B.C.’s Celebrity Entrepreneurs

Only in B.C. would a former Playboy model and scads of ex-NHLers try for a second career in real estate development. And as many of them are finding out, it’s not as easy as it looks.

The Early Days: B.C.’s NHL stars
(Clockwise from top left)

Nowadays: Co-investors, Bear Mountain Resort, Victoria
(Clockwise from top left) Len Barrie, Ryan Smyth, Scott Mellanby and Joe Nieuwendyk are among the almost dozen current and former NHL players who invested in Barrie’s Bear Mountain Resort in La

Trevor Linden, Vancouver Canucks, 1994
Trevor Linden made his NHL debut in 1988, drafted third overall from the Medicine Hat Tigers. Linden, many Vancouverites’ all-time-favourite Canuck, will be best remembered for his leadership and fine play durin

Trevor Linden, co-developer, 601 Herald, Victoria
Now in his second career, the ex-Canucks captain and Clearly Contacts pitchman backs 601 Herald, a residential/commercial project in downtown Victoria, among other development projects.

Geoff Courtnall and Pamela Anderson, co-developers: Arcadia on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith
Victoria boy and former NHLer Geoff Courtnall scored 367 goals in 19 professional seasons, five of them spent with the exciting early-’90s Canucks. Courtnall has sin

Richard Zokol, Chairman, Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club, Merritt
Canadian golfer, Richard “Disco Dick” Zokol, played on the Canadian Tour, PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour before founding Merritt-area Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club in 2001.