In Memory: Duncan Wray

(Image: Vernon Vipers)

When news broke on Thursday about the passing of Vernon Vipers owner and BCHL Chairman of the Board Duncan Wray, tributes began to flood in from around the league from players and coaches to fellow owners and people around the hockey world.

I didn’t know Duncan really well, but I had interacted with him enough times to know what type of person he was. Although I was with the Centennials and Merritt radio station at the time, Duncan was always respectful and friendly. He exuded a passion for junior A hockey that very few have and his impact on the BCHL will reverberate for many years.

“We were shocked and saddened to receive word today about Duncan,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale in a release from the league. “He was the lifeblood of the Vipers franchise for a very long time and he leaves a huge void in our league and in our hearts.”

“We had the same type of attitude and mentality towards the game,” West Kelowna Warriors owner Mark Cheyne told Castanet News. “Our goals were very similar, that’s why we became pretty good friends away from the game.”

Salmon Arm Silverbacks President Troy Mick shared his thoughts on Wray with Roger Knox of the Salmon Arm Observer. “This is the saddest day of my life. Part of my heart feels ripped out. I haven’t stopped crying since this morning. He was an unbelievable owner. He never had a hidden agenda. He wanted the kids to play hockey and get an education. That’s all he wanted. He wasn’t in it for the money and for a guy who never played the game, he had so much love for it.”

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Top 20 BCHL Under-18 Leading Scorers:

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Name
Team
GP
G
A
PTS
PPG
PIM
1.
Brett Stapley
Vernon
30
6
22
28
0.93
20
2.
Ethan De Jong
Prince George
33
5
22
27
0.82
6
3.
Brendan Budy
Langley
33
9
15
24
0.73
26
4.
Jordan Sandhu
Alberni Valley
35
8
15
23
0.66
8
5.
Samuel Morton
Wenatchee
24
4
12
16
0.67
10
6.
Stanislav Demin
Wenatchee
30
4
12
16
0.53
14
7.
Parmjot Dhaliwal
West Kelowna
30
3
12
15
0.50
15
8.
Matthew Kowalski
Nanaimo
35
8
6
14
0.40
8
9.
Ben Berard
Powell River
37
6
8
14
0.38
17
10.
Jonathan Tychonick
Penticton
25
3
11
14
0.56
12
11.
Cayden Kraus
Alberni Valley
36
9
4
13
0.36
44
12.
Tyler Ward
Merritt
16
7
5
12
0.75
6
13.
David Silye
Nanaimo
32
5
7
12
0.38
19
14.
Andrew Kemp
Surrey
33
6
5
11
0.33
2
15.
Powell Connor
Chilliwack
32
2
9
11
0.34
50
16.
Ben Poisson
Prince George
32
7
3
10
0.31
9
17.
Mackenzie Wight
Alberni Valley
13
6
4
10
0.77
8
18.
Alec Zawatsky
Cowichan Valley
33
4
6
10
0.30
38
19.
Jordan Schulting
Chilliwack/Coquitlam
25
1
9
10
0.40
12
20.
Liam Watson-Brawn
Prince George
33
3
6
9
0.27
8