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Burnaby Sports Hall Of Fame 2018
• Athlete •

Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team

 

Alex Carey

Lacrosse

Like most Burnaby boys in the 1940s and ’50s, Alex Carey played several sports, excelling at many of them like baseball, soccer and basketball. But the one to stick (pun intended) was lacrosse. And it was his sleight of stick that earned him induction into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2000 and now into the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame. Carey’s trademark move was a fake that fooled left defenders and allowed him to accumulate 228 goals and 252 assists for 480 points in 334 regular season games in the Western Lacrosse Association. Carey had another 84 points, including 38 goals in 81 post-season games for a career total of 564 points. In his junior days, Carey formed a formidable line with fellow Burnaby boys Gord Gimple and Fred Usselman. Together in the Western Lacrosse Association with the Vancouver Capilanos/Burrards and Coquitlam Adanacs they put up 2,297 points. Carey and Co. won a Minto Cup junior Canadian championship in 1956 and Canadian senior Mann Cup titles in 1961 and 1964. In 1965 the trio joined the expansion Adanacs with Carey playing six seasons in Coquitlam before retiring, although he stuck around with the A’s as an assistant coach and a team vice-president.

 

Eric Cowieson

Lacrosse

Life for most North Burnaby boys about half a century ago revolved around the Confederation Park. Eric Cowieson was no exception. The ‘Confed Box’ was where Cowieson’s Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame career was conceived and nurtured as he helped Norburn A.C. win several provincial minor lacrosse championships. Cowieson went on to star in three Minto Cups during the four years he played for Burnaby Cablevision, winning in his final year, 1977. In his junior career, Cowieson played 104 games, scored 88 goals, 153 assists for 241 points. He then went on to play 18 seasons for the New Westminster Salmonbellies. Although primarily known as a defensive player, he scored at a clip of 1.65 points per game (634 games played, 385 goals, 1,045 points) in regular season and post-season play. He holds the record for most Mann Cup games played (62) and most Mann Cup series appearances (11) spanning 1980 to 1995, including being named the 1987 Mann Cup’s most valuable player. He holds the record for most WLA playoff games (126) and is third in league games (403), as well as scoring the most career shorthanded assists in the regular season (65) and playoffs (27).

 

Bruce Wilson

Soccer

Bruce Wilson remembers he was a little tyke in North Burnaby when his father first took him and his brother to Confederation Park for a training session in his pop’s favourite sport. Soccer was soon Bruce’s favourite, too. Turns out Bruce was pretty good. When the Vancouver Whitecaps and the NASL came to town in 1974 they signed him. He played every minute of every game — pre-season, regular season and post-season — in his four years with the Whitecaps, In 1977, he was named to the North American Soccer League’s first all-star team, but after the season he was traded to Chicago. Wilson played two seasons for the sting, one for the New York Cosmos — winning the 1980 NASL championship — and four for the Toronto Blizzard. He was also selected to two more first all-star teams and three second teams. Wilson made 57 international appearances for Canada including reaching the 1984 Olympic quarter-finals. Wilson captained Canada in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, the country’s only appearance in the sport’s most prestigious event. He was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000 and the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003.