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The Allan Cup champion Ile des Chenes North Stars and the St. Malo Warriors who went undefeated in capturing the 1972-1973 Hanover-Tache Hockey League title will be inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.
The North Stars began their run to the 2003 Canadian senior hockey championship by winning a three-team tournament in Manitoba that included La Broquerie Habs and the Warroad Islanders. The North Stars then travelled to Lloydminster and swept the hometown Border Kings three straight to earn the right to represent Manitoba and Saskatchewan at the Allan Cup playdown in Dundas. The four-team competition included the host Real McCoys, Stony Plain Eagles representing Alberta and B.C. and Lancaster ThunderCats for the East. In round-robin play North Stars beat Lancaster 6-3 and Stony Plain 6-2, but lost 5-3 to Dundas. The 2-1 record put North Stars into the national final while Stony Plain earned a spot by shutting out Lancaster 3-0 in a sudden-death semi-final. The Manitoba team won the Canadian title with a 3-2 victory in double overtime.
In 1972-73 the Warriors went through the regular season undefeated winning 18 straight games. They then capped off a perfect season by winning eight more in the playoffs and the team's first Hanover-Tache title.
The 1951 Winnipeg Monarchs will be honoured for winning the Abbott Cup emblematic of the Western Canada junior championship.
Six players, seven builders and one official will also be inducted.
Mike Ford, who was a member of two World Hockey Association Avco Cup winning Winnipeg Jets teams, and Western Manitoba's Bill Mikkelson, who played in the NHL for three teams, are the defensemen being honoured. Both had played junior with the Brandon Wheat Kings and Winnipeg Jets. Four forwards were selected for induction. Gerry James, who got his start at Sir John Franklin Community Club in Winnipeg's River Heights area, won a Memorial Cup with the Toronto Marlboros and played for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the same period he was a star running back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Vaughn Karpan from The Pas played junior in Brandon, at the University of Manitoba and then spent several seasons with Canada's National Team that included playing in the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympic Games. In 1985 while with University of Minnesota-Duluth, Bill Watson from Pine Falls won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top collegiate player in the USA. He later played in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks. The fourth forward, Ed Hoekstra, will be inducted posthumously. Born in Winnipeg, he was a top scorer for the Weston midgets before moving East to play in St. Catherines. His professional career ran from 1958-59 through 1973-74 and included time in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers and in the WHA with the Houston Aeros. He died in St, Catherines on Nov. 10, 2011 at age 74.
Two builders, Wayne Chernecki and Wayne Fleming, also will be inducted posthumously at the induction dinner on Oct. 5. Chernecki, 63, died in Winnipeg on Feb. 11 and Fleming, 62, in Calgary on March 25. The Hall of Fame independent selection committee had made its choices for 2013 in January so Hall of Fame vice-president Don Kuryk, who chairs the committee, was able to participate in private ceremonies honouring them before their deaths. A product of Winnipeg's North End, Chernecki was an outstanding player and leader from playground through junior hockey in Winnipeg. After a brief pro career, he turned to coaching where he had success at the bantam, midget and junior levels. Born in Snow Lake, Fleming's coaching resume included stints at the U of M, Europe, the NHL and as an associate coach with Canada's gold medal winning team at the 2002 Olympics.
Former Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association and Winnipeg Minor Hockey president Don MacKenzie; Tom Miller, president of the St. James Canucks of the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League for 35 years; Bruce Southern from Winnipeg's Riverview area, who coached junior in the three Prairie provinces and scouted for four NHL teams; and Al Tresoor, whose 29 years behind the bench began in Elmwood and included provincial championships at the juvenile and junior level, also will be recognized as builders. Official Ian Heather, who has been a leader in the development of officials for Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada, also will enter the Hall in the builder category. Bob Thompson from Oak Lake, who began his officiating career of more than 25 years in Brandon in 1970 and attained a Level 6 credential that allowed him to work as high as international hockey, will be inducted as an official.
The class of 2013 will be inducted on October 5th in Winnipeg.
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