Monday, 01 February 2016 19:00

Eric Lindros

Eric Lindros was born on February 28th, 1973, and grew up in London, Ontario. Well known in the hockey world, Eric will always be remembered for his immense talent and ridiculous athleticism.

His hockey career began with the St. Michael’s Junior B team. In his first season and at the age of 15, he scored 67 points in 37 games. His large frame gave him a physical edge over players who were up to six years older.

Lindros was drafted by the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds in the OHL but later traded to Oshawa. With the Generals, he averaged more than 2 points per playoff game. In 1990, Lindros collected 149 points with Oshawa and a Junior World Championship Gold, leading Canada with 11 points in 7 games. He was awarded the CHL Player-of-the-Year award.

Deemed "the Next One" in his early years, Lindros lived up to the hype. His ’94-’95 season was rewarded with the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Trophy for his excellence on ice. In ’95-’96, he scored 115 points. In a 13 year NHL career, Lindros totaled 865 points in 760 NHL games. Accumulated injuries and health concerns ended Lindros's playing days in 2007.

NHL fans will remember his legacy of strength, speed, and leadership in the NHL.

Eric Lindros

Published in Inductees
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:44

Father David Bauer

Father David BauerFather David Bauer has been described as an inspirational coach, a caring educator, a master motivator and a dreamer. Bauer was devoted to the concept that education and hockey could mix. He viewed hockey as a means to develop a better person.

In 1953 after his ordination as a priest, Bauer returned to his alma mater St. Michael's College as a teacher and became coach of the school's junior team. During the 1960s he helped lead the team to a Memorial Cup, and helped introduce such future hockey stars as Dave Keon of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Gerry Cheevers of the Boston Bruins.

In 1962, Bauer took a position at the St. Mark's College and the University of British Columbia, where he came up with the idea to establish a national team of top amateurs from across Canada. The idea was presented to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) and by the end of 1962, Bauer's idea was accepted. Bauer made up his team of several top amateur players who became UBC students, and in 1964 they participated in the Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

Bauer was later coach and general manager for Canada in the 1968 Olympics, and general manager in the 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1969 world championships. He managed the 1980 Canadian Olympic team as well.

Among Bauer's many awards and honours are, winning the Olympic bronze in 1968 as general manager, World Championship bronze in 1964, 1966 and 1967 as general manager, the Memorial Cup in 1944 as a player and in 1961 as a trainer (coach), being elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Builder in 1989, and the IIHF Hall of Fame in 1997, both posthumously.

Published in 2018 Inductees
Monday, 31 March 2014 20:00

Frank Mahovlich

Francis William "Frank" Mahovlich, CM (Croatian: Franjo Mahovlic) (born January 10, 1938 in Timmins, Ontario) is a Canadian Senator, and a retired NHL ice hockey player, nicknamed the "Big M." He played on six Stanley Cup-winning teams and is an inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The son of immigrants from Croatia, Mahovlich was scouted by several National Hockey League teams while playing for the Schumacher Lions of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association. He signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who sent him to one of their Ontario Hockey Association affiliates, the Toronto St. Michael's Majors. Mahovlich played there while attending St. Michael's College School from 1954–57. While at St. Michael's, he received instruction from Joe Primeau, who Mahovlich would later call the best coach he ever had. Mahovlich received the Red Tilson Trophy as the top player in the OHA for the 1956–57 season, in which he scored 52 goals in 49 games.

He joined the Leafs in 1957 and was a 20-goal scorer in his first season, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year in what was otherwise a rough season with the last-place Leafs. During the off-season, he took courses at Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario. At the same time, Punch Imlach was hired to run the Leafs and soon became head coach and general manager.

In the 1960–61 season, Imlach put Mahovlich on a line with Red Kelly and Bob Nevin. The three immediately clicked and were the team's top three scorers that year, led by Mahovlich's 48 goals—a Leaf record that would stand for 21 years. The following season, the Leafs won the Stanley Cup, and repeated as champions in 1963 and 1964. Mahovlich led the team in goals scored in all three seasons.

Initially, Mahovlich and Imlach got along well, but their relationship deteriorated after a few seasons, particularly when Mahovlich's contract was up for renewal in 1962. He felt the Leafs gave him a low-ball offer and walked out on the team during training camp in September. Red Burnett at the Toronto Star described the situation as a "cold war" between Imlach and Mahovlich.

