McLean and Kelowna Rockets among BCHHof 2014 inductees
Kirk McLean is the centrepiece of the 2014 inductees into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Others include Nelson’s Pat Price, the Kelowna Rockets 2003-04 Memorial Cup championship team and administrator Bill Ennos.
“I think we have a pretty decent class,” said B.C. HHoF executive director Bruce Judd. “With McLean heading it, No. 6 for Nashville is pretty good too, Shea Weber. Maybe Pat Price has been forgotten about a bit, but not really. Everyone knows what (Price) accomplished.”
McLean played 11 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. The native of Willowdale, Ont., still holds Canucks records for games played (516), playoff games (68) and playoff wins (34), two ahead of Roberto Luongo. A Vezina Trophy finalist twice, McLean won 245 of his 612 NHL games and collected 22 shutouts with the New Jersey Devils, Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. McLean is remembered for his play in the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which included a season-saving stop against the Calgary Flames in the first round and leading the Canucks to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final before losing to the Rangers.
Price is known as a standout defenceman with the Saskatoon Blades. Price was drafted 11th overall by the New York Islanders in 1975. Instead of joining the Islanders, he chose to sign with the World Hockey Association’s Vancouver Blazers for $1.3 million. He eventually joined the Islanders and also played for the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Quebec Nordiques, New York Rangers and Minnesota, dressing in 726 NHL games.
The Rockets will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their championship while being inducted in the team category. They captured the Memorial Cup under coach Marc Habscheid and general Manager Bruce Hamilton. They won the regular season championship and went undefeated in the Memorial Cup winning four straight. Defenceman Shea Weber was a tournament all-star, goalie Kelly Guard was most valuable player and hometown product Josh Gorges of the Montreal Canadiens was winner of the most sportsmanlike award.
Ennos has been part of amateur hockey development in British Columbia for many years. He joined BC Amateur Hockey Association (now BC Hockey) as program co-ordinator in 1980. In 1989, he succeeded Bob Nicholson as development co-ordinator. He is presently associate director-programs. He was a leader in developing the B.C. Junior Olympic Program and its transition into the Best Ever Program of Excellence. Ennos also played hockey with the UBC Thunderbirds. He has received many awards including the BC Hockey Life Member’s Award for his outstanding contribution to the development and growth of amateur hockey.
Judd said Ennos was instrumental with the rules and regulations in place now.
“He’s very deserving of it,” said Judd, who praised Ennos’s work at the grassroots level of hockey.
During the ceremony to be held July 25 at the South Okanagan Events Centre, the first Bernie Pascall Award for Officiating and Announcing will be handed out.