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Buttle, Nichol among Skate Canada HOF class

World bronze medalist Pockar, coach Leitch also to be honored

Jeffrey Buttle will take his place in the Skate Canada Hall of Fame.
Jeffrey Buttle will take his place in the Skate Canada Hall of Fame. (courtesy of IMG)

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By Skate Canada
(11/15/2012) - Jeffrey Buttle, choreographer Lori Nichol and four other esteemed contributors to the sport of figure skating will be inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame, the organization announced Thursday. Buttle will be recognized in the athlete category, while Nichol will be honored as a professional.

A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Buttle was the 2006 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2008 world champion and a three-time Canadian champion (2005, '06, '07). During his career, he captured gold at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in 2002 and '04, and he placed second at the Grand Prix Final in 2004 and '05. Buttle spent his career training at the Mariposa School of Skating and was coached by Lee Barkell and Rafael Arutunian.

Nichol's work as a choreographer has made her skills desired around the world. Such signature programs as Jamie Salé and David Pelletier's 2002 Love Story free skate, Joannie Rochette's 2010 free skate to Samson and Delilah and Patrick Chan's record-breaking programs from the 2011-12 season were created by Nichol. Skaters who used Nichol as a choreographer have gone on to win eight Olympic medals and thirty-eight world medals.

Other inductees in the class of 2012 include Brian Pockar, the 1982 world bronze medalist, a three-time Canadian champion and a member of the 1980 Olympic Team who died in 1992 at age 32; Kerry Leitch, whose skating school in Cambridge, Ontario, produced 23 Canadian champions, including Lloyd Eisler, Katherine Matousek, Christine (Tuffy) Hough, Cindy Landry and Lyndon Johnston; John Knebli, one of the top skate makers in the sport; and Norman Scott, a longtime Skate Canada official and judge.

Since 1990, the Skate Canada Hall of Fame has been paying tribute to athletes, coaches, builders and officials who have made a significant impact on Canadian figure skating. While there is no permanent home for the hall of fame, the archives of the Skate Canada national office houses the many different historical and archival artifacts.