At that time, the National Hockey League All-Star Game was played at the beginning of the season, and during a reception in Toronto attended by team executives in the days before the game, Chicago Black Hawks owner James D. Norris offered the Leafs $1 million for Mahovlich. He believed he had an agreement with Leafs co-owner Harold Ballard and paid $1,000 as a deposit with the balance to be delivered by cheque the next morning. The next day, the Leafs gave Mahovlich the money he had been asking for, and told the Black Hawks that their apparent agreement the night before had been a misunderstanding. The Leafs returned the $1,000 deposit. The Black Hawks accused the Leafs of reneging on a deal. Conn Smythe, at this point a minority shareholder in the Leafs, was adamant that the deal should be rejected.

Mahovlich also had a rocky relationship with fans at Maple Leaf Gardens and was often booed at home games. Imlach—who mispronounced Mahovlich's name for years—became a constant critic and, under pressure from fans and management, Mahovlich was admitted to Toronto General Hospital in November 1964, suffering from what was publicly described as "constant fatigue" but diagnosed as acute depression. Mahovlich was flooded with well-wishes from fans during his time off. He returned to the lineup a month later and was still able to lead the Leafs in scoring in the 1964–65 season, despite missing 11 games. Mahovlich led the Leafs in scoring again in the 1965–66 season.

The Leafs won one final Stanley Cup in the 1966–67 season, with Mahovlich having his lowest-scoring year in seven seasons. Early into the next season, Mahovlich was again admitted to hospital, although this time it was acknowledged publicly as depression and tension. "Mahovlich is a sensitive, easily-bruised individual," wrote Milt Dunnell in a page-one story in the Toronto Star. On March 3, 1968 in a blockbuster trade, Mahovlich was sent to the Detroit Red Wings with Pete Stemkowski, Garry Unger, and the rights to Carl Brewer for Norm Ullman, Paul Henderson, Floyd Smith and Doug Barrie.

Mahovlich had a strong finish to the season with the Red Wings, and the following year put up his best point totals in eight seasons, playing on a line with Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio and setting his personal record for goals in a season with 49. Initially, one of his teammates on the Red Wings was his younger brother, Peter Mahovlich, who split his time between the Wings and their minor league affiliate.

In 1970–71, Red Wings general manager Sid Abel wanted to get rid of coach Ned Harkness and was overruled by team owner Bruce Norris. Once Harkness took over as general manager, he got rid of players he deemed a threat to him. On January 13, 1971, Mahovlich was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Mickey Redmond, Guy Charron and Bill Collins. He was reunited with his brother, who had become a star player himself with the Canadiens. Mahovlich spent three-and-a-half seasons in Montreal, playing on the Stanley Cup-winning teams of 1971 and 1973. During the 1971–72 season, Mahovlich scored a career-high 96 points, which he nearly matched the following season with 93 points.

He also was a member of Team Canada for the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. In 1974, he left the NHL for the World Hockey Association, and represented Canada again at the 1974 Summit Series. In the WHA, he played for the Toronto Toros and the Birmingham Bulls until his retirement in 1978 at the age of 40. While with the Bulls, Mahovlich was placed on an unproductive line with Frank Beaton and Dave Hanson, one of the Hanson Brothers who had been in the movie Slap Shot. According to John Brophy, when a reporter asked Mahovlich what was wrong, he replied, “I don’t know, but I seem to play a lot better with Howe and Delvecchio.” Bobby Hull and Howe are the only NHL defectors to the WHA who scored more points in their last years with the established league before their time in the rebel league.

He attempted an NHL comeback with the Detroit Red Wings in 1979, but it was unsuccessful, and he formally retired on October 7, 1979.

Published in 1999 Inductees
Monday, 24 March 2014 20:00

George Armstrong

George Armstrong was born on July 6, 1930 in Bowlands, Ontario. Nicknamed "Chief" due to his Irish-Algonquin heritage, Armstrong was put on the Maple Leafs protected list in 1946 when he was playing with the Copper Cliff Jr. Redmen of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA).

He played for the Toronto Marlboros and spent two seasons with the Leafs American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Pittsburgh Hornets.

He finally made the jump to the big club in 1951-52, playing in 20 games.

George Armstrong would go on to become a fixture at center for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was named as captain of the Maple Leafs in 1957 and was called "the best captain, as a captain, the Leafs have ever had", by Conn Smythe. Armstrong was an integral part of several successful Maple Leaf teams, winning four Stanley Cup championships.

He retired as a player in 1971 and went on to coach the Toronto Marlboros to Memorial Cup victories in 1972-73 and 1974-75.

George "Chief" Armstrong was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.

He spent nine years as a scout for the Quebec Nordiques and came back to Toronto in 1988 for a short stint as assistant general manager and scout.


