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Posted: July 17, 2020

The BC Hockey Hall of Fame needs help

East Kootenay hockey lovers, take note!

Located in Penticton, the BC Hockey Hall of Fame exists to honour the past, celebrate the present, and inspire the future of hockey in the province.

With the onset of COVID-19, it was unfortunately forced to cancel its annual summer induction event, but has taken this opportunity to shift focus toward creating a new exhibit showcasing B.C.’s rich and diverse hockey history.

In order to create this exhibit, the Hall of Fame is scouring the province in search of old artifacts like jerseys, pucks, sticks, equipment, programs, photos, etc. that tell the stories of our great game.

If you or someone you know happens to have any of these (or similar) items that could help enhance their exhibit, they would love to hear from you! The themes and sections being considered for the exhibit are Vancouver Canucks history, historical hockey leagues in B.C., B.C. women’s hockey, indigenous hockey in B.C., B.C.’s Championship teams, and influential people in B.C.’s hockey history.

“Our province has such a rich hockey history,” said Jim Hughson, Chair of the Board for the BC Hockey Hall of Fame. “This is the perfect opportunity for us to enhance our Hall of Fame and we’re excited to see what interesting pieces of history we can gather from around the province.”

The BC Hockey Hall of Fame was established in 1994 and over the years has celebrated more than 130 inductees in the categories of Player, Official, Builder, and Team. Some of its great names include local legends such as brothers Scott and Rob Niedermeyer and Steve Yzerman, but also such greats as Cam Neely, Mark Recchi, Joe Sakic and Paul Kariya.

Other local members include the Kimberley Dynamiters’ 1936/37 team, which was inducted in 1994. Cranbrook’s Tom Renney entered in 2006, Fernie’s Frank Lento was inducted as a builder in 2010. The 2001-2002 Kootenay ICE squad is up for induction this year.

The Hall of Fame is excited to further enhance the Hall by adding a section for the history of hockey in BC.

If you are interested in donating or lending items to the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, please call 1-778-559-3263 or send an email to [email protected].

Only suitable/relevant items will be accepted, but they welcome all inquiries as there are sure to be some great items around the province that will help enhance the exhibit. For more information about the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, visit www.bchhf.com.

Lead image: A member of the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, Scott Niedermayer was honoured by his hometown before a Kootenay ICE game Dec. 27, 2013. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW file photo

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