The BC Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes five new inductees, including two executive members of Canada’s 2002 Men’s Gold Medal Olympic team.
Penticton 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 Championships.
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, 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.
Another native of Trail, forward Ray Ferraro enjoyed a NHL career spanning 18 seasons with 6 different teams. Ray enjoyed a productive 3 year junior career with the BCHL Penticton Knights and Portland and Brandon of the WHL. He scored 108 goals in his final Junior season with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Ferraro was drafted in the 5th round byHartford in 1982 and played 6 1/2 seasons with the Whalers. Ray also played with New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Thrashers and St Louis. Ferraro played 1258 NHL Games scoring 408 goals and 490 assists.
Two defencemen, Barry Beck and Harold Snepsts round out the impressive list of 2004 Inductees.
Barry Beck, born in Vancouver, played one season in the BC Junior League with Langley and later with the WHL New Westminster Bruins. He played in three straight Memorial Cups including the 1977-championship team. Beck played 615 NHL games with Colorado, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, recording 355 points with 1,016 minutes in penalties. In his first NHL season he set records for goals (22) and points (60) by a rookie defenceman. Injuries forced him to end his career at the age of 29. He was an All Star 5 times and played for Canada in the 1979 Challenge Cup and the 1981 Canada Cup.
One of the most popular Vancouver Canucks ever, defenceman Harold Snepsts, also joins the elite group being inducted. A standout junior with Edmonton of the WHL, he was drafted by the Canucks in the fourth round in 1974. He joined Vancouver during the 1974-75 season and would remain with the team for the next 10 seasons. Snepsts also played with Minnesota, Detroit and St Louis. Prior to joining the Blues, he played 2 more seasons in Vancouver. He was named the Canucks top defenceman four times and was named to 2 NHL All Star Games.
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.