Ex-Canucks GM Nonis to be inducted into Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame
Former Vancouver Canucks general manager Dave Nonis heads the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame’s latest inductees.
Nonis is a Burnaby boy, playing in the city’s minor hockey system before moving on to play for the Junior A Burnaby Bluehawks in 1982-83 and the University of Maine Black Bears for four seasons.
After his collegiate career he moved into management eventually becoming director of player development and a vice-president. He took over as general manager in 2004 after Brian Burke was fired, lasting three years in the position before he was let go by current owner Francesco Aquilini. Since then Nonis and Burke have been reunited with the Anaheim Ducks and now the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Nonis, 46, will be inducted in the builders category along with John Adams and John Berry. Adams was a leader in developing rugby in Burnaby particularly at the youth level while Berry played a big role as a baseball and soccer administrator for the past 26 years, and also helped initiate the development of turf fields at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West.
John Haar and Bob Mills will be inducted as athletes at the hall’s banquet to be held at the Burnaby Firefighters Club on Feb. 28.
Haar is already a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for playing outfield in the minor league systems of the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees, reaching the Double A level. He has also had an outstanding career in coaching on the national level including serving as the manager for the National Baseball Institute in all 14 years of its existence. He also played soccer and football at UBC where he is a member of its hall of fame for being a three-sport star.
Mills was an outstanding national level soccer player and minor coach.
Notre Dame secondary football coaching legend George Oswald, a long-time Capitol Hill resident, will be inducted into the coaching category for his 33 years of elite high school level teams that produced many university and professional players. He’ll be joined by Simon Fraser University swim coaches Paul and Margaret Savage. Paul, who passed away in 2002, was named NAIA coach of the year three times while Margaret won twice.
The team inductee is the 1983 Willingdon Dirty Dozen women’s soccer squad which won a national bantam championship.
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