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The first member of a famous Dryden hockey family to be drafted to the NHL, this athlete enjoyed a successful hockey career that spanned two decades and included 11 professional seasons. A natural athlete, he participated in a variety of sports and developed into an all-round hockey player. His size and stick-handling abilities earned him minor league MVP honours and team point leader and league all-star status with Kenora's Boise Cascade AAA Midgets and saw him named Rookie of the Year with the 1989/90 Thunder Bay Flyers.

Accepting a scholarship to Bowling Green State University in 1990, he was picked up by the Vancouver Canucks in the 3rd round of the 1991 Entry Draft, going 51st overall. Remaining at centre ice for the Falcons, he was a top scorer in the national college system, served as a captain with the team, won the coach's award in his final year, and was picked up by Team Canada to play in the 1994 Spengler Cup.


With somewhat unlucky timing, his professional hockey career began the same season as the 1994/95 NHL lockout.  Settling in with the Knoxville Cherokees of the East Coast Hockey League, he was selected an ECHL All-Star. Signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, he joined the lineup of their AHL farm team, the Baltimore Bandits. A playoff standout and team-leading rookie point getter, he was called up to the Ducks for seven games during the 1995/96 season.

Leading the AHL in goals during the 1996/97 season, he moved into the NHL for a 39-game stay, contributing to the Ducks record-setting first year Stanley Cup playoff run. He remained with the club for most of the 1997/98 season, before being dealt to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline.  Additional NHL stops were made with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets.  Spending time in the IHL and AHL, he helped both the Syracuse Crunch and the Manitoba Moose advance to the playoffs.  

With a desire to play in Europe, he spent the 2004-05 season in Germany, playing his final season with the Frankfurt Lions. Leaving behind a hockey career that included success at the amateur and college level, and over 700 professional games to his credit, including 260 regular season and 14 playoff games in the NHL, this Dryden hockey product provided his hometown with a lot to be proud of throughout his career.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 26, 2009

Sean Pronger

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