Inductees ALL-CONFERENCE PLAYERS
McKinley Moton III - Offensive Guard
Alan Allen - Linebacker
Greg Dentino - Defensive Back
Alfred Moton - Offensive End/Defensive End
Leon Abner - Running Back
Haywood Johnson - Running Back
Jeff Stokowski - Offensive Tackle
THE 1975-76 RECORD
Manual 34, Pekin 7
Manual 8, Richwoods 3
Manual 20, East Peoria 0
Manual 27, Spalding 13
Manual 42, Limestone 0
Manual 26, Central 0
Manual 53, Urbana 20
Manual 34, Sterling 2 (playoffs)
Manual 49, Bergan 8
Manual 6, LaSalle-Peru 22 (playoffs)
Manual 35, Woodruff 7
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.