CALGARY - Seven outstanding individuals, along with the 1975 Canada Winter Games champions, comprise the 2020 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).
The announcement of the Class of 2020 was made on Thursday by Hockey Alberta at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
The members of the 2020 Induction Class are:
- BILL BUCYK – respected linesman, referee and leader who skated in the World Hockey Association and internationally, and helped train some of the longest-serving officials in the NHL
- CASSIE CAMPBELL-PASCALL – unparalleled career including captain of the Canadian National Women’s hockey team, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and six-time world champion, along with trailblazing work as a broadcaster nationally and internationally.
- BOB CLARK – the first-ever Minister of Youth in Alberta, and the face of Junior A hockey in Alberta with the Olds Grizzlys and the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
- JOHN DAVIDSON – outstanding NHL goaltender, award-winning broadcaster, and respected front office executive who currently is president of the New York Rangers
- DR. RANDY GREGG – five-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers and two-time CIAU champion.
- KEN HITCHCOCK – Stanley Cup champion NHL head coach, and three-time Olympic gold medalist with Team Canada over a more than 40-year coaching career.
- JAMIE MACOUN – two-time Stanley Cup champion during a 17-year career with Calgary, Toronto and Detroit, and two-time World Championships silver medalist
- 1974-75 LETHBRIDGE NATIVE SONS – 1975 Canada Winter Games and Alberta Junior B provincial champions
Full biographies for the members of the 2020 Induction Class can be found on the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame website.
The 2020 inductees will be recognized at the AHHF Awards Gala on Sunday, July 19, at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. Tickets for the AHHF Induction Gala will be available for purchase, starting on Monday, January 6, through the Hall of Fame website (ahhf.ca) or the Hockey Alberta website (hockeyalberta.ca).
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BIOGRAPHY - The 1974-75 Lethbridge Men’s Native Sons had an incredible season, topped by a Canada Winter Games gold medal victory on home ice in front of more than 5,000 fans on February 23, 1975.
The Native Sons played the 1974-75 season in the Central Alberta Junior B Hockey league. They won the right to represent the league at the playdowns to determine the Alberta representative at the Canada Games by being in first place at Christmas. The team went 5-0 in the playdowns to earn the berth as Alberta’s representative against teams from across the country. The club declined the opportunity to add players from other Jr. B teams in Alberta because of the importance of maintaining existing team unity.
The Native Sons finished 4-1 in round-robin at the Canada Games, and won a thrilling semi-final, 3-2, against previously undefeated Team Ontario. They then defeated Nova Scotia 6 -3 in the gold medal game. Long-time residents still talk about this game, the number of people that packed the Canada Games Complex, and the pride the community had and still has for this team.
In league play, the Native Sons finished with an impressive 31-2 regular season record and reached the provincial finals by going 12-0 in league playoff action. In the finals, it took the full seven games, but the Native Sons finally defeated Vermilion to add an Alberta crown to their Canada Games title.
The Native Sons dream season ended with an overall record of 66 wins, six losses and one tie, a Canada Winter Games Gold Medal and the provincial Junior B championship. But this team was not just a hockey team; the players were positive role models for southern Alberta and beyond during the 1975 season. Many of team members went on to make positive contributions to the game of hockey, other sports, and to their community.
In 1987, the team was inducted into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame.
Team members included:
Goaltenders: Gary Warner, Garry Clark
Defencemen: Dennis Hatt, Dave Hougan, Darrell Osmond, Randy Lowe, Ken Klinkhammer, Gordie Gejdos
Forwards: Mark Scheibner, Joe Meli, Glen Scheibner, Greg Kveder, Albert Dumont, Terry Roberts, Ron Simmons, Reg Osmond, Dwayne Howell, Gino Guzzi, Vic Stasiuk
Staff: Howie Yanosik (Coach), Jerry LaGrandeur (Assistant Coach), Hans DeGroot (Manager), Pete Vanderhilt (Trainer), Darren Visosky (Equipment).