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 invested as a Member of the Order of Canada.
A four-time Olympian and two-time Olympic gold medallist who famously backstopped Canada to its first Olympic gold in 50 years at the 2002 Games, Martin Brodeur has announced his retirement. He also won a World Cup championship in 2004.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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