BC Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces 2020 Inductees

A pair of Junior hockey teams join four prominent individuals, including two veteran NHL Defencemen, as the 2020 Inductees into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame. ‘This elite group of Inductees have made a profound impact on hockey in British Columbia” said Bernie Pascall, Chairman of the Selection Committee”. “We are extremely proud to welcome them and recognize their outstanding achievements in hockey”.


Mattias Ohlund, a veteran of 11 NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and two seasons with Tampa Bay, played 909 NHL games. He was selected by the Canucks in the First round of the 1994 draft . A member of the Canucks “Ring of Honour”, Mattias was named the Canucks top Defenceman four times winning the Babe Pratt Trophy. He represented the Canucks in the NHL All Star game and played Internationally with Sweden many times.


Eric Brewer, born in Vernon, BC played 3 seasons with the WHL Prince George Cougars. He was selected 5th overall in the 1997 Draft by the New York Islanders. The talented defenceman went on to play 16 NHL seasons with the Islanders, Edmonton, St Louis, Tampa Bay, Anaheim and Toronto Maple Leafs. Brewer also represented Canada at the World Juniors, IIHF World Hockey Championships and won Olympic Gold in 2002.


Jay Sharrers was one of the NHL’s elite on-ice officials, he was born in Jamaica, and raised in Hope, BC. Jay officiated games in the BCHL and WHL before joining the professional ranks. Sharrers had an imressive NHL officiating career spanning 1419 Regular season and 204 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He worked numerous Stanley Cup Finals, All Star Games and the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.


Ray Stonehouse is a name synonymous with Junior B Hockey in British Columbia. He has been involved with Junior hockey for more than 40 years. Ray owned the Ridge Meadows team for 25 years winning several medals at the Keystone Cup. Stonehouse has been an integral part of the succes of Junior B Hockey, most recently as President of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. He is the owner of Great Canadian Sportscard Company in Port Moody, BC.


A Memorial Cup Championship Team, Kootenay Ice, representing the WHL and the RBC Cup Champion Penticton Vees of the BCHL are the two teams being recognized as the 2020 Team Inductees.


Kootenay Ice, based in Cranbrook, BC won the WHL title and the 2002 Memorial Cup under General Manager Jeff Chynoweth and Coach Ryan McGill. Several players were drafted and played in the NHL incuding Stanley Cup Champion Jarrett Stoll, Nigel Dawes and Duncan Milroy. Kootenay defeated Victoriaville 6-3 in the Championship game.


The 2011-2012 Penticton Vees under General Manager – Coach Fred Harbinson, recorded an amazing 54 wins in a 60 game season. 15 BC players were included in the Championship Teams roster including Canucks defenceman Troy Stecher. Penticton won the Doyle Cup and the RBC Canadian Championship.


The 2020 BC Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be held Friday July 24th  at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC.