Babcock, Goyette, Smyth to be inducted into Order of Hockey in Canada

MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs Mike Babcock calls out instructions to his players against the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on November 18, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-0.
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Hockey Canada announced Tuesday its 2018 class of inductees for the Order of Hockey in Canada, and headlining this year's honorees are Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, three-time Olympic medalist Danielle Goyette, and former NHL All-Star Ryan Smyth.

The honor is awarded annually to individuals for their contribution to the sport of hockey north of the border.

"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 Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney.

"To be selected as a distinguished honoree 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 honorees are well-deserving of the recognition."

The awards were first handed out in 2012, with past recipients including the likes of Jean Beliveau, Wayne Gretzky, Pat Quinn, and Mario Lemieux.