Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

May 03, 2010 08:31 ET

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Announces the Class of 2010

Jacques Villeneuve, Kyle Shewfelt, Patrick Roy, Chantal Petitclerc, Clara Hughes, Jean-Luc Brassard, Dr. Roger Jackson and Bob Ackles will be the newest members of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Attention: Sports Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - May 3, 2010) - These six remarkable athletes and two tireless builders serve as a profound reminder of the depth and breadth of our nation's rich sporting landscape. While Canada's Sports Hall of Fame will not show-off its spectacular new home in Canada Olympic Park until its completion in June 2011, it will formally honour its Class of 2010 at its annual Induction Dinner to be held this year in Calgary, Alberta on November 10.

Two-time Lou Marsh Award winner, Jacques Villeneuve knew from the age of five that he would become a race car driver. Though ever respectful of his legendary father Gilles, Jacques set out to build his own credentials. Mission accomplished. Villeneuve is only the third driver after Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi to win the Indy Car Championship, the Indianapolis 500 and the Formula One World Championship. No other Canadian has won the Indianapolis 500 or the F1 Drivers' title. Jacques now joins his late father in the Hall.

A three-time Olympian, Kyle Shewfelt captured Canada's first Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. In a sport traditionally dominated by Europeans and Asians, Shewfelt emerged a winner in the floor exercise in Athens at the 2004 Olympics. Kyle fought to rehab for the 2008 Beijing Olympics after battling back from two broken knees on a misjudged landing while training in 2007. Named to the team but unable to reach the finals, Kyle did however, perform a new vault flawlessly on the first day of the Olympics. In a fitting tribute it was subsequently named the Shewfelt vault.

Patrick Roy's legendary status in Montreal earned him the nickname "St. Patrick" -- not a handle bestowed easily in a town used to seeing the near-miraculous in hockey. Roy, who played for both the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, popularized the butterfly style of goaltending and spawned a generation of imitators. The statistics he posted are much harder to copy. He retired with the most regular-season wins as an NHL goalie and the most combined wins in the regular season and playoffs with a sterling 2.55 goals-against average and 66 career shutouts. He is the league's only three-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner as best man in the playoffs.

Globe-trotting wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc entered her last Paralympic Games in Beijing determined to defend the five gold medals she claimed four years earlier in Athens. With a second straight clean sweep in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1500m events she earned her tenth consecutive gold medal. The golden romp in Beijing earned Petitclerc a Lou Marsh Award as Canada's outstanding athlete of 2008 and topped up her Paralympic medal haul that began in Barcelona in 1992 to 14 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze.

2010 Vancouver Olympic flag-bearer Clara Hughes is the only person to have won multiple medals in both the summer and winter Olympic Games. An 18-time Canadian cycling champ, she won two cycling bronze medals on wheels at Atlanta in 1996, then four medals on blades: speed skating bronze at 5,000 metres in 2002; gold at 5,000 and silver in team pursuit in 2006; and bronze at 5,000 in 2010. As a six-time Olympic medalist, she now matches teammate Cindy Klassen as Canada's most decorated Olympian.

Jean-Luc Brassard put his stamp on freestyle skiing in a 12-year career from 1990 to 2002 with 20 World Cup gold medals, two World Cup moguls titles and two overall world titles. Brassard took moguls gold at Lillihammer, Norway in 1994 in the sport's debut as a medal event. A flag-bearer at Nagano in 1998 his iconic status in the sport was an inspiration for two gold medal winners who would follow him -- Jennifer Heil in 2006 and Alexandre Bilodeau, who, in 2010, would win the first Olympic gold by a Canadian on home snow.

This is Roger Jackson's second invitation to the Hall. His first as an athlete came after he and sculling mate George Hungerford stunned an unsuspecting field to bring Canada its only gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He never left the world of sports. Combining superb athleticism with academia he dedicated his life to advancing sport. As Director of Sport Canada, President of the Canadian Olympic Association, Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, consultant on six Olympic bids and architect of the medal-targeted funding program Own the Podium, which brought Canada the most Winter Olympic gold medals in its history, Jackson's impact on Canadian sport runs very deep indeed.

Bob Ackles was the only non-player to win a Schenley Award for outstanding contributions to the Canadian Football League. He won two grey Cups while associated with the BC Lions, in 1985 and 2006. Starting as a water boy at 15 in 1953, he worked up the Lions organizational ladder to become Director of Football Development in 1966, Assistant General Manager in 1971 and, from 1975 until 1986, General Manager. He spent time in the NFL, most notably six years in charge of player personnel with the Dallas Cowboys. In 2002, he returned to the Lions as President and CEO and in 2003 recruited Wally Buono, to serve as head coach and General Manager. Bob Ackles passed away suddenly in 2008.

These eight inductees are a formidable addition to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame roster which now counts 514 Honoured Members. Their compelling stories and outstanding achievements help advance the Hall's mission of inspiring Canadian identity and national pride.

Contact Information

  • Sheryn Posen, Chief Operating Officer, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
    Primary Phone: 416-720-1084
    Secondary Phone: 416-260-6789