(ISN) – Three of the eight inaugural Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame inductees were honoured in a ceremony Wednesday night in Vancouver.
Sumesh Putra, Paul Chohan and Dr. Harry Warren, were the first of the inaugural class to be inducted. The three honourees were joined by family, friends, current National athletes and Field Hockey Canada alumni to celebrate their successes, passion and dedication to the sport of field hockey in Canada.
Representing the late Dr. Harry Warren were both his daughter Charlotte and son Victor, who was a long-time member of the Canadian Men’s National Team.
Due to a family emergency, Nancy Mollenhauer’s induction will now happen alongside fellow first class inductees Patrick Burrows, Sharon Creelman, Dr. Sue Neill and Marina van der Merwe in an Eastern Canadian ceremony next summer in Toronto, to be held in conjunction with the 2015 Pan American Games.
The event was emceed by Women’s National Team veteran and current active cap leader, Thea Culley. Also in attedance were Canadian Minister of Sport Bal Gosal, and British Columbia’s Minister of Technology Andrew Wilkinson.
Former Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis, who is also the father of current Women’s Natoinal Team captain Kate Gillis, hosted a hotstove panel featuring several of the guests including Chohan Putra, Gosal, current Women’s National Team alternate-captain Dani Hennig and head coach Ian Rutledge.
Also making an appearance at the event were several members of the 2014 silver medal-winning Canadian Youth Olympic Games Hockey 5s team, making the event a true celebration of the past, present and future of field hockey in Canada.
Each inductee was honoured with a special video highlighting their careers and contributons to field hockey. The videos along with photos of the event can be seen below.
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