Geraldine Heaney has added yet another accolade to her ever-growing list of accomplishments; the Olympic gold medallist will be a part of the Class of 2014 inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame this fall.
Heaney is just the second female player to earn enshrinement, joining former Team Canada teammate Cassie Campbell-Pascall, who was inducted in 2007.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but raised in Weston, Ont., Heaney played 125 games with Canada’s National Women’s Team between 1990 and 2002, finishing with 27 goals and 66 assists. Her 93 points are the 13th most in national team history, and leaves her 20 points ahead of any other Canadian defenceman.
Heaney was a part of seven IIHF World Women’s Championship gold medal-winning teams (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001), and scored one of the most memorable goals in women’s hockey history in the 1990 gold medal game, helping Canada to the first-ever world title.
Twice named Best Defenceman at the world championship, in 1992 and 1994, she won Olympic silver in 1998, the first time women’s hockey was part of the Games, and played her final international contest in the 2002 gold medal game as Canada won its first Olympic gold.
Heaney was one of the first three women inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame (along with Angela James and Cammi Granato) in 2008, and was just the third female player enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame when she was inducted last fall.
Joining Heaney as part of this year’s induction class are Horst Bulau (ski jumping), the late Sarah Burke (freesytle skiing), Pierre Harvey (cross-country skiing), Elizabeth Manley (figure skating) and Gareth Rees (rugby). Tim Frick (wheelchair basketball) and Kathy Shields (basketball) will be honoured as builders.
The Class of 2014 will officially be inducted during the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Celebrations Dinner presented by Canadian Tire on Oct. 22 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.
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