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Super athlete honoured

The jersey of Wayne Dye will be hoisted to the rafters of Kal Tire Place tonight as the city honours the well-known athlete.

Tragically, Dye passed away in 1988 at age 35, but not before making a huge impact on the North Okanagan sporting community.

Dye joined his father, Vern, as a 2011 inductee into the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame.

According to a write up on the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame website, at 16 Dye was locked up by Major League Baseball’s Seattle Pilots (now Milwaukee Brewers) with a $10,000 signing bonus and started his minor pro career in Class A in Newark, New Jersey.

But Dye was also skilled on the ice.

Dye’s hockey career appeared promising from the outset as he played with teammates two and three years older through minor hockey. As a 13-year-old left winger, he spent the last part of the Junior A season with the Vernon Essos.

Dye spent five full seasons in the B.C. Junior Hockey League before joining the Western Canada Junior League New Westminster Bruins as a 20-year-old where he racked up 35 goals in one year.

Dye was also hailed as one of the best snooker players in the province and was a star in track and field.

He was named Vernon's Athlete of the 20th Century.

He died in his sleep at age 35.

His jersey, No. 8., will be retired at tonight's Vernon Vipers hockey game.

The Vipers meet the Trail Smoke Eaters at 7 p.m.



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