Paul Henderson, Dave King, Mark Messier all honoured by Hockey Canada
Team Canada's Paul Henderson (left) shoots on Team USSR's Vladislav Tretiak while Gannady Tsygankov defends during the 1972 Summit tournament in Toronto on Sept. 4, 1972. (Peter Bregg/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012 2:50PM EST
CALGARY -- Paul Henderson, Dave King and Mark Messier were named to the Order of Hockey in Canada on Wednesday.
The 2013 class will be honoured by Hockey Canada in April at a ceremony in Ottawa during the 2013 IIHF women's world hockey championship. The Order of Hockey in Canada program annually honours a select number of individuals whose "role or service in the game is recognized as extraordinary" in this country.
Henderson, 69, is best known for scoring the winning goal in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series to give Canada the victory over the Soviet Union. He recorded 477 points (236-241) in 707 career NHL games with Detroit, Toronto and Atlanta and had 283 points (140-143) in 360 career WHA games with Toronto and Birmingham.
King, 64, has coached Canadian teams at the Winter Olympics, world hockey championships and world junior championships. He has also North American coaching experience at the NHL, WHL and university levels and international coaching experience in Germany, Sweden and Russia.
Messier, 49, is a six-time Stanley Cup champion, two-time Hart Trophy winner and 15-time all-star. He is second on the NHL's all-time list with 1,887 points (694-1,193) in 1,756 games over 25 seasons.
Messier also played for Canada at the world hockey championship, World Cup of Hockey and at three Canada Cups.
The class of 2012 was inducted last spring. Honorees included Jean Beliveau, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Gordon Renwick.