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Olds Grizzlys well represented for Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame induction

The 1993-94 Olds Grizzlys will be inducted into the achievement category of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, at the induction ceremony, June 6 at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton.

The Grizzlys hosted the Centennial Cup that season but that didn’t stop them from dominating the Alberta Junior Hockey League. They finished first with a 50-4-2 record, then rolled through the playoffs, winning for the third straight season.

The Grizzlys are only one of three teams to win the league title three consecutive seasons.

In the Centennial Cup, the Grizzlys were 4-0 in pool play, outscoring their opposition 31-6. The needed three straight goals to edge Weyburn 4-3 in the semifinal to face defending champion Kelowna in the final. A goal by Miro Skovira late in the third period pulled the Grizzlys into a tie and sent the game into overtime where Dave Kirkpatrick scored the winner.

Long-time coach Billy Moores, who coached the University of Alberta Golden Bears for 12 years and is the director of coaching development and special projects with the Edmonton Oilers will also be indicated in the achievement category.

Gord Hira, a long-time amateur coach, who also scouted for the Grizzlys during their Centennial Cup run, is in the builder category along with Jim Fleming and Leroy Johnson.

Fleming grew up playing minor, university and senior hockey in Edmonton. He also coached minor hockey in Vermilion for 17 years and college hockey for two years.

Johnson spent 35 years with Camrose Lutheran College, which is now the University of Alberta, Augustana.

He established the Vikings hockey program and the Viking Cup, which ran every two years for close to 20 years. He was also the founding member of the Camrose Sport Development Society that established the junior A Camrose Kodiaks.

 
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