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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2010
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team

Karl Alzner


Karl Alzner has won not one, but two World Championship
titles. A product of Burnaby minor hockey, he played his junior hockey in Calgary where he was named the WHL player of the year and defenseman of the year for the 2007-08 WHL season. He was also named the top defenseman
in the Canadian Hockey League.
That earned him a spot on Canada’s world junior hockey team and his first gold medal. He was an assistant captain in the 2007 super series against the Russian junior team and was named captain of Team Canada for the 2008 World Junior Championships, both of which were won by Canada.
Karl was drafted in the first round, fifth overall, by the Washington Capitals in the 2007 NHL entry draft where he plays today.



Des Archer


How about this for a record: 80 wins, 13 losses. That’s the boxing record of our athlete inductee, Des Archer. Coached by Hall of Fame member, the late Harry Twist, Des began boxing at age 13 across from the old Burnaby Oak Theatre. He would go on to win Diamond Boy, Provincial,
bronze, silver and Golden Gloves titles both here and throughout the pacific northwest. In 1953 he won his weight class at the Canadian Championships.
Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Des joined the RCMP in 1953 but continued to box on amateur cards and continued to win titles as well as coach. He retired from both in 1964.


Barbara Howard



Barbara Howard is an amazing individual. At the age of 16 and still a high school student in 1937, she participated in track time trials for the 1938 British Empire and Commonwealth Games to be staged in Sydney, Australia. Her time of 11.2 seconds
at the Western Trials equalled the games record for 100 yards. And so she was off to Sydney, a journey aboard ship that would take 28 days and make her the first black woman athlete to represent Canada in international competition. She finished fifth in the 100 yard final, probably tired out from that long voyage, but did return home with a silver medal for the 440 yard relay and a bronze medal for the 660 yard relay.
Barbara planned on redemption at the next Olympics in Berlin but the outbreak of war kept her home. After graduation, she went on to earn a teaching degree and become the first person from a visible minority to be hired as a teacher by the Vancouver School Board, a career that spanned 43 years, 14 of them as a Physical Education
teacher. She still works out regularly at the Confederation Seniors Centre, remarkable in the fact she turns 91 this May, 2011.