Former Hockey Canada CEO and president Bob Nicholson has been inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
Born in Vancouver and raised in Penticton, Nicholson is being elected into the builders’ category of the hall of fame this week in Vancouver.
Nicholson, 61, stepped down from his post he held with Hockey Canada since 1998 earlier this year, and is now the vice-chairman of the (Edmonton) Oilers Entertainment Group.
Nicholson guided Team Canada to more than 70 medals in international hockey competition since 1990, including 43 gold medals.
He was instrumental in convincing the NHL to allow its players to participate in Winter Olympic competition every four years, beginning in 1998.
Induction to the hall is considered the highest provincial recognition an individual or team can receive.
Recipients were honoured on Wednesday with the official hall of champions plaques unveiling. The banquet of champions VIP reception will be held today at 5 p.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Dr. Jack Taunton of Vancouver, considered one of the grandfathers of sports medicine in the country, is also being inducted into the builders’ category.
Inductees in the athlete category this year include a pair of freestyle skiers — the late Sarah Burke of Barrie, Ont., and the late Greg Athans of Kelowna — basketball players Joanne Sargent and Lars Hansen; and ex-NHL star defenceman Scott Niedermayer of Cranbrook.
The 1978 Doc’s Blues women’s softball team from New Westminster is being inducted in the team category. The late Robert Powell, of Victoria, who captained the 1913 Canadian Davis Cup tennis team, was inducted in the pioneer category.
The late Paul Carson, of Vancouver, was inducted in the media category. The late Erwin Swangard, a native of Germany who resided for decades in Vancouver, was honoured with the W.A.C. Bennett award.
The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame is located at B.C. Place. A non-profit society, for over 40 years, B.C.’s teams, builders, athletes, pioneers, and media have been honoured through the annual banquet of champions. Including the class of 2014, 344 individuals and 56 teams have been inducted.