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Heaney, Lemieux among hockey legends coming to Halifax this week

Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux stands near the statue of him at left that was unveiled outside the NHL hockey team's arena on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Pittsburgh. The Order of Hockey in Canada is welcoming Hall of Fame forward Lemieux and women's hockey star Geraldine Heaney into its ranks.
Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux stands near the statue of him at left that was unveiled outside the NHL hockey team's arena on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Pittsburgh. The Order of Hockey in Canada is welcoming Hall of Fame forward Lemieux and women's hockey star Geraldine Heaney into its ranks.

HALIFAX - Halifax becomes the place to be Monday and Tuesday for many of the country’s biggest hockey names.

Hockey Canada hosts its annual gala June 20 at the Cunard Centre downtown, followed by a golf tournament Tuesday at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Hammonds Plains, to honour both the Team Canada contingent that won gold at the 2016 IIHF World Championship and the newest members of the prestigious Order of Hockey In Canada.

The order’s Class of 2016 features longtime Canadian Hockey League president David Branch, two-time Olympic medallist and seven-time world champion Geraldine Heaney, 2002 Olympic gold medallist and former Pittsburgh Penguins captain Mario Lemieux and internationally renowned executive Bob Nicholson, who is current CEO and vice-chair of Oilers Entertainment Group and former CEO and president of Hockey Canada.

All four are confirmed to be attending this week’s Hockey Canada events in Halifax.

“Between David, Geraldine, Mario and Bob, they have impacted millions of people in Canada and around the world through their work within the sport of hockey,” current Hockey Canada CEO and president Tom Renney said in a news release when the inductees were announced.

There have been 18 inductees since the order was first introduced four years ago, ranging from Wayne Gretzky and the late Gordie Howe to women’s hockey stars Cassie Campbell-Pascall and France St-Louis.

The 2016 Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic also honours Canada’s National Men’s Team, which won worlds early last month in Russia, garnering gold for the second straight year. 

Hockey Canada’s latest update didn’t confirm which Team Canada players would be in attendance for the event. Nova Scotian Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins was on this year's world championship roster.

Players and staff will receive their world championship rings at Monday night’s gala, which will be hosted by TSN personality Gord Miller.

Hockey Canada hosts its annual gala June 20 at the Cunard Centre downtown, followed by a golf tournament Tuesday at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Hammonds Plains, to honour both the Team Canada contingent that won gold at the 2016 IIHF World Championship and the newest members of the prestigious Order of Hockey In Canada.

The order’s Class of 2016 features longtime Canadian Hockey League president David Branch, two-time Olympic medallist and seven-time world champion Geraldine Heaney, 2002 Olympic gold medallist and former Pittsburgh Penguins captain Mario Lemieux and internationally renowned executive Bob Nicholson, who is current CEO and vice-chair of Oilers Entertainment Group and former CEO and president of Hockey Canada.

All four are confirmed to be attending this week’s Hockey Canada events in Halifax.

“Between David, Geraldine, Mario and Bob, they have impacted millions of people in Canada and around the world through their work within the sport of hockey,” current Hockey Canada CEO and president Tom Renney said in a news release when the inductees were announced.

There have been 18 inductees since the order was first introduced four years ago, ranging from Wayne Gretzky and the late Gordie Howe to women’s hockey stars Cassie Campbell-Pascall and France St-Louis.

The 2016 Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic also honours Canada’s National Men’s Team, which won worlds early last month in Russia, garnering gold for the second straight year. 

Hockey Canada’s latest update didn’t confirm which Team Canada players would be in attendance for the event. Nova Scotian Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins was on this year's world championship roster.

Players and staff will receive their world championship rings at Monday night’s gala, which will be hosted by TSN personality Gord Miller.

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