The class of 2017 BC Hockey Hall of Fame was honoured July 28, 2017, at the BC Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC. Several Canucks Staff and Alumni were honoured at the event, including:
Thomas Gradin Soleftea, Sweden
Tony Tanti Toronto, Ontario
Dave Nonis Burnaby, BC
Gradin played 677 National Hockey League (NHL) games, including eight (8) seasons with the Vancouver Canucks from 1978 to 1986. He scored 20 goals in his rookie season, followed by three (3) 30 goal seasons. In 1982, he was one (1) of the Canucks top playoff performers with 19 points in 17 games as the Canucks reached the Stanley Cup final. After his playing career, Gradin began scouting for the Canucks in 1990-1991 and was eventually named Associate Chief Amateur Scout after serving 15 years in a scouting capacity.
Tanti scored 45 goals in his first full season with the Canucks, setting a team record. In his NHL playing career, he scored 287 goals in 679 games, including 10 hat tricks, 102 power play goals and 29 game winning goals with the Vancouver Canucks; all team records at the time. He represented Canada at the World Junior Championship and three (3) times at the Men's World Championship.
Nonis grew up playing minor and Junior hockey in Burnaby before joining the University of Maine Black Bears in the NCAA. In 2004, at the age of 37, he was named General Manager (GM) of the Vancouver Canucks, the youngest GM in team history. Nonis was also Senior Vice President (VP)/Director of Hockey Operations for the Canucks and Manager of Hockey Operations and Senior Advisor of Operations with the Anaheim Ducks. He was later named Senior VP and Director of Hockey Operations with the Toronto Maple Leafs, then GM of the Leafs. Today he is a scout/consultant with the Ducks.
The following awards were also presented:
Bernie Pascall Media Award - Joey Kenward
Pat Quinn Award - Travis Green
For a full list of winners, please visit bchockey.net