OTTAWA – The office of the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, honoured 74 new members with the Order of Canada on June 28, 2013, among whom were two notable hockey personalities. In all, there have now been only 31 people appointed because of their careers in hockey, four of whom are also members of the IIHF Hall of Fame (see below for a complete list).
There are three levels to the Order of Canada: Companion, Officer, Member. Murray Costello was made an Officer of the Order of Canada while Clare Drake was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Costello’s life in hockey has been nothing short of extraordinary. After graduating from St. Mike’s high school in Toronto, he played for three Original Six teams between 1953 and 1957, including some 163 NHL games. He then returned to school, earned his law degree, and worked in the WHL for years. In 1979, Costello became president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.
Over the next 20 years, the CAHA underwent its greatest changes and developments and experienced many of the greatest successes as well. The CAHA became Hockey Canada, overseeing all hockey operations across the country. In 1982, the Program of Excellence was established, and Canada quickly became the pre-eminent nation at the U20 tournament. Costello also supported women’s hockey to the fullest of his abilities.
Costello later became involved in the IIHF, becoming Vice President and retiring in 2012. That year he was also inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Clare Drake was a co-coach for Canada at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid alongside Lorne Davis and Tom Watt. More impressively, he coached the University of Alberta’s men’s hockey team for 28 years, becoming the winningest coach in CIAU/CIS history, including six national championships.
He also coached the Edmonton Oilers in 1975/76 when the team was still in the WHA. He was an assistant with the Winnipeg Jets in 1989/90 and later served as an advisor to the women’s national team in the lead-up to the Nagano Olympics where women’s hockey made its debut.
The Governor General’s office holds a special and important place in hockey history. It was Lord Stanley, the Governor General from 1888-1893, who donated a trophy to be competed for by amateur teams across Canada. It quickly became known as the Stanley Cup. Just this past April, His Excellency David Johnston supported the women’s team when the Women’s Worlds were played in Ottawa.
Order of Canada Hockey Honourees: Syl Apps, Father David Bauer (IIHF Hall of Fame), Jean Beliveau, Toe Blake, Emile Bouchard, Scotty Bowman, Bobby Clarke, Murray Costello, Clare Drake, Red Dutton, Phil Esposito, Ken Farmer, Wayne Gretzky (IIHF Hall of Fame), Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Gord Juckes (IIHF Hall of Fame), Red Kelly, Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux (IIHF Hall of Fame), Trevor Linden, George Mara, Roger Nielson, Bobby Orr, Sam Pollock, Pat Quinn, Maurice Richard, Serge Savard, Hayley Wickenheiser.