On Wednesday, it was announced that Paul Coffey was named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. The former Oiler star defenceman has seen and done a lot of things in his life, including four Stanley Cups and a sport in the Hockey Hall of Fame. This new recognition is not just one to add to the pile.
“It’s not just another achievement,” Coffey said in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. “The Hockey Hall of Fame is great, getting your number retired by a team is great, but Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, involved with all sports across the country, is not better but it has a different ring to it.”
Coffey looks back on his career, and when asked to rank his memories and achievements he couldn’t just pick one.
“They all rank the same,” said Coffey. “I said to somebody today, ‘as you get older and you’re lucky enough to achieve different things, it always comes back to the places you’re most comfortable and the championships you won.’ You could lead the league in scoring every year and get a billion goals, but to be a champion you share something with (others). The city of Edmonton, the Canada Cups, the Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh, (those are) to me, the most special.”
Coffey is a three-time Norris Trophy winner and four-time Stanley Cup champion (’84, ’85. ’87 with Edmonton and ’91 with Pittsburgh). He played in 14 NHL All-Star Games and won four Canada Cups in ’84, ’87 and ’91. Coffey was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, following a NHL career in which he played 1409 regular season games and 194 playoff games.