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Three WHL Alumni named to B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019

 

The B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame (BCHHoF) has announced its 2019 induction class, which includes three Western Hockey League alumni. Barret Jackman, Shane Heyer and Ron Delorme will be honoured at the BCHHoF annual induction dinner gala held in Penticton, B.C. on July 19, 2019.

Barret Jackman:

As a member of the Regina Pats from 1997 to 2001, Jackman played in the 2000-2001 Memorial Cup and eventually made his debut in the National Hockey League in 2002-03 with the St. Louis Blues.

Jackman began his major junior hockey career when he was drafted 12th overall by the Regina Pats in the 1996 WHL Bantam Draft. After his first season, Jackman was awarded the Pats’ captaincy position in 1998, a title he held for three-consecutive years. In 234 WHL games, the defenceman collected 139 points (28G-111A).

Throughout his time in the WHL, Jackman was well recognized for his efforts including a CHL Top Prospects Game spot in 1998-99, a WHL (East) Second All-Star team placement and two bronze medals at the IIHF World Junior Championships in the 2000 and 2001.

The 6-foot-0, 203-pound, Trail, B.C. product was selected 17th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues and played 876 career NHL games, earning 186 points (29G-157A). In his 2002-03 NHL season, Jackman received the NHL Rookie of the Year (Calder Trophy) award for earning 19 points (3G-16A). Jackman was also an alternate captain for St. Louis for nine of 13 seasons.

After being picked up by the Nashville Predators in 2015, Jackman continued to play in the NHL for another season before officially announcing his retirement on October 6, 2016. Upon his retirement, Jackman signed a one-day contract with St. Louis to retire as a member of the Blues.

Internationally, Jackman also won gold at the IIHF World Championship with Team Canada in 2006-2007.

Ron Delorme:

While Ron Delorme is being recognized in the Builders’ Category of the BCHHoF because of his contribution to the Vancouver Canucks organization, he also has a deep history within the WHL. Delorme played in the 141 WHL games from 1972-76 for the Prince Albert Raiders, Swift Current Broncos and Lethbridge Broncos. He collected 141 points (57G-84A) and was selected 34th overall in the World Hockey Association (WHA) in 1975 by the Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics. In 1997-78 Delorme made the jump to the NHL with the Colorado Rockies before moving to the Vancouver Canucks in 1981-82 for the remaining four years of his NHL career.

After 524 NHL games the North Battleford, Sask. born-player collected 146 points (83G-63A) and also became known as one of Don Cherry’s favourite skaters. In 1986, Delorme transitioned from player to scout for the Canucks and is now the Chief Amateur Scout for the organization.

Shane Heyer:

Growing up in the Penticton, B.C. minor hockey system, Shane Heyer began his officiating career at the young age of 11. By the time he was 16, Heyer quit his own hockey career to pursue officiating full-time in the B.C. Junior Hockey League. A promotion to the WHL at age of 19 set Heyer on a straight-track to becoming one of the NHL’s highest-game recording referees. He spent five seasons with the WHL before debuting in his first NHL game in 1988.

Officiating six Stanley Cup Finals, two World Cups, one All-Star Game and the 2010 Winter Olympics, Heyer’s impressive resume stacks up. He is one of seven officials in NHL history to crack the 2,000-game mark by officiating 2,230 NHL games and is also one of five current NHL officials to have worked as both a referee and linesman throughout his NHL career.

On behalf of the WHL, we would like to congratulate these WHL Alumni members for their incredible achievements and contributions to the hockey world.

Induction to the BC Hockey Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary achievement in British Columbia’s athletic community in the categories of athlete, builder, team, pioneer and media. One of the primary goals of the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame Society is to honour the past, present and future of the game in B.C. through induction ceremonies, award presentations and special dinners that honor or ‘roast’ worthy persons.

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