August 14, 2013, Prince Albert SK- The Prince Albert Raiders are pleased to announce the three individuals who will be inducted into the Raiders Wall of Honour for the 2013-2014 season.
As nominated by the Raiders Alumni: Brad McCrimmon, and two builders selected by the Raiders Past Presidents: Jim Bristow and Doug Winterton. The three newest members of the Wall of Fame will be officially inducted prior to the Raiders home game on September 27th against the Brandon Wheat Kings.
McCrimmon spent two seasons with the Raiders from 1974 to 1976, recording 23 goals and 83 points and was a key part of the team that won the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League championship and the Anavet Cup in 1976, while receiving SJHL Defenceman of the Year honours as a 16 year old in that same year. The Plenty, Saskatchewan native then moved on to the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, eventually being selected 15th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.
McCrimmon would play 1222 career games in the NHL, scoring 81 times and adding 322 assists from the blueline, as well as 1416 penalty minutes with the Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers and Phoenix Coyotes, and retired following the 1996-1997 season. Highlights from his playing career include being selected to participate in the 1988 All-Star game and winning the Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989. McCrimmon currently sits 11th all time in NHL career plus/minus, finishing his career with an impressive plus-444 rating.
Following his retirement as a player, McCrimmon immediately began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach for the New York Islanders. He returned to his home province as the Head Coach of the Saskatoon Blades for two seasons before taking Assistant Coaching positions with the Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Detroit Red Wings. In 2011, he left the NHL to pursue a Head Coaching opportunity with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the KHL. He tragically passed away when the Yaroslavl team plane crashed on their way to their first game of the season.
In the builder category, Jim Bristowe began billeting from day one of the Raiders franchise, billeting the Raiders first captain, Ray Bansley. Jim worked as a minor official and worked as a lineman on occasions early on. Bristow took over public address announcing duties and was the voice of the Comuniplex for 27 years until the conclusion of the 1999-2000 season. Bristowe’s influence on the Green and Gold extended past time on the Board of Directors from 1978-1983, as he was a key member in the original “Raise Your Butt” campaign to get seats in the arena, and once again in 2004 as the Chairman of the Leads Gifts and Community Fundraiser project for the Bring Back the Magic Campaign.
Doug Winterton will also be inducted as a builder this fall. Doug was a billet in the SJHL era, taking in many players including Brad McCrimmon, and was very involved with the organization throughout the team’s inaugural years. He served as the secretary from 1972-1979 before taking over as team President from 1979-1980 and was known for being vocal and engaging at membership meetings. In addition, Doug was a Charter Member of the Raiders Booster Club that contributed by raising funds to help keep the team sustainable in Prince Albert.