ERIC LINDROS, former professional hockey player and NHL Players’ Association Ombudsman
Eric Lindros (born in 1973 in London, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey player. As a teenage power forward playing minor hockey, Lindros became nationally famous both for his scoring feats and his ability to physically dominate players older than himself. Lindros was selected first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. In 1992, Lindros was traded again to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he played from 1992 to 2000, most of the time as the team’s captain. With his imposing physical strength and playmaking ability, Lindros established himself as the top player on the Flyers team, eventually leading them to the Stanley Cup Final in 1997. In 1998, Lindros was ranked number 54 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players of all time. During his career with the Flyers, Lindros spent many games on the injured reserve and suffered a series of concussions, the first in 1998 from a hit that sidelined him for 18 games. Lindros was traded to the New York Rangers in 2001 where he played for 3 seasons. In 2004, Eric sustained his eighth concussion. While playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005, Lindros suffered a torn ligament in his left wrist, and then reinjured it again in 2006. Lindros finished his career playing for the Dallas Stars, and announced his retirement in November 2007. Lindros was immediately appointed to the newly created position of NHL Players’ Association Ombudsman.
JEFF BEUKEBOOM, former professional hockey player and assistant coach of the Barrie Colts
Jeff Beukeboom, born in 1965, played junior hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1982–1985). After being selected in the 1st round (19th overall) of the 1983 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, he played in juniors for two more years before joining the Oilers. During Jeff’s time with the Oilers, the team won three Stanley Cups. Jeff was traded to the New York Rangers in 1991. At 6'5" 230lbs, he quickly established himself as a fan favorite and an anchor of the defense with his thundering bodychecks and willingness to protect his teammates. Due to his physical play, Jeff suffered multiple concussions and was ultimately diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. Even after retiring in 1999, he continued to suffer post-concussion symptoms for almost two years before finally recovering. Currently Jeff is the Assistant Coach for the Barrie Colts.
ALYN MCCAULEY, former professional hockey player and member of Queen’s University coaching staff
Born in 1977, Alyn McCauley played Junior A hockey in Kingston and from there was drafted 1st overall by the Ottawa 67's and played 4 years there. In 1995, Alyn was drafted to the New Jersey Devils, however, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs before playing any games for the Devils. Alyn played for the Toronto Maple Leafs for 6 seasons. Alyn’s greatest NHL success came after being traded during the 2002-2003 season to the San Jose Sharks. It was during this time that he was honoured as a Selke nominee. Alyn’s 9 year NHL career ended due to knee injuries, after playing only 10 games for the LA Kings. In September 2008, Alyn was named to the Queen's University coaching staff.
MARK MOORE, former professional hockey player and author of “Saving The Game”
Mark Moore is a former professional hockey player who was forced to retire as a result of post-concussion syndrome. A graduate of Harvard, Moore is best known for his book Saving the Game: Pro Hockey's Quest to Raise its Game from Crisis to New Heights, which was called by the Canadian Press “one of the most complete analytical looks at the sport from ice level ever produced.” Moore has also written articles for the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, National Post and Hockey News related to reducing head injuries in hockey. Mark is the older brother of Steve Moore, the NHL player unable to play since his broken neck and head injury suffered in the Bertuzzi incident, as well as current Toronto Maple Leaf forward Dominic Moore. Moore has given presentations to sports, business and academic audiences including McGill University and Harvard Law School. Moore’s efforts on concussions are focused mostly on practical issues - changes in the way the game is played toward prevention, as well as improving the communication from injury sufferers to each other as well as doctors and scientists to advance concussion understanding, treatment and recovery.Photo used by the summit courtesy of Michael Klein, all rights reserved.
JENNIFER BOTTERILL, Member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team
Jennifer Botterill has been a member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team since 1997. She has attended 3 Olympic Games, is an Olympic silver medalist (1998), and a two time Olympic Gold Medalist (2002, 2006). She is a five time World Champion, and was twice named the most valuable player at the World Championship tournaments. Jennifer is a graduate of Harvard University and recently completed her psychology degree with honours. She played hockey for Harvard, and is the only two time winner of the Patty Kazmaier award (given to the top player in women’s college hockey). Botterill still holds the NCAA records for most consecutive games with a point and for most points in a hockey career. Currently Jennifer plays for the Mississauga Chiefs of the Canadian Women's Hockey League. In 2007-08, she won the Angela James Bowl after winning the league scoring title with 61 points.