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Burnaby Sports Hall Of Fame 2017
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team


Ruky Abdulai

Track & Field

Ruky Abdulai grew up in Western Africa but wanted to compete for Canada. The teenager was a track and field star – in more ways than one – in Ghana but wanted to live somewhere peaceful like Canada. Her spectacular results in long jump, high jump, triple jump, hurdles and relays earned her offers from big schools in the United States. Then one day an email arrived from Simon Fraser University coach Brit Townsend and Abdulai immediately became determined to not only go to SFU, but to also become a Canadian citizen and represent her new homeland at the Olympics. She accomplished all three claiming 17 NAIA titles – which is a NAIA record – getting her citizenship and competing in the high jump at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. After gaining citizenship, Abdulai set a Canadian long jump record with a leap of 6.72 metres.



Bryan Miki


While growing up in South Burnaby, Bryan Miki was schooled in the art of curling by his father Fuji, who had won provincial and Canadian championships. Bryan’s superb shooting and sweeping skills landed him a spot as the second for skip Greg McAulay. The team won a provincial title in 1998 and went on to represent B.C. at the Brier Canadian men’s curling championship in Winnipeg finishing tied for fourth with a 7-4 round-robin record before losing a tiebreaker to Saskatchewan. They were back at the 2000 Brier, this time in Saskatoon. This time, though, they finished first in the round robin (9-2) and defeated legendary skip Russ Howard of New Brunswick in the final 9-5 with Miki curling 98 per cent. A few weeks later in Glasgow, Scotland, they again won the round robin (8-1) and downed Sweden’s Peja Lindholm 9-4 in the final making Miki a world champion.



Wayne Van Dorp


When Wayne Van Dorp joined the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association at a young age nobody envisioned he’d go on to an extensive professional career that included 125 regular season and 27 playoff games with four NHL teams. Van Dorp was rarely selected to play rep hockey, but once he grew into his six-foot-four, 225-pound frame he became enticing to junior scouts. He went from playing Midget B to the B.C. Junior A Hockey League’s Bellingham Blazers to the Seattle Breakers of the Western Hockey League. After a stint in Europe and the minor leagues, he was signed by the Buffalo Sabres, who traded him to Edmonton in March 1987. The Oilers liked Van Dorp’s 192 penalty minutes in 47 games playing for Buffalo’s farm team, the Rochester Americans. Those Oilers, of course, went on to win their third Stanley Cup earning Van Dorp the sport’s most prized possession, a Cup ring. In his NHL career, the left winger scored 12 goals and 12 assists to go along with his 565 penalty minutes.

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