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Heaney inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Geraldine Heaney
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According to the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in a press release on Wednesday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Geraldine Heaney of Toronto, Ontario has been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary. Heaney won a gold medal for Canada in women's hockey at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

At the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Heaney recorded two assists. She also won a silver medal or Canada at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano.

A stay at home defenseman, Heaney was very dependable in her own end. While with Seneca College in 1987, she played for a women's hockey team that outscored their opponents 113-10.

Heaney was also remembered for a historic goal she scored at the 1990 Women's World Hockey Championship against Ottawa. In the gold medal game against the United States, Heaney scored the game winning goal when she deked by the American defense and goaltender. The puck was crossing the goal line as she was flying through the air after being tripped by the goaltender.

Compared regularly to legend Bobby Orr, Heaney has also been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame. She is currently coaching amateur hockey in Ancaster, Ontario.

Another Olympic medalist was inducted on Wednesday. Elizabeth Manley of Belleville, Ontario, who won a silver medal in ladies' figure skating at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, will be joining Heaney. Manley also won the silver medal in ladies' figure skating at the 1988 World Figure Skating Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

A very worthy builder was also inducted. Tim Frick of Parksville, British Columbia, who coached team Canada to three consecutive gold medals in women's wheelchair basketball at the Paralympic Games (1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta and 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney), is considered one of Canada's most successful coaches in international competition.

Heaney, Frick and Manley are joined by ski jumper Horst Bulau of Ottawa, Ontario, cross country skier Pierre Harvey of Rimouski, Quebec, freestyle skier Sarah Burke of Barrie, Ontario, rugby player Gareth Rees of Duncan, British Columbia and women's basketball coach Kathy Shields. The eight will be inducted at the old Maple Leaf Gardens at an elaborate ceremony in Toronto on October 22. The induction ceremony is taking place in Toronto even though Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is located in Calgary.

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