January 28, 2020
The BC Hockey Hall of Fame have announced this year’s group of inductees.
The awards will be presented Friday, July 24th at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC.
Eric Brewer, who played his minor hockey in Ashcroft and Kamloops is one of four individuals going into the Hall of Fame.
Brewer played junior with the Prince George Cougars.
The 5th overall pick in the 1997 NHL draft by the New York Islanders, Brewer played 16 NHL seasons with the Islanders, Edmonton, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Anaheim and Toronto.
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.
Also inducted into the Hall of Fame will be long time NHL and WHL referee Jay Sharrers.
The product of Hope, B.C. was a WHL official from 1986 until 1990. While only spending four years in the league, his officiating accomplishments were impressive, refereeing two WHL Championship games, the 1989 Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, Sask. and the 1989 WHL All-Star Game.
The same year, Sharrers officiated at the 1989 IIHF World Junior Championship in Anchorage, Alaska. Sharrers was the first ever African-American official to appear in the NHL.
On Oct. 6, 1990, Sharrers made his NHL officiating debut at 22 years old at the Boston Garden.
Since his first game, Sharrers appeared in 1,419 NHL Regular Season games, 204 Stanley Cup Playoff games and seven Stanley Cup Finals. He also officiated at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C.
2002 Kootenay Ice
Honoured by the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame is the 2002 Kootenay ICE for their outstanding accomplishments during the 2001-02 season.Playing a key role on the management side for the team was General Manager Jeff Chynoweth, who would win the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy for Executive of the Year in 2005. During the 2001-02 season, the team went 38-27-0-0 finishing second in the B.C. Division with 83 points.
The team found its stride in the playoffs on the back of Duncan Milroy (17G-20A), Colin Sinclair (8G-12A) and Nigel Dawes (9G-6A).
Kootenay went on to post a 16-6-0-0 record in the playoffs en route to the team’s WHL Championship win over the Red Deer Rebels in six games. The ICE went on to defeat the Victoriaville Tigres 6-3 to capture the Memorial Cup in Guelph, Ont.
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.
2012 Penticton Vees (Team Category)
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.