Tyler Burton (left), seen here during the team’s 2012 alumni game, will be at the Chilliwack Coliseum Saturday night as the BCHL club celebrates first responders. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chilliwack Chiefs alumni join first responder celebration

The BCHL team welcomes back 10 alums for a Saturday night home game against Prince George.

Chilliwack Chiefs alumni will be in the building Saturday night, helping the junior A club as it salutes first responders and presents the Matthew Hutchinson Memorial Awards.

Bill Higginbottom, Fred Madden, William Bailey, Greg Unruh and Valerie Conroy are being recognized before the Chiefs and the visiting Prince George Spruce Kings clash at the Chilliwack Coliseum.

The following alums will also be in the spotlight for their role as first responders:

– Cpl. Mike Pfeifer, a product of Chilliwack Minor Hockey, was a part of the 1995 Chiefs team that won Chilliwack its first BCJHL championship. Pfeifer is now a corporal with the Upper Fraser Valley RCMP Regional Detachment.

– Cst. Darnell Dyck, who also began with Chilliwack Minor Hockey, supported the Chilliwack Chiefs as a stick-boy and eventually played for the team, scoring 58 points in 58 games as a member of the Chiefs. Dyck is now a constable with the Burnaby RCMP.

– Kaleb Betts, arguably one of the most physical players in Chiefs history, played on the team that went to the RBC Cup semi-finals in Halifax in 2002. Betts is now with B.C. Corrections.

– Kyle Nason, a former captain of the team, acquired 341 penalty minutes in two seasons as a member of the Chiefs. Nason is now a member of the Chilliwack Fire Department.

– Tyler Burton scored an impressive 30 goals in the 2003-04 season and attained 110 points. Burton is now a member of the North Vancouver Fire Department.

– Steve Van Oosten, a member of the Chiefs in 2002-03, went on to play at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and later in the ECHL for the Stockton Thunder and for Briancon in France. Van Oosten is now a member of the West Vancouver Fire Department.

– Chris Larsen grew up in Chilliwack Minor Hockey and was a part of the 1994-95 team that won the first-ever league title in Chiefs history. Larsen is now a member of the Kamloops Fire Department.

– Chris Tarkir scored 52 points in 49 games in 2003-04 and later played professional hockey with the Wichita Thunder. Tarkir is now a member of the Seattle Fire Department.

– Cam Janzen and Jason Denham, who served the Chilliwack Chiefs organization as trainers, are both currently with the Correctional Service of Canada. Denham now volunteers for the Chiefs as an off-ice official. Janzen helped to coordinate Chiefs alumni currently serving as first responders for this special event.

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