A pair of Junior hockey teams join four prominent individuals, including two veteran NHL defencemen, as the 2020 Inductees into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame.
“This elite group of Inductees have made a profound impact on hockey in British Columbia,” said Bernie Pascall, Chairman of the Selection Committee”. “We are extremely proud to welcome them and recognize their outstanding achievements in hockey.”
Eric Brewer, born in Vernon, BC played his minor hockey in Ashcroft and Kamloops before signing on for three seasons with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL. He was selected fifth overall in the 1997 draft by the New York Islanders. The talented defenceman went on to play 16 NHL seasons with the Islanders, Oilers, Blues, Lightning, Ducks and Maple Leafs. Brewer also represented Canada at the World Juniors, IIHF World Hockey Championships and won Olympic Gold in 2002.
Mattias Ohlund, a veteran of 11 NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and two seasons with Tampa Bay, played a total of 909 games in the NHL. He was selected by the Canucks in the first round of the 1994 draft . A member of the Canucks “Ring of Honour”, Ohlund was named the Canucks top defenceman four times winning the Babe Pratt Trophy. He also represented the Canucks in the NHL All Star game and played internationally on numerous occasions.
Raised in Hope, Jay Sharrers was one of the NHL’s elite on-ice officials during his career. He officiated games in the BCHL and WHL before joining the professional ranks, and had an impressive NHL officiating career spanning 1,419 Regular season and 204 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He worked numerous Stanley Cup Finals, All-Star games and the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. He also became the first ever black official to work in the NHL, working his first NHL game on October 6, 1990.
Ray Stonehouse is a name synonymous with Junior B hockey in British Columbia, and has been involved with Junior hockey for more than 40 years. He owned the Ridge Meadows team for 25 years winning several medals at the Keystone Cup. Stonehouse has been an integral part of the succes of Junior B Hockey, most recently as President of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. He is also the owner of Great Canadian Sportscard Company in Port Moody, BC.
A Memorial Cup Championship Team, Kootenay Ice, representing the WHL and the RBC Cup Champion Penticton Vees of the BCHL, are the two teams being recognized as the 2020 Inductees in the Team category.
The Kootenay Ice, based in Cranbrook, BC won the WHL title and the 2002 Memorial Cup under General Manager Jeff Chynoweth and Coach Ryan McGill. Several players from the team’s roster went on to pursue successful hockey careers, including NHL veterans Jarrett Stoll and Nigel Dawes. Kootenay defeated Victoriaville 6-3 in the Championship game to win the Memorial Cup in Guelph, Ontario.
The 2011-2012 Penticton Vees, under Head Coach and General Manager Fred Harbinson, re-wrote the record book by winning 42 consecutive games, finishing their 60 game season with a total of 54 wins (a stat that would set league and national records). The Vees would go on to dominate the playoffs as well, winning the Doyle Cup and the RBC Canadian Championship. 15 BC players were included on the team’s roster including current Vancouver Canucks defenceman Troy Stecher.
The 2020 BC Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be held Friday July 24th at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bchhf.com.