The B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame announced this week that five inductees would be honoured this summer in Penticton. The list includes two former players, one current scout, a CBC broadcaster and an influential figure in B.C. hockey history.
Like Jim Robson and John Shorthouse, Jim Hughson’s voice is synonymous with Canucks hockey. Hughson began his career on CKNW in the early 1980s, providing hosting duties for Canucks games and covering for Robson when he was called up for national duty. He left Vancouver to become the voice of the Leafs in 1982 until joining TSN in 1987, covering hockey and the Toronto Blue Jays. He coined the phrase “That’s Hockey!”, inspiring the long-running TSN show of the same name.
Hughson started doing double-duty for CBC in 2005, and left Sportsnet all together in 2008, where he is now CBC’s primary play-by-play announcer. Over the years he’s won five Geminis and had cameos in Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch and MVP: Most Valuable Primate.
A third overall pick of the New Jersey Devils in 1991, the Edmonton-borne and Cranbook-raised Scott Niedermayer was one of the best defencemen to ever play the game.
He brings a distinguished pedigree of winning. As well as Gold in the 1991 World Junior Championships, Niedermayer won the cup with the Devils in 1995, 2000, and 2003 and with the Ducks in 2007. Niedermayer also has a gold medal from the 2004 World Cup, the 2004 World Championships, and the Olympics in 2002 and 2010. He won the Norris Trophy in 2004.
His number 27 now retired by the Devils, Niedermayer spends his time advocating for WWF-Canada and PETA.
Like Niedermayer, Brind’Amour was born out of BC (Ottawa) but split his youth between Prince Rupert and Campbell River. The ninth overall pick of the St Louis Blues in 1988, Brind’Amour made his NHL debut in the 1989 playoffs, scoring a goal on his first shot.
The following year, he had 26 goals and was named to the All-Rookie Team but was traded shortly after to the Philadelphia Flyers. In Philly, he was an alternate captain to Eric Lindros and set a Flyers ironman record by playing in 484 straight games.
He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes at the turn of the millennium, eventually leading the Canes to their first Stanley Cup in 2006. He also won the Selke Trophy in 2006 and 2007. His number 17 has been retired by the Hurricanes.
A founding member of the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame, Carter began his hockey career in Penticton during the BCHL days and has worked as a scout for the Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, and currently the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The good doctor, a native of Nanaimo, rose to prominence by coaching the UBC Thunderbirds to over 200 wins between 1965-1972 as well as establishing the groundwork for the Canadian National Men’s Team program.
Hindmarch has published numerous articles and studies on hockey development and was Vice-President of the Canadian Olympic Association for 16 years. In 1984, he was the Chef de Mission for the Canadian team at the Winter Olympics.
He has previously been inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and recieved the Order of BC in 2010.