September 21st, 2011
Frank Mahovlich, current Canadian Senator and retired NHL hockey player enjoyed a life-long career full of silver linings. From the Hockey Hall of Fame to the Order of Canada, the Honourable Francis W. Mahovlich, C.M., known to his fans as “Big M”, is being recognized by Huntington University for his outstanding contributions to Canadian sports and politics.
On September 29, 2011, Huntington University will honour The Honourable Francis W. Mahovlich, C.M. with a Honourary Doctorate of Sacred Letters degree during their Fall Convocation ceremony at Brystons on the Park in Copper Cliff.
“Throughout its 50 year history, Huntington has honoured a number of community leaders and outstanding Canadians who have made exceptional contributions to the educational, cultural, social, economic or political life in Northern Ontario and beyond,” says Dr. Edward J. Conroy, Chancellor of Huntington University. “Huntington University is confident that Senator Mahovlich will serve as a strong ambassador of our campus community.”
A native of northern Ontario, Frank Mahovlich’s hockey skills were honed at an early age. In 1958 he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs, winning the Calder Trophy as rookie-of-the-year. Over the course of an illustrious career that spanned 22 years, he scored 626 goals, was selected to nine all-star teams and was a member of six Stanley Cup winning teams with Toronto and Montreal. In 1971 he tied the record for most playoff points and he was a key member of Team Canada during the memorable Canada-Soviet hockey series of 1972. Frank Mahovlich is a member of Ontario’s Hockey Hall of Fame, Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Since retiring from the game in 1978, he has devoted himself to community and charitable organizations and, as a result, has received considerable public recognition for his contributions to Canadian society. In 1994 he was awarded the Order of Canada and in 1998, Prime Minister Jean Chretien appointed him to the Canadian Senate where he currently sits on Senate committees for Agriculture and Forestry and Foreign Affairs and International Trade. As a distinguished alumnus, Senator Mahovlich was awarded the Order of St. Michael in 1996. In 2002, he received a Honourary Doctorate from St. Francis Xavier University.
Huntington University’s President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Kevin McCormick commends Senator Mahovlich for serving as a great champion of the north and an outstanding role model for Canadians at-large. He adds: “Huntington University is pleased to award the Honourable Francis W. Mahovlich, C.M. with the university’s highest honour and is proud to welcome him into the Huntington University community of distinguished leaders.”