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Hockey champs join Covey in Class of 2015

One of the finest teams in Chilliwack Minor Hockey history will join local coaching legend Jack Covey in the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame this fall.

Covey will be the first inductee in the newly-named Judy Fitzsimmons Builder category. Involved for decades in local sport, Covey is best known for his work on the gridiron. As a coach at Chilliwack secondary school in the 1960s, he led the Frontiersmen to three Fraser Valley championships. Covey was also responsible for launching the athletic program at Sardis secondary school (which was a junior high when he got things rolling).
In recent years, Covey has been the […]

Stars Aligned for 3-Field Squadron

It’s the spring of 1968.

Carl Marsh and some of his 3-Field Squadron teammates are in the stands in a frigid rink in Petawawa, ON.

On the ice, another hockey team is doing line rushes.

Up and back

Up and back.

Up and back.

CFB Rockcliffe has the ice for two hours and they use every minute.

Their boys are winded grabbing water at the bench, and the Chilliwack boys just shake their heads.

When it’s their time to hit the ice, they only use 45 minutes.

Some casual line rushes. A little passing and shooting and off to relax.

They are watched from the stands by another opponent, […]

Klassen: From Sardis Secondary to BC Lions

If you didn’t know Rick Klassen’s history before meeting him, you could make a very reasoned guess based on the first five minutes.

First, the handshake, a crushing embrace of hands that you need to be ready for.

Then, the air of intensity that surrounds Klassen wherever he goes and whenever he speaks.

Sitting in a chair across the table, he gives the impression that everything he’s saying is hugely important and you’d better be listening.

If you didn’t know who he was, you’d guess the 55 year old was a former military man, probably special ops.

If not that, then a retired athlete […]

Class of 2014 Revealed

One team and one individual will go in this year, with the induction ceremony taking place Oct. 25.
Rick Klassen is being recognized for a 10 year Canadian Football League career that included a Grey Cup win in 1985.
Klassen was an outstanding athlete at Sardis secondary school in the late 1970s, and played collegiately at Simon Fraser University.
Klassen was an offensive lineman with the Clansmen, and for the first eight games of his CFL career.
Credit BC Lions coach Vic Rapp for switching Klassen to the defensive line, where he became a dominant force.
Klassen helped the Lions to the 1983 Grey Cup […]

First Class Revealed For Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame

Dave Archibald headlines the inaugural class that will enter the brand-new Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame in late October.

The induction ceremony will be held at Prospera Centre Oct. 26 during the intermission of a Chilliwack Chiefs game.

Archibald will be inducted in the player category.

Longtime basketball coach Joe Ogmundson goes in as a builder and the Turbo junior baseball team from the mid-1990s becomes the first team inducted.

The Turbo team went to five straight national championship tournaments, starting in 1993. They finally broke through in 1997, winning it all in Oshawa, Ontario.

The team was loaded with Chilliwack talent — […]

Home Finally Found For Hall

Judy Fitzsimmons’s dream of a Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame is finally taking shape.

More than three years ago, Fitzsimmons was in Delta when she came across that city’s local sports hall.

“I thought, hmm. It was a little light bulb,” she said.

Since that fateful trip, Fitzsimmons has received support from local politicians and built a formidable team of volunteers to work towards her goal of a Chilliwack hall.

The sticking point, however, was where to put it.

“It really was a conundrum for us,” Fitzsimmons told the Times.

But that’s no longer the case. The Chilliwack Chiefs have offered up a portion of […]

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