Two of the best hockey players to ever come out of the province lead the class of inductees for the 2011 Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.
Mike Keane and Theoren Fleury will be inducted into the Hall on Oct. 1 at a banquet at the Canad Inns Polo Park.
Keane won three Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche, and Dallas Stars before becoming captain of the AHLs Manitoba Moose for five seasons. Fleury scored 455 goals and 1,088 points in a 15-year NHL career spent primarily with the Calgary Flames where he won a Stanley Cup in 1989.
Other player inductees who spent time in the NHL include defencemen Jayson More, Neil Wilkinson, Terry Ball, and goaltender Karl Friesen.
More, from Deloraine, played 406 NHL games with six teams while Wilkinson played 460 NHL games with five different teams including two seasons with the Winnipeg Jets. Ball played briefly with the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres, while Friesen played four career games with the New Jersey Devils. Defenceman George Konik rounds out the list of players inducted.
Four builders, two officials, and two members of the media were also selected. Three of the builders were key contributors to hockey in the provinces Westman region including Bob Cornell, Glen Lawson, and Don Dietrich. Cornell was a former owner of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Lawson is a former Wheat Kings coach, and Dietrich coached Canadas national coach mentorship program in Deloraine. Ted Foreman, former director of the Winnipeg Jets, was also inducted in that category.
Officials Laura Loeppky and Bud Ulrich were the inducted officials. Loeppky was an official at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games while Ulrich officiated in the MJHL, the Memorial Cup, and the World Junior Championship.
Former Winnipeg Jets broadcaster Curt Keilback along with Winnipeg legend Bob Picken were the two members of the media selected. Six championship teams will also be honoured by the Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame
1955-56 Winnipeg Warriors, WHL champs, Edinburgh Cup champs
1974 Warroad Lakers, Hardy Cup champs
1983 North End Flyers, Hardy Cup champs
1994, 1995, 1996 Warroad Lakers, 3 Allan Cup championships