1991 marked the inaugural year female hockey debuted at the Canada Winter Games. It was also the year that Cassie Campbell made her first appearance as the Captain for team Ontario. This would surely not be her last appearance as a hockey team captain.
Since joining Canada’s national women’s hockey team in 1998, Campbell has won 21 medals, including 17 gold medals and four silver medals. As the longest serving captain in Canadian hockey history, from 2001 until her retirement in 2006, she led the team as the only Canadian captain, male or female, to earn two Olympic gold medals.
Her retirement has brought several new opportunities, including that of television and radio broadcaster. Campbell has acted as colour commentator for The Score and the NHL Network and still does radio work for Calgary Flames Games on the FAN 960. Campbell also became the first female color commentator on Hockey Night in Canada, and is currently working as a TV analyst for TSN’s women’s hockey coverage.
When Campbell is not broadcasting, or playing hockey, she is working alongside other hockey greats such as hockey hall of famer Bobby Orr and Mike Bossy on projects such as Hockey Canada’s Chevrolet Safe & Fun Hockey program, or getting involved in an annual street hockey tournament held in Calgary to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
Some 20 years later, Campbell has remembered her roots with the Canada Games. Understanding the impact of the Games have on young athletes, she has made it a priority to connect with participants as a Canada Games athlete ambassador who is always ready to lend a hand and voice to the Canada Games Movement promotion.
Though her accomplishments may have broken records, set high standards and helped build the legacy that is Hockey Canada, her involvement with the Canada Games will not soon be forgotten, and makes her worthy of induction.