ESTEVAN - A former member of the Estevan Bruins will be inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame this year.
Lonnie Cameron, who played goal for the Bruins roughly 40 years ago, is part of the induction class for 2023 as an official. He spent two-plus seasons with the Bruins from 1982-83 to 1984-85.
Cameron officiated in the NHL from 1996-2019. He worked 1,554 games as a linesman and 60 in the playoffs, and his resumé included the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games and the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Among the other inductees for 2023 are long-time NHL defencemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Also to be inducted will be the 2007 Memorial Cup champion Vancouver Giants in the team category and Ronnie Patterson in the builder category. The ceremony will be later this year in Penticton, B.C.
Cameron is not the first inductee to the B.C. hall with connections to Estevan. Long-time hockey coach Ernie “Punch” McLean, who is from Estevan, was inducted in 2006 as a builder. He was the head coach of the New Westminster Bruins team that won the Memorial Cup in 1977 and 1978. The 1978 Bruins are also in the Hall.
Former Bruin defenceman Joe Watson, who went on to win back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Philadelphia Flyers, was inducted alongside his brother Jimmy in 2002.