The British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes six new Inductees, including the first ever woman to be inducted. Nancy Wilson, a former player and coach, holds the distinction of being the first female inductee. Among the 2013 Inductees are two former NHL players Mark Recchi and Paul Kariya. One time Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Marc Crawford and former player, coach Colin Patterson, join an elite group of inductees including a dynasty in Canadian Junior Hockey, the 1994 and 1995 WHL Kamloops Blazers.
Nancy Wilson has an extensive background in hockey. Nancy was Captain of the University of Western Ontario and later played with Vancouver Senior Teams before embarking on an impressive coaching career. Wilson is a former Head Coach of the UBC Thunderbirds, BC Breakers, Vancouver Griffins, Team BC at the Canada Winter Games and was an Assistant Coach with Canada's Women's Team at the Four Nations Cup and World Championships. Nancy is Owner and lead instructor for the Centre-Ice Female Hockey School and is currently a mentor coach with Team Kazakhstan Women's Hockey team.
Paul Kariya was born and raised in North Vancouver. A former Canadian Junior A Player of the Year with Penticton, he was drafted fourth overall by Anaheim of the NHL. Kariya played 15 seasons in the NHL with Anaheim, Nashville, Colorado and St Louis. Kariya won the NCAA Championship with Maine and was named winner of the Hobey Baker Award. Paul played in 7 NHL All Star Games and was a two time winner of the Lady Byng Award. He represented Canada numerous times including a Gold Medal at the World Juniors and Olympic Gold in 2002, Kariya played 989 NHL games scoring 402 goals.
Mark Recchi, from Kamloops played 22 seasons in the NHL. He is one of only 10 players in modern day NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with 3 different teams...1991 Pittsburgh, 2006 Carolina, 2011 Boston Bruins. Recchi played in the BC junior league with Langley, WHL with New Westminster and Kamloops. Mark was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Internationally, Recchi was a member of Canada's 1988 Gold medal World Junior team, three time member of Canada's World Championship team and represented Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics. His impressive NHL career included 1652 games played, he scored 577 goals recorded a total of 1533 points.
Marc Crawford a former player and Head Coach with the NHL Vancouver Canucks is among the 2013 BCHHF Inductees. As a rookie in the NHL, Crawford was part of the Canucks run to the 1982 Stanley Cup Final. He played 6 seasons in the NHL recording 50 points in 176 games. His NHL coaching career was far more impressive. He won Coach of the Year honours with Quebec in 1994-95 and a Stanley Cup in 1996 with Colorado Avalanche. Marc was also Coach of Canada's 1998 Olympic Team. He coached the Canucks for 6 and a half seasons.... Crawford coached the Canucks in 529 games and 246 wins. Overall, he coached 1151 games in the NHL. He is presently coaching the ZSC Lions in Switzerland.
Colin Patterson has made an impact at various levels of hockey as a player and coach. He won a NCAA Championship in 1965 as a member of Michigan Tech. He later played with the Kimberly Dynamiters. Patterson coached in numerous leagues including the Swiss Elite League, Assistant Coach with Memorial Cup Champion Kootenay Ice, Head Coach Tri City Americans, Coach of the Peterborough Phantoms of the British Pro League. Patterson also coached Canada at the Spengler Cup and Izvestia Championships. He was the recipient of the Gordon Juckes Award for his contribution to hockey in Canada, Colin was also named BC Coach of the Year. .. Colin wrote a highly acclaimed "Lesson Plan" for the CAHA. He is a retired school teacher from Cranbrook, British Columbia.
Kamloops Blazers teams of 1993-94 and 1994-95 round out the 2013 BC Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees. The Blazers won back to back Memorial Cups under head Coach Don Hay and General Manager Bob Brown. Many of the players shared in the double Canadian Junior Hockey Championships. Darcy Tucker, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan, Hnat Domenichelli, Nolan Baumgartner, Jason Strudwick and Ryan Huska were just a few of the standout players on the two time Championship Teams. Baumgartner was the top defenceman in the WHL in 1995. Tucker was the Blazers top scorer both seasons. Kamloops has missed the playoffs just twice in 30 seasons.
The 2013 BC Hockey Hall of Fame Induction will be held in Penticton on Friday July 26th at the South Okanagan Events Centre.