This country’s most decorated female hockey player and the man who scored a crucial overtime goal during the 1984 Canada Cup are among the latest inductees into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.
Cassie Campbell, who retired from the National Women’s Team in 2006 after a career that included 100 points in 157 international games and 20 international medals, and Mike Bossy, whose OT goal in 1984 gave Team Canada a semi-final win over the Soviet Union, will be honoured on at a gala dinner in Toronto. Campbell and Bossy will be joined by four other athletes at the ceremony: Olympic wrestling champion Daniel Igali, former CFL football star Doug Flutie, Olympic cross-country ski champ Beckie Scott and Major League Baseball’s Larry Walker.
Campbell was captain of the National Women’s Team from the 1993-94 season until she retired in 2006. She is the only Canadian hockey player, male or female, to captain Canada to two Olympic gold medals, having done so in 20. Among her 20 international medals are six golds from the IIHF World Women’s Championship (1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004).
Campbell continues to be involved in the game of hockey through her work with the Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey Program and as an analyst on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and TSN’s coverage of national and international hockey tournaments.
Bossy played 10 seasons in the NHL, all with the New York Islanders, and helped the team win four Stanley Cups in the early 1980s. Bossy set the standard for goal scoring, hitting the 50-goal plateau in nine consecutive seasons, a mark that still stands.Bossy’s NHL resumé also includes the 1978 Calder Trophy as rookie of the year, the 1982 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and the 1983, 19 Lady Byng Trophy, as the league’s most sportsmanlike player. He was also a five-time member of the NHL’s first all-star team.
Bossy’s international experience included two Canada Cups (19). In 1984, Canada beat the Soviet Union in a semi-final before defeating Sweden in two straight games to take the best-of-three final.
Bossy works with Campbell and Bobby Orr on the Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey Program.
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