Friday, February 01, 2008
The BC Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes five new inductees for 2008 representing the NHL, WHA, WHL, BCHL, Hockey Canada and BC Hockey.
Steve Yzerman, born in Cranbrook, BC, enjoyed a 22 year career in the NHL, playing 1514 NHL games, scoring 692 goals and compiling 1755 points. Yzerman, 20 years as Detroit Captain, won numerous trophies including a 3 time Stanley Cup Champion with the Detroit Red Wings. He was also the recipient of the Selke, Masterton, Lester B Pearson and Conn Smythe Trophy during his illustrious career. Yzerman represented Canada as a player and General Manager. He won the Olympic Gold as a player in 2002 at Salt Lake City and was appointed Vice President of the Red Wings in 2007.
Cliff Ronning, born in Burnaby, BC, played for 7 NHL teams during his 18 year career. Cliff was a member of the Vancouver Canucks when they advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in 1994. He played Junior Hockey in New Westminster with the BCHL Royals and later played two years with the WHL New Westminster Bruins. Cliff had 197 points in 70 games in his final Junior season. Ronning also played a season with the Canadian National Team. He played 1137 NHL games scoring 306 goals and 869 career points.
Don Hay, born in Kamloops, BC, has enjoyed a long association with BC Hockey. He played Junior with the BCHL team in Kamloops and later played in the WHL with the New Westminster Bruins. Hay has made a definite impact in the coaching ranks, winning 3 Memorial Cups, back to back championships with Kamloops Blazers and in 2007 with the Vancouver Giants. Don also coached in the NHL with the Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes. He was selected the WHL’s best all-time coach by the CHL.
Larry Lund was the founder of the Okanagan Hockey School in 1963 and instructed young players for more than 40 years at the world famous hockey school. The native of Penticton also had an impressive pro playing career, including several seasons with the WHA Houston Aeros. He was the leading scorer on several teams including the 1974-1975 Aeros when he edged out teammate Gordie Howe for the scoring title with 108 points. He was a member of the Avco Cup Champions as a member of the Aeros. Larry also played in the WHL with San Francisco, Seattle and Phoenix.
Allan Matthews, from Kimberley, BC, is also among the 2008 BC Hockey Hall of Fame inductees. Matthews has served hockey in many capacities and has an extensive background in hockey administration. Past President of BCAHA, former President of the Peace Cariboo Junior A League, Cariboo Minor Hockey, former member of Williams Lake Minor Hockey and Kootenay International Junior B league. He was Chairman of the Board of Hockey Canada and Hockey Canada delegate to the IIHF. Matthews has served as team manager for several BC and Canadian teams at various levels of competition.
Voting was conducted by members of the selection committee, comprised of representatives from the Media, NHL, BCHL, WHL, Hockey Canada and BC Hockey. Induction ceremonies will be held in Penticton on Friday July 25, 2008.
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