List of Canadian sports personalities

List of Canadian sports personalities

See also: Canada's Athletes of the 20th Century

Alpine skiing

*Jean-Luc Brassard, freestyle ski - moguls, Olympic Gold Medal - 1994
*The Crazy Canucks, a group of downhill racers who were extraordinarily successful in the late 1970s and early 1980s:
**Dave Irwin
**Dave Murray
**Steve Podborski, Canada's only overall World Cup winner
**Ken Read, the first Canadian male to win on the World Cup circuit
**Todd Brooker
*Nancy Greene, alpine skiing - downhill, Olympic Gold Medal - 1968
*Ann Heggtveit, world and 1960 Winter Olympics ski champion
*Kerrin Lee-Gartner, alpine skiing - downhill, Olympic Gold Medal - 1992
*Kathy Kreiner, alpine skiing - giant slalom,Olympic Gold Medal - 1976
*Gerry Sorensen, alpine skiing - downhill, World Champion - 1982
*Melanie Turgeon, alpine skiing - downhill, World Champion - 1993
*Lucille Wheeler, alpine world ski champion

Automobile racing

*Patrick Carpentier
*Ron Fellows, 24 Hours of Le Mans GTS class winner
*Scott Goodyear
*Greg Moore, (1975-1999)
*Paul Tracy CART Champion 2003
*Gilles Villeneuve, (1950-1982)
*Jacques Villeneuve, (born 1971), son of Gilles, Formula 1 World Champion 1997, Indy 500 Winner 1995, CART Champion 1995
*Dennis Grant, SCCA ProSolo Street Modified Champion & Honda Street Champion 2002
*Joe Cheng, SCCA Solo2 A Modified National Champion 1997
*Gary Milligan, SCCA Solo2 A Modified National Champion 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002


*Reggie Cleveland
*Ferguson Jenkins - MLB Hall of Fame member
*Joseph Lannin - owner of the Boston Red Sox who signed Babe Ruth
*Kirk McKaskill
*Terry Puhl
*Larry Walker 1997 NL MVP

Current players

*Jason Bay - 2004 NL Rookie of the Year
*Erik Bedard
*Rheal Cormier
*Jesse Crain
*Ryan Dempster
*Éric Gagné - 2003 NL Cy Young Award
*Aaron Guiel
*Rich Harden
*Blake Hawksworth - St. Louis Cardinals prospect
*Corey Koskie
*George Kottaras - Boston Red Sox prospect
*Pete Laforest
*Adam Loewen
*Russell Martin
*Scott Mathieson
*Justin Morneau - 2006 American League MVP
*Jeff Francis
*Mike Nickeas - New York Mets prospect
*Pete Orr
*Paul Quantrill
*Ryan Radmanovich
*Chris Reitsma
*Matt Stairs
*Adam Stern
*Scott Thorman
*Joey Votto
*Jeff Zimmerman


Current NBA Players
*Joel Anthony
*Samuel Dalembert
*Steve Nash 2005, 2006 NBA MVP, 2007 MVP runner-up
*Jamaal Magloire Played in the All-Star Game 2003-04 Retired
*Rick Fox won three NBA Championship rings in 2000, 2001 and 2002 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers
*James Naismith, (1861-1939), Teacher who invented the game of Basketball
*Todd MacCulloch
*Norm Baker Inducted into Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979
*Hank Biasatti Inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.
*Ron Crevier
*Stewart Granger
*Lars Hansen
*Brian Heaney
*Bob Houbregs Inducted into the Basketball Hall of fame on May 5, 1987
*Leo Rautins
*Mike Smrek
*Gino Sovran
*Ernie Vandeweghe
*Bill Wennington won three championships with the Chicago Bulls (1996, 1997 and 1998)
*Jim Zoet


*Myriam Bédard, (born 1969), Olympic Gold Medal


*Pierre Lueders, Olympic Gold Medal - 1998 and Silver Medal - 2006
*David MacEachern, Olympic Gold Medal - 1998
*Vic Emery, Olympic Gold Medal - 1964
*Lascelles Brown, Olympic Silver Medal - 2006


*Tommy Burns, (1881-1955), World Heavyweight boxing Champion
*George Chuvalo
*Yvon Durelle
*Willie DeWitt
*Arturo Gatti, former WBC world Super Lightweight champion.
*Otis Grant, Current WBC Super Middleweight international champion.
*Lennox Lewis, grew up in Canada, and competed for Canada in the Olympics in 1988, winning a gold medal.
*Eric Lucas, Former WBC world champion (1999-2001) Supermiddleweight.
*Steve Molitor, Current IBF Super Bantamweight champion, he has a record of 25-0 (10)
*Shane Sutcliffe, former Canadian Heavyweight champion, defeated former world champion "Neon" Leon Spinks by 8 round decision in 1994.


