Roll out the red carpet -- the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame is welcoming a new class of inductees.
The 2015 class of sports legends and achievers includes athletes Dave Evans, Barry Seebaran and Harold Snepsts, in the builders category Steve Govett and Doug Ross, coach Darrell Hall, and in the team category the 1997 Burnaby girls soccer club’s under-19 Blast.
A member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Evans’ stellar career saw him backstop the Burnaby Cablevisions for three seasons and spend 10 more with the Vancouver senior A Burrards.
Seebaran was the youngest player, at the age of 16, to play on the Canadian cricket team, leading to a pro career in Australia. He would compete for Canada for 15 years, including at the 2003 World Cup.
Snepsts, a longtime Burnaby resident, established himself as a fan favourite by anchoring the Vancouver Canucks blueline from 1974-84 and 1988-90 over a 17-season career in the NHL.
Steve Govett enjoyed a solid playing career in Burnaby and is being recognized for his off-the-floor accomplishments as president and general manager with the National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth. Since 2002, Govett has played an integral role in the club's 104-90 win-loss record and the 2006 NLL championship.
For three decades, Ross was a major factor in steering Burnaby's youth soccer. He served 25 years as a member of the Burnaby District board of directors, receiving the Pioneer Award and a BC Soccer Award of Merit.
Hall coached for 20 years at St. Thomas More, leading the Grade 8 football program to 11 provincial high school titles in that time.
The u-19 Burnaby girls Blast captured the 1997 Canadian club title through a long journey, winning playdowns all the way to Broussard, Que., where they knocked off Ontario 2-1 in the final.
The Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame will induct its newest members at a banquet on Feb. 25 at the Firefighters Banquet Hall at
Metrotown. For ticket information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info on the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame, visit their website at www.burnabysportshalloffame.ca.