Three Former DU Players Inducted Into B.C. HOF

(above) 1985-86 Penticton Knights
The 1985-86 Pentiction Knights [BCHL] hockey team was inducted into the British Columbia Hall of Fame on July 22nd.  Three members of that Canadian national championship team went on to play at the University of Denver.  Leading scorer Dave Shields, Defensemen Rod Summers and Marc Rousseau.

Dave Shields scored an amazing 54 goals and 76 assists in 51 games that season.  Shields would go onto become a Hobey Baker finalist his Senior season at DU.

Today Rod Summers is a very active member of the DU Hockey Alumni Association.  He has raised thousands of dollars for the DU hockey program and lives in Denver.

Marc Rousseau was drafted by the NHL Hartford Whalers but never played professionally.  He played four seasons on the blue-line at DU alongside Summers and Shields.

All three DU alums were reunited at the event.

The Knights posted a 44-8-0 regular season record and went 25-5 in the playoffs.  They won the Canadian Junior-A National Championship against host the Cole Harbor Colts [Nova Scotia] in the 1986 championship game.

Former Colorado Avalanche player and current Denver resident Joe Sakic was also inducted into the B.C. Hall of Fame on the same night as the DU alums. 

Former DU star and six-time Stanley Cup winner Glenn Anderson was inducted into the B.C. Hall of Fame  in 2001.


Anonymous said...

I remember when Dave Shields came in, he was considered a possible challenger to Dallas Gaume's scoring records. Injuries sort of curtailed his overall production, though he did put up 74 points his senior year and was a Hobey finalist.

Anonymous said...

For his ongoing efforts and support of DU Hockey, Rod Summers should be respected and revered no different than Connor James, Matt Carle or even The Chief. Thanks for all that you do!

Anonymous said...

Rousseau played many years of pro hockey in minors and Europe if I recall correctly. He just never played on the NHL.

Anonymous said...

Never mind. It was Eric Murano who played on those same DU teams who had the long AHL/euro career, not Rousseau.

dggoddard said...

I used Hockey's Database for background research for the article. Its a great reference site but their stats can be incomplete, but thanks for the possible heads-up.