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Burnaby Sports Hall Of Fame 2019
• Athlete •

Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team

 

Chris Joseph

Hockey

Chris Joseph, who grew up in North Burnaby and played much of his minor hockey for the Burnaby Winter Club. After two seasons of major junior with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, Joseph went on to play 510 games for seven teams in the National Hockey League during his 19-year professional career which took him to all corners of the North American continent as well as a couple of stops in Europe.
Joseph was a first-round draft pick, fifth overall, of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987. During his NHL career he scored 39 goals and 112 assists for 151 points. He had two stints with the Penguins and also patrolled the blueline for the Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and Atlanta Thrashers. He played 38 games for the Vancouver Canucks in 1999-2000 scoring two goals and nine assists. He also helped Canada win a gold medal at the 1988 world junior hockey championship in Moscow, and was a member of the Canadian team that played in the 1987 tournament in Piestany, Czechoslovakia.
Joseph is currently an Edmonton firefighter and runs a hockey academy in St. Albert, AB.

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Kevin Reynolds

Skating

Kevin Reynolds’ amazing athleticism helped to influence changes to figure skating judging. Based out of the elite skating program at Burnaby 8-Rinks and Reynolds represented Canada at six world championships, finishing has high was fifth, as well as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Reynolds trained under the tutelage of another Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame inductee Joanne McLeod (2005). He was the first skater to land two quadruple jumps in a single program and five quads in one competition. But in his early days of competing he wasn’t getting rewarded by the judges for executing difficult and eye-popping elements. That didn’t deter him, though.
Instead it motivated him to continue to challenge the system by performing his array of difficult elements in the hope change would come, and it did. In the last 10 years the judging criteria has completely flipped, says Reynolds, and he is “very proud” of being part of that change.
Late in his career, Reynolds persevered on the ice despite a hip injury and a torn labrum. That’s usually a career-ending injury in figure skating, but Reynolds rebounded with rehabilitation to skate for another four years.

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fred Usselman

Lacrosse

Fred Usselman, an East Burnaby boy, was a long, lanky sniper who was lethal playing on one of the era’s most prolific lines. The six-foot-four Usselman played alongside two other Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame inductees, Gord Gimple and Alex Carey, starting from their early days in minor lacrosse in Burnaby. The trio led the Vancouver PNE Indians (1954) and Mount Pleasant Legion (1956) to Minto Cup national junior championships and then followed it up with Vancouver Burrards/Carlings to capture the 1961, 1963 and 1964 Mann Cup Canadian senior men’s titles. A five-time Western Lacrosse Association all-star, Usselman scored 476 goals and 773 points in his 12-year career. He was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1979 and those Mann Cup championship teams have also been inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. After winning the 1961 WLA scoring title, Usselman told the league it should have a trophy for the scoring leader. The league agreed and created the Denny Huddleston Trophy in 1962, although it turned out to be too late for his name to be engraved on it.

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