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Don Cherry, Ron MacLean among newest members of Canada's Walk of Fame - Article from Toronto Sun

Hockey broadcasters Don Cherry and Ron MacLean say they're a team and wanted to be inducted as such into Canada's Walk of Fame.

The Coach's Corner duo received their stars on Saturday at Toronto's Sony Centre.

"It's such an honour to be on such a great team," MacLean said. "It was a huge break for me back in 1986. Don has taught me so much. He protected me and gave me advice on how to deal with the NHL. I was a deer in the headlights."

Cherry said he never thought 31 years ago he and MacLean would earn such an honour.

"I don't win many awards," Cherry said wearing a white linen jacket with black polka-dots.

"I think the secret to success is to never figure out what you are doing or you will screw it up."

Fellow inductee Michael Buble has a shelf full of music industry awards, including Grammys and Junos, and says he attributes his success to his Canadian roots.

"My culture and Canadian heritage separates me from others and has helped with my success," the crooner said. "I think sometimes we feel like the underdogs, but that's why we are the favourites."

"We are funny, dirty, kind and compassionate. I think I just wrote a song. It is great to have a night like this."

Canadian actor Jason Priestley hosted the gala for a second year in a row.

"What excites me most about presenting is it is all about celebrating Canadians and I love to celebrate Canada," he said. "I had such a great time last year, I agreed to do it again."

Olympian Silken Laumann, author Lawrence Hill, and actor Wendy Crewson were also inducted Saturday, and actor Lorne Greene was awarded a posthumous star.


Swimming Canada's Board of Directors has a new look and is headed by a swimmer denied Olympic gold at the 1976 Olympic Games by the GDR's State Plan 14:25 systematic doping program. Cheryl Gibson was declared the head of the organisation at its Annual General Meeting Saturday in Ottawa.

Gibson clocked 4:48.10 for silver in the 400m medley at a home Games in Montreal, the gold to Ulrike Tauber in 4:42.77, a world record. Official records would later show that Tauber was first administered with steroids when she was 14 and that the doping continued until she was 20.

Said Gibson:

"It's exciting to come full circle, going from a swimmer to a board member to the president. It's a real privilege to be able to give something back to the sport.

"We've had great leaders in Canadian swimming and I'm looking forward to following in their footsteps. It's an Olympic year, and we had great results this summer. It's an exciting time for swimming and it's great to be part of that."

The Swimming Canada statement in full:

Edmonton's Cheryl Gibson was elected president, while the board welcomed Hugh Wakeham as its newest member.

Gibson, a Chartered Accountant and lawyer, is a partner at the law firm of Dentons Canada LLP, and has been recognized as a leading Canadian expert in the field of tax law. She is a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and is a member of the Administration and Finance Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

She was a member of the national swim team from 1974 to 1982 and won a silver medal in women's 400m individual medley at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Gibson was also a medallist at world championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games, and her many accolades include induction to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and Swimming Canada Circle of Excellence. She has been on the board since 2012 and previously served from 1983 to 1994.

"It's exciting to come full circle, going from a swimmer to a board member to the president," Gibson said. "It's a real privilege to be able to give something back to the sport. We've had great leaders in Canadian swimming and I'm looking forward to following in their footsteps. It's an Olympic year, and we had great results this summer. It's an exciting time for swimming and it's great to be part of that."

David De Vlieger, re-elected to the board, decided to step down after five years at the helm. At the end of the meeting Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi presented him with a framed Swimming Canada T-shirt signed by the members of the 2015 national team.

"We want to thanks David for his hard work as president the last five years," El-Awadi said. "He has been a tremendous representative of Canada and loves our sport. We're now looking forward to Cheryl leading us for the future. She's an accomplished Olympian, an accomplished professional, and a dedicated volunteer. She's going to do a great job."

Joining De Vlieger as re-elected directors were Leslie Cliff, Dean Crawford and John Hinds.

Meanwhile, Wakeham has been president of Wakeham & Associates Marketing Inc. since 1999. The agency provides sponsorship marketing consulting and sales services to corporations, sport and entertainment properties, and public assembly venues internationally. He completed a series of contracts for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, including one involving the assessment of future sponsorship revenue potential for the new Pan Am Aquatics Centre.

Wakeham's experience also includes managing sponsorship activation programs with the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Galaxy, Canadian Soccer Association, and Alpine Canada. He has also led sponsorship sales campaigns for such organizations as Toronto Indy and the Vancouver Canadians baseball team, and secured naming rights for sporting venues such as the K-ROCK Centre and the Invista Centre. He is also a former competitive swimmer with the Burnaby Barracudas (Vancouver) and the Edmonton Master Swim Club.

The five elected directors will combine with incumbents Jim Shaw, Gibson, Yves Lorange and Kerry Mummery to form the nine-person board for 2015-2016.

Swimming Canada also honoured several members of the swimming community at its annual Awards and Recognition Reception Friday.

Date: November 3, 2015
Time: 11:00 am

We would like to invite you the opening of several new exhibits at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. On November 3, 2015 at 11:00 am we will be launching:

  • Our new featured exhibit, “Defining Moments: The Injuries That Do Not Define Us” Featuring Honoured Members Kessie Stefanyk, Kyle Shewfelt, Duane Daines(in attendance) and Jeremy Wotherspoon, as well as athletes Deidra Dionne, Greg Baxter and Travis Brigley.
  • A new art gallery “Moments that Make Us” featuring photographs by Dave Holland Showcasing National Team athletes training at the Canadian Sports Institute in Calgary
  • The unveiling of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Chuckwagon.

We would be honoured if you could join us in celebrating the opening of these new exhibits showcasing sports in Alberta.


