OTTAWA – Walter Gretzky, Canada’s most famous hockey dad, has been named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.
The father of superstar Wayne Gretzky was presented with a medal by the Governor General during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday.
He was honoured for his work with various charities.
“Gretzky … consistently finds ways of giving back to the community,” an official told the audience.
“He has helped a myriad of charitable and non-profit organizations as a volunteer and fundraiser.”
After receiving his medal, Gretzky said he was in shock and wished his mother could have heard the news. He said he expected a phone call from his famous son Friday night.
“I think he will be very proud, it may bring tears to his eyes because he is a very emotional, family-oriented person,” Gretzky said.
Other prominent recipients Friday included former Reform party leader Preston Manning, musician Paul Shaffer, and former Supreme Court justice John Major.
The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community, and service to the country.