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November 15, 2007 13:12 ET

Scotiabank Place to Host Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2007) - Scotiabank Place announced today it will host the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.

"We are very proud to have the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner back at Scotiabank Place," said Ottawa Senators and Scotiabank Place president/CEO Roy Mlakar. "We believe that our facility is where it belongs, as the concourse displays all its members and has certainly become a high-traffic area for sports fans."

Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman heads up the hall's 2007 enshrinement class. He'll be joined by freestyle-skiing pioneer Mike Nemesvary and Robert Rathwell, a pillar of community sports in Ottawa. The hall's membership has earned a place of distinction on the arena's 200-level concourse.

Born in Cranbrook, B.C., Yzerman grew up in Nepean and played for his hometown Nepean Raiders of the Central Junior Hockey League. Yzerman played his entire NHL career for the Red Wings and was named Detroit's captain in the 1986-87 season, a position he held until his retirement two decades later. He led the Wings to three Stanley Cups and was a member of Canada's gold-medal-winning team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Nemesvary won provincial and national titles as an aerials freestyle skier and set world records in water skiing, while Rathwell was heavily involved in the administration of local soccer, minor hockey and Little League baseball

All tickets for the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner will go on sale Friday, Nov. 23, 2007 at the Scotiabank Place box office; online at or by phone 1-877-788-FANS (3267) or 613-599-FANS. Prices are $800 for a table of eight and $100 for an individual seat. Prices include taxes but exclude CRF and convenience charges.

This year will mark the 40th anniversary of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. The national capital's sports shrine officially opened on the upper concourse of the Ottawa Civic Centre on April 25, 1968.

Since then, more than 200 of Ottawa's finest athletes, builders and teams have been welcomed into the prestigious Hall of Honour. Maintained by a volunteer board of trustees, the hall was moved to the 200-level concourse at Scotiabank Place in 2005.

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Contact Information

  • Tom Deacon, Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, 613-792-3352
    Brian Morris, Ottawa Senators, 613-599-0289