Published in 2010 Inductees
Sunday, 30 March 2014 20:00

George Hainsworth

George Hainsworth (June 26, 1895 – October 9, 1950) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Hainsworth played for the Western Canada Hockey League's Saskatoon Crescents and Saskatoon Sheiks before arriving in Montreal. He replaced Georges Vezina, the Canadiens goaltender who had died of tuberculosis, and who had played every game in team history from the 1910–11 NHA season until the opening game of the 1925–26 NHL season, when the illness proved too much for him, inspiring the team to donate the Vezina Trophy for most valuable goaltender.

Hainsworth proved up to the challenge by winning the Trophy for the 1926–27, 1927–28 and 1928–29 NHL seasons. In 1928–29, he set an all-time record with 22 shutouts and a 0.92 goals against average while only playing 44 games. In 1930 he set an NHL record that still stands, going 270 minutes and 8 seconds without allowing a goal during the playoffs for the Canadiens. He backstopped the Canadiens to back to back Stanley Cups in 1930 and 1931. Hainsworth served as the Canadiens' captain during 1932–33, becoming the second of only eight goalies to serve as an NHL team's captain. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1933 and helped the Maple Leafs reach the Stanley Cup finals in 1935.

Post career

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961. In 1998, he was ranked number 46 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 greatest hockey players.

Hainsworth, at the age of 55, was killed in an auto accident on October 9, 1950.

  • He is the all-time leader in professional (including both NHL and WCHL/WHL) shutouts with 104.
  • His 94 career NHL shutouts are third on the NHL's all-time list behind Martin Brodeur's 101 and Terry Sawchuk's 103.
  • Has the second lowest career goals against average with 1.93 behind Alex Connell's 1.91.
  • Holds the single-season shutout record with 22 shutouts in 1928–29.
  • Holds the single-season goals against average record with 0.92 in 1928–29.
Published in 2004 Inductees
Sunday, 30 March 2014 20:00

Harvey Pulford

Harvey Pulford was a man for all seasons in Ottawa. They called him the Bytown Slugger, although he never gained fame in Ottawa on baseball or softball fields. Nonetheless, he was a world-class athlete before and after the turn of the 20th century and would have gained more stature in sports lore had it not been for a chap by the name of Lionel Conacher. Conacher was voted top Canadian athlete of the first half of the 20th century and Pulford wouldn’t have been far behind.

Pulford was born in Toronto but moved to Ottawa where he became a multi-faceted athlete. He was a jack of all trades (oops, sports) and master of all of them. What a 'résumé' he compiled. In a hockey uniform, he was known for being a defensive-minded but very physical defenceman, who loved to throw his 6-foot-1, 200-pound tank of a frame around. Not talented offensively or skating-wise, he kept the opposition honest with his punishing style – he was strictly on the ice to protect his own end and to protect goals from being scored against his team. Pulford started with the Ottawa Silver Seven in 1893-94 and remained a stellar contributor with the team through the 1904-05 season. Along the way, he captained the squad to three consecutive Stanley Cup titles. Pulford was a member of the Ottawa Rough Riders that won Canadian football championships from 1898-1900 and played on the Ottawa Capitals lacrosse squad that won national titles the last four years of the 19th century.

In a much smaller arena, Pulford showed off some of that hockey meanness by winning the Eastern Canada light-heavyweight and heavyweight boxing titles.

On water, Pulford was a Canadian champion in both single and double-blade paddling and won international honours in the sport of rowing. He also won Ottawa squash titles in 1922-23. Pulford was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945, the first year of inductions.

Published in 2003 Inductees
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:00

Herb Carnegie

He was known as “one of the best ever players to never play pro-league hockey” during an era in the 1940s and 1950s when blacks were not welcome in the NHL.

Hockey great Herb Carnegie is an inductee of 2014 to the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.

“Sometimes it takes a while for the deeds that are so great in our lives to catch up to us,” said his daughter, Bernice Carnegie, who runs the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation.

Herb Carnegie is a member of both the Order of Ontario and the country's highest civilian award, the Order of Canada. We are proud to include Herb Carnegie among the sports elite as a member of the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.

Published in 2014 Inductees
Monday, 24 March 2014 20:00

Howie Meeker

Howard “Howie” Meeker was born November 4, 1923 in Kitchener, Ontario.

Meeker missed the 1943 and 1944 seasons while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II, but returned to join the Toronto Maple Leafs where he won the Calder Memorial Trophy as outstanding rookie player for the 1946-47 season. During that remarkable first season he set the league record of five goals in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on January 8, 1947.

