The Hall of Fame highlights athletes Silken Laumann, Simon Whitfield, Steve Nash and Michelle Stilwell
The Oak Bay memory is one of five exciting moments in sports history celebrated by the BC Sports Hall of Fame this year.
On March 30, 1925, the Victoria Cougars defeated the Montreal Canadiens at Patrick Arena to win the Stanley Cup. The arena – which once stood on Cadboro Bay Road across from Oak Bay High – was destroyed by fire in 1929.
The Cougars, a Western Canadian Hockey League team defeated the NHL’s Canadiens in four games in BC’s second and final Stanley Cup win to date.
The win was one of five defining moments celebrated by the BC Sports Hall of Fame at its annual summit Sept. 14-16 in Victoria.
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“We are proud to have the opportunity to celebrate this achievement. “This is another way for us to honor the past and inspire the future,” hall of fame chairman Tom Mayenknecht said in a press release.
“As storytellers committed to celebrating the athletes, coaches, builders, teams and pioneers who have been part of the fabric of our culture and heritage, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to relive these seminal moments and the memories they created for us. ”
On August 2, 1992, renowned local rower Laumann overcame a severe leg injury – and five subsequent operations – suffered just 10 weeks before the Barcelona Olympics to win a bronze medal in single rowing.
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On September 17, 2000, Victoria’s Whitfield recovered from a major crash in the cycling section of the inaugural Olympic triathlon to pass all competitors and win the sport’s inaugural Olympic gold medal in Sydney, Australia.
On May 8, 2005, Nash, from Saanich, became the first Canadian to win the NBA MVP award. The following season Nash repeated as NBA MVP by becoming one of only 10 players in history to win back-to-back MVP awards.
The most modern moment came from Parksville wheelchair athlete Michelle Stilwell for her gold medal on September 10, 2016 at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Stilwell earned two gold medals at those Games in the T52 400m and T52 100m classes, marking three consecutive Paralympic Games in which he won at least one gold medal.
Laumann (class of 2004), Whitfield (2002), Nash (2016) and Stilwell (2017) were inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame, while the Victoria Cougars were inducted in the team category in 1977.
These five accomplishments will be the subject of a Defining Moments Luncheon hosted by the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific on September 15, at the Coast Victoria Hotel in Victoria. Visit bcsportshall.com/summit for tickets.
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