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Former Wildcat honored in B.C.

Dallas Drake inducted into British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame after illustrious career

July 29, 2010
By CRAIG REMSBURG Senior Sports Writer

MARQUETTE - He was inducted into the British Columbia (Canada) Hockey Fall of Fame last Friday, but Dallas Drake said he isn't sure why.

"I don't consider myself a hall of famer in anything," the former Northern Michigan University star and NHL player said Wednesday in a telephone interview. "It was humbling and a lot of fun."

A highlight for Drake, who was a forward for the Wildcats from 1988-92 under now-Michigan State University head coach Rick Comley, was introduced before about 700 people at the induction banquet by Ernie Gare.

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In this 2008 file photo, Detroit Red Wings' Dallas Drake hoists the Stanley Cup after Detroit beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals in Pittsburgh. (AP photo)

"He was my coach in junior hockey (with Vernon, B.C.) and Morey's brother," Drake, a Trail, B.C., native said. Morey Gare played for NMU and served as a Wildcat assistant coach during Drake's college career.

"I didn't know Ernie was going to do that. He helped develop me as a player and I hadn't seen him for a long time."

Drake said his Hall acceptance speech, with his wife and children in attendance, went 4-5 minutes.

"I was nervous beforehand. But once I got up there, I was fine," he said. "I tend not to write anything down, so I just talked about how I felt about (the induction)."

On a couple of web sites announcing the induction ceremony, Drake was credited with scoring the winning goal in NMU's 8-7 triple overtime win over Boston University in the 1991 NCAA Division I championship game.

So did the official induction program.

Actually, Northern's Darryl Plandowski scored the historic game-winner, his third goal of the game

"I always have to correct people on that," Drake said. "I scored the winner against Maine (in a 5-3 Wildcat semifinal win). Maybe someone just mixed it up."

Drake was inducted - among others - with another former NHL star Trevor Linden.

"I played against him and he was once the head of the (player's association), so I got to know him pretty well," Drake said. "Going into the Hall with a player of that stature was gratifying."

A 2002 inductee of the NMU sports Hall of Fame, Drake played 165 games at Northern. He scored 92 goals and drew 128 assists for 220 points while picking up 88 penalties for 215 minutes.

In the Wildcats' championship year (1990-91), Drake posted 22-36-58 scoring totals in 44 games.

He then played 1,009 games in the NHL with several teams, including two stints with the Detroit Red Wings.

Drake, who now lives in Traverse City and is the director of the Grand Traverse Youth Hockey Association, went 177-300-477 offensively n the NHL.

In 90 playoff games, he finished with 33 points (14-19).

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His e-mail address is



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