Former Rockets Weber and Keith being inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame

Two former Kelowna blueliners among five BC guys from Team Canada's Olymic gold medal winning team that will be in the hall.

Team Canada's Shea Weber of Sicamous battles Mats Zuccarello Aasen of Team Norway for the puck in the men's ice hockey game at Canada Hockey Place during the 2010 Winter Olympics on Tuesday.

Olympic gold medals, the Memorial Cup, the Norris Trophy and the Stanley Cup.

Between them, former Kelowna Rockets defencemen Shea Weber and Duncan Keith have won some impressive trophies.

Now the two will be joined together forever as they will be inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame along with nine individuals and two teams at the 43rd Annual Banquet of Champions tonight at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Weber and Keith will enter the hall as members of the 2010 Olympic gold medal winning Canadian hockey team.

“It’s a huge honour,” said Weber from Nashville, as he prepared for his seventh NHL season. “Growing up in B.C., playing my junior hockey in B.C. and being around the province it means a lot to myself and my family. This is something I can cherish forever.”

Neither Weber nor Keith will be at the induction ceremony as both have left the area to prepare for the start of the hockey season.

Some of Keith’s family and friends will be in attendance as he and Weber, along with fellow B.C. players Scott Niedermayer and Brent Seabrook and Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo are also inducted.

“When you think of a Hall of Fame you don’t think of getting inducted while you’re still playing,” said Keith. “But it’s a huge honour and a privilege to be put in that select group that gets to go into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. I was honoured to be picked for that team. To play on Team Canada in the Winter Olympics in your own backyard…it doesn’t get any better than that.”

And the two former Rockets’ stars certainly earned their spot on the team. Weber, the big, punishing defenceman, had two goals, four assists and was plus four in the seven Canadian games at the Olympics.

Keith, who would later that year be named the NHL’s best defencemen, had six assists in the seven games and recorded a plus six rating.

After the players celebrated the gold medal win, it became a family affair, something that has stuck with both players.

“Obviously we celebrated as a team right after the game,” said Weber. “But then we went to meet our families and my mom and dad and grandma and grandpa and my brother were all there. My mom passed away last summer and that was the last thing she got to see me do and that was very special for me.”

“It was an unbelievable experience,” added Keith. “To be thrown in with a group of guys…you take so much away from being in the Olympics…the experiences and the emotions in such a short period of time. It was a real special time.”

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