A big honor for a part-owner of the Prince George Cougars and a long-time NHL defenseman.

Eric Brewer is one of six inductees into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2020.

Before the big leagues, Brewer played three seasons with the Prince George Cougars from 1995-98 scoring a total of 79 points in 168 games.

The 40-year-old, from Vernon, played 16 seasons and just over 1000 regular-season games in the NHL, tallying 271 points (77-194-271).

He was drafted by the New York Islanders fifth overall in the 1997 NHL Draft.

Brewer’s time in the NHL was split between the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, St Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Anaheim Ducks.

He played his minor hockey in Ashcroft and Kamloops before being selected by the Cougars in the 1994 WHL Bantam Draft.

Brewer also had a decorated international career: playing for Canada at the 1998 World Juniors, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, The 2004 World Cup of Hockey and five World Hockey Championships.

He won an Olympic gold medal, three World Hockey Championships and the World Cup of Hockey.

Joining Brewer in the BCHHOF 2020 class is former Canucks defenceman Mattias Ohlund, NHL Linesman Jay Sharrers, and Junior ‘B’ hockey president Ray Stonehouse.

Two teams are being inducted as well, the 2002 Kootenay ICE Memorial Cup champions and the 2012 Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League.

The 2020 BCHHOF Induction ceremony is Friday, July 24th in Penticton, B.C.