Class Of 2022 Unveiled For Order Of Hockey In Canada
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Hockey Canada has announced that Guy Lafleur (Thurso, Que.), Lanny McDonald (Hanna, Alta.) and Kim St-Pierre (Châteauguay, Que.) have been named to the Order of Hockey in Canada as Distinguished Honourees for 2022. The trio will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the sport at the annual Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf in Niagara Falls, Ont., this June.
The Order is a Hockey Canada initiative to celebrate individuals for their outstanding contributions or service to the growth and development of the sport of hockey in Canada. A total of 36 men and women have now been named to the Order of Hockey in Canada since it was first introduced in 2012.
Guy Lafleur – Voted one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players during the league’s centennial season in 2016-17, Lafleur had a storied 17-year career with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques. A 1988 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Lafleur was named to the NHL First All-Star Team six times and is the all-time leading scorer in Montreal Canadiens history with 1,276 points. He is a five-time Stanley Cup champion, and won the Art Ross Trophy three times, the Lester B. Pearson Award three times, the Hart Memorial Trophy twice and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1977. In addition to his success in the NHL, Lafleur recorded 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 21 games with Team Canada and won the 1976 Canada Cup. Lafleur was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1980 and had his No. 10 retired by the Canadiens in 1985.
Lanny McDonald – A four-time NHL all-star, McDonald co-captained the Calgary Flames to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 1989. Over a 16-year NHL career with the Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Rockies, McDonald won the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy, the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and recorded 1,006 points in 1,111 games. His No. 9 was retired by the Flames in 1990 and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992. He wore the Maple Leaf twice, including at the 1976 Canada Cup, where he earned an assist on Darryl Sittler’s double-overtime winner that gave Team Canada the championship. As an executive, McDonald has represented Team Canada as general manager and director of player personnel, winning a gold medal as director of player personnel at the 2004 IIHF World Championship.
Kim St-Pierre – Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2021, St-Pierre ranks first among goaltenders in games played (83), wins (64) and shutouts (29) in National Women’s Team history. St-Pierre won three Olympic gold medals, five IIHF Women’s World Championship gold medals and two Clarkson Cups during her storied career, and was named Top Goaltender at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. She was named CWHL Goaltender of the Year three times and was twice named to the CWHL First All-Star Team. St-Pierre attended McGill University, where she was a three-time All-Canadian, was recognized as the top Canadian university women’s athlete of the year and became the first woman to win a Canadian men’s university hockey game in 2003.
“To be named to the Order of Hockey in Canada is one of the most prestigious accomplishments in our sport and all three Distinguished Honourees in the Class of 2022 are incredibly deserving of this honour,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “Guy, Lanny and Kim have each contributed immensely to the growth of hockey across our country and internationally and we are thrilled that they will be celebrated in Niagara Falls this June.
“On behalf of Hockey Canada, our board and the Order of Hockey in Canada selection committee, I would like to congratulate Guy, Lanny and Kim on this tremendous achievement.”
Appointed by the Order of Hockey in Canada executive committee, established by Hockey Canada, the 12-member selection committee is tasked with nominating and selecting the annual recipients of the Order of Hockey in Canada via secret ballot.
For a full list of the 36 Distinguished Honourees of the Order of Hockey in Canada, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/OOHIC.
2022 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf to be held in Niagara Falls
The 2022 Distinguished Honourees of the Order of Hockey in Canada will be recognized at the annual Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf, June 23-24 in Niagara Falls.
Originally scheduled to be hosted in Niagara Falls in June 2020, the event will also celebrate the six Distinguished Honourees named to the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2020 and 2021: Ken Dryden, Bill Hay, Angela James, Sheldon Kennedy, Kevin Lowe and Dr. Charles Tator.
The Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf, which leaves 50 per cent of its net proceeds within the host community and surrounding region, has raised over $7.5 million since 2009.
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