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Speed Skater Cindy Klassen Inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

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It was through disappointment in one sport that Cindy Klassen found tremendous success in another, ultimately becoming one of Canada’s most decorated Olympic athletes.

At 17 years old, Cindy tried out for the 1998 Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team but was not chosen, and that’s when she followed her parents advice and traded in her hockey skates for speed skates. In 1999 she moved to Calgary to chase her Olympic dream. She quickly climbed the ranks and in 2002 she won her first Olympic medal, a bronze in the 3000 metres at the Salt Lake City games. Four years later Cindy would make Canadian Olympic history, becoming the only Canadian to win 5 medals in a single games, claiming a gold, two silver and two bronze in Turin. This earned her the prestigious honour of being named Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies. Cindy enjoyed equal success on the world cup circuit, winning 115 international medals in her 15 year career, including 46 gold. Cindy was named Canada’s Female Skater of the year four times for long track speed skating.

Cindy has passed on her values of strong character and work ethic throughout her career. She has worked with numerous charities to advance women’s sports in other countries. She is a role model on and off the ice, working to provide girls and women opportunities to participate in sports.

Todayville is proud to have produced the video profiles of this year’s Inductees.  Learn more about the 2018 inductees here.

Since it’s inception in 1957, hundreds of Albertans have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.  We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of both new Inductees and returning Honoured Members, and their lasting impact on sport in our province.  If you would like more information on the Induction Banquet or to order tickets, please call (403) 341-8614.

 

 

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Mike Rogers, Hockey Athlete

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Mike Rogers played professional hockey for a total of 12 years; five years in the World Hockey Association, then seven years in the National Hockey League. Mike has the distinction of being one of only four players in the NHL to achieve 100 points in their first three seasons – the others are Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Peter Stastny. Mike’s first year in the NHL was with the expansion Harford Whalers team in 1979/80. He scored 105 points in both his first and second year. Mid-way through the 1980/81season, he was named captain. Mike joined the New York Rangers for the 1981/82 season and led the team with 103 points. He averaged 67 points in his next three seasons as the team adapted a more defensive style of play. In 484 regular-season NHL games, he had 519 points. In 1974/75, during Mike’s first year in the WHA, he led the Edmonton Oilers rookies in goals and points and was selected the WHA’s Most Gentlemanly Player. He was traded to the New England Whalers in 1975/76 and was their top scorer in 1978/79. In 396 WHA games, he scored 145 goals and had 222 assists for 367 points.

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: James Donlevy, Football & Hockey Builder

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‘Jim’ Donlevy devoted his professional career to more than 50 years of coaching, teaching and administrative leadership. His career in football began in 1954 coaching Bantam and High School Football teams. He joined the Edmonton Huskies from 1961 to 1963 and won two Canadian titles. At the University of Alberta, he led the Golden Bears to four National Championship games and brought home the Vanier Cup in 1972 and 1980. He had the most wins of any Golden Bears football coach with 89 wins, 69 losses and 3 ties. From 1993 to 2015, Jim was the Western Hockey League’s Education Consultant. He built a formal education and scholarship program for the student athletes playing in the league. It is now considered one of the most comprehensive education programs for hockey in the world today.

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