Daily Herald Staff
The Prince Albert Raiders will be honouring three individuals from their past when Brad McCrimmon, Jim Bristowe and Doug Winterton will be inducted into the Raiders’ Wall of Honour on Sept. 27.
McCrimmon played two seasons for the Raiders joining the team as a 15-year-old in 1974. The skilled defenseman from Plenty, Sask., scored 23 goals and added 60 assists in his time with the club and as a 16-year-old he was named the top defenseman in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
McCrimmon then went on to the Western Hockey League where he played for the Brandon Wheat Kings for three seasons before being selected 15th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1979 NHL entry draft.
In 1,222 career NHL games, McCrimmon scored 81 goals and added 322 assists while playing for Boston, the Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers and Phoenix Coyotes. McCrimmon retired in 1997 after 18 seasons with a Stanley Cup win in 1989 while with Calgary being the highlight.
McCrimmon would then turn to coaching and after a stint with the New York Islanders as an assistant coach, he returned to the WHL to guide the Saskatoon Blades for two seasons. McCrimmon once again found his way back to the NHL where he served as an assistant coach with Calgary, the Atlanta Thrashers and Detroit Red Wings before taking a job overseas in Russia.
In September 2011, McCrimmon, along with everyone else aboard, was killed when the team plane crashed on their way to the opening game of the season.
Bristowe gets his spot in the Wall of Honour for having served the team in a number of capacities. Bristowe was a billet, a minor official, a linesman, public address announcer, a board member and a fundraiser.
Winterton also rightfully get his recognition after being on the board for a decade along with being a charter member of the Raiders Booster Club. Winterton continues to engage in discussions at membership meetings and he has been a supporter of the team for more than 40 years.
The trio will be honoured prior to the Raider game against the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sept. 27.