Cup Playoffs. He was a valued member of the BC Hockey referee program as he was instrumental in the design and operation of referee schools and instructor clinics.
Brett Hull played much of his minor hockey at the North Shore Winter Club in North Vancouver before playing junior with Penticton of the BCHL. His final season with the Penticton Knights he scored 105 goals and 188 points in the 1983-1984 season. He accepted a scholarship at University of Minnesota-Duluth and was drafted by the Calgary Flames. Hull played 1269 NHL games and appeared in nine All Star games. He was the NHL’s MVP in 1991 and won the Lady Byng in 1989-1990. He scored 741 NHL goals and 650 assists over his impressive NHL career with Calgary, St Louis, Dallas, Detroit and Phoenix. Hull Won Stanley Cups with Dallas (1999) and Detroit (2002).
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