Canada will have plenty of representation when the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame opens its doors for the Class of 2013 at next year’s IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, as a pair of Team Canada alumni have earned induction.
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Danielle Goyette and 1972 Summit Series hero Paul Henderson will become the 24th and 25th Canadians enshrined when the induction ceremony is held in Stockholm, Sweden.
Goyette will be the third alumna of Canada’s National Women’s Team inducted, joining 2008 honourees Geraldine Heaney and Angela James, while Henderson will be the first player from Team Canada 1972 enshrined – the team’s head coach, Harry Sinden, was inducted as a player in 1997.
In addition, long-time TSN broadcaster Gord Miller was named the recipient of the Paul Loicq Award, presented by the IIHF for “outstanding contributions to the IIHF and international ice hockey.” Miller becomes the fourth Canadian to win the award, joining Aggie Kukulowicz (2004), Bob Nadin (2007) and Kent Angus (2012).
Danielle Goyette, 46, played for Canada’s National Women’s Team from 1991-2007. She earned 20 gold and four silver medals at major international competitions, including two Olympic Winter Games gold medals (2002, 2006) and eight IIHF World Women’s Championship gold medals (1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007). Goyette sits fourth on Canada’s National Women’s Team all-time scoring list, with 219 points – 114 goals and 105 assists – and is one of only three players to have reached the 100-goal mark. Goyette was also Canada’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. It marked the first time that a female hockey player carried the flag for Canada at the Olympic Opening Ceremony and was the first time that a Canadian hockey player had carried the flag since Hubert Brooks did it at the 1948 Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Paul Henderson, 69, will forever be known as the player who scored The Goal, the game-winner with just 34 seconds remaining in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series, giving the Canadians the series victory thanks to wins in the final three games in Moscow. While his Game 8 winner is the goal that will always have a place in Canadian history, Henderson also scored the winner in Game 6 and Game 7, and finished with seven goals in eight games, tying with Phil Esposito for the Team Canada lead. The Kincardine, Ont., native represented his country for the second and final time during the 1974 Summit Series, scoring twice and adding one assist in seven games.
Gord Miller, 48, has covered hockey extensively as a host, reporter and commentator since joining TSN in 1990. His current duties include play-by-play announcer for TSN’s extensive NHL and international hockey coverage, including the IIHF World Junior Championship. Miller first hosted the World Juniors in 1993 from the TSN studios, and two years later started an 18-year run of annual Christmastime trips to the event. He worked first as a colour man, and in 2002 started doing play-by-play for which he is now famous. Miller first called hockey games for TSN in 1993 at the IIHF World Championship, which was quickly followed by play-by-play action for TSN’s coverage of the NHL, IIHF World Junior Championship, World Cup of Hockey, IIHF World Women’s Championship and various Memorial Cups.
CANADIANS IN THE IIHF HALL OF FAME (category, year of induction)