Scotty Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was named to the 2017 Order of Hockey in Canada on Wednesday.
Also named were Fran Rider, president and CEO of the Ontario Women's Hockey Association, and former International Ice Hockey Federation vice president and Hockey Hall of Famer Murray Costello. All three will be honored as part of the 2017 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf on June 19-20 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
"This year's class has worked endlessly in their numerous roles as coaches, directors, executives, and committee members to the benefit of others in the game," said Tom Renney, Hockey Canada's president and chief executive officer. "To be selected as a Distinguished Honouree of the Order of Hockey in Canada is one of the most prestigious accomplishments one can receive in hockey in Canada, and on behalf of my colleagues at Hockey Canada, the Order of Hockey in Canada selection committee, as well as our board members, I would like to congratulate Fran, Scotty, and Murray on their well-deserved recognition."
Bowman has his name on the Stanley Cup 14 times with four teams (Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks). He is the NHL's all-time winningest coach (1,244 victories). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 1991 and is the only coach to lead three different teams to the Stanley Cup. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year twice (1977, 1996), and was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and serves as a senior adviser with the Chicago Blackhawks; his son Stan is their general manager.
Rider has played a key role in the development of women's hockey since 1967 as a player, coach, volunteer and executive. She has been involved with Hockey Canada's Female Council since its inception in 1982, has chaired six international championship committees and two National Women's Under-18 Championship titles. She was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada and inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame as the first female builder.
Costello was president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, now known as Hockey Canada, from 1979 through 1998. In 1994, he consolidated the Canadian Hockey Association and the former independent Hockey Canada organization into an all-new organization under the name of Hockey Canada. He also oversaw the formation of the Canadian women's team and, in turn, the rapid development of women's hockey. Hockey Canada hosted the inaugural IIHF Women's World Championship in 1990, paving the way for the debut of women's hockey in the 1998 Nagano Olympics.
Costello played in the NHL from 1953-57 with the Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the Wayne Gretzky International Award in 2012.