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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2007
• A t h l e t e •

Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.

Bio's completed in February, 2008
Basketball

Alex Devlin

Alex Devlin was an All-American and NAIA all-star during his basketball playing days at Simon Fraser University. He went on to play on the Canadian national team for four years.

Devlin was a member of Canada's fourth-place finishing team at the 1976 Olympics Games. A graduate of Burnaby Central Secondary, Devlin also coached at SFU from 1976 to '78. He helped Canada to fourth place at the World Student Games in 1973 and eighth at the world championships a year later.

Devlin also received an invitation to the NBA Portland Trailblazers rookie camp in '73. Devlin is currently an active and successful high school basketball coach in Port Moody. In 2007, he was inducted into the B.C. and Canada basketball halls of fame

Soccer

Neil Ellett

Neil Ellett made 22 appearances for Canada's national soccer team at the Pan American and Olympic Games and the World Cup. Ellett is known for scoring the game-winning goal against Mexico in Olympic qualifying playdowns at the old Empire Stadium on the PNE grounds in 1971.

A graduate of Burnaby North Secondary, Ellett played for the Vancouver Whitecaps in 1974 and '75 and scored that team's first-ever goal in his debut.

Following his playing days, Ellett became a top-flight referee .

Rowing

Hugh Fisher

Dr. Hugh Fisher began serious kayak training on Burnaby Lake, near his home, in 1974.

Fisher parlayed that into an Olympic gold medal with partner Alwyn Morris at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in a world record time of 3:24.22 in the K-2 1,000 metres. The pair also teamed up to win the bronze medal in the 500-m kayak final. Earlier, Fisher and Morris won a silver medal in the 1,000-m at the 1982 world championships and a bronze at the worlds in the 500-m in '83.

He was a Canadian champion 22 times and also a four-time world outrigger canoe racing champion.

Fisher is still actively racing and coaching. He won 10 gold medals and four silvers at the 2005 World Masters Games. He was fourth in solo kayak at the 2007 world masters championships. In 1985. he was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Soccer

Glen Johnson

 Glen Johnson, a graduate of Burnaby North Secondary and the Norburn Club program, was the first Canadian-born player to ever play in the English soccer league's first division.

Considered one of the finest strikers ever developed in Canada, Johnson played with West Bromwich Albion from 1969 to '71, making his English league debut Aug. 22, 1970 against Blackpool as an 18-year-old. But, an injury cut short his football career in Europe.

Johnson was the first player to sign with the Vancouver Whitecaps when they entered the North American Soccer League. He played three seasons with the 'Caps and scored 14 goals. Johnson went on to play for Canada nine times, captaining the national team in his debut in 1972.

Johnson was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007.