Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

April 28, 2009 09:30 ET

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Welcomes New Inductees

Five athletes and two builders to enter the Hall on November 3, 2009

Attention: Sports Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - April 28, 2009) - A veteran of five Olympic Games, a pair of hockey greats, the all-time leading money winner in standardbred racing, a national collegiate basketball coaching icon and two legends from the Edmonton Eskimos' pro football dynasty are the newest members to be inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. The gala dinner for these five athletes and two builders will take place on November 3, 2009, in Toronto.

Over a three-decade span, kayaker Caroline Brunet won ten world championship gold medals. She competed 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 Caroline 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.

Mark Messier and Angela James are two legendary leaders representing hockey in this year's march to the Hall - Messier as the lynchpin of the Edmonton Oilers NHL dominance of the 1980s and the captain of the New York Rangers' first Stanley Cup win in 54 years in 1993-94, James was a player and a pioneer in the development of the women's game.

Messier's leadership skills were also one of the hallmarks of his brilliant career. His NHL point production was second only to that of his friend and long-time teammate, Wayne Gretzky. 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.

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. But 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. She was a member of the gold medal world championship team in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1997.

Quarterback Warren Moon joined the Edmonton Eskimos 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. He was also voted into the No. 5 spot on the all-time CFL Top 50 players in the 2006 TSN poll.

Moon's coach during that Grey Cup string from 1978 to 1982 was Hugh Campbell, who will be inducted in the Hall's builder category along with basketball's Ken Shields.

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 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 he was inducted to 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.

Contact Information

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