Six new members, including Lions legend Lui Passaglia, named to Canadian Sports Hall

CALGARY – Some of the biggest names in Canadian sport are joining Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

The Hall announced Friday that former NHL star Ray Bourque, CFL great Lui Passaglia, Paralympian Lauren Woolstencroft, triathlete Peter Reid, soccer player Andrea Neil and longtime Olympic executive Dick Pound will join the Hall in November.

“Our selection committee, which is comprised of media and sports experts, was tasked with reviewing a very competitive roster of nominations in the athlete and builder categories,” said Hall president and CEO Claire Buffone-Blair. “This year, we received nominations for 54 athletes and 28 builders and had to make very difficult decisions based on so many remarkable individuals.”

With the new additions, the Canadian Hall will grow to 520 athletes and builders representing 60 sports.

Bourque, one of the best defencemen to ever play the game, suited up for 21 National Hockey League seasons with the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche. He was a five-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s top defenceman and a 13-time first-team all-star.

His No. 77 was retired by the Bruins and Avalanche and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

Passaglia was one of the top placekickers/punters in Canadian Football League history. He spent 25 seasons with the B.C. Lions (1976-2000), and is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame and the B.C. Lions Wall of Fame.

Woolstencroft, who was born without her left arm below her elbow and both legs below the knees, won 10 career Paralympic medals from three Games (2002, 2006 and 2010). At the Vancouver Paralympics she became the first Canadian Paralympian to win five gold medals in a single Games.

Reid won 10 Ironman triathlons during his career and is a three-time Ironman world champion. He also won three silver medals and a bronze at the world championships before retiring in 2006.

Neil played for the Canadian national women’s soccer team for nearly two decades, from 1991 to 2007. She was the first Canadian to take part in four FIFA women’s World Cups, and she made 132 national-team appearances before she retired in 2007.

Pound joined the International Olympic Committee in 1978 and eventually became the association’s vice-president. An Olympic swimmer and Commonwealth Games champion during his competition days, he served two terms as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

He was head of the World Anti-Doing Agency and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1992.

“These five athletes and one builder have amassed incredible achievement in sport, not only in Canada but around the world. We are thrilled to welcome them into the Hall where their unique stories will continue to serve as an inspiration for Canadian youth to live healthy, active lives and to dream big,” said Buffone-Blair.

The group will be officially inducted into the Hall at a gala dinner on Nov. 8 in Calgary

Lauren Woolstencroft at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games

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