TORONTO — Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is welcoming 11 new members.
The Class of 2013 includes former NHL star and Burnaby, B.C. native Joe Sakic, curling legend Russ Howard, the 1992 Olympic champion women's coxless four rowing team, cyclist Alison Sydor and five-time Paralympian Andre Viger.
The rowing team members are Kirsten Barnes, Brenda Taylor, Jessica Monroe-Gonin, Kay Worthington and Jennifer Walinga.
Former Canadian Amateur Hockey Association president Murray Costello and sport development architect Dr. Jean-Guy Ouellet enter the Hall as builders.
Sakic was the face of the Colorado Avalanche franchise since the day the team arrived in the Mile High City before the 1995-96 season. He wore the captain's "C" for 17 seasons and guided the Avalanche to championship titles in 1996 and 2001. He also won league MVP honours in 2001 and was a 13-time All-Star.
For all of that, the team retired No. 19 in his honour and a commemorative banner hangs from the Pepsi Center rafters.
Inductees will be presented with their official honoured member jackets at a ceremony in the evening.
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