It’s turning into a Hall of Fame of Year for John Slaney.
Slaney, who was inducted into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame earlier this year during the AHL All-Star Classic in St. John’s, has been announced as one of six new inductees into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame.
Slaney, former Newfoundland Senior Hockey League players Clobie Collins and J.C. Garneau, hockey executives Marv Ryder and Glenn Stanford and longtime referee Leo Rose will be inducted into the provincial Hall Saturday on June 14 in Gander.
The announcement came all of Fame Selection Committee Chairman Gerry Evans of Mount Pearl, who took the opportunity to call for more nominations from the public.
“There are many hockey people who deserve nomination for the Hall of Fame and it is the responsibility of all of us to make certain that they are nominated and recognized,” said Evans.
Don Bradshaw of Corner Brook, Hugh Wadden of Buchans, Robin Short of St. John’s and Jack Lee of Goulds are the other members of the selection committee.
The new Hall of Fame members:
A native of Truro, N.S., Collins was member of the Grand Falls Andcos from 1954 to 1961 and with the Corner Brook Royals from 1962 to 1967. He was a member of a Herder Memorial championship team six times, three each with Grand Falls (1955, 1956, 1957) and with Corner Brook (1962, 1964, 1966).
While no official statistics kept from 1954 to 1962, in 68 games between 1962 and 1967, Collins scored 61 goals with 93 assists for 154 points. In 11 playoff series, he had 44 goals and 73 assists for 117 points
After leaving Newfoundland, Collins played with the Ontario senior league’s Belleville Monarchs and with the Jersey Devils and the Syracuse Blazers in the Eastern Hockey League.
Jean-Claude (J.C.) Garneau
Garneau, a native of Ste. Foy, Que., joined the Gander Flyers in 1965 went on to play 180 games with the team, scoring 101 goal and 213 assists for 314 points.
He played twice in Allan Cup competition, winning with the Victoriaville, Que., Tigers in 1968 and in with the Flyers when they lost to Galt Hornets in 1969.
One of the fastest skill forwards ever in the Newfoundland senior league, Garneau also played almost 150 games of professional hockey, including 17 contests with the World Hockey Association’s Quebec Nordiques. In addition, he suited up with Quebec’s North American Hockey League farm team, the Maine Nordiques, and in the Eastern Hockey League with Salem Rebels and Roanoke Valley Rebels.
A Grand Falls native, Rose spent 17 years refereeing at the highest levels of hockey in the province.
In addition to calling games in Herder senior, junior (Veitch Trophy) and extended high school play, Rose worked exhibition contests involving touring teams, including the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.
Rose was also as referee-in-chief for Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey in 1964 and 1965.
Ryder devoted more than 30 years as a hockey executive, his service beginning with Bonavistor minor association all the way to the the presidency of Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador, holding the top job from 2000 to 2006.
Among the many honours Ryder received over the years include the Brian Wakelin Award, five selections as Bonavista-Trinity Minor Hockey Association Executive of the Year, the Federal Government’s 125th Anniversary Medal for volunteer work in hockey and a Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association Gold Stick in 1994.
The minor hockey meritorious award Ryder received in 1995 was followed by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association’s Outstanding Volunteer Award in 1996 and Hockey Canada’s Order of Merit Award in 2004. He was also the first recipient of the Reg Butt Award for outstanding dedication to minor hockey in the province.
After starring for the Cornwall Royals of the Ontario Hockey League, Slaney was selected ninth overall by Washington Capitals in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, the same year the St. John’s native was named the top defenceman in the OHL and in all of Canadian major junior hockey.
Before turning pro with the Capitals’ organization, Slaney was a member of Canada’s gold-medal winning team at the 1991 world junior championship in Saskatchewan, scoring the winning goal in the championship-clinching victory over the Soviet Union.
Slaney went on played 268 NHL games with Washington, Colorado, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Nashville, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh between 1993 and 2004, scoring 22 goals and 69 assists for 91 points.
Slaney also played more than 600 games in the AHL and was twice the winner of Eddie Shore Trophy as the league’s top defenceman.
He owns AHL records for points (66) by a rookie defenceman ith Baltimore in 1992-93, most career goals (149) and the most goals in one season (30 in 1999-2000). He was the first defenceman in league history to record 500 points andm until 2011, was the league’s all-time scoring leader amongst rearguards,
A four-time AHL all-star, Slaney won a Calder Cup with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2004-05. He also played in the old International Hockey League and in Europe.
Stanford has named the top executive with the AHL twice, in 2002 , with the St. John’s Maple Leafs and 2012 with the St. John’s IceCaps, and is one of only four people in the 75-year history of the league to twice earn the honuor.
A native of St. John’s, Stanford also won the 2005 Thomas Ebight Award for career contributions to the AHL, the James C. Hendy award from the AHL for outstanding eeecutive performance and the 1997 Ken Mackenzie Award as the AHL executive with the best promotion in a local market. He has also been chairman of the league’s Hall of Fameafter leading the way in its establishment.
Besides his work with AHL teams in St. John’s, Stanford was also president and governor of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, including 2006-07 when that team won the Calder Cup, and was president of the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads.