Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Bossy was one of six athletes named Tuesday for induction into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 25.
Joining the New York Islanders legend will be female hockey player Cassie Campbell, Larry Walker of baseball fame, former CFL quarterback Doug Flutie and Olympians Daniel Igali and Beckie Scott.
Mike Bossy will be inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
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Sam Jacks, who invented floor hockey and ringette, and Dr. Robert Steadward, a key figure in the development of sport for the disabled, will be inducted as builders.
Bossy, 50, scored at least 50 goals in all but the last of his 10 NHL seasons after being drafted 15th overall by New York in 1977.
The Montreal native totalled 573 goals and 1,126 points in 752 NHL games, capturing four Stanley Cups with the Islanders.
Bossy won the 1978 Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, the 1982 Conn Smythe Trophy as top playoff performer and three Lady Byng trophies as most gentlemanly player.
Campbell, 33, was a forward with the national women's hockey team from 1994 to 2006, serving as captain the final four years.
The native of Richmond Hill, Ont., earned two Olympic gold medals and a silver medal, and helped Team Canada win six straight world championships.
Last Oct. 14, she became the first woman to do colour commentary on a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
Walker, from Maple Ridge, B.C., manned the outfield for 17 major-league seasons with the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals.
The five-time all-star hit .313 with 383 home runs, 1,311 runs batted in, 1,355 runs scored and 230 stolen bases in 1,988 MLB games from 1989 to 2005.
Walker, 39, was voted the National League's most valuable player in 1997, and went on to win three NL batting titles.
"It is a great moment," he said. "I am Canadian and I will always be Canadian.
"I am proud of what I have done. Hopefully, I made a difference for some kids who may, one day, want to play baseball."
First non-Canadian inductee
Flutie, 44, won the 1984 Heisman Trophy and played in both the USFL and NFL before enjoying unprecedented success in the CFL.
The diminutive pivot passed for 41,355 yards and 270 touchdowns in eight CFL seasons with the British Columbia Lions, Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts.
Flutie's 6,619 passing yards in 1991 is a pro football record, and he set CFL standards with 466 completions and 48 touchdown passes in 1994.
"I always felt a very warm affection for the people of Canada and the CFL," said Flutie, who hails from Manchester, Maryland.
Flutie won three Grey Cups (1992, 1996-97), and was named the CFL's most outstanding player six times before returning to the NFL in 1998 for eight more seasons.
"The NFL adapted and that allowed me to go back," he said. "With all the blitzing, the stationary quarterback became a target."
Flutie, who retired last May 15, is the first non-Canadian named to the hall.
"To be the first non-Canadian is extra special," he said. "It was a big, big part of my life in Canada [and] I wouldn't trade it for anything."
Igali was crowned the 69-kilogram freestyle wrestling champion at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Summer Games, and repeated the feat at 74 kilograms in the 2002 Commonwealth Games at Manchester, England.
The 33-year-old was born in Nigeria, but stayed in Surrey, B.C., following the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria and became a Canadian citizen four years later.
Igali won a world title in 1999.
Scott was the first North American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing, when both skiers who finished ahead of her tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and were stripped of their medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
The 33-year-old pride of Vermilion, Alta., is a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency and International Olympic Committee.
The total number of honoured members in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is 489.With files from the Canadian Press