Brian McFarlane Appointed To Order Of Canada
Brian McFarlane '55, one of the inaugural inductees into the Legends of Appleton and a St. Lawrence University Athletic Hall of Fame member, has been appointed to the Order of Canada, Governor General of Canada Julie Payette announced today.
Established in 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honors System and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
McFarlane is one of 114 new appointments to the Order of Canada; the recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date. is the only 100-plus goal scorer in St. Lawrence men's hockey history and finished his career with 10 hat tricks and three five-goal games. He had a 31-year career first as a member of the production crew and then, most notably, as both a color commentator and program host for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's "Hockey Night in Canada," with additional time doing color with both CBS and NBC.
McFarlane played as a member of the NHL Old-Timers for 25 years with teammates such as Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Norm Ullman and Bob Baun. A published author, he has written more than 90 books of fiction and non-fiction devoted to hockey and has established himself as the game's pre-eminent historian.
In 1995, he was awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in recognition of his broadcasting career by the Hockey Hall of Fame.