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Congratulations Wally and Dave!

Posted on 2015-12-10 12:52:06

The BC Sports Hall of Fame announced Thursday that Wally Buono (BC Lions) and Dave Cutler (SFU Clan/Edmonton Eskimos) will be part of the Class of 2016.

Buono, the current BC Lions head coach and general manager, is being inducted into the builder's category. Since joining the BC Lions in 2003, he has been part of revitalizing the Lions brand and turning the team into a consistent Grey Cup contender.

He has led the Lions to two Grey Cup championships (2006, 2011) adding to the three he won in Calgary as a coach and two he won as a player in Montreal.

Buono is the CFL's all-time coaching wins leader with 254, 101 of which have come with the Lions. He also holds the CFL record for most first-place regular season finishes by a head coach with 13, five coming with the Lions.

Video: Wally Buono on being inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Cutler, a Victoria native, is acknowledged as one of the greatest kickers in Canadian football history.

At the time of his retirement in 1984, he ranked as the leading pro scorer in pro football history with 2,237 career points. He played 16 seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos finishing as the leading scorer in CFL history (today, he stands 7th overall).

Cutler appeared in nine Grey Cup championship games winning six of them. He was the Most Valuable Canadian in the 1975 Grey Cup championship, a two-time CFL All-Star, and is still the Eskimos' leading scorer to this day.

Video: Dave Cutler on being inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016