A spectacular defenseman, Geraldine Heaney has been compared to a female Bobby Orr.
Born October 1, 1967 in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, Heaney began playing for the Toronto Aeros of in 1980 at the age of 13. She played a total of 18 seasons with the Aeros of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, winning six provincial championships during that time as well as Most Valuable Defenceman in 1987-1988, 1991-1992 and 1992-1993.
Heaney won seven IIHF World Championship Gold medals.
Geraldine played for the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team, winning gold medals at the IIHF World Women’s Championships in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001. In doing so, she was the only player to have played in all seven of those gold medal wins. Heaney was named an All-Star in the 1992 and 1999 championships. At the 1992 and 1994 championships, she earned the Directorate Award as the tournament’s best defenceman.
Geraldine Heaney captured Olympic gold in 2002.
Heaney participated in two Olympic Winter Games during her career, winning silver at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan (the first time the women’s game was admitted to Olympic competition) and gold at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Participating in every Women’s National Championship from 1987 to 2001, Heaney was the sole player to do so. She was named Best Defender at the 1993, 1997 and 2001 and was the Most Valuable Player in 1992. She earned a gold medal at the 2000 Esso Women’s National Hockey Championship, and a bronze medal at the 2001 tournament.
At the World Roller Hockey Championship, Geraldine won a gold medal in 1992 and silver in 1994.
In 2008, Heaney was joined by Cammi Granato and Angela James in being inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame. She followed her colleagues into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.