Hockey history was made in Toronto, Canada on Mon., Nov.8, 2010 when 2 women received their Hockey Hall of Fame rings along with NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli, builder Jim Devellano, and the late Daryl “Doc” Seaman, one of the founders of the Calgary Flames. Hockey players Angela James of Canada and Cammi Granato of the United States were the first women ever to be inducted when the Hockey Hall of Fame opened its doors to women in a sport that once was male dominated.
The prestigious Hockey Hall of Hall established separate induction criteria for women this year, paving the way for James and Granato. Both women were very deserving candidates for this honor having won a number of world championships and medals over the years in their hockey careers.
Cammi Granato, the inductee from the U.S. played on two Olympic women’s hockey teams. The 1998 team she played on won a gold medal for the U.S. and the 2002 team won a silver medal. She also appeared in 9 world championships wining one gold and 8 silver medals. In 2008 Granato was among the first women inducted in the International Ice Hockey Federation Hockey Hall of Fame and the first woman to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Angela James, a native of Toronto, Canada won 4 world championship gold medals representing Team Canada. She was also inducted in the International Ice Hockey Federation Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.
The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada is considered hockey’s greatest museum. It officially opened at it’s Canadian National Exhibition location in 1961, drawing over 750,000 visitors in it’s inaugural year. In 1993 it moved to its current location in downtown Toronto where nearly every honored member attended it’s opening ceremonies. It continues to grow and expand and in 2009 it unveiled the new state-of-the-art D.K. Seaman Hockey Resource Center named in honor of Seaman, who was one of the founding fathers of the Calgary Flames.
To receive the honor of being one of the first women to be presented with a Hockey Hall of Fame Ring is a phenomenal feat, to say the least, I must say. “You’ve come a long way ladies”.
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