Rod Banister, despite his Vancouver roots, made his debut in Burnaby with the Junior A Cablevision, successfully challenging for the Minto Cup in 1977, 1978, and 1979. In 1980 entered the Senior league with the New Westminster Salmonbellies. In his 12 seasons he minded the pipes in six Mann Cup appearances, with 1981, '89, and '91 coming out the victor.
Playing in 267 games Rod ended with a save average greater than 80 percent with 143 assists. He was also play off MVP in 1983, took the top goalie honours in '82 and '83, and was named to the WLA All-Star team four times.