Excellence in Sports: Angela James

Angela JamesAngela James is a Hall of Famer.

She was a member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey team for 10 years, winning a remarkable four World Gold Championships and four International Pacific Rim Championships.

In addition, she was a member of the 1992 and 1994 Canadian Women’s Roller Hockey team that won gold at the World Championships.

James is an honoured member of the Seneca College Hall of Fame, the Ball Hockey Hall of Fame and the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Hall of Fame.

Her hockey sweater has been retired by Seneca College and the Toronto Aeros Hockey Club.

In 2012, the outstanding athlete was awarded the YWCA Women’s Distinguished Award. In three seasons with the Scouts, James was a three-time OCAA scoring champion, two-time OCAA All-Star and three-time team MVP.

She is the OCAA’s all-time leading scorer with over 50 goals, amazingly reaching this mark while playing mostly defense.

Recently, James was inducted into the Black Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2008, she was one of the first women in history to be inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame (IIHF). She was also inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame and an arena bears her name.

In 2010, James and American, Catherine Michelle “Cammi” Granato, were the first female inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Seneca Distinguished Alumna has worked with several great athletes and championship teams throughout her athletic career.

James has run numerous hockey schools for coaches and athletes, specifically dealing with the development of programs from the beginner level up to national level team members.

She is a dynamic, energetic and knowledgeable individual with extensive coaching and playing experience, and is an invaluable resource to minor hockey and sport across the country.

Currently, James is employed by Seneca College in the Department of Athletics and Recreation as senior sport coordinator.

A mother of three children, ages 16 and 10 year-old twins, in 2015, James coached her son, Christian’s team, the Midget AA boys team in Markham. She coaches her daughters’ Atom House League team in Aurora.

James lived in Flemington Park from 1966 to 1981 with her two sisters, Kim and Cindee, and mother, Donna.

She played ice hockey for the Flemington Boys House League and select teams for two or three seasons. The veteran athlete also played softball for the local team in the area.

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