Donald Jackson, figure skater (b at Oshawa, Ont 2 Apr 1940).
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Donald Jackson, figure skater (b at Oshawa, Ont 2 Apr 1940).
Angella Issajenko, sprinter (b in Jamaica 28 Sept 1958). Known as "Angella Taylor" for most of her athletic career since 1978, Issajenko has been one of Canada's outstanding international sprinters.
Henry Jackson, "Busher," hockey player (b at Toronto 19 Jan 1911; d there 6 June 1966). He joined Toronto Maple Leafs in 1929 and played left wing on the famous "Kid Line," with Joe Primeau and Charlie Conacher.
Allison Higson, swimmer (b at Mississauga, Ont 13 Mar 1973). Higson established 11 age group records at a single meet in December 1985.
Gerald Ouellette, marksman (b at Windsor, Ont 14 Aug 1934; d near Leamington, Ont 25 June 1975). Gerry Ouellette was introduced to shooting during his high-school cadet training. By 1952 he was a veteran of several teams that
A pioneer in all forms of skiing, Johannsen acted as organizer, instructor, coach and official well into his nineties.
Isabelle Brasseur (b at Kingsbury, Qué, 28 July 1970) and Lloyd Eisler (b at Seaforth, Ont, 28 April 1963), skaters. Partners since January 1987, they went on to win 28 medals during their eight years in the amateur ranks.
Daniel Albert Halldorson, golfer (born 2 April 1952 in Winnipeg, MB; died 19 November 2015 in Cambridge, Illinois). Dan Halldorson was one of Canada’s best and most influential golfers. He won seven Canadian Tour events and finished in the Top 10 in 28 PGA Tour events, amassing career earnings just shy of US$1.2 million. He was named Canada’s professional golfer of the year in 1981 and 1983 and is the only Canadian golfer to be a part of two World Cup victories (1980 and 1985). He served as deputy director of the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada from 2005 to 2011 and was a mentor to such Canadian golf greats as Mike Weir and Ian Leggatt. Halldorson is a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of Canada Hall of Fame.
Bernard Conrad Hartman, CM, skeet shooter, pilot (born 2 November 1916 in Swan River, MB; died 30 October 2016 in Ottawa, ON). Barney Hartman was considered the greatest skeet shooter in the world. He won a silver and four bronze medals in international amateur competition and was the Canadian amateur 12-gauge champion for seven consecutive years. He claimed nearly 30 world records in various categories and as a professional boasted the world’s best average in nine of 12 years. He once broke a string of 2,002 consecutive clay targets without a miss and had a career success rate above 99 per cent. A Member of the Order of Canada, he was inducted into numerous halls of fame, including Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Armed Forces Sports Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
Sanford Desmond Hawley, jockey (b at Oshawa, Ont 16 Apr 1949). Riding professionally since 1968, Hawley has been one of N America's most successful jockeys.
George Hainsworth, hockey player (b at Toronto 26 June 1895; d near Gravenhurst, Ont 9 Oct 1950).
Horace “Lefty” Gwynne, boxer (born 5 October 1912 in Toronto, ON; died 16 August 2001 in Toronto). Horace “Lefty” Gwynne was a smart, tactical, hard-hitting southpaw who fought as a bantamweight. He is one of only three Canadian boxers to win Olympic gold, the others being Albert Schneider (1920) and Lennox Lewis (1988). After his Olympic medal in 1932, Gwynne had a successful career as a professional, winning the Canadian professional bantamweight title in 1938. He retired in 1939 with a pro record of 39–8–2 with six knockouts. He was part of the inaugural class of inductees into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1955. He is also a member of the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame and the Ontario Boxing Hall of Fame.
Melvin Hanson, "Fritzie," football player (born 13 July 1912 in Perham, Minn; died 14 February 1996). Hanson joined the Winnipeg Football Club in 1935, during an era of massive importing of American talent in the Western Conference.
Dino Ciccarelli, hockey player (b at Sarnia, Ont 8 Feb 1960). At 5'10" and 180 lbs, Dino Ciccarelli was considered too small to be successful in the NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE.
Robitaille was not originally thought to be all-star NHL material. He was the 171st pick of the 1984 NHL entry draft, selected in the 9th round by the Los Angeles Kings.
Mario Lemieux, hockey player (born at Montréal, 5 Oct 1965). Mario Lemieux grew up in Montréal, near the famous Forum, where the Canadiens played until 1996.
Stephen "Steve" Gregory Yzerman, hockey player, general manager (born 9 May 1965 in Cranbrook, BC). National Hockey League (NHL) superstar Steve Yzerman, a career Detroit Red Wing known for his exceptional sportsmanship and leadership abilities, is the longest-serving captain in the league's history. Yzerman was captain of the Detroit Red Wings from 1986 to 2006, and led the team to three Stanley Cup victories. In 2002, he won an Olympic gold medal as part of the men’s hockey team. He was also executive director of the men’s hockey teams that won Olympic gold in 2010 and 2014. Yzerman became vice president of the Detroit Red Wings following his retirement as a player, and in 2010 became general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Christine Sinclair, soccer player (born 12 June 1983 in Burnaby, BC). Christine Sinclair is one of Canada's most renowned soccer players.
Hayley Wickenheiser, OC, hockey player, softball player (born 12 August 1978 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan). Hayley Wickenheiser won seven gold medals and six silver medals with Team Canada at the IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship, as well as four gold medals and one silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games. She is the all-time leader in goals (18), assists (33) and points (51) in women’s ice hockey at the Olympic Winter Games. She is the all-time leader in assists (49) and points (86) at the Women’s World Hockey Championship. She was also the first woman ever to score a goal in a men’s professional league. Wickenheiser retired from competitive hockey in 2017, finishing with 379 points (168 goals and 211 assists) in 276 games with Team Canada. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she has won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as the Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year and been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame.
For one example of the remarkable range of acquaintances enjoyed by Jacques Ménard, the newly minted ex-chairman of the Montreal Expos, consider his role in the salvation of Felipe Alou.