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Babych named as 2009 BC Hockey Hall Of Fame inductee

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
A two time winner of the NHL’s Stanley Cup joins a former Vancouver Canucks defenceman as the 2009 Player Inductees into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame. Two prominent builders of the game and a veteran member of the media round out the impressive list of inductees.

Defenceman Bob Rouse, born in Surrey, BC played 1,061 games in the NHL. The defensive defenceman recorded 218 points and a total of 1,559 penalty minutes. He was a member of two Stanley Cup winning teams with the Detroit Red Wings, 1997 and 1998. WHL stops included Billings, Nanaimo and Lethbridge. Rouse started his NHL career in 1984 and played with five different teams until his retirement after the 99-00 season. Bob is now an assistant coach with the WHL Chilliwack Bruins.

Former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dave Babych, played 1,195 games in the NHL and finished with 723 points in a career spanning 19 NHL seasons. Babych played 7 seasons with the Canucks including the march to the Stanley Cup Final in 1994. He has been a resident of British Columbia since 1991 and contributes to hockey in many ways. He’s President of the North Shore Minor Hockey Asssociation, coaches minor hockey and most recently was an assistant coach for Hockey Canada at the Deutschland Cup in Germany.

Longtime WHL General Manager and hockey executive, Bob Brown is among the 2009 inductees. Brown was GM of the Kamloops Blazers from 1986 to 1995. His Kamloops teams made 5 appearances in the Memorial Cup, winning 3 straight Canadian championships. Brown was an excellent judge of talent on and off the ice. His Kamloops coaches included Don Hay, Tom Renney and Ken Hitchcock. A few of his notable players were Mark Recchi, Jarome Iginla and Scott Niedermayer. Brown has also worked with the Tri Cities WHL franchise and the Vancouver Giants. He’s presently a scout with the NHL Edmonton Oilers.

A name synonymous with hockey at all levels in Canada and throughout North America and Europe, is that of Father David Bauer. The former player, builder, coach and hockey pioneer, now deceased, joins the elite group of 2009 inductees. Father Bauer won two Memorial Cups, as a player in 1944 with Oshawa and as a coach (1961) with St Michael’s College. In the early 1960’s be began building a Canadian National team and competed in the World Championships in ‘65, ‘66, ‘67 and 1969. Father Bauer coached Canada at the 1964 and 1968 Olympics. He was managing director for Canada at the 1980 Olympics. Father Bauer was Chaplain at St Mark’s College at the University of British Columbia from 1961 until 1988 and was an integral part of the UBC and Canadian Hockey teams over that tenure.

Also being inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame is longtime media member Grant Kerr. In 1964, he was a cub reporter for the New Westminster Columbian covering the WHL Vancouver Canucks. That started a long association with hockey in BC. As a reporter for The Province, Canadian Press and many years with the Globe and Mail, Grant covered the NHL Canucks up until his recent retirement. He also covered Stanley Cups, Olympics, Memorial Cups and Hockey Canada events. Grant has an extensive coaching career, including coaching minor hockey teams, Major Midget and Junior teams. He’s a past recipient of the Jake Milford Plaque.

The BC Hockey Hall of Fame 2009 Induction dinner will be held in Penticton on Friday July 25th.
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