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Terry Jones


Regarded as one of Canada's top sports columnists both nationally and internationally, Terry Jones had a philosophy of bringing the story home with a focus on Alberta athletes.

Born and raised just down the road from the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, the Lacombe native started his newspaper career with the weekly Lacombe Globe in junior high school, moving to the daily Red Deer Advocate in high school. Upon graduation, Jones joined the Edmonton Journal in 1967 before moving to the Edmonton Sun in 1982.

Terry Jones covered his 12th Olympics in Salt Lake City 2002 and covered more Olympics than any Canadian sports writer in history. He also covered Alberta athletes at the Pan-American, Universiade, Goodwill and every Commonwealth Games since 1978. The exceptionally versatile columnist has covered ten world figure skating championships and several other major international events, including the World Cup of Soccer, and the World Championships in Athletics. Terry Jones covered his 30th consecutive Grey Cup game in 2002 and more than 450 Stanley Cup playoff games, 19 Super Bowls, and 110 World Series games.

Author of the highly acclaimed best-selling book "Edmonton Hockey Knights '79 to 99'," in addition to several other books, Jones wrote both the first (The Great Gretzky) and last (An Oiler Forever) books on Wayne Gretzky.

Terry Jones was recognized for his journalism in winning the national award for amateur sports coverage (later named the Dough Gilbert Award) early in his career, the Sun Media's ultimate journalism award in 2001, and the Doug Creighton Award for Editorial Excellence.

Since Induction:

  • 2002 - Football Reporters Hall of Fame - part of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame
  • 2003 - Sports Media Canada – Outstanding Sportswriting Award
  • 2011 - Hockey Hall of Fame - Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award - given in recognition of distinguished members of the newspaper profession whose words have brought honour to journalism and to hockey.