CALGARY, Alta. – The Hockey Canada Foundation announced the addition of four new members to its board of directors, which identify ways to make the game accessible for everyone, while also ensuring Canada remains a worldwide leader in the growth, development and promotion of the sport.
Greg Abel (Edmonton, Alta.), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (Brampton, Ont.), Adam Graves (Toronto, Ont.), and Joé Juneau (Pont-Rouge, Que.) bring a mix of on- and off-ice experience, as well business sense, community involvement, and – most importantly – a passion for the game, complementing the diverse mix of active members already on the board.
Campbell-Pascall is the only player, male or female, to captain Canada to a gold medal at multiple Olympic Winter Games. Throughout her 12-year career with Canada’s National Women’s Team, Campbell-Pascall wore the ‘C’ at the 2002 and 2006 Games. Her illustrious career included 157 games with Team Canada, winning two Olympic gold and one silver medal, as well as six IIHF Women’s World Championship gold medals. She was the first female hockey player to be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and since hanging up her skates, has ventured into a career in broadcasting. A Distinguished Honouree of the Order of Hockey in Canada, a member of various halls of fame, and the recipient of honorary degrees, Campbell-Pascall continues to grow the sport by being a champion for athletic causes, sitting on various boards.
“I am honoured to join the Hockey Canada Foundation board to continue to give back to the game of hockey,” said Campbell-Pascall. “I have been very impressed with what the board has done already for the male and female game, and I hope to help continue that legacy moving forward. The other members of the board are committed to – and passionate about – the game of hockey, and it is my pleasure to work with such a great team.”
Graves started with Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence at the under-17 level, and continued through to the 1988 IIHF World Junior Championship where he won gold with Canada. He also wore the Maple Leaf at the IIHF World Championship in 1993 and 1999, as well as at the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 where he helped Canada to a second-place finish. Graves retired in 2003 after 15 seasons in the NHL, having won the Stanley Cup twice. He is a winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community. Graves was also a winner of the Bill Masterton Trophy for best exemplifying the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
“It is an honour and a privilege to serve on the Hockey Canada Foundation board,” said Graves. “Hockey’s greatest gifts are the life-lessons learned and the incredible people we meet along our journey. Hockey Canada serves as a pillar in this journey.”
Juneau made his mark in 1992 when he won a silver medal with Team Canada at the Olympic Winter Games, while also leading the team and the tournament in scoring. He made the jump to the NHL following the Olympics and capped off his rookie season with the Boston Bruins with 102 points and a spot on the NHL All-Rookie Team. Juneau played 13 seasons in the league and made back-to-back appearances in the Stanley Cup Final with the Washington Capitals in 1998 and Buffalo Sabres the following year. Since his retirement in 2004, Juneau has been investing in the development of the Nunavik Youth Hockey Development Program. The goal is to provide a positive learning environment for youth while using their passion for the sport of hockey to promote life skills and a healthy lifestyle. Juneau’s also been honoured as an honourary member of the Order of Quebec’s Social Workers, an honorary witness of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, as well as the Medal of Honor of the Quebec Assembly and the Medal of Knight of the National Order of Quebec.
“It is a big honour to become a member of the Hockey Canada Foundation board of directors,” said Juneau. “Through the experiences I have gained in positive youth development through hockey over the recent years, I am hoping to bring some additional support in helping our national sport to become more accessible, and to contribute even more to society.”
Abel’s business background, primarily in the energy sector leading Des Moines-based Berkshire Hathaway Energy, adds to the board’s business and corporate acumen. Abel is a cousin of Hall of Fame inductee and Detroit Red Wings legend Sid Abel, and he is actively involved with various organizations board of directors, including the executive board of the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America.
“It is an honour to serve on the Hockey Canada Foundation board,” said Abel. “Like most Canadian kids growing up, I found hockey to be a sport where I could expand my boundaries, gain friendships, and learn the value of hard work and teamwork. Hockey Canada Foundation is committed to providing hockey opportunities to Canada’s under-served youth. I’m proud to be a part of the Foundation, and I look forward to working to give back to kids across the different provinces and territories.”
The Hockey Canada Foundation board of directors includes Barry Lorenzetti (chair), Doug Goss (vice-chair), Allan Matthews (treasurer), Thomas Bitove (secretary), Brian Cooper (special advisor) and directors Jim Treliving, Grant Fagerheim and Ryan Walter in addition to Campbell-Pascall, and Juneau. Serving on the Canadian Hockey Foundation U.S. board are David Andrews (chair), Mike Humes (vice-chair), Bill Ackerman (treasurer), Paul Delparte (secretary), and Bill Comrie, director, alongside Abel and Graves.