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Hefford, Hitchcock, and Kingston named the Canadian ice hockey championship



EDMONTON – Female ice hockey star Jayna Hefford and coaches Ken Hitchcock and George Kingston were named Hockey League in Canada.

Hefford, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was a key part of the Canadian women's team from 1997 to 2014. Native of Kingston, Ont., Remains the second highest shooting team with 291 points (157 goals, 134 assists) of her 267-career career.

Hefford helped Canada to four Olympic gold medals and seven world titles over her international career. Currently, she is acting as a member of the Canadian Women's Hockey League after a star-level career at club level.

Hitchcock was an assistant coach of the Canadian male national team for three Olympic gold medals, and was also assistant to the junior team who won gold in 1998. In 2004 he also won the title in the World Championship and was the coach of the World Championship pair in 2008 and 2011.

He led the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup title in 1999 and currently serves as the head coach of his hometown of Edmonton Oilers. He was awarded Jack Adams as a senior NHL coach in 2011-12 and twice appointed WHL coach year twice during his time with Kamloops Blazers.

Kingston, of Biggara, Sask. He led the University of Calgary to six championships in Canada before moving to an international level. Hew as Assistant Coach with Canada at the 1983 World Championships and the 1984 Olympic Games.

He was the Chairman of the 2009 Olympic Games in Calgary before he won the Canadian Silver Medal in 1994 as General Manager.

The first coach leader of San Jose Sharks, Kingston also made NHL stops as an assistant with Calgary, Minnesota, Atlanta and Florida.

The order was launched by hockey Canada in 2012 to honor individuals for their contributions to the growth and development of hockey in Canada.

Past honors are: Mike Babcock (2018); Jean Beliveau (2012); Scotty Bowman (2017); David Branch (2016); Cassie Campbell-Pascall (2012); Clare Drake (2014); Danielle Goyette (2018); Jim Gregory (2015); Wayne Gretzky (2012); Geraldine Heaney (2016); Paul Henderson (2013); Gordie Howe (2012); Dave King (2013); Mario Lemieux (2016); Mark Messier (2013); Bob Nicholson (2016); Pat Quinn (2015); Gordon Renwick (2012); France St-Louis (2014); Serge Savard (2015); Ryan Smyth (2018); and Steve Yzerman (2014).


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