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Burnaby Sports Hall Of Fame 2015
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team

 

Dave Evans

Lacrosse


The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame member grew up in Burnaby and was a goaltending star for the Burnaby Cablevision Junior A team for three seasons. He was a first-team all-star in 1969 and 1970. Evans was named the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League’s top goaltender in 1969. He went one better the next season winning the league’s MVP award in 1970. Both years Cablevision finished as runners-up in the Minto Cup.
Evans then went on to play for the Senior A Vancouver Burrards for 10 more seasons. He was named the Western Lacrosse Association’s top goaltender in 1973 and WLA playoff MVP in ’73 and again in 1977 when the Burrards went on to win the Mann Cup. The Burrards retired his No. 29 jersey in 1981 and Evans was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1995.
Along the way, Evans played professionally for the Montréal Québécois of the National Lacrosse League in 1975. He had the NLL’s top save percentage as the team made it all the way to the league final.
Evans also represented Canada at the 1974 world field lacrosse championships.
Dave went on to coach at many levels including stints with Cablevision when they won Minto Cups in 1977, ’78 and ’79. He was a goaltending consultant for the Burnaby Jr. Lakers when they won Minto Cups in 2000, 2004 and 2005. He also coached the senior Lakers in 2007 before coaching in the NLL with the Washington/Vancouver Stealth.

 

Barry Seebaran

Cricket


At the tender age of 16, Seebaran became the youngest player to play for Canada’s senior cricket team in 1988. During a series of trials matches in Toronto to pick a national team he blew away batsmen much older than him. It was an impressive display that made Canadian cricket’s big wigs, like Peter Macdonald take note.
The former president of the B.C. Mainland Cricket League told the Vancouver Province, “He’s like a child prodigy pianist. He knows when he gets to the concert hall he won’t screw up.”
By 1990, Seebaran was being named a provincial Premier’s Athletic Award winner.
It was the start of an illustrious national career for the accurate left-handed bowler – a former Buckingham elementary student and Simon Fraser University graduate – than didn’t end until 2003. On top of his national exploits, Seebaran played professionally for several seasons in Australia.
Seebaran’s talent and love of the game were part of his DNA. His father Ben, already a Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame member, was a Trinidadian immigrant immersed in the Lower Mainland cricket scene both as a player and an administrator for decades. Barry has also followed in his father’s footsteps as an educator, teaching both in Burnaby and Australia.

 

Harols Snepsts

Hockey

Forty years ago, a love affair between Vancouver Canucks fans and Harold Snepsts began to blossom that resulted in the fan favourite being inducted into the NHL club’s Ring of Honour in 2011. In February, he will be inducted into the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame as a 40-year resident of the city.
The burly, defenceman may not have been the slickest of players, but he got the job done in his own end. The six-foot-three blueliner played 781 of his 1,033 NHL games over 12 seasons for the Canucks scoring 35 goals and 168 assists while collecting 1,446 minutes in penalties. Fans loved his gangly, enthusiastic style of play.
The Edmonton Oil Kings junior product also played for the Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues notching a total of 38 goals, 233 points and 2,009 penalty minutes in his NHL career which ran from 1974 to 1991.
Snepsts went on to serve as an NHL assistant coach and a minor league head coach before turning
to scouting, first of all for five seasons with the NHL’s Central Scouting Service and then with the Canucks, who still employ him.