Former Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth, along with distinguished women’s hockey player Danielle Goyette and Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock have been named the 2018 Distinguished Honourees for the Order of Hockey in Canada. The trio will be recognized for their contributions to the sport in their home country at a special ceremony and gala in London, Ontario later this year.
Smyth’s international accomplishments are well documented. After all, he didn’t earn the nickname “Captain Canada” for nothing.
Check out this list of accomplishments, courtesy of Hockey Canada:
- Recorded 40 points (21 goals, 19 assists) in 89 games with Team Canada
- All-time leader for games played by a Canadian at the IIHF World Championship (60)
- Wore the ‘C’ as captain at the IIHF World Championship (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010)
- Won the Spengler Cup with Canada in 2012 (captain)
- Played for Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Championship
- Played for Canada at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games
- Won a silver medal with Canada at the 2005 IIHF World Championship
- Won the World Cup of Hockey with Canada in 2004
- Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2004 IIHF World Championship
- Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2003 IIHF World Championship
- Played for Canada at the 2002 IIHF World Championship
- Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games
- Played for Canada at the 2001 IIHF World Championship
- Played for Canada at the 2000 IIHF World Championship
- Played for Canada at the 1999 IIHF World Championship
- Won a gold medal with Canada at the 1995 IIHF World Junior Championship
- Played 19 NHL seasons with Edmonton, N.Y. Islanders, Colorado and Los Angeles
- Recorded 842 points (386 goals, 456 assists) in 1,270 NHL games
- Played in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game
- Top 10 in Edmonton history in GP (971 – 2nd), G (296 – 5th), A (335 – T7th), P (631 – 6th)
- Named to the WHL East Second All-Star Team in 1994-95
Incredible. An honour well earned. DEFINITELY deserved.
“As players and coaches, this group has led the way on and off the ice, teaching and inspiring Canadian players at all levels of the game,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “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 this year’s honourees are well-deserving of the recognition. 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 Danielle, Mike, and Ryan, and we look forward to celebrating them in London on June 18.”
Congrats, Smitty! You’ve earned it!