*Ian Billcliff
*John Davison

Cross country skiing

*Beckie Scott, Olympic Gold Medal - 2002


*Jan Betker
*Kerry Burtnyk
*Mark Dacey
*Mike Dillon
*Robbie Doherty
*Randy Ferbey
*Suzanne Gaudet
*Brad Gushue
*Jenn Hanna
*Mike Harris
*Guy Hemmings
*Glenn Howard
*Russ Howard
*Colleen Jones
*Jennifer Jones
*Cathy King
*Shannon Kleibrink
*Kelley Law
*Ed Lukowich
*Kevin Martin
*Jean-Michel Ménard
*Sherry Middaugh
*Wayne Middaugh
*John Morris
*Dave Nedohin
*Scott Patterson
*Ernie Richardson
*Pat Ryan
*Sandra Schmirler, (1963-2000)
*Kelly Scott
*Jeff Stoughton
*Ed Werenich

Figure skating

*Kurt Browning
*Toller Cranston
*Brian Orser
*Donald Jackson
*Elizabeth Manley
*Cynthia Phaneuf
*Jennifer Robinson
*Jamie Salé & David Pelletier, pairs, Olympic Gold
*Emanuel Sandhu
*Barbara Ann Scott, Olympic Gold Medal
*Elvis Stojko
*Barbara Wagner & Robert Paul - (pairs)
*Tracey Wainman

= Football =

*Russ Jackson
*Bronko Nagurski (1908-1990), Chicago Bears legend, member of U.S. Pro Football Hall of Fame
*Teyo Johnson (born 1981), Free Agent NFL Tight End
*Nate Burleson (born 1981), Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver
*Jason David, New Orleans Saints
*Shaun Suisham, Washington Redskins
*Mark Rypien, Former NFL quarterback
*Rueben Mayes, Former NFL running back
*Normie Kwong
*Tony Gabriel
*Vince Danielson
*Rocky Dipietro
*Dave Sapunjis
*Roger Aldag
*Don Fuell
*Dave Ridgeway
*Ray Elgaard
*Lionel Conacher
*Royal Copeland
*Peter Dalla Riva
*Danny Kepley
*Joe Krol
*Annis Stukus
*Mike Vanderjagt (born 1970), Dallas Cowboys placekicker
*Troy Westwood
*William Zock


*Stephen Ames (born in Trinidad and Tobago)
*Al Balding
*Dave Barr winner of 2 PGA Tour events (1981 Quad Cities Open, 1987 Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic)
*Jocelyne Bourassa winner of the 1973 Canadian Women's Open
*Dawn Coe-Jones
*Gail Graham
*Dan Halldorson
*Laurie Kane
*George Knudson
*Jim Nelford
*Moe Norman
*Sandra Post
*Sandy Somerville
*Mike Weir, (born 1970), winner of the 2003 The Masters Tournament
*Jennifer Wyatt, (born 1965), winner of the 1992 Crestar-Farm Fresh Classic
*Richard "Dick" Zokol

= Horse racing and equestrian sports =

*Ted Atkinson, Hall of Fame jockey
*Russell Baze (born 1958), Hall of Fame jockey. Currently #2 winningest jockey in history.
*Big Ben, world show-jumping champion
*Billyjojimbob - distinguished aged pacer; winner of the Elitlopp
*John Campbell - harness racing driver
*Dance Smartly - Canadian Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup champion
*Jim Day - Olympic equestrian Gold medalist, champion thoroughbred trainer
*Stewart Elliott - thoroughbred racing jockey
*Hervé Filion - harness racing driver
*Sandy Hawley Hall of Fame thoroughbred jockey
*John Hayes (1917-1998), harness racing driver
*Johnny Longden (1907-2003), Hall of Fame jockey
*Nijinsky II, last English Triple Crown winner
*Northern Dancer - Canada's most successful and beloved race horse
*Red Pollard (1909-1981), Seabiscuit's jockey
*Strike Out - harness racing champion
*Ron Turcotte (born 1941), Hall of Fame jockey of Secretariat
*George Woolf (1910-1946), Hall of Fame jockey

