Hockey January 23, 2018


LONDON, Ont. –
Their successes with Team Canada have been well-documented, but it is their
contributions to Canada’s game that will be honoured on June 18 at the

Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf

in London.

Mike Babcock (Saskatoon, Sask.)
, Danielle Goyette (St-Nazaire, Que.), and Ryan Smyth (Banff, Alta.) are the 2018 Distinguished
Honourees of the Order of Hockey in Canada – an Hockey Canada initiative
that began in 2012 to celebrate individuals for their outstanding
contributions or service to the growth and development of the sport of
hockey in Canada.

Danielle Goyette –
Currently the head coach of the University of Calgary Dinos’ women’s hockey
team, Goyette’s career is filled with highlight-reel moments, including
eight IIHF World Women’s Championship gold medals, and three gold-medal
winning goals at worlds. Goyette is a four-time Olympian – three times as a
player, once as an assistant coach – having won three gold medals and one
silver, and she was selected to carry the flag into the Opening Ceremony of
the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Goyette recorded 219 points
in 172 games with Canada’s National Women’s Team over her 15-year career
with the national program. She was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in
2013, and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.

Mike Babcock –
His NHL accomplishments are well-documented, and include winning the
Stanley Cup in 2008, and the Presidents’ Trophy in 2005-06 and 2007-08 with
the Detroit Red Wings. A three-time finalist for the Jack Adams Award as
NHL coach of the year, Babcock has been the head coach of the Toronto Maple
Leafs since 2015. Throughout his coaching career, which has spanned
collegiate sports as well as the CHL, AHL, and NHL, Babcock has always
answered the call when presented with an opportunity to be part of Team
Canada. He’s the only coach in the IIHF Triple Gold Club – having won
Olympic and IIHF World Championship gold as well as a Stanley Cup – to
which he can add IIHF World Junior Championship gold and a title win at the
2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Ryan Smyth
– He earned the nickname Captain Canada, having captained the red-and-white
at six IIHF World Championships, winning two gold medals and one silver
over that span. He is an Olympic and IIHF World Junior Championship
gold-medallist, and a Spengler Cup and World Cup of Hockey champion. Smyth
is the all-time leader for games played by a Canadian at the IIHF World
Championship. And when he wasn’t wearing the Team Canada jersey, Smyth also
managed to log 842 points in 1,270 NHL games over 19 seasons with Edmonton,
the New York Islanders, Colorado, and Los Angeles.

“As players and coaches, this group has led the way on and off the ice,
teaching and inspiring Canadian players at all levels of the game,” said
Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “To be selected as a
Distinguished Honouree of the Order of Hockey in Canada is one of the most
prestigious accomplishments one can receive in hockey in Canada, and this
year’s honourees are well-deserving of the recognition. On behalf of my
colleagues at Hockey Canada, the Order of Hockey in Canada selection
committee, as well as our board members, I would like to congratulate
Danielle, Mike, and Ryan, and we look forward to celebrating them in London
on June 18.”

Since its inception in 2012, the Order of Hockey in Canada has recognized
21 honourees, including: Jean Béliveau (2012); Scotty Bowman (2017); David
Branch (2016); Cassie Campbell-Pascall (2012); Clare Drake (2014); Jim
Gregory (2015); Wayne Gretzky (2012); Geraldine Heaney (2016); Paul
Henderson (2013); Gordie Howe (2012); Dave King (2013); Mario Lemieux
(2016); Mark Messier (2013); Bob Nicholson (2016); Pat Quinn (2015); Gordon
Renwick (2012); France St-Louis (2014); Serge Savard (2015); and Steve
Yzerman (2014).

A selection committee of 12 members – appointed by the Order of Hockey in
Canada executive committee, established by Hockey Canada – is tasked with
nominating and selecting, via secret ballot, the annual recipients of the
Order of Hockey in Canada. The committee members represent a cross-section
of individuals with great and varied experience around the game of hockey
in Canada, including members of the media and hockey administration.



Legacy plan unveiled for 2018 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala &
Golf



The 15th annual Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf

will be hosted in London, Ont., June 18 and 19, 2018, where the 2018
Distinguished Honourees of the Order of Hockey in Canada, along with world
championship and Olympic-winning teams, will be celebrated – including the
gold-medallist from the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, Canada’s
National Junior Team.

Steering committee chair Jeff Macoun announced on Tuesday that the legacy
plan for this year’s event will support the establishment of an endowment
fund that will focus on assisting families demonstrating financial need
whose children’s passion for the game has been fueled by programs such as
the Canadian Tire First Shift and Try Hockey, to pursue the game within
their local minor hockey system.

“This area of the province has many great programs aimed at introducing
new-to-hockey kids and families to the game, and we want to make sure that
once that passion for the game is ignited in those children, we are able to
assist those families in helping fuel their child’s love of the game
through continued participation within our minor hockey system,” said
Macoun. “This isn’t about developing the next NHL or Team Canada star, it’s
about making sure that all Canadian kids have the opportunity to learn from
the game. Hockey teaches us about more than on-ice skills; the life-lessons
we take away from the game help us at home, within our community, and right
into the boardrooms and offices of Corporate Canada. This is about giving
kids a leg up in life through participation in our great game.”

The Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf, which leaves 50 per cent of
its net proceeds within the host community and surrounding region as a
legacy, has raised approximately $4 million alone since 2009 – including
more than $650,000 at the 2017 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf in
Saskatoon last June.

Visit the Hockey Canada website for more information on the

Hockey Canada Foundation

and the Order of Hockey in Canada.

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