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BC Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 announcement

Posted on 2015-09-12 10:27:52

The BC Football Hall of Fame officially announced their Class of 2015 Inductees at a press conference at BC Place on Saturday, September 12.

The Class of 2015 will be officially inducted in a ceremony held at BC Place on Saturday, October 10 prior to the BC Lions game versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Here's a look at all those who will be going into the Hall this year.

ATHLETES:

Mitch Berger

A product of North Delta Minor Football, as well as a star with Holy Cross Secondary and North Delta Secondary where he won All-Provincial honours as a kicker and punter while also being the team's starting quarterback, Mitch went on to become a First Team All-American in 1992 with the University of Colorado Buffaloes and played 16 years in the NFL winning the Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009.

Sean Millington

A product of Carson Graham Secondary who played collegiately at Simon Fraser University, Sean enjoyed a 12-year career in the CFL winning two Grey Cups - both with the BC Lions (1994 & 2000) - and was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian in 2000. A two-time CFL Most Outstanding Canadian (1997 & 2000), Sean is a member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame as well as the BC Lions Wall of Fame.

Paul Rowe, deceased

A native of Victoria, Paul is best known for his time with the Calgary Stampeders where he led them to a Grey Cup championship in 1948 and a Grey Cup appearance in 1949. He was a five-time CFL West All-Star and is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, BC and Alberta Sports Hall of Fames, and Victoria Sports Hall of Fame.

Roy Cameron, deceased

Originally a native of Winnipeg, Roy became a stud running back at Vancouver College from 1956 to 1958 and was part of a team that went 19-3-1 during his three seasons there. He was the Team MVP in his Grade 11 & 12 years, and his #8 jersey is retired by Vancouver College. He was inducted into the school's Hall of Honour in 2000. Roy also went on to enjoy a five-year career in the CFL.

Barry Houlihan

A product of Britannia High School who went on to star at the University of Washington and Simon Fraser University, Barry was drafted into the CFL by the BC Lions but had his career cut short due to injuries sustained in a car accident. Barry would go on to work in sports for television before becoming a licensed realtor.

David Mattiazzo

A stud running back with the Notre Dame Jugglers, David's high school career included winning the Sport BC High School Athlete of the Year Award and being named the game MVP after helping Notre Dame win the AAA Provincial Championship in 1993. David went on to play for Simon Fraser University, helping them win the Shrum Bowl in 1996, while also breaking Sean Millington's single-season rushing record with 1076 in 1997. David currently teaches and coaches at St. Thomas More and, along with his wife, Serena, are very active in charitable work with children in Kenya.

BUILDERS:


Don Barker

Don had a great impact on players and officials during his time from 1960 to 1981 as a game official, Director of Officiating and member of the Rules Committee. During his involvement with the CFL, he appeared in 390 regular season and playoff games and 10 Grey Cups. He developed a comprehensive and extensive system based on performance for recruiting, training and evaluating officials and also developed the mechanics for seven-man officiating crews. Don is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Roy Cavallin, deceased

The first trainer of the BC Lions, Roy spent 25 years with the Leos and was inducted into the BC Lions Wall of Fame for all his contributions. Roy is also a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Frank Gnup, deceased

Known and remembered as a mentor, provider and character builder, as well as a promoter of both UBC Football as well as the University itself, Frank was hired in 1955 by Dr. Gordon Shrum to be the head coach of the UBC Thunderbirds. With the T-Birds, Frank won three Hardy Cups and sent 17 of his players to professional football. Prior to joining UBC, he served in the US Armed Forces as a football coach and also played for the Toronto Argonauts. Frank is a member of the UBC Sports Hall of Fame.


Ron White

Ron has been instrumental in the development and growth of Community football - specifically Junior football - not only in BC but across Canada. He has managed and coached at the Community level with the South Bantam Football League and Richmond Minor Football League winning several league and provincial titles. He would then go on to help form the Richmond Juvenile/Junior Raiders eventually going on to become President of the Club. He would also serve as President of the Junior Big Four and Commissioner of the CJFL. During his seven-year reign as CJFL Commissioner, he was instrumental in instituting the coaching certification program for CJFL coaches and the Drug Education program for all CJFL teams.

TEAM:

1988 Okanagan Sun Junior Football Team

Led by Coach Lawrence Nagy, the 1988 Sun went undefeated in regular season play before capturing the BCJFA Championship against the Richmond Raiders, and the Western Canadian Championship against the Saskatoon Hilltops. In their first-ever Canadian championship game appearance, they defeated the Burlington Jr. Tigercats by a 50-0 score. The team was inducted into the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

MEDIA:

Lyndon Little

Lyndon began his sports writing career with the Vancouver Sun in the early 1970's and was the BC Lions/CFL beat reporter from 1979 until 1988. After several years away, he returned to the Lions beat in 1997 and finished his career by covering the BC Lions and the CFL from 2000 until retiring in 2010. Lyndon also wrote on SFU and UBC football, as well as covered the BC High School Football Championships. Outside of football, Lyndon has covered events such as the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. He was inducted into the Vancouver Canadians Broadcast and Journalist Hall of Fame in 2008.

CFL BOB ACKLES AWARD:

Doug Mitchell

Doug's dedication to football has left a major impact on the sport at the amateur and professional level (CFL). He has been a player, commissioner, owner, CFL governor, sponsor, supporter and volunteer. Doug is a respected Canadian business leader who has offered considerable volunteer leadership to a wide range of organizations on the provincial and national level. His contributions have created a legacy through his work to foster the strength and viability of amateur sport in Canada.

A one-time BC Lion, Doug has been honoured with membership in the Order of Canada and the Alberta Order of Excellence. In 2009, his alma mater honoured him by naming the new UBC Olympic Sports facility "The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre."

SPECIAL AWARD:

Simon Fraser University Football Program

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Simon Fraser University Program. Started in 1965, the team has competed in the NAIA , CIS, and currently in the NCAA Division II. The team captured the Hardy Cup in 2003 - the first and only in the team's program as Canada West champions.

Since the program began, over 200 SFU players have gone on to play in the CFL including former BC Lions' great Lui Passaglia.