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


Val Roche

Lacrosse, Boxing

Valentine James Roche was a Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee who was considered the father of lacrosse in North Burnaby. After the Second World War, the British born editor of the Burnaby Advertiser newspaper found sponsors, coaches and managers for the sport. But his contributions weren’t limited to lacrosse. Roche was also a life member of the B.C. Junior and Juvenile Soccer Association, which he helped found. For more than 30 years, he either coached or managed teams. In addition, Roche was instrumental in forming and administering the Silver, Bronze and Emerald Glove junior boxing tournaments. Roche made such an impact, renowned Vancouver Sun columnist Dick Beddoes, even though he was in Seattle to interview legendary baseball manager Leo Durocher at the time, wrote a column about Roche after his death in 1958 calling Roche “a major leaguer in minor athletics.”



John Stockdale

Coach and Builder

Water polo

John Stockdale grew up in North Burnaby playing soccer and swimming but made his mark playing for SFU’s water polo club team as well as coaching it until 1981. In addition to 11 national titles as a coach, he became BC Water Polo’s executive director in 1986-87, co-authored technical manuals, was a course conductor and coordinator, and developed a high performance camp for women athletes in 2010 that he still runs from which more than 40 athletes have secured NCAA scholarships. He’s also been a big part of the Burnaby Barracudas water polo program for decades dating back to the days when the club was based at Deer Lake instead of the Central Park Pool. Considered by many as “The Godfather of B.C. Water Polo,” Stockdale has twice been named Water Polo Canada’s volunteer of the year and is a two-time winner of the Sport BC President’s Award.