Former Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund, North Vancouver’s Curt Fraser, and Cranbrook’s Rob Niedermayer highlight the 2015 class of the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame that was announced on Tuesday.
Naslund, a native of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, was in Vancouver for 12 of his 15 seasons in the NHL and was the team’s captain for eight years. He scored 346 goals with the Canucks, still the most by any player, and his 756 points puts him third all-time behind Henrik and Daniel Sedin. Naslund was a first team all-star three times (2002-04) and won the NHLPA’s MVP award for the 2003-04 season. His No. 19 is one of only four numbers retired by the franchise.
Fraser was born in the U.S. but grew up in North Vancouver playing for the North Shore Winter Club. He suited up in the NHL for 12 seasons, including the better part of four with the Canucks, going on to play 704 games and putting up 433 points before retiring in 1990. The following season Fraser took a job as a coach in the IHL and has been behind a bench every year since. He was head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers for three-and-a-half seasons (1999-2003) and has served as an assistant for the Dallas Stars since 2012.
Niedermayer played his minor hockey in Cranbrook before joining the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers to play junior. He won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and recorded 469 points in 1153 NHL games.
UBC player and long-time coach Cam Kerr and the 1979 Canada Winter Games gold medal winning team were also chosen for induction.
The ceremony will be held July 24 in Penticton.
Israel Fehr is a writer for BC Hockey Hub.