Former NHLer Basil McRae leads Class of 2018 into Brock Sports Hall of Fame
Basil McRae will lead the Class of 2018 into the Brock Sports Hall of Fame.
The Beaverton native, who played 576 games in the NHL, will be inducted Saturday (April 21) morning during the Breakfast of Champions event hosted by the Township at the Sunderland Town Hall.
McRae got his hockey start at the village, leading a Peewee squad to a provincial championship – Beaverton’s first.
After suiting up for the London Knights in major junior, McRae was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the third round of the 1980 NHL entry draft.
He would go on to play more than 15 seasons in the league, scoring 53 goals and tallying 83 assists. But McRae didn’t make his name off his scoring prowess.
He was one of the top enforcers in the game as a member of the Minnesota North Stars in the late 1980s and early 90s, leading the league in penalty minutes in the 1989/90 campaign.
In addition to the Nordiques and North Stars, McRae also played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis Blues and ended with career with Chicago in 1996/97.
McRae currently serves as the director of player personnel for the Columbus Blue Jackets, as well as a part owner and alternate governor of the Knights.
His father, Paul, was inducted into the hall of fame last year.
Joining him this year are George Ranich (coach), Bob Mitchell (volunteer) and members of the Beaverton senior women’s baseball team.
Previous inductees to the Brock Sports Hall of Fame include NHL great Rick MacLeish, Olympic equestrienne Jessica Phoenix, Ross ‘Foxy’ Jewell, Ron Woitzik, Bill Hewitt, Dale St. John, Merlyn Doble, members of the Sunderland Tigers ladies fastball team (1966-1978), as well as the founders of Sunderland ringette and the Sunderland Skating Club.