Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame to Welcome Coffey, Forrest, Heil and Others

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame to Welcome Coffey, Forrest, Heil and Others

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Canada's Sports Hall names Class of 2015

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TORONTO - Former star defenceman Paul Coffey is proud of the many individual NHL scoring records that he set over his 21-year career.

But it's the four Stanley Cup wins and his experiences with the national team that really stand out when he looks back at his many accomplishments.

Coffey was recognized for his stellar career Wednesday as he was named to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2015.

"Winning the Stanley Cups, winning the Canada Cups -- those are the things you talk about later," Coffey said Wednesday. "You don't say, 'Oh, I scored this or I did that.' Nobody wants to hear that. It's all about the championships and sharing something with the city or a group of guys. That's what it's all about."

Coffey is one of 10 athletes and two builders who will be formally inducted on Oct. 21 at Toronto's Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Soccer player Craig Forrest, freestyle skier Jennifer Heil and women's hockey player Danielle Goyette are also included in this year's class. They're joined in the athlete category by speedskater Susan Auch, judoka Nicolas Gill, para-swimmer Michael Edgson, cross-country skiers Sharon and Shirley Firth, and track cyclist Lori-Ann Muenzer.

"Having people not only from my sport but people on a selection committee choose me to be among this small honoured group is just awe-inspiring," Auch said. "It's amazing, it's fully overwhelming. It's awesome."

Auch was a five-time Olympian in speedskating, winning bronze at the 1988 Calgary Games and silver in Lillehammer in 1994 and Nagano in 1998.

Coffey won the Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers in 1984, '85 and '87 and with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991. The three-time Norris Trophy winner and 14-time all-star also won three Canada Cups ('84, '87, '91) and finished with 396 goals and 1,135 assists in 1,409 career regular-season games. …

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