Dick Howard has done it all in soccer and then some.
Former international goalkeeper Dick Howard has been honored again.
The Canadian Soccer Association named the former international and Rochester Lancers goalkeeper as its 2019 recipient of Canada Soccer’s Aubrey Sanford Meritorious Award in Quebec City, Quebec Saturday.
Howard, who made five appearances for Canada’s national team from 1972 to 1973, was honored at Canada Soccer’s annual awards banquet Saturday, May 4.
The 75-year-old Howard played for the Rochester Lancers in the American Soccer League and North American Soccer League from 1967 through 1971 and then for the Toronto Metros from 1971 through 1974. He was a member of the Lancers team that captured the 1970 NASL title.
And that is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Howard’s resume is an endless list of achievements position, which include being an instructor for Concacaf, FIFA and the CSA, a TV and radio commentator, newspaper soccer columnist and an author two books about the beautiful game as well.
He was inducted into the Canada Soccer Hall in 2012 and to the Lancers Wall of Fame in 2013.
In other banquet highlights:
The late Terry Quinn was inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019. Quinn, the 29th president of Canada Soccer from 1992 to 1997, was inducted as an honored member in the Builders section.
Quinn, who passed away Aug. 3, 2018, was represented by his family. He joined previously announced inductees Randee Hermus and Kevin McKenna in the Class of 2019. Hermus will be honored at the women’s national team home match May 18 while McKenna will be feted at a men’s national team home match later this year.
Other award winners included Dr. Dominic Maestracci for the President’s Award, Joe Fletcher for the Ray Morgan Memorial Award, Marie-Soleil Beaudoin for the International Achievement Award and Helder Duarte for the Canada Soccer Award of Merit.
In the Canada Soccer Organizations of Distinction category, a catch-up class of eight organizations were honored by Hall: Vancouver St. Andrews FC of British Columbia; Calgary Callies FC and Edmonton Scottish FC of Alberta; Winnipeg United Weston FC of Manitoba; Darlington SC and Toronto Scottish FC of Ontario; Holy Cross FC and St. Lawrence Laurentians of Newfoundland Labrador. All eight organizations will be honored at an event in their respective province in the coming year.
Also honored by the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame was Canada Soccer’s 1995 women’s national team – the first Canadian team to compete in Women’s World Cup – was feted in the Team of Distinction category. The 1995 squad three matches and scored five goals, but was eliminated in the group stage by the eventual world champions Norway. Coached by Sylvie Béliveau, the 1995 team were the first of seven consecutive appearances for Canada at the Women’s World Cup, including this summer’s tournament in France.