Trevor Linden went out on the ice and did it. Tom Larscheid sat in the broadcast booth and told everyone about it.
So it was fitting Monday morning that the pair of Vancouver Canucks icons went into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame together, members of a 2011 class that is as distinguished as it is eclectic.
There's Linden, the 19-year NHLer who spent all or part of 16 of those season with the Vancouver Canucks.
And there's Larscheid, who came to Vancouver in 1962 from Utah State to be a running back with the CFL's B.C. Lions. He played two seasons and then spent parts of five decades in the broadcast booth as a colour commentator with the Lions and the Canucks.
Larscheid was selected in the media category. Linden is joined in the athlete's category by West Vancouver snowboarder Maelle Ricker, a 2010 Olympic gold medallist, Victoria's Gait brothers, Gary and Paul, who ruled lacrosse for years and North Vancouver alpine skier Laura Woolstencroft, who won five gold medals at the 2010 Paralympic Games.
"It's a big honour," said Linden, who has called B.C. home for 25 years. "I recognize the amount of talent this province has produced so to be a part of that is very special. I'm a huge sports fan and I have a great deal for the abundance of talent in all sports that B.C. has produced."
Five B.C. members of Canada's men's Olympic gold medal hockey team were selected. They are Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, Chicago Blackhawks Brent Seabrook (Tsawwassen) and Duncan Keith (Penticton), retired Anaheim Duck Scott Neidermayer (Cranbrook) and Nashville Predator Shea Weber (Sicamous).
Mike Jones, a founder of the Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club — 13 Olympic and world championship medals — and figure skating official Audrey Williams of Vancouver were named as builders.
Vancouver's Marty Zlotnik, a tireless fundraiser, enters in the W.A.C. Bennett category.
And then there's the 1933 Chinese Students Soccer Team, new members in the pioneer category. No longer with us but survived by numerous family members, these players served as beacons of hope for their community at time when the Chinese people were often treated like second class citizens.
For Linden it's gratifying to be going in along with Larscheid, a man who spent 33 years in the booth doing Canucks games before retiring from Team 1040 over the summer.
"We all miss Tommy," said Linden. "He's just such a unique personality. He's a wonderful guy. He was an incredible football player himself and he's been synonymous with football and hockey in this province for a long time. I didn't know until today that we were both being inducted."
Larscheid, incredibly, admitted Monday to being at a loss for words. And then he gushed.
"It's a terrific honour," said Larscheid. "It is probably, when I think about it, the greatest honour of my life. I am in the Hall of Fame in the university I went to, but that was three years of my life as a football player. To be recognized for your body of work in a city that you've come to live in, to love -- and eventually become a Canadian citizen because you love Canadians and you love the city -- I've made it my home. To be recognized like I am today, it's just over the moon for me.
"I know I'm a guy who calls it the way it is and I'm calling it the way it is right now. I want to say thank you to everybody who has ever listened and to all the guys I've worked with in the broadcast industry. I wouldn't be here without their help, that's for sure.
"I'm so humbled by this and so excited at the same time."
He was also pleased to be inducted along with Linden.
"Isn't that neat," Larscheid said. "He's been inducted in everything ... the Order of Canada (2010), the Order of B.C. (2003), his sweater has been retired. He is 'the man' when it comes to a sports figure in our city. Just to be mentioned with him and be part of this induction class, is so, so very, very good. Did you ever think Larscheid would be speechless? Well, I kinda am. It's indescribeable."
These inductees will be formally inducted on Sept. 13 at the 43rd annual Banquet of Champions at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Here are the 2011 inductees to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame:
Gary and Paul Gait, Victoria. The twins are considered by some to be the greatest lacrosse players of all time. Gary was a six-time National Lacrosse League MVP and is still the NLL all-time goals and points leader. Paul won 12 major titles and led the NLL in scoring four times. He was the 2002 NLL MVP.
Trevor Linden, Vancouver. One of three Canucks to have their jerseys retired -- Stan Smyl and Markus Naslund are the others -- Linden came to Vancouver for the 1988-89 season. He played 19 NHL season, 16 of them as a Canuck, scoring 318 goals and 733 points in 1,140 regular season Canucks games. A highly visible community worker.
Maelle Ricker, West Vancouver. A three-time Olympian, Ricker won the 2010 gold medal in snowboard cross, becoming the first Canadian woman ever to win Olympic gold on home soil. She was also the 2009-10 World Cup overall points leader. She has 14 wins and 32 podium finishes in 106 career races.
Lauren Woolstencroft, North Vancouver. An alpine skier, Woolstencroft became the first winter Paralympian to win five gold medals at one Games. She won three gold, a silver and a bronze during the 2002 and 2006 Games.
Mike Jones, Burnaby. Jones was a founder of the Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club at SFU. Over 30 years the club has produced 18 Olympians, 13 world championship or Olympic medallists and eight NAIA team titles.
Audrey Williams, Vancouver. A figure skating official for more than 50 years, Williams was appointed an international judge in 1967. She judged the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer along with six world championships and four world junior championships.
B.C's members of the men's 2010 Olympic hockey team. Cranbrook's Scott Niedermayer captained the team. Sicamous native Shea Weber was a tournament all-star on defence. Brent Seabrook of Tsawwassen and Penticton's Duncan Keith were on the defence and Vancouver Canuck Roberto Luongo was the goalie.
1933 Chinese Students Soccer Team. The players have all passed away. But their memory remains. In the 1930s in Vancouver Chinese were often made to feel like second class citizens, but this team made their community proud and were a beacon of hope. They were believed to be the only Chinese team outside China.
Tom Larscheid. Excitable, honest, straight-shooting and revered, the Canucks and Lions colourful colour man spent parts of five decades in the broadcast booth, from 1969 to 2010.
W.A.C. Bennett Award:
Marty Zlotnik. A man of vision, Vancouver's Zlotnik has raised millions of dollars for the University of B.C. and for athletes and sport throughout the province.
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