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    Benoît Huot

    ​Benoît Huot, swimmer (born 24 January 1984 in Longueuil, QC). One of Canada’s most successful swimmers, Huot has won 20 medals at the Paralympic Games, 12 medals at the Parapan American Games and over 30 medals at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Swimming Championships.

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    Bernard Allan Federko

    Bernard "Bernie" Allan Federko, hockey player (b at Foam Lake, Sask 12 May 1956). Bernie Federko was considered the consummate team player during his National Hockey League career, and his record for assists is still among the best in the NHL.

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    Bertrand Godin

    Bertrand Godin, competitive driver, automotive columnist, host (born at Saint-Hélène-de-Bagot, Que 17 Nov 1967).

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    Betsy Clifford

    Betsy Clifford, alpine skier (b at Old Chelsea, Qué 15 Oct 1953). Practically raised on the slopes of her father's Camp Fortune ski area, she began skiing at age 5. At 12 she was national junior champion and at 13 Canadian senior slalom champion (1967).

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    Bianca Andreescu

    Bianca Vanessa Andreescu, tennis player (born 16 June 2000 in Mississauga, Ontario). Romanian Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu won 19 junior singles titles and 13 junior doubles tournaments between 2012 and 2017, when she turned professional. In August 2019, she became the first Canadian since Faye Urban in 1969 to win the Rogers Cup. Andreescu then won the US Open in September 2019, making her the first Canadian singles tennis player to win a grand slam title. In 2019, she received the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada’s female athlete of the year and became the first tennis player to win the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year.

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    Big Ben

    Big Ben, show jumper (b 1976 at Belgium, d at Guelph, Ont 11 Dec 1999). Bred in Belgium, Big Ben, partnered with seven-time Canadian Olympian Ian MILLAR, became one of the greatest show jumping horses in the world.

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    Bill Barilko

    Bill Barilko, hockey player (born at Timmins, Ont, 25 May 1927; died in northern Ontario, 26 Aug 1951). Bill Barilko was a hard-hitting defenceman for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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    Bill Cook

    William Osser Cook, hockey player (b at Brantford, Ont 6 Oct 1896; d at Kingston 5 May 1986). He played 12 seasons with the New York Rangers on an effective line with his brother Bun and Frank Boucher.

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    Bob Cole

    Robert Cecil Cole, CM, sports announcer, broadcaster (born 24 June 1933 in St. John’s, NL; died 24 April 2024 in St. John’s). One of Canada’s most iconic sports broadcasters, Bob Cole was the voice of English-language hockey broadcasts in Canada for five decades. He worked as a play-by-play announcer for Hockey Night in Canada, first for CBC Radio and TV and then for Sportsnet. Cole was the lead announcer on Hockey Night in Canada for nearly 30 years. He also covered the Olympic games for 45 years. He was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame and the Order of Canada. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2022.

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    Bobby Clarke

    Robert Earle “Bobby” Clarke, OC, hockey player, executive (born 13 August 1949 in Flin Flon, MB). Centre Bobby Clarke played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was also a member of Team Canada, most famously during the 1972 Summit Series. Over the course of his NHL career, he received the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, the Lester B. Pearson Award (now the Ted Lindsay Award), the Frank J. Selke Trophy and the Lester Patrick Trophy. He is a three-time Hart Memorial Trophy recipient, two-time Stanley Cup champion, and recipient of the 1975 Lou Marsh Trophy for Canadian Athlete of the Year and Lionel Conacher Award for Male Athlete of the Year. In 1987, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Clarke has also been named one of the 100 Greatest Players in NHL history. He became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981.

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    Bobby Hull

    Robert Marvin "Bobby" Hull, OC, hockey player (born 3 January 1939 in Pointe Anne, ON; died 30 January 2023 in Wheaton, Illinois). Nicknamed the “Golden Jet” for his blond hair and blazing speed, Bobby Hull led the Chicago Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup victory in 23 years in 1961. He tied Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s record of 50 goals in a season in 1961–62 before scoring 54 in 1965–66 and 58 in 1968–69. The highest scoring left winger in hockey history, Hull won the Art Ross Trophy three times and the Hart Trophy twice. In 1972, he accepted $1 million to jump from the NHL to the fledgling World Hockey Association. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

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    Bobby Orr

    Robert Gordon "Bobby" Orr, OC, hockey player (born 20 March 1948 in Parry Sound, ON). He was an outstanding junior player with Oshawa Generals and joined Boston Bruins in 1967 at the age of 18, winning the Calder Trophy.

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    Boom Boom Geoffrion

    Joseph André Bernard Geoffrion, "Boom Boom," hockey player (b at Montréal 16 Feb 1931; died on 11 March 2006 at Atlanta, USA). Geoffrion is known by hockey fans as the inventor of the slapshot.

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    Brent Hayden

    Hayden began swimming with the Mission Marlins swim club at age six. As a boy, Hayden was diagnosed with dyslexia; this resulted in him not understanding all that was told to him, and occasionally having to repeat his swimming lessons.

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    Brett Hull

    Brett Hull, "the Golden Brett," hockey player (b at Belleville, Ont 9 Aug 1964).

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