Meeker, Linden honoured

BRYN WEESE, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 2:35 PM ET

OTTAWA -- It's about time a famous hockey commentator was made a member of the Order of Canada.

But it's Howie Meeker, not Don Cherry, who will be appointed to the prestigious clique at an upcoming ceremony.

On Wednesday, the governor general's office released a roster of 54 upcoming appointees for the country's highest civilian honour.

Meeker, a Second World War vet and winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year in 1947 beating out Gordie Howe, is being made an Order of Canada member.

Meeker also served two years as a Conservative MP in the early 1950s while still playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team he later coached and managed.

But it is Meeker's work as a hockey analyst for Hockey Night in Canada in the 1970s and 1980s for TSN until his retirement in 1998 for which he is best known and is being appointed.

In 1998, Meeker was awarded the Foster Hewitt Award for excellence in hockey broadcasting, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Other appointments include former NHL star Trevor Linden for his "community engagement" in British Columbia, and ubiquitous Canadian actor Eric Peterson, who is an accomplished stage actor and also played Oscar Leroy on CTV's Corner Gas.


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