As Canada’s National Junior Team makes its way through the final few days of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, members of the 1993 and 1994 gold-medal-winning teams were reunited and recognized by Hockey Canada in Toronto.
Team Canada alumnus Sheldon Kennedy, who won gold at the 1988 IIHF World Junior Championship and has become one of the country’s leading anti-abuse advocates thanks to his work with Respect Group, has been appointed to the Order of Canada.
The Hockey Canada Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities have partnered on “The Big Play” program, aiming at assisting with registration and equipment costs and getting 30,000 Canadians into the game in the next three years.
It is with a heavy heart that Hockey Canada acknowledges the passing of Jean Béliveau, who died Tuesday at the age of 83. Béliveau was one of the first Order of Hockey in Canada honourees, and was the honorary captain of Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team in 2010.
It is with great sadness that Hockey Canada acknowledges the passing of Pat Quinn, who died Sunday night at the age of 71. Quinn made 11 appearances as a coach and GM with Team Canada, including helping end Canada’s Olympic gold medal drought in 2002.
Bob Nicholson, who led Canada’s national teams to 71 medals, 44 of them gold (including seven Olympic gold medals), in his 16 years as Hockey Canada’s president and CEO was honoured Saturday night in Edmonton with the first COC President’s Award.
A trio of Canadians have earned hockey’s highest honour. Olympic gold medal-winning defenceman Rob Blake, coaching legend Pat Burns and long-time referee Bill McCreary were officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2014.
Team Canada alumnus and Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano, along with his wife, Lauren, has launched Team Giordano: Points to the Future, which will donate $100,000 to three Calgary schools to support and encourage students in the city.
Calgary is home to a sports equipment bank that will help thousands of youngsters play hockey in southern Alberta. Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank will help address a major hurdle that keeps many kids out of sports – the cost of equipment.
Seth Martin, who led the Trail Smoke Eaters to a gold medal at the 1961 IIHF World Championship and backstopped Canada at four world championships and an Olympic Winter Games during the 1960s, passed away Sept. 6 at the age of 81.
Hockey season has come early for 37 young players in Richmond, B.C. The Hockey Canada Foundation’s Dreams Come True program visited the Lower Mainland on Aug. 23, bringing brand-new equipment and registration fees.
As a coach, Tom Renney helped Canada win four medals on the international stage. Now as Hockey Canada’s new president and CEO, he’ll be involved in every aspect of the game, and the chance to reconnect with Canadians at the grassroots level has him excited.
From the Florida Panthers to a gold medal for the ages at the Olympic Winter Games and bronze at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, the 2013-14 season was an unforgettable one behind the bench for Kevin Dineen.
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