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May 10, 2007
U of G Grad to Be Inducted Into Sports Hall of Fame
University of Guelph graduate Cassie Campbell, the captain of the history-making Canadian women’s hockey team, will be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, it was announced this week.
Campbell is the first women’s ice hockey player honoured by the Hall. She will be inducted during a ceremony in Toronto in October.
One of the most recognizable female hockey players in the world, Campbell is the only Canadian hockey player, male or female, to captain a national team to two Olympic gold medals, which she did in 2006 in Turin, Italy, and in 2002 in Salt Lake City. The team also won an Olympic silver medal in Nagano.
During her tenure with the Canadian team which began in 1994, Campbell captured six world titles and won a total of 21 medals. She served as team captain from 2002 until her retirement last August.
Campbell has been a longtime supporter of U of G and names her most memorable coach as her Gryphon hockey coach, Sue Scherer. She also often talks about the friendships she made on campus that are still strong today, and how U of G gave her independence and taught her discipline.
A 1997 sociology and nutrition graduate, Campbell played Gryphon hockey from 1992 to 1996. She was named to the OWIAA Second All-Star Team in 1992/1993, and to the 1st All-Star Team in 1996.
Her final year at U of G, she was awarded the W.F. Mitchell Award, which is presented to a graduating student who has demonstrated outstanding talent and ability in a sport, as well as exceptional leadership and involvement in athletics.