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8 players named to Hall of Fame

Eight former players have been named to be inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame (yes, there really is one, and yes, it's really, really small! ) on May 1:

John Catliff, the second highest scorer in the history of the Canadian Soccer League, played 43 times for Canada, won the CSL championship with the Calgary Kickers in 1987 and four subsequent championships with the Vancouver 86ers in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991. He was the leading goal scorer in the CSL in 1988 with 22 goals, in 1990 with 19, and finished with 69 goals in his five seasons in the league.

Paul Dolan burst onto the national scene in 1986 when he made his debut for Canada in the opening game of the World Cup in Mexico against France. He held the famous French team scoreless until the 79th minute when Jean Pierre Papin scored to give France a narrow 1-0 victory. Dolan went on to play 51 times for Canada. He also played in the CSL for Vancouver 86ers and Hamilton Steelers, winning the CSL championship with the 86ers in 1990 and 1991.

Bob Bolitho and Tony Chursky each had outstanding careers in the North American Soccer League. Bolitho was a defender with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Tulsa Roughnecks, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Minnesota Strikers and Tampa Bay Rowdies, where he appeared in 196 regular season games and 26 play off games. Bolitho also played 29 times for Canada. He later played in the CSL for Victoria Vistas.

Tony Chursky, a goalkeeper, played three seasons for the Seattle Sounders before moving on to play for the California Surf, Chicago Sting and finally the Toronto Blizzard. He played in 145 NASL regular season games and 11 play off games including Soccer Bowl 1977 against the New York Cosmos. Chursky played 19 times for Canada, making his debut against Poland in Toronto in 1973.

Angela Kelly, who becomes the third woman to be inducted, made a name for herself as a member of the famous University of North Carolina team with which she won four NCAA championships. The team recorded 97 wins, one tie and only one loss. Angela played 29 times for Canada, including the 1995 World Cup in Sweden. She is currently the very successful coach of the women's team at the University of Tennessee.

Pat Philley, captain of Canada's World Cup team in 1957, follows his brother Brian into the Hall of Fame. Pat played his club soccer with Vancouver City and Westminster Royals winning the Canadian championship with Vancouver City in 1950. Represented Canada Selects against Moscow Locomotive in 1956, and B.C. against touring teams from 1953 - 1957.

Trevor Harvey, inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1985, was always regarded as being one of the finest players ever developed in Canada, but did not receive the recognition he deserved because Canada did not field a national team during his career. He played for the B.C. All-Stars against the Scottish touring team in 1935 as a teenager, won a Canadian championship in 1936 with Westminster Royals, and followed that by winning the championship again in 1937 with Johnston National Storage and in 1938 with Vancouver North Shore. He won again with North Shore in 1949.

Gordon Stewart, known to everyone as "Gogie", was a member of Canada's World Cup team in 1957 and toured the Soviet Union with the national team in 1960. Prior to that, he spent one season playing for English club Everton. He went on to play in six national finals, and won the title a total of three times with Vancouver St. Andrews and Westminster Royals. Inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
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