The BC Hockey Hall of Fame take this opportunity to thank the Vancouver Canucks and Trevor Linden for their continued support allowing us the privilege of using the media facility to announce and congratulate the Inductees for 2015, Stanley Cup Champion Rob Niedermayer, former Vancouver Canucks Captain Markus Naslund, former Canuck, current NHL coach Curt Fraser, longtime BC Hockey coach and builder Cam Kerr and the 1979 Team BC Canada Winter Games Champions.
A special thank you to Stephanie Maniago of the Vancouver Canucks for organizing the media announcement and Bernie Pascall for a terrific job in hosting the announcement.
Thank you to the former Inductees Darcy Rota, Dennis Kearns, Jim Robson, Grant Kerr, Kirk McLean, Scott Niedermayer, Allan Matthews and Orland Kurtenbach for your support and attendance.
Naslund played 12 seasons in Vancouver, current is the franchise leader in goals (346). “Nazzy” as was his nickname was the third Canuck to have his jersey retired, joining Stan Smyl and Trevor Linden. Naslund played 1117 NHL games, recorded 869 points, five times the Vancouver Canucks MVP, 8 years the Captain.
Niedermayer, born in Cassiar, BC, was raised in Cranbrook, brilliant junior career with Medicine Hat, drafted by Florida in 1993, played 17 seasons in the NHL, won the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007, member of Canada’s Gold Medal winning team at the 2004 World Hockey Championships, now retired where it all started in Cranbrook.
Curt Fraser, played his minor hockey at the NS Winter Club before embarking on a junior career with the BC Junior Kelowna Buckaroos and the WHL Victoria Cougars, being selected 22nd overall in the 1978 NHL draft.by Vancouver Canucks, playing 5 seasons with Vancouver, played 704 games in the NHL before retiring as a player and turning to coaching in the professional ranks for 22 seasons, head coach for the NHL Atlanta franchise and currently Assistant Coach with the NHL Dallas Star Cam Kerr has been involved in BC Hockey for more than 40 years. Playing Junior with the WHL Saskatoon Blades, with the UBC Thunderbirds before focusing on a career of hockey development. Kerr was a founding member of the BC Hockey High Performance program, coached minor hockey, International hockey, National programs, instructor of advanced levels.
Team BC, 1979 Canada Winter Games Champions, the team was comprised of 19 Junior B players selected throughout BC. Team BC won 6 straight games at the Canada Winter Games in Brandon, Manitoba including a 6-0 win over Nova Scotia in the Gold Medal game. It was BC’s first ever Gold at the games.