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Maple Leafs honour Clara Hughes

Clara Hughes
Clara Hughes
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According to TSN, the Toronto Maple Leafs honoured Canadian Olympic gold medalist Clara Hughes on Tuesday.

Hughes was given a Toronto Maple Leaf jersey with her name and the number six on it, to signify the number of medals she won at the Olympic Games throughout her career.

Hughes also dropped the puck for the ceremonial face off and was given an opportunity to help raise awareness to mental health issues, something she experienced after she won two medals in cycling at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

In two months, Hughes will be cycling across Canada to raise mental health awareness. According to, Hughes will be traveling through every province and territory starting in Toronto on March 14 and ending in Ottawa on Canada Day. In all, she will be traveling over 12,000 kilometres.

Hughes won six Olympic medals in her career--four in speed skating and two in cycling. Her Olympic gold medal came in the women's 5000m speed skating event at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino.

On the ice, Nazem Kadri scored twice and James Van Riemsdyk scored the game winning goal with 4:03 left in the third period as the Maple Leafs defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.

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