BiographyBuilder : Media
Year Inducted: 2014
Longtime Ottawa Citizen writer Tom Casey was born in Hull, Quebec in 1948 and like many of his generation and locale was an avid softball and hockey player in his youth.
As his playing dreams were ending, Casey looked for other ways to stay close to sport – and became a writer, launching a 39-year career with the Ottawa Citizen in 1966. His early journalistic career centered on amateur sports, particularly local high school events. His amateur-sport reporting eventually took him internationally and to the Olympic Games, first in Montreal in 1976, and then three additional Games afterward.
He started covering the Ottawa Rough Riders as the team’s beat writer in 1976, a great time to start since the Riders won the Grey Cup that fall, with Casey in the press box reporting Tony Gabriel’s final-play touchdown catch. In the football off-seasons that followed, he covered local Ottawa sporting exploits, the Montreal Canadians, the North American Indoor Track and Field circuit and the ever prominent NHL playoffs. Casey moved on to become The Citizen’s Assistant Sports Editor in 1989 and the Sports Editor three years later.
Tom always had a way with words and a passion for honest reporting. In addition to his Citizen accomplishments, he was part of the Southam News organizing team for three Olympic Games, was named to the Football Writers of Canada Hall of Fame in 2004 and in 2009 he was named to the University of Ottawa Football Honour Roll. Tom still resides in Ottawa.