Two players, two builders and an entire hockey team will take their place among Alberta’s hockey greats this summer.
The Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 induction class, headlined by the 1965-66 Edmonton Oil Kings.
Other inductees include John Bucyk, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins; Mike Rogers, the former captain of the Hartford Whalers who registered 519 points in 484 games while in the NHL and 367 points in 396 games in the WHA.
Bucyk, who was born in Edmonton, played 1540 games in the NHL and scored 556 goals, totaling 1369 points in his 23-season career. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.
The Calgary-born Rogers started his professional hockey career with the Edmonton Oilers in the WHA during the 1974-75 season and would finish it back with the Oilers for the 1985-86 NHL season. In the time between he played for the New England and Hartford Whalers and the New York Rangers.
Leading the builder inductees is George Kingston, who coached in the NHL, at the University of Calgary, Canada’s Olympic and national team programs and five other international programs including Germany, Norway, Mexico, Austria and Lithuania.
Also inducted under the builder category is Terry Ledingham, a longtime Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada Volunteer. Ledingham has served as the president of Hockey Alberta and a vice chair at large for Hockey Canada.
Larry Kowng, the first player of Asian decent to play in the NHL, will be recognized with the Founders Award for outstanding dedication and commitment to the sport of hockey in Alberta.
The inductees will be recognized at the AHHF Awards Gala on July 23 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore.