Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

November 03, 2009 08:00 ET

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Welcomes New Inductees

More than 750 people will attend Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame 54th Induction Gala on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

Attention: Sports Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2009) - The changing face of Canadian sport will again be in the spotlight with the latest addition of five Athletes and two Builders into the Sports Hall.

Inducted as Athletes this year are hockey's Mark Messier and Angela James, football's Warren Moon, standardbred racing driver, John Campbell, and kayaker Caroline Brunet. Football executive Hugh Campbell and basketball coach Ken Shields will be entering as Builders.

Caroline Brunet won ten world kayak championship gold medals over a three-decade span. She competed at the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992 before first stepping onto the Olympic podium in Atlanta in 1996 with a silver medal in the K-1 500 metre. Four years later Brunet repeated in Sydney and in 2004 she brought home the bronze from Athens in the same event.

John Campbell is widely recognized as standardbred racing's all-time greatest driver. Harnessing the wisdom of three generations of Campbell horsemen, he recorded his first victory at age 17 on London Ontario's Western Raceway. In 1983 he became the first driver to top $6 million in purses in a single season. By 1991 he became the first to record over $100 million US in lifetime purses and ten years later the first, and still only, reinsman to hit the $200 million mark. A brilliant tactician he excelled in premier stakes races as evidenced by 42 Breeders Crown victories. He won his 10,000th race in 2008. Campbell was named driver of the year by the US Harness Writers Association in 2006.

Angela James, dubbed the Gretzky of women's hockey, began her career at a time when it was difficult for women to find a place to play the game. As both player and passionate advocate she led the long and arduous climb to bring national prominence and international success to the women's sport. Her intensity made her the go-to player and one of Team Canada's greatest clutch performers. James was a member of the women's gold medal world championship team in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1997.

Mark Messier was the lynchpin of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers in their dominant 80's and the captain of the New York Rangers' first Stanley Cup win in 54 years in 1993-94. While his NHL point production was second only to that of his friend and long-time teammate, Wayne Gretzky, his leadership skills were also one of the hallmarks of a brilliant career. In the eastern final of that Stanley Cup run, with his team trailing New Jersey three games to two, he publicly guaranteed a seventh game, then scored a third-period hat trick to make it happen. He also scored the Cup-winning goal to defeat the Vancouver Canucks in game seven.

Warren Moon joined the Edmonton Eskimos as their quarterback in 1978 after completing his collegiate career at the University of Washington. He played for six seasons with Edmonton and his dazzling play led them to five consecutive Grey Cup championships (1978-1982). In 1984, his quarterbacking prowess now a matter of record, he went on to a long and successful NFL career. He is the only player in history to be inducted to both the CFL and the US Pro Football Hall of Fame. Moon was also voted into the No. 5 spot on the all-time CFL Top 50 players in the 2006 TSN poll.

Hugh Campbell's three years as a CFL player with the Saskatchewan Roughriders earned him the nickname Gluey Hughie. As a coach, championships stuck to him just as Ron Lancaster's passes had stuck to his flypaper hands. After coaching stints in the NFL and USFL, he returned to the Eskimos as general manager and became one of the real forces in CFL development. His 20 years as an Eskimo ended with his retirement in 2006.

Ken Shields has more coaching victories than any man in the history of Canadian inter-university sport. His University of Victoria Vikes won seven Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships. A four-time winner of the CIS coach of the year award, he coached the men's national team from 1990 to 1994. His dedication was recognized in 1998 when he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. One year later Shields was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame.

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame recognizes and honours Canada's sports heroes. It is the Hall's mission to inspire Canadian identity and national pride by telling the compelling stories of those outstanding achievements that make up Canada's sports history. The addition of these athletes and builders brings the total number of Honoured Members in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame to 506 representing 56 total sports.


Contact Information

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