Geraldine Heaney

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Flag of the Ulster banner and Canada.png  Geraldine Heaney Ice hockey player
IIHF Hall of Fame , 2008
Hockey Hall of Fame , 2013
Date of birth October 1, 1967
place of birth Lurgan , Northern Ireland , UK
Nickname the female Bobby Orr
size 173 cm
Weight 64 kg
position defender
number # 91
Shot hand Right
Career stations
1980-2004 Toronto Eros
1986-1988 Seneca College

Template: Infobox ice hockey player / file type

Geraldine Anne Heaney (born October 1, 1967 in Lurgan , Northern Ireland , Great Britain ) is a former Northern Irish- Canadian ice hockey player and current coach who, in the course of her active career between 1980 and 2004, won an Olympic gold and a silver medal with the Canadian Women's national team has won. In addition, Heaney won the world title seven times , making her one of the most successful Canadian players on the international stage.

During her playing days, Heaney was one of the world's best defender and no less successful at the national level. After the end of her career, she was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame together with Cammi Granato and Angela James in 2008, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame five years later - as the third woman after Granato and James. She is also a member of the Hall of Fame for Canadian Sports and the Order of Hockey in Canada .


Geraldine Heaney was in Northern Ireland Lurgan moved with her family still in their first year of life in the Canadian North York in the province of Ontario . Like many younger siblings, Geraldine was put in goal by her older brothers in ice hockey and street hockey to parry their shots. Geraldine soon discovered, however, that it was more fun to shoot yourself than to be shot. At the age of ten, she joined a girls' team and played with girls five or six years older than herself. In 1980, at the age of 13, she joined the Toronto Eros from Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA). With the Eros she won the Ontario regional championship six times in the following years and was named the league's best defender in 1988, 1992 and 1993.

Geraldine Heaney grew up in Weston and attended Melody Public School on Strathburn Boulevard. Then she went to the Emery Collegiate on Weston Road , where she practiced almost every sport offered - badminton , soccer , basketball , volleyball , field hockey - except ice hockey, which was not offered. With other players at the school, she took part in badminton and field hockey at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) regional school championships . Between 1986 and 1988, Heaney studied Recreation Facilities Management at Seneca College and was initially supposed to play on the college's volleyball team. When she found out that women's ice hockey was also offered, she joined the Seneca Sting , the ice hockey team, and with this she won the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) regional university championship in 1987.

Between 1987 and 2001, Heaney was the only player to take part in every event of the Canadian Amateur Championship ( Esso Women's Nationals ). In the tournaments in 1993, 1997 and 2001 she was named best defender and in 1992 most valuable player. In 2000 and 2004 she won the championship with Team Ontario, in 2001 she finished third.

In the early 1990s she played ice hockey as well as roller hockey and took part with the Canadian national team in the 1992 and 1994 world championships, where she won a gold and a silver medal.

Successes with the national team

Heaney won gold medals with the Canadian national team at the 1990 , 1992 , 1994 , 1997 , 1999 , 2000 and 2001 Ice Hockey World Championships . She was also elected to the All-Star Team at the 1992 and 1999 tournaments and was named best defender in 1992 and 1994. In 1998 women's ice hockey became an Olympic sport and Heaney was nominated for the first Olympic squad. They scored two goals in the tournament and added four assists as the Team Canada the silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Nagano won. In the run-up to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City , Heaney announced that she would end her international career after winning the gold medal there. In the Olympic final, Canada defeated the United States 3-2 and Heaney won the gold medal she was aiming for.

In total, Heaney completed 125 international matches for Canada, in which she scored 93 points scorer (27 goals and 66 assists). This makes her the best scorer among the Canadian national defenders.

Reception and honors

As one of the pioneers in women's hockey, Geraldine Heaney revolutionized the defensive position in women's ice hockey. Your offensive skills are considered outstanding.

In 2006, her jersey number 91 was banned in recognition of her 27-year career with the Eros.

In 2008, Heaney was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame , along with Cammi Granato and Angela James . In 2013 he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and in 2014 into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame .

In 2016 she was awarded the Order of Hockey in Canada for her services to the development of Canadian women's ice hockey .

Heaney as a trainer

During her active career, Heaney founded her own hockey school to promote young female ice hockey players. After retiring , she worked at the University of Wasterloo for six years as the head coach of the women's team before leaving university in 2012 to coach her daughter's team. She has been a trainer for the Hamilton Junior Bulldogs since at least 2016 .