Ice hockey

*Syl Apps
*Jean Beliveau
*Todd Bertuzzi
*Mike Bossy
*Jennifer Botterill
*Ray Bourque (born 1960), 5 time winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy
*Martin Brodeur
*Cassie Campbell
*Don Cherry
*Sidney Crosby
*Kelly Hrudey
*Marcel Dionne
*Bill Durnan
*Phil Esposito
*Danny Gallivan, play-by-play announcer
*Bernie Geoffrion, "Boom-Boom", developed the booming slap shot, second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season
*Danielle Goyette
*Wayne Gretzky (born 1961), "The Great One", holds most NHL scoring records
*George Hainsworth
*Glenn Hall
*Doug Harvey, 7-time winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy
*Jayna Hefford
*Paul Henderson - scored winning goal in 1972 Canada/USSR match
*Foster Hewitt (1902-1985), play-by-play announcer
*Tim Horton
*Bronco Horvath
*Gordie Howe (born 1928), held most NHL scoring records before Gretzky
*Bobby Hull (born 1939), The "Golden Jet" first player in the NHL to ever score more than 50 goals in a season.
*Brett Hull (born 1964), star for several teams, son of Bobby
*Dave Keon
*Red Kelly
*Ted Kennedy
*Guy Lafleur
*Mario Lemieux (born 1965), player/owner Pittsburgh Penguins
*Eric Lindros
*Ron MacLean
*Frank Mahovlich
*Mark Messier (born 1961), starred alongside Gretzky during Edmonton Oilers dynasty
*Jay McClement
*Stan Mikita
*Howie Morenz, voted top athlete of the 1st half of the 20th century
*Bill Mosienko
*Bobby Orr (born 1948), considered by many to be the best ever, revolutionized the role of a defenseman becoming the first to win the scoring title (twice).
*Caroline Ouellette
*Bernie Parent
*Cherie Piper
*Jacques Plante (1929-1986), pioneered active defensive play and use of face masks by goalies
*Denis Potvin
*Manon Rhéaume (born 1972), first woman to play in a men's professional game
*Maurice Richard (1921-2000), "The Rocket," first player to score 50 goals in a season
*Brad Richards (2003-2004), won the Stanley Cup as well as the Lady Byng trophy
*Larry Robinson, Hall of Fame defenseman
*Patrick Roy (born 1965), all-time NHL leader in goalie wins and games played
*Kim Saint-Pierre
*Joe Sakic (born 1969)
*Derek Sanderson
*Serge Savard
*Terry Sawchuk
*Eddie Shore
*Sami Jo Small
*Vicky Sunohara
*Cyclone Taylor, Frederick Taylor
*Hayley Wickenheiser
*Steve Yzerman, (born 1965)

See also: List of retired NHL players, List of current NHL players


*Gaylord Powless
*John Grant, Jr.
*Gary Gait
*Paul Gait
*John Tavares
*Geoff Snider

Mixed martial arts

*Georges St. Pierre, UFC Welterweight Champion
*Gary Goodridge
*Jonathan Goulet
*Carlos Newton, Former UFC Welterweight Champion
*Sam Stout
*Patrick Cote
*Denis Kang
*David Loiseau

Multiple sports

*Clara Hughes, (born 1972), speed skating and cycling medalist in both summer and winter olympics
*Hayley Wickenheiser better known as being one of the, if not "the" best female ice hockey player in the world, but also has participated for Canada in the olympics in softball.
*Lionel Conacher

Professional rodeo

* Earl W. Bascom, designer of hornless bronc saddle (1922) and bareback rigging (1924)
* Five Minutes to Midnight, next to Midnight in world fame
* Pete Knight
* Ray Knight, Canada's first rodeo producer, 1902
* Herman Linder
* Hughie Long
* Deloss Lund
* Midnight, the most famous bucking horse in the world
* Tom Three Persons
* Guy Weadick

