Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
Unveiled in 2015, the Bruce Prentice Legacy Award is named in honour of Bruce Prentice. Bruce founded and chairs the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. He also founded the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the World Baseball Hall of Fame. Bruce is a true champion of celebrating sport and its participants, and ensuring they receive the honour and recognition they deserve.
The Bruce Prentice Legacy Award is presented to an individual or group whose outstanding contribution to sport or athletics is already well documented. Honourees will have demonstrated remarkable, long term contribution to sport in Ontario and the people involved. The Award may or may not be given out annually.
Voting for this award is conducted by the Board members and a selected group of experienced sports media professionals.
More about Bruce Prentice:
- Created the first college baseball program in Canada in 1981 at Seneca College, Toronto.
- Founder of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Formed the Balmy Beach Sports Hall of Fame.
- Founded the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.
- Revived the World Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Blue Jay scout for 4 years
- Executive Director Ontario Lacrosse for 2 years.
- Honoured by the City of Toronto Playground Association.
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In 2013, Thornhill's son Milos Raonic rode his rocket serve to become the ATP's 10th ranked men's singles player. No Canadian man ever ranked higher. Raonic ranked 11th at season's end.
Two victories supported Raonic's rise. He won the Pacific Coast Championships in February, defeating Tommy Haas in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. In September, Raonic beat Tomas Berdych 7-6(4), 6-3 at the Thailand Open. Both victories were on hard courts. Raonic also reached the finals at both the Canadian Open, falling to Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-2, and at the Japan Open, where he lost to Juan Martin del Potro 7-6(5), 7-5.
2013 also saw Raonic lead an unseeded Canadian team into the Davis Cup World Group semi-finals. Canada's tournament began in Vancouver, where Canada beat the top-ranked team from Spain before a rowdy, supportive crowd. Canada eventually lost to 4th-seeded Serbia, anchored by world #1 Novak Djokovic, 3-2 on a slow clay court in Belgrade. This was only the 6th time Canada reached the World Group, and represents the nation's furthest advance in Davis Cup play. A century earlier, in 1913, Canadians reached the semifinal when the tournament was known as the International Lawn Tennis Challenge.
Scott Goodyear never had any doubt what he was going to be. The kid loved being behind the wheel of a car, and he loved going fast.
After racking up a number of go-kart titles, Goodyear turned professional in the early 1980’s, quickly graduating to Formula Atlantic Racing. In his only season in this Indy Car backed open-wheel series, Goodyear roared to the championship, winning 5 of 9 races. He capped off a sensational campaign with a 3rd place finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and was named Canadian Auto Racing’s Driver of the year.
The following year Goodyear graduated to the Cart series. It took a couple years to find his way, but once he signed with Walker Motorsports, his career took off.
At the same time, the busy native of Willowdale found a ride in the Rothman’s Porsche Turbo Cup Series. Piloting the Pfaff Motors Pop-84 Porsche, Goodyear manouvered his way to yet another series title.
His first Cart victory came at Michigan in 1992. That same year at the Indy 500, after a mechanical problem dropped him to dead last, 33rd on the starting grid, Goodyear put together a run for the ages. He wove his way from the back of the pack, into 2nd place, losing the race by just 4-100ths of a second to Al Unser Junior. Among the all-time greatest feats in Cart history. He was denied another Indy 500 title 3 years later, when he inadvertently passed the pace car, and in 1997, he was passed on the final lap and had to settle for 2nd, once again.
Injuries took their toll on this fearless driver, and following a crash at The Brickyard in 2001, he was forced into retirement.
Today, Goodyear works as a racing analyst for ABC and ESPN and he resides with his wife and children in Carmel, Indiana, not far from the site of many of his most thrilling moments behind the wheel of a race car.
A native of Burlington, Tony Gabriel starred as a 2-sport athlete in high school. A 6’4 forward who led his Burlington Central High Basketball team to the provincial Championship. As a senior, he once scored 48 points in one game, single-handedly outscoring the opposition on that night.
But it was on the gridiron, where the BCHS Athlete of the year really made his mark. While playing for the high school squad, Gabriel also played for the Junior Burlington Braves. He was scouted by a number of American Colleges and decided to follow his scholarship opportunities at Syracuse University where he played split-end for coach Ben Schwartzwalder.
After a very successful College career, Gabriel turned professional, with the Hamilton Ti-Cats, his home-town team. In his 2nd season as a pro, the lanky receiver caught 49 passes for 733 yards and 3 touchdowns and helped lead his team to a Grey Cup Title over Saskatchewan. But he was just getting started
In 1974, Gabriel joined the Ottawa Roughriders, and it was there, catching passes for fellow Ontario native Russ Jackson, that his career really took off.
5 times over the next 7 years, he hauled in over 1 thousand yards in passes per season. He caught the game winning pass in the 1976 Grey Cup, for his 2nd title.
In 1977 and 1978, Gabriel led the league in reception yards with 1320 and 1362 respectively. Also, in 1978 he won the Schenley Award as the CFL’s Most Valuable Player. It would take 35 years for another Canadian to turn the trick.
4 times he was named the League’s top Canadian, and he was an All-Star in 9 of his 11 pro seasons. Gabriel suffered a knee injury in the 1981 Grey Cup game and was forced into retirement.
He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and is still listed among the top receivers of all time.
Clemens signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays after the 1996 season and won the Cy Young Award in both his seasons with the Blue Jays, also winning the pitching Triple Crown twice. Some consider Clemens' tenure with the Blue Jays as his best individual seasons of his career, despite the lackluster records the Blue Jays had as a team.
In 1999, Weir won his first PGA Tour title at the 1999 Air Canada Championship after rounds of 68-70-64-64, which produced a two-stroke victory. The key to victory was an eagle-2 from 147 yards on No. 14 during final round. First Canadian to win on native soil since Pat Fletcher won the 1954 Canadian Open. First Canadian to win on Tour since Richard Zokol won the 1992 Greater Milwaukee Open.
In 2000, Weir won the final event of the 2000 PGA Tour season with a victory at the World Golf Championship's in Spain, defeating a world class field including Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Vijay Singh. Finished the season ranked 6th on the money list and 21st in the World Rankings. Became the first Canadian to play in the Presidents Cup, where he led the International Team with a 3-2-0 record. Was awarded 2000 Canadian Press Male Athlete of the Year award.
In 2000–01, his third season, Carter averaged a career-high 27.6 ppg, made the Second Team All-NBA, and was voted in as a starter in the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, while the Raptors finished the regular season with a franchise-record 47 wins. In the playoffs, the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 3–2 in the first round, and advanced to the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals, where they took the Philadelphia 76ers to a decisive seventh game.
In 2002 Yzerman led the Wings to his third Stanley Cup championship and also led Canada's national hockey team to an Olympic gold medal. This makes him one of only three players to win an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year.