Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
|Location||Canada Olympic Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Type||Hall of Fame|
|Director||Mario Siciliano (President and CEO)|
|Curator||Janice Smith - as Director, Exhibits & Programming|
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is a hall of fame established in 1955 to "preserve the record of Canadian sports achievements and to promote a greater awareness of Canada's heritage of sport." It is located at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta. There are 548 honoured members of the hall.
The Hall, first known as the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, was founded in 1955 through the efforts of Harry I. Price, a former assistant athletics commissioner of Ontario. It was first housed in the Stanley Barracks, located in Toronto on the grounds of Exhibition Place. It moved in 1961 to a wing of a new building shared with the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Hockey Hall of Fame moved out in 1993, leaving the building to the Sports Hall of Fame. Without the Hockey Hall of Fame, attendance declined and the Sports Hall made plans to move to Ottawa. The move to Ottawa never took place, because the venues promised for the Hall by the federal government were allocated for other uses, and the move eventually was cancelled.
In 2006, the Hall of Fame building was demolished to make way for BMO Field and the collection moved to the Stanley Barracks in preparation for an opening in some new location. One facade, which incorporated a tile mosaic, was incorporated into the BMO Field structure. Nine cities across the country bid for the right to host the new hall, and in 2008, a proposed site at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary was chosen. The new facility opened on Canada Day, July 1, 2011. It has 11 galleries and numerous interactive displays.
Previous homes of the CSHOF
- Stanley Barracks, CNE 1955-1957
- CNE Press Building (former Administration Building), CNE 1957-1961
- CSHOF Building, CNE 1961-2006
- Stanley Barracks, CNE 2006
- Lui Passaglia, football player
- Ray Bourque, hockey player
- Peter Reid, triathlete
- Lauren Woolstencroft, paralympian
- Andrea Neil, soccer player
- Dick Pound, International Olympic Committee member
- Marion Lay, swimmer and 1968 Olympic bronze medalist
- Charmaine Hooper, soccer player
- Scott Niedermayer, hockey player and 2002 & 2010 Olympic gold medalist
- Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, figure skaters and 2002 Olympic gold medalists
- Derek Porter, rower and 1992 Olympic gold & 1996 Olympic silver medalist
- Jeremy Wotherspoon, speed skater and 1998 Olympic silver medalist
On October 16, 2013, the 2013 class of inductees were:
- Joe Sakic, ice hockey
- Russ Howard, curling
- Alison Sydor, cycling
- Kirsten Barnes, Jessica Monroe-Gonin, Brenda Taylor, Kay Worthington, Jennifer Walinga,1992 Canadian women's Olympic coxless fours
- Murray Costello, ice hockey player and executive
- Jean-Guy Ouellet, national sport advisor and international official
- André Viger, wheelchair marathoner and Paralympian
- Horst Bulau, ski jumping
- Sarah Burke, freestyle skier
- Pierre Harvey, cycling and cross-country skiing
- Geraldine Heaney, ice hockey
- Elizabeth Manley, figure skating
- Gareth Rees, rugby
- Tim Frick, women's wheelchair basketball coach
- Kathy Shields, women's basketball coach
- The Canadian Encyclopedia
- "Calgary to be the new home for Canada's Sports Hall of Fame". The Sports Network. 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
- Hall, Vicki (2011-05-20). "Sports history lives in Calgary". Calgary Herald. p. A17.
- 2012 Induction
- "Newsroom". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
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