Professional wrestling

*Chris Benoit (1967-2007)
*Tracy Brooks (born 1975)
*Christian Cage (Jason Reso) (born 1973)
*Rene Dupree (Rene Goguen) (born 1983)
*Edge (Adam Copeland) (born 1973)
*Ronnie Garvin
*Sylvain Grenier
*Bret 'The Hitman' Hart (born 1957)
*Owen Hart (1965-1999)
*Stu Hart (1915-2003), father of Bret and Owen
*Teddy Hart
*Chris Jericho (Chris Irvine) (born 1970)
*Gail Kim (born 1976)
*Santino Marella
*Rick Martel
*Roddy Piper (Roderick Toombs) (born 1954)
*Robert Roode (born 1978)
*Jacques Rougeau
*Raymond Rougeau
*Lance Storm (Lance Evers) (born 1969)
*Trish Stratus (Patricia Stratigias) (born 1975)
*Earthquake (1963-2006)
*Val Venis (Sean Morley) (born 1971)
*Whipper Billy Watson (1915-1990)
*Petey Williams (born 1981)
*Eric Young (born 1980)

Rowing, kayaking

*Silken Laumann
*Marnie McBean
*Adam van Koeverden

= Rugby =

*Dan Baugh
*Norm Hadley
*Gareth Rees
*Kevin Tkachuk

= Skeleton =

*Jeff Pain, Olympic Silver Medal, 2006


*Ross Rebagliati - Olympic snowboarding champion

Soccer (football)

*Jim Brennan
*John Catliff
*Jonathan de Guzman
*Julian de Guzman - 2007 Gold Cup MVP
*Dwayne De Rosario - 2007 MLS Cup MVP
*David Edgar
*Rob Friend
*Owen Hargreaves - plays for England
*Charmaine Hooper
*Atiba Hutchinson
*Will Johnson
*Bobby Lenarduzzi
*Kevin McKenna - Team Canada Captain
*Dale Mitchell
*Jimmy Nicholl - played for N. Ireland
*Tomasz Radzinski
*Randy Samuel
*Christine Sinclair
*Paul Stalteri
*John van't Schip - played for the Netherlands

Speed skating

*Susan Auch
*Lela Brooks
*Gaétan Boucher four-time Olympic medalist - 1980, 1984
*Sylvia Burka
*Sylvie Daigle
*Marc Gagnon, (born 1975), short track speed skater
*Charles Gorman
*Clara Hughes, (born 1972)
*Catriona Le May Doan, (born 1970)
*Annie Perreault, short track speed skater Olympic Gold Medal - 1992 & 1998
*Frank Stack
*Jeremy Wotherspoon - World Record Holder at 500m
*Pierre Hughes

= Squash =

*Jonathon Power The only North American squash player to attain the #1 world ranking.
*Graham Ryding

Swimming - diving

*Alex Baumann, 1984 medley Olympic champion
*Marilyn Bell, first person to swim Lake Ontario
*Sylvie Bernier, Canada's first gold medal in Olympic diving
*Victor Davis (1964-1989), Olympic swimming champion
*Mark Tewksbury, Olympic Gold Medal
*Alexandre Despatie, World Diving Champion

Synchronized swimming

*Caroline Waldo
*Sylvie Frechette

Track and field

*Donovan Bailey, (born 1967), sprinter, former 100m world record holder
*Étienne Desmarteau, weight thrower, Olympic champion
*Perdita Felicien (born 1980), 2003 world champion in 100m hurdles
*Harry Jerome, sprinter
*Ben Johnson, (born 1961), sprinter, disqualified from Olympic gold medal for doping
*Bobby Kerr, Olympic champion in 1908
*George Orton, first Canadian to become Olympic champion
*Percy Williams, (1908-1982), Olympic champion sprinter


*Simon Whitfield - Olympic triathelete


*Louis Cyr - weightlifter
*The Great Antonio - strongman and wrestler


*Carling Bassett
*Helen Kelesi
*Daniel Nestor - doubles player

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