Inductees Bradley's 1960 NIT champions join the 1957 team, BU's first team to win the prestigious tournament, in the local Hall.
This was the second of Orsborn's three championship teams and it posted an amazing 27-2 record, losing only on the road to Cincinnati and Houston.
That season marked the debut of all-American and longtime NBA star Chet Walker with Bradley. Walker averaged 21.7 points while Dan Smith, Al Saunders, Mack Herndon, Bobby Joe Mason, Mike Owens, Ed Wodka and Lee Edwards also played key roles.
Others on the team included Ted Horwath, Chuck Hewitt, Mickey Tiemann, Bob Ortegel, Larry Mormino, Don Kissock, Ed Kissel, Billy Roecker, Chuck Sash, Ray Mack, Chuck Granby, and Bob Carruthers (manager).
Bradley's 1960 NIT champions join the 1957 team, BU's first team to win the prestigious tournament, in the local Hall.
Hockey was a sport local fans could watch only if they went to Chicago or St. Louis until BardezBanian founded the Peoria Stars in 1959.
The two were with the Pekin Stars until 1970, when they formed the Peoria Blades, on the outdoor rink at Logan, in 1971. The Logan "bubble" went up the next year and the Blades, through membership in the Continental League, gave Peoria a solid taste of hockey.
BardezBanian played with the Blades for a few years, then became president while Olson always served as the team's general manager.
And the two gave hockey a boost whenever they could. BardezBanian coached the Bradley University club team for many years and both were instrumental in starting and maintaining youth hockey in Pekin and Peoria.
Both are now retired, Olson from Caterpillar's Mossville plant and BardezBanian from a management position with the City of Peoria.