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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2012
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John Adams

Rugby

John Adams has been a leading figure in the development of Burnaby rugby, especially at the youth level. His creation of the Burnaby Buffalo Junior program during the 1980 and 90s became the leading feeder program to the senior men`s rugby club. He provided essential help as well to local high school rugby programs by liaising with Burnaby school teachers and coaching at numerous schools for more than 25 years. He also started the BCIT rugby program as another feeder program for the senior club. A graduate of Burnaby Central Secondary, he was an outstanding wrestler at that school, twice winning his class at the Provincial championships. Put it all together and his outstanding resume reads athlete, teacher, coach, mentor, fundraiser and friend to many.

John Berry

Baseball

John Berry is a long-time baseball and soccer administrator who is active in promoting accessibility of sports fields for Burnaby youth and who has worked on various field committees and played a large administration role in his two chosen sports. They include volunteer roles with Westburn Youth Soccer Club and Burnaby District Youth Soccer Association and in baseball with Baseball Canada, Baseball BC, Burnaby Adult Baseball, BC Junior Baseball, Burnaby Bees Baseball and Burnaby Central Minor Baseball Association. He`s also the area representative on the BC Baseball Umpires Association. Played a key role in a group who developed a presentation to Burnaby City Council in the lead up to the development of the Burnaby Lake West fields.

 

Dave Nonis

Hockey


Dave Nonis played his minor hockey with the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association, moving up the ranks and playing on the Association’s top Rep teams as a strong defenceman. In 1982-83 he jumped to the Junior A Burnaby Bluehawks before attending University of Maine where he served two seasons as captain of the hockey team, leading them to back-to-back NCAA championship tournaments. After playing one year professionally in Denmark he returned to Maine and earned his MBA before joining the Vancouver Canucks in a corporate and administrative capacity. He eventually directed all areas of the Canucks hockey operations before being named the ninth, and youngest ever, general manager of the Canucks in 2004. He left the Canucks to join the Anaheim Ducks as senior advisor of hockey operations and in January 2013 was named Senior vice-president and general manager of Toronto Maple Leafs.