He played in three NHL All-Star games during his career of 346 games, and won 4 Stanley Cups in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951 all with Toronto.

He also coached the Maple Leafs, replacing King Clancy on April 11 1956, leading the Leafs to a 21–34–15 record.

Meeker also spent three years as a Progressive Conservative MP while playing for the Leafs. In June 1951, Meeker won the federal by election in the Ontario riding of Waterloo South.

He also ran a hockey school as summer camps in Canada and the US for 35 years.

Howie was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998 in the Broadcasters Category, following a 30 year career on Hockey Night in Canada, TSN, CTV and NBC.

Published in 2010 Inductees
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:28

Jack Bionda

Jack BiondaFor one Huntsville, ON native, mastering two sports that go “stick in hand” made him a dual sports star.

Jack Bionda was the first true superstar of Lacrosse in Canada and many observers consider him to be the finest player that sport has ever produced. Bionda's accomplishments, which have included several Mann Cup victories and multiple Most Valuable Player awards are made all the more impressive when you consider that he did all this while simultaneously pursing a professional hockey career.

On the ice, Bionda was a tough defenseman who led the AHL in penalty minutes the same year he made his NHL debut, in 1955-56. Bionda's big league career began with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but his time with them spanned just 13 games and the following season he was claimed by the Boston Bruins in the Intra-League draft.

Bionda spent parts of the next three seasons filling in on the Bruins blue line, suiting up for 80 games and providing three goals and eight assists.

His impressive lacrosse career spanned over two decades between 1945-1968. He spent most of those years on the west coast playing for senior lacrosse teams in Victoria, Nanaimo and Portland, Oregon. Bionda helped his teams win the Mann Cup symbolic of Canadian lacrosse superiority 5 times in 14 years

In total the multi-talented Bionda was able to accumulate twelve seasons of professional hockey, while at the same time re-writing lacrosse record books en route to his Hall of Fame career in the sport.

Bionda has been inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame (1974), Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (1982) and the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame (1998.)

Published in 2018 Inductees
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:00

Joe Nieuwendyk

It certainly didn’t take Joe Nieuwendyk long to make his mark in the National Hockey League and start his procession to the Hall of Fame.

A second-round draft pick, 27th overall, of the Calgary Flames in 1985 while he was playing at Cornell University, where he was a two-time All-American, he played his first full NHL season in 1987-88 and proceeded to score 51 goals and earn 92 points, which predictably earned him the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the league.

To put his numbers into perspective, Nieuwendyk became just the second NHL player to score 50 goals in his first season. The only other to do it at the time was New York Islanders superstar Mike Bossy.

Not a bad start and it only got better.

In his second season, the big centre, who was raised in Whitby, Ontario, once again scored 51 goals and capped the year off with the franchise’s only Stanley Cup win, coming against the Montreal Canadiens.

Nieuwendyk went on to become the Flames captain a few seasons later.

Knee injuries had an impact on his career at various stages. Contract issues ultimately led to him being traded in December 1995 to the Dallas Stars, for a package that included a future Flames captain named Jarome Iginla.

While he still battled injury issues with the Stars, the big centre still had his success in Dallas. Indeed, in 1999 he was a big reason why the Stars won their first Stanley Cup. With six game-winning goals in the post-season, Nieuwendyk was also named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, as most valuable player.

A third Stanley Cup win would come a few seasons later, in 2003, this time with the New Jersey Devils, though he was injured again during the final.

Nieuwendyk played a season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and parts of two seasons with the Florida Panthers before health problems forced him to retire.

But the final numbers were impressive: three Stanley Cup wins, 564 goals and 562 assists in 1,257 regular-season games. He added another 66 goals and 116 points in 158 playoff games. Talk about a big-game player.

He was also a member of Canada’s gold-medal winning team in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Post playing days, he served as a front-office adviser with the Leafs and Panthers and was general manager of the Stars from 2009 to 2013. Just recently he was hired by the Carolina Hurricanes as a pro scout and adviser.

In 2011, Nieuwendyk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Last March, Nieuwendyk had his number 25 raised in Calgary as a member of the Forever-a-Flame club.

“When I tell (my kids) about playing for the Flames and living in Calgary it’s simple: I tell them they were some of the best years of my life,” he said that special night. “Obviously, winning that Cup (in 1989) was special, but bigger than that was the feeling we had in this city, in this organization…it was a really neat feeling.”

In addition to being a superb hockey player, as a kid he was also one of the top lacrosse players in the country.

Published in 2014 Inductees
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