Toronto, November 11, 2013 – Hockey legend Geraldine Heaney, considered the best defenceman in women's hockey history, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this evening.
Geraldine is often referred to as the “Bobby Orr of women’s hockey” and helped put the sport on the map. She joins former teammate and fellow Seneca alumna Angela James and Cammi Granato as only the third female to be given the highest honour in the sport. Seneca is proud to have two of the only three women to be inducted to the Hall.
“Geraldine has dedicated her life to hockey and has helped pave the way for other female hockey players. We congratulate her on this outstanding achievement and well-deserved recognition,” said Seneca President David Agnew. “The 1986-87 women’s hockey season was truly historic for Seneca and we are pleased to have an opportunity to celebrate Geraldine’s contribution to excellence in sport.”
While she was making women’s hockey history, Geraldine attended Seneca College’s Recreation Facilities Management program in the late 1980s. Playing defence for Seneca during the 1986-87 season, Geraldine finished second in league scoring with 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points in just 12 games.
Seneca dominated the league that season, going 12-0 and scoring 113 goals while allowing just 10. The Scouts, as they were known then, went on to win the Ontario College Athletics Association (OCAA) championship, with Geraldine being named to the league and championship all-star teams.
Seneca’s women’s hockey program was a true hockey dynasty, winning nine golds, three silvers and one bronze in the history of OCAA varsity hockey.
Following her days at Seneca, Geraldine went on to an exceptional hockey career for Canada on the international scene. As a member of the Canadian Women’s National Hockey Team, she was the first woman to play in and win seven consecutive International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship gold medals. At the 1992 and 1994 World Championships she received the Directorate Award as the top defenceman.
Geraldine and her Team Canada teammates won the silver medal at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, and then brought home the gold medal from the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, after which Geraldine retired from the national team.
Since her retirement, Geraldine has returned to coach and train Canada’s next generation of female hockey superstars. Geraldine is a member of the OCAA Women's Hockey All-Millennium team and has been nominated by Seneca College for the 2013 Premier’s Awards in the Community Services category. The annual awards recognize the outstanding contributions of Ontario’s college graduates.
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