Retrospective: Aga Khan and Ice Hockey

Aga Khan & Ice Hockey

Aga Khan praises Canada as role model of freedom and tolerance
The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, is applauded as he arrives to deliver an address in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, February 27, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Photograph by: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick , Postmedia News

“I must also thank you, Prime Minister, for inviting me to become an honorary citizen.

 

May I congratulate you on the gold medals of your remarkable hockey teams in Sochi.

 

As an ex-player myself I was hoping you would require your honorary citizens to join your team. I am convinced that the Dalai Lama and I would have been a formidable defense.”

 

– His Highness the Aga Khan, addressing both the Houses of the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, Canada Thursday, February 27, 2014.

 

Prince Karim Aga Khan, an accomplished athlete seen here playing hockey. Le Rosey's hockey team was so strong that it competed against men's teams in the national championships.
Prince Karim Aga Khan, an accomplished athlete seen here playing hockey. Le Rosey’s hockey team was so strong that it competed against men’s teams in the national championships. (Photo: Ismaili.net)

His Highness the Aga Khan among the five in Canada's history to be honoured with the Honorary Canadian Citizenship. Aga Khan/Stephen Harper. Top: Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg (posthumously in 1985); former South Africa president and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela (2001); the Dalai Lama (2006); and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (2007), a Nobel laureate (Photo: TheIsmaili.org)
His Highness the Aga Khan among the five in Canada’s history to be honoured with the Honorary Canadian Citizenship in 2009. Prime Minister Stephen Harper congratulates His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan while handing him the Honorary Canadian Citizenship.
Top: Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg (posthumously in 1985); late South Africa president and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela (2001); the Dalai Lama (2006); and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (2007), a Nobel laureate. (Photo: TheIsmaili.org)

Ice Hockey: Canada at the Winter Olympic Games

Canadians are extremely passionate about ice hockey, the nation’s winter sport. Winning both the golds spectacularly, made the Olympics count even more for the nation.

Men’s Ice hockey has been played at the Olympic games since 1920. In 1992 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved women’s hockey as an Olympic event, introducing it at 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagamo, Japan.

In the men’s tournament, Canada was the most successful team of the first three decades, winning six of seven gold medals. Canada then went 50 years without a gold medal, before winning one in 2002, and following it with back-to-back wins in 2010 and 2014.

In the women’s tournament, Canada has dominated the event, consecutively winning 4 of the 5 gold medals in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Canada's Men and Women Hockey Teams celebrating and wearing their gold medals in stride – 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Sochi, Russia.
Canada’s Men and Women Hockey Teams celebrating and wearing their gold medals in stride – 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Sochi, Russia.

 

Accelerate your awareness … Learn even more!

 

A. Speech and full event video references from The NanoWisdoms Archive
1. Address to both Houses of the Parliament of Canada in the House of Commons Chamber (Ottawa, Canada)
2. Full Event Video: His Highness the Aga Khan’s visit to the Parliament of Canada

 

B: Globe and Mail video clip: The Aga Khan jokes about joining Canada’s hockey team

 

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Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali


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