Calgary, AB - The BC Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Penticton, BC, welcomed five new inductees at a media conference in Vancouver on Monday, including two executive members of Canada’s 2002 Men’s Gold Medal Olympic hockey team.
Penticton, BC, native Bob Nicholson, President of Hockey Canada, has witnessed a total of 26 medals being won by Canadian Teams under his direction since he joined Hockey Canada in 1992 . Included in that medal total, Canada’s Women and Men’s teams winning Gold at the 2002 Olympics and a 2003 Gold at the Men’s World Hockey Championship. Nicholson played Junior Hockey in Penticton and NCAA hockey at Providence College. He held the position of Technical Director with the BC Amateur Hockey Association for 10 years before joining Hockey Canada.
Steve Tambellini of Trail, BC, Vice President of Hockey Development with the NHL Vancouver Canucks, will also be inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame. Tambellini played 10 seasons in the NHL, winning a Stanley Cup with the New York Islanders in 1980. He also played three seasons in Vancouver. He played 553 NHL games recording 330 points. Steve shared in Canada’s Olympic Gold Medal win in 20 Gold at the World Hockey Championships as a member of the management teams.
Former NHLers Ray Ferraro, Barry Beck and Harold Snepsts rounded out the list of 2004 BC Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, who will al be entered during a ceremony in July.
Voting was conducted by a selection committee, comprised of representatives from the media, amateur and professional hockey.
Official BC Hockey Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies will take place in Penticton on Friday July 23rd at the Lakeside Resort and Casino. Proceeds will go to the Canucks for Kids Fund and the BC Hockey Hall of Fame.