For some, the memories and thoughts of the home town never fade over time and distance.
Former Grande Prairie resident Terry Bangen was elected into the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame in late August for his tireless commitment to the Kamloops hockey scene.
The 70-year-old found out he was going into the Kamloops hall in late March. At the time, Bangen was in town for the Grande Prairie Hockey Legends induction ceremony for Lorne Radbourne
A fully apropos deed for a guy who left town more than half a century ago but never forgot where his formative years were built and solidified, the brick and mortar for a successful career in sport, specifically hockey.
“I look back at my growing up years in Grande Prairie with a great deal of fondness,” Bangen said. “Looking back, the things that stand out, number one, were the numerous opportunities we had to participate in a variety of sports, be it both in the school or in the community. I was one of those young athletes who was pretty good at everything but not real good at one sport. That was a great situation for me.”