Toigo to be Inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame
When the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame honours its 2017 inductee class on Friday, July 28, at the South Okanagan Event Centre in Penticton, B.C., Ron Toigo will be one of six individuals going into the hall.
Toigo, who serves on the WHL’s Board of Governors, is the president and majority owner of the Vancouver Giants. He will be inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders Category.
Previously, Toigo owned the Tri-City Americans beginning in 1991 until selling the club in 2000 at which point he became majority owner and president of the Giants. A long-time resident of Tsawwassen, B.C., he served as a major catalyst in the success of the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship, which was hosted in Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna. He is also set to dive back into the World Junior Championship scene as an organizer on the committee for the 2019 World Junior Championship, which will be co-hosted by Vancouver and Victoria.
On top of that, Toigo’s Giants hosted and claimed the 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup – yet another event the Giants’ president and owner had a hand in.
Other inductees in the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 include former Vancouver Canucks Thomas Gradin and Tony Tanti, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and former Vancouver Canucks GM Dave Nonis – a product of Burnaby – as well as John Shannon, who hails from Oliver, B.C., and has enjoyed a long career working within hockey media, including stints with Hockey Night in Canada, the NHL and Rogers Sportsnet. Former NHL official Brad Lazarowich will also be honoured. Finally, the 1996-97 Powell River Regals will be inducted in recognition of their Allan Cup Championship squad.