Monday, November 28, 2011

Local Products Named to BCHL's All-Time Team

Over the past few weeks, fans of the BCHL have had the opportunity to vote for their favorite players from the past 50 years, and not surprisingly, some West Kootenay legends have made the list both for their accomplishments in our area and beyond.

The full list was released Friday, and can be seen here.

As for the locals:

- Former senior Maple Leaf and Smoke Eater Ernie Gare (Penticton/Vernon, 1969-1972) scored 133 points with the Essos during their 1971-72 championship season, and played nine seasons in the old Western International League with Nelson, Spokane and Trail.

- Nelson's Greg Adams (Kelowna, 1980-1982) is best-known in BC for his overtime winner that sent the Vancouver Canucks to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. He scored 90 points in his rookie year in the BCJHL with the Buckaroos and tallied 743 games over his 1,000 game-plus NHL career.

- Trail's Ray Ferraro (Penticton, 1981-1982) played with the Smokies during their time in the KIJHL, and won a Memorial Cup with Portland in 1983, but his greatest junior hockey exploit has to be a 108-goal season with the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings in 1983-84. Ferraro enjoyed a lengthy NHL career that saw him put up 898 points.

- Rossland's Dallas Drake (Vernon, 1987-1988) won a Fred Page Cup with the Lakers before attending Northern Michigan University. He played over 1,000 games in the NHL, winning a Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008.

- Castlegar's Shawn Horcoff (Chilliwack, 1995-1996) played with the Smokies during their time in the Rocky Mountain Junior League before embarking on a 4-year collegiate career at Michigan State. The Edmonton Oilers captain has been an NHL mainstay since 2001, playing more than 700 games.

- Jeff Tambellini's (Chilliwack, 2000-2002) father Steve played for the junior Smokies, and his grandfather Addie was a member of Trail's 1961 World Champions. Tambellini skated with the Vancouver Canucks during their run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, and along with his father was a guest of honour at this past summer's Smoke Eaters alumni banquet.

- Montrose's Connor and Kellen Jones (Vernon, 2008-2010) combined for 371 points during their BCHL careers, and now skate together at Quinnipiac University. The twins won a pair of Royal Bank Cups in 2009 and 2010.

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