Achievements and Awards

ice Hockey

  • 1987 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) championship with Seneca College
  • 1987 OCAA All-Star Team
  • 2000 NWHL Champions Cup win with the Beatrice Eros
  • 2000 NWHL Western Division First All-Star Team
  • 2000 NWHL Western Division Best Defenseman
  • 2001 NWHL Champions Cup win with the Beatrice Eros
  • 2001 Most Valuable Player of the NWHL Championship
  • 2002 NWHL Champions Cup win with the Beatrice Eros

Esso Women's Nationals

  • Canadian amateur champion 1991, 1993, 2000, 2004
  • Most Valuable Player of the 1992 tournament
  • Best defender of the tournament in 1993, 1997, 2001


Roller hockey


  • 2003 inducted into the Ontario Ball Hockey Association Hall of Fame
  • 2003 inducted into the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Hall of Fame
  • 2008 induction into the IIHF Hall of Fame

Career statistics

Regular season
season team league Sp T V Pt SM
1986/87 Seneca College OCAA 12 13 24 37
1987/88 Seneca College OCAA
1992/93 Toronto Eros COWHL 21st 8th 12 20th 14th
1993/94 Toronto Eros COWHL 28 13 28 41 27
1994/95 North York Eros COWHL
1995/96 North York Eros COWHL 29 21st 28 49 20th
1996/97 North York Eros COWHL 32 21st 45 66 18th
1997/98 Hockey Canada International Preparation for the Winter Olympics
1998/99 Beatrice Eros NWHL 29 8th 25th 33 22nd
1999/00 Beatrice Eros' NWHL 37 13 38 51 18th
2000/01 Beatrice Eros NWHL 27 8th 27 35 25th
2001/02 Hockey Canada International Preparation for the Winter Olympics
2002/03 Beatrice Eros NWHL 32 20th 33 53 40
2003/04 Toronto Eros NWHL 32 8th 19th 27 30th
COWHL total
NWHL total 157 57 142 199 135


Represented Canada to:

year team event result Sp T V Pt SM +/-
1990 Canada WM 1st place, gold 5 2 6th 8th 4th
1992 Canada WM 1st place, gold 5 0 6th 6th 2
1994 Canada WM 1st place, gold 5 1 6th 7th 8th
1997 Canada WM 1st place, gold 5 1 4th 5 0
1998 Canada Olympia 2nd place, silver 6th 2 4th 6th 2 −1
1999 Canada WM 1st place, gold 5 3 0 3 4th +11
2000 Canada WM 1st place, gold 5 0 1 1 4th +8
2001 Canada WM 1st place, gold 5 1 5 6th 0 +9
2002 Canada Olympia 1st place, gold 5 0 2 2 0 +8
Women overall 46 10 34 44 24

( Legend for player statistics: Sp or GP = games played; T or G = goals scored; V or A = assists scored ; Pkt or Pts = scorer points scored ; SM or PIM = penalty minutes received ; +/− = plus / minus balance; PP = overpaid goals scored ; SH = underpaid goals scored ; GW = winning goals scored; 1  play-downs / relegation )

Web links


  • Tom Bartsiokas: One Last Goal: The Geraldine Heaney Story . 1st edition. Burnstown Publishing House, 2015, ISBN 1-77123-258-7 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b c Norm Nelson: Emery Collegiate and Seneca College grad Geraldine Heaney to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame. In: July 19, 2013, accessed February 8, 2018 .
  2. a b c Legends of Hockey - Induction Showcase - Geraldine Heaney. In: Retrieved February 27, 2018 .
  3. 1998 Olympics - Profiles - # 91 Geraldine Heaney ( Memento from April 25, 2000 in the Internet Archive )
  4. Geraldine Heaney - 2016 Order of Hockey in Canada Honor. In: Retrieved February 27, 2018 .
  5. , Toronto Eros retire # 91
  6. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame - Honored Member: Geraldine Heaney, Inducted in 2014. (No longer available online.) In: Archived from the original on April 12, 2018 ; accessed on February 8, 2018 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. ^ Mario Lemieux, Geraldine Heaney join Canada's Order of Hockey. In: February 16, 2016, accessed February 8, 2018 .
  8. Jr. Bulldogs 2017-18 Head Coach Announcement: Geraldine Heaney - Minor Atom. In: March 10, 2017, accessed February 8, 2018 .
  9. GERALDINE HEANEY - Ontario Colleges Athletic Association. In: Retrieved February 8, 2018 .