Hockey Canada sends its condolences to the family of J.P. Parise, who lost his year-long battle with lung cancer on Jan. 7. The Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., native was a member of Team Canada in the historic 1972 Summit Series, recording four points in six games.
The rink at the Regent Park Athletic Grounds was well used but in need of a major makeover. Thanks in part to funds from the 2012 Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic, residents now have a safer place to skate, and a refurbished field house to call home.
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.
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Scott Niedermayer and women’s hockey
pioneer Fran Rider have earned the ultimate international honour; they will be
inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame during the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship next spring.
It is with a heavy heart that Hockey Canada acknowledges the passing of Jean Béliveau, who died Dec. 1 at 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 Nov. 23 at 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), in his 16 years as Hockey Canada’s president and CEO was honoured in Edmonton with the first COC President’s Award.
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. As Hockey Canada’s new leader, he’ll be involved in every aspect of the game, and the chance to reconnect 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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