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Geraldine Heaney got the call every hockey player dreams of after their playing days are over. On Tuesday afternoon, the Seneca graduate was informed that she is headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame in November.
As a long serving member of the Canadian Women’s National Hockey Team, Geraldine led Canada to seven consecutive International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship gold medals. As a player and role model, she also helped lead Canada to an Olympic silver medal in 1998 and its first gold in 2002.
She is long considered to be the best defenceman in women's hockey history and is often referred to as the “Bobby Orr of women’s hockey.”
Before putting on the Team Canada sweater and becoming one of the greatest female hockey players on the planet, Geraldine was an all-star student-athlete at Seneca in the early 1990s. While studying in the Recreation program, she played defence on the women’s hockey team and led them to win the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) championship in 1987.
Geraldine was named to the league and championship all-star teams and was inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame in 2003. Just recently, she was also named to the OCAA’s All-Millennium Hockey team.
Since her retirement, Geraldine has been coaching and training Canada’s next generation of female hockey superstars.
When she is officially inducted, Geraldine will only be the third female hockey player in the history of the game to enter the Hall. In 2010, her teammate and fellow Seneca graduate, Angela James, made history when she was among the first female players to receive the honour.