July 05, 2004
Professional wrestler Chris (Jericho) Irvine was inducted today into the Order of the Buffalo Hunt in recognition of his championship achievements and his charity work with underprivileged children.
"We are very proud of Chris as a Manitoban who has made significant achievements in his chosen profession and shown a commitment to working with underprivileged children," said Premier Gary Doer.
In addition to the induction ceremony, the premier also announced the donation of $2,500 to the 2006 National Special Olympics in Brandon in honour of Ted Irvine, a former NHL player and past honorary coach for special olympics.
"Both Ted and Chris have shown a commitment to sporting excellence and to enriching the lives of those around them. Itís a father and son tag team effort that we are proud to honour," Doer said.
Chris Irvine, who wrestles under the name of Chris Jericho, became the first unified champion in the sport by defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock on the same night. Chris grew up in Winnipeg, entering the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling at age 19. Two months later, he began wrestling on independent shows.
Chrisís upcoming fundraising activities include participation in SuperSkate, a charity hockey game at New York Cityís Madison Square Garden in support of Cheering for Children, and the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.
Manitobaís Order of the Buffalo Hunt is one of the highest honours the province can bestow on individuals who demonstrate outstanding skills in the areas of leadership, service and community commitment.
Local sporting figures who have received the award in the past include boxer Donny Lalonde, former Winnipeg Jet Teemu Selanne, speed skater Susan Auch, world champion cyclist Tanya Dubnicoff and world racquetball champ Sherman Greenfeld.
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