Meet Mark, Owner of Nick's Steakhouse and Pizza – and One Busy Guy!

If you've been to Nick's Steakhouse and Pizza in Calgary, chances are you've met the owner, Mark Petros, Nick's son. The restaurant has been in operation for over 36 years, since March 1979.

Mark attended the University of Calgary, and the University of British Columbia. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology along with a minor degree in Business. Mark played football with the U of C Dinos, and the UBC Thunderbirds where he played in three Vanier Cups winning a National Championship with each university! Mark has been inducted into the U of C sports hall of fame, the UBC sports hall of fame, and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame – all as a football player.

Mark not only plays sports, he's also a leader in the Calgary sports community. He has coached several boy's and girl soccer, hockey, football, lacrosse, and ringette teams. Mark's teams have won city, provincial, and national championships.

Competition, team spirit, and community engagement are deeply ingrained in Mark's personality. He and his wife have passed this on to their children. Wanting to give back to the city and province that he loves, Mark ran for MLA in Calgary McKnight in 1989. His run was unsuccessful, but what an experience it was!

When the family first opened Nick's, Mark worked as a bus boy, cleaner, and dishwasher, and when he became old enough he also hosted, bartended, and was a server. Mark, wanting to understand every aspect of the restaurant business, worked in the kitchen exclusively for four years. Now, Mark is most often found hosting at the front of the restaurant, warmly greeting customers and seating them when they arrive. As required, Mark jumps in ready to help wherever there is a need. Having a staff of 72 always keeps Mark on his toes. Mark is also involved with promotions and advertising, including all the great sayings on Nick's t-shirts.

Next time you stop by, be sure to say a quick hello to Mark. He'll be happy you did.

Stampeders' legend Paul Rowe named to yet another hall of fame

October 2, 2015

More than six decades after he led the legendary, undefeated Calgary Stampeders to their historic first Grey Cup victory in 1948 and a quarter-century after his death, the honours continue to roll in for Paul Rowe.

The standout, two-way player with the Calgary Bronks from 1938-40 and Stampeders from 1945-50 is being inducted into the British Columbia Football Hall of Fame on Oct. 10 during the B.C. Lions game against Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

It will be Victoria native's eighth induction into a hall of fame, as well as being a charter member of the Stampeders' Wall of Fame in 1985.

"When Canadians start talking about the top 50 athletes of all time, he gets overlooked, but he keeps getting honoured by halls of fame all the time," said proud Calgarian son Bob Rowe, who was born on the morning the Stamps stunned the favoured Ottawa Rough Riders 12-7 to capture their inaugural Grey Cup.

"He played both ways and often kicked as well, rarely getting off the field."

Rowe was first selected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1964, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1974, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 — both as an individual and with the 1948 Stampeders team — and the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

Since his death in 1990 at age 73, Rowe was chosen in 2000 to the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame as an individual and with the YMCA track and field team and now into B.C.'s Football Hall.

Rowe, a punishing runner and tackler, was named as an all-star in the Western Interprovincial Football Union — now the Canadian Football League's West Division — six times. He also twice won the prestigious Dave Dryburgh Trophy as the league's leading scorer, in 1939 with the Bronks and in 1948 with the powerhouse Stampeders.

He was so revered that the Stampeders honoured him with Paul Rowe Day at halftime during their Oct. 9, 1948, game against Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Rowe didn't let it go to his head as he scored a pair of touchdowns to help his team win its ninth game in a row, 35-3, en route to a 12-0 regular season.

His football accomplishments would have been even greater if not for a five-year stint in the military during the Second World War.

Rowe was also an outstanding rugby player, leading the Crimson Tide B.C. select team against the New Zealand All-Blacks in the 1930s.

He was scouted by University of Oregon Ducks for his rugby prowess, having never played football at the time. But by his second year in school in 1937 he was an honourable mention All-American gridder. That caught the attention of the Calgary Bronks, forerunners of the Stampeders who ultimately folded after the 1940 season because of the war.

"In 1940, my father joined the army and in the prime of his life spent five years overseas," said Bob Rowe, who in 2012 wrote 'Pappy,' a biography on his famous father. "On the sunrise Dieppe raid, his landing craft engines failed and they never landed on the beaches. That saved his life.

"He played for the Canadian military football team that beat a U.S. military team in February 1944 in the Tea Cup Bowl 16-6 in London. The Americans won a rematch in March in White City Stadium. Spitfires flew over the stadium in both games to keep the German aircraft away. The exhibition games were designed to raise morale in the army. June 6 that year was D Day.

"After the Normandy Invasion the Canadians rolled through Holland, Belgium and Germany, where Rowe was wounded by a German 88 shell fragments in February 1945 and that ended his war."

However, following the war, Rowe returned to Calgary and suited up as a member of the inaugural Stampeders team that defeated Regina Roughriders in a two-game total-point semifinal to advance to the sudden-death western final in Winnipeg, which they lost on a late Blue Bomber touchdown.

However, the Stampeders would finally make it to the Grey Cup in 1948 and again in 1949, when they lost their title to Montreal Alouettes 28-15.

He retired after that season but was lured back after Calgary lost its first four games in 1950, then retired for good at the end of that season.

Following his football career, Rowe resided in Calgary with a brief interlude in Victoria.

Amazing announcements today regarding federal funding for local infrastructure improvement projects. Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is awarding nearly $340,000 to improvements to Westerner Park, the Innisfail Legion, the Delburne Community Hall, and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will be using it's portion of the grant to expand it's Collections space in order to safely house the 12,000+ artefacts in it's Collection. Project date is expected to take place in 2017, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming announcements regarding this project!