Joe Sakic, the Hockey Hall of Famer and two-time Stanley Cup champion, is leading this year’s list of inductees to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Sakic scored 1,641 regular-season points over 20 seasons playing in the NHL and won championships with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and 2001. He has also won titles at the Winter Olympics, World Hockey Championship, World Cup of Hockey, World Junior Championships and Memorial Cup.
Joining him in the athlete category are cyclist Alison Sydor, curler Russ Howard, Paralympian Andre Viger and the 1992 Olympic champion women’s coxless four rowing team of Kirsten Barnes, Brenda Taylor, Jessica Monroe-Gonin, Kay Worthington and Jennifer Walinga.
Curler Russ Howard is a two-time world champion and won Olympic Gold in 2006. He is best known for introducing the Moncton rule, also known as the free guard zone, which helped make the sport more strategic and exciting.
The rowing team is considered one of Canada’s best ever rowing crews. A day before the competition in 1992 Walinga was forced to withdraw, but Worthington took her place and helped the team secure their gold medal.