Houbregs named to Canadian Basketball Hall

Bob Houbregs, the hook-shooting sniper of the 1950s, was one of four Canadians named to the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.

Three others will join the former NBA star at the induction ceremony in October: Joyce Slipp, Allen Rae and Jamie Russell.

Hall of Fame induction weekend is Oct. 12-14 in Almonte, Ont., the birthplace of basketball.

The Naismith Cup, the annual all-Canadian pre-season tilt between the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies will be played at the Corel Centre in Nepean, Ont., on Oct. 12.

Houbregs, a six-foot-eight native of Vancouver, joined the NBA's Milwaukee Hawks in 1953 after a stellar collegiate career at the University of Washington.

He also played for the Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics and Fort Wayne Pistons.

Known for his splendid hook shot, Houbregs averaged 9.3 points per game in five seasons, and ranked fourth in field goal percentage (43%) with the Pistons in 1957.

He was appointed general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics in 1972-73.

Slipp, a native of Moncton, was synonomous with Canadian women's basketball in the 1970s.

She captained Canada's first female entry at the Montreal Olympics in 1976, and last year, was inducted into Canada's Olympic Hall of Fame .

Rae, who was born in Weyburn, Sask., distinguished himself as a referee in four consecutive Olympic Games.

Now a resident of Ottawa, he debuted at the 1964 Tokyo Games and concluded his Olympic run at Montreal in 1976.

Rae is also an author of numberous basketball manuals and rulebooks.

Russell, a native of Niagara Falls, Ont., and eight-year national team member, competed in two world championships, one Pan American Games and the 1976 Olympics.