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SFU legends honoured across Canada

January 17, 2008

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The Simon Fraser University Clan men’s basketball program has a long history of producing student-athletes and coaches who have both excelled at SFU and on the national and international stage. The Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame recently announced that Alex Devlin (player category) and Stan Stewardson (coach category) will be two of the 2007 inductees admitted to the Hall next month, while the Toronto Raptors will honour local members of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame at their home game Jan. 18, a list that includes former Clan star and current Raptors assistant coach Jay Triano.
 
Devlin played for SFU from 1969 until 1973, and during that time began his career with the Canadian National Team in 1972. An NAIA Honourable All-American in 1973, Devlin was invited to Portland Trailblazers rookie camp in 1973. In 1976, Devlin was a member of the Canadian squad that finished in fourth place at the Montreal Olympic Games.
 
Stewardson was head coach at Simon Fraser twice from 1975-1979 and from 1984-1989. His 1986 team recorded a record of 24-10, still the best winning percentage for an SFU men’s basketball team. Stewardson also has the distinction of coaching two of the Clan’s most famous student-athletes, Triano and Terry Fox. Fox was a junior varsity basketball player at SFU. Afer receiving a diagnosis of cancer, however, he left school to focus on training for the Marathon of Hope.
 
Triano began his coaching career in 1985 as an assistant at SFU. He took over the school’s head coaching duties in 1988 and served in that capacity until 1995. In 1992-93, he also worked as an assistant coach on the Canadian men’s national team and in 1993-94 he was the head coach of the Canadian men’s junior national team. Triano was the head coach of the Canadian men’s national team from 1998-2004 posting a 52-42 (.553) record. He led Canada to a semifinal berth in the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico and to a 5-2 record, second best to the United States, in the 2000 Olympics.
 
During his collegiate playing career at Simon Fraser, Triano led the Clan in scoring all four seasons and set 11 school records, including the career scoring mark of 2,616 points. He was also a member of the football team during his senior season. In 1981, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the eighth round of the NBA Draft and by the Calgary Stampeders in the sixth round in the CFL Draft.
 
Following graduation, Triano played for the Canadian national team for 11 years (1978-88) and was team captain from 1981-88. He represented Canada as a player on three Olympic teams (1980, 1984 and 1988), serving as captain for the last two.
 
The Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner takes place on Thursday, February 21, 2008. More information can be found online at www.burnabysportshalloffame.ca. The Toronto Raptors host the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, January 18, at the Air Canada Centre. More information can be found at www.raptors.com.
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