Posted: February 28, 2018
Former mayor Jim Durrell, one of five to be honoured The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame announced today that Jim Durrell, Jeff Avery, Jim Kyte, Betty Shields and Steve Gray will be its 2018 inductees. They will be honoured at the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will take place on June 1 at the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park. “Again this year, the selection process was very challenging”, says Dave Best, chair of the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame. “We received many strong nominations from the community, a reminder of the broad range of sporting achievement and excellence that exists in the nation’s capital. This year’s class clearly reflects that diversity, as each inductee not only has a truly remarkable sports pedigree, but an impressive record of community service.” Jim Durrell served as Mayor of Ottawa from 1985 to 1991, and was instrumental in making the city an attractive and viable destination for professional sports. Among the many achievements attributed to him are the revival of the Ottawa Senators in 1990, landing the CFL’s Grey Cup in 1988, and championing the return of professional baseball. Most recently Durrell was the Chair of the very successful 2017 Grey…
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World Rugby to Add Ottawan Al Charron to Hall of Fame

Posted: October 26, 2017
Good news! One of our local legends will be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Rugby, England, November 10. Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame member, and Ottawa native, Hillcrest High Grad, of Ottawa Irish lore, an Eastern Ontario stalwart for years, and, oh yes, Canada’s most-capped and longest-serving team captain, Al Charron was one of the most dominant loose forwards in the world during the 1990s. Al played in four Rugby World Cups for Canada and managed the side at a fifth, in 2007. His record of 76 caps stood for 14 years until broken in the summer of 2017. Standing 6’5” tall and weighing close to 270 lbs. in his playing days, Al cut an imposing figure on the field and opponents feared and admired him in equal measure for his high work-rate and uncompromising play. A fine leader, Charron captained the Canadian national team 25 times – a record he still shares with Gareth Rees. He was also a member of Canada’s squad at the inaugural Rugby World Cup Sevens in 1993 and turned out for the world-famous Barbarians five times. Professionally he played club rugby for Bristol and Moseley in England…
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2017 Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame honours newest Inductees and Top 50 Sport Moments

Posted: June 05, 2017
It was a fitting tribute on Friday, June 2nd as the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne was transformed into a glittering backdrop for the ceremony to induct the founding partners of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) into the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame. Surrounded by 350 members of the sport and business community, Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy, Jeff Hunt, John Pugh and Bill Shenkman, joined the ranks of Ottawa sport legends as members of the Hall. The five men were integral to the revitalization of Lansdowne into a pre-eminent sport and entertainment facility, and orchestrated the return of CFL football to the nation’s capital. All five humbly accepted the award, with self-deprecating humorous remarks that despite their own lack of personal athletic ability, it was a very proud moment to now be honoured inductees of the Hall. There was definitely a football flavor to the evening, as the five new inductees proudly displayed their 2016 Grey Cup rings, celebrating the latest Grey Cup win by the Ottawa RedBlacks. And prior to the induction ceremony, ‘Pedro the Panda’ the legendary mascot of the annual varsity football game between Carleton University and the University of Ottawa was marched into the hall…
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Media Availability: Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

Posted: May 31, 2017
Ottawa’s sporting legends will gather on Friday, June 2nd at The Horticultural Building at Lansdowne to celebrate 50 years of the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame at this year’s Induction Dinner. Honoured Inductees from the five decades of the Hall’s history will be in attendance. Several members of the 1960s Ottawa Rough Riders, including Russ Jackson, Moe Racine, Dave Thelen and Whit Tucker, will represent the great football teams of that era. Elizabeth Manley will be on hand to celebrate her 1988 Olympic silver medal skate in Calgary. Last year’s inductee Tina Takahashi, will be on hand to welcome the 2017 Honoured Inductees, the five founding partners of the Ottawa Sport and Entertainment Group (OSEG), Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy, Jeff Hunt, John Pugh and Bill Shenkman. Family members will represent the legacy of Howard Darwin and stand in for Olympic gold medalist Glenroy Gilbert. (more…)
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OSEG Founders To Be Inducted Into Sport Hall of Fame

Posted: March 10, 2017
The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame announced today that the founding partners of the Ottawa Sport and Entertainment Group (OSEG) will be its 2017 Hall inductees.  The OSEG founding partners include Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy, Jeff Hunt, John Pugh and Bill Shenkman. They will be honoured at the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which takes place on June 2 at the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park. “What an incredible living legacy the OSEG founding partners have built for sports fans, athletes and our city,” said Hall Chair Dave Best. “But their impact extends far beyond the revitalization of Lansdowne into a pre-eminent sports venue and marshalling the return of the CFL to the capital. Each of them has a long, history of generously supporting sport in Ottawa, and this induction is richly deserved.” “This is a tremendous honour for the OSEG partners,” said Bernie Ashe,  CEO of OSEG.  “Their journey began as an idea to have some fun bringing back CFL football to Ottawa and it evolved into a $500 million project in partnership with the City of Ottawa, that gave us the REDBLACKS, Fury FC, TD Place and the new Lansdowne. Their vision, passion and commitment, in…
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Help the Hall Choose the Top 50 Moments of Ottawa’s Sporting Heritage

Posted: March 06, 2017
From Stanley Cups to Grey Cups to stellar individual world championships, throughout this century-and-a-half of being the nation’s capital, Ottawans have witnessed a vast array of memorable sporting moments. Bravo Ottawa! It may have taken 100 years, but in 1967 Ottawa began recognizing this excellence in its sporting heritage through the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame. So with its 50th Anniversary upon us, the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame is asking the public to help identify the Top 50 Moments of Ottawa’s Sporting Heritage, from the city’s capital start in 1867-until-today. Whether you were watching on television, listening on radio, attending a game, or reading about it, many of us in Ottawa can visualize a local sporting moment we instantly remember. Some of these moments were more publicly recognized than others, some may have been life-changing, while others simply were memorable for their excellence and some may have altered the Ottawa sporting landscape. These moments may have occurred over a period of time, while others happened in a matter of seconds. And some of these moments just might have, to some of us, reached iconic status in the city. A few obvious examples might include: Barbara Ann Scott’s Olympic Gold Medal…
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Public Invited to Select Top 50 Moments in Ottawa Sport History

Posted: March 06, 2017
On Monday, March 6, the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame launches its Top 50 Moments in Ottawa’s Sport campaign and invites the public to contribute. From the glorious Stanley Cup win by the Silver Seven in 1903 to the Redblacks’ thrilling Grey Cup victory in overtime in 2016, and all in between, there have been so many incredible moments in Ottawa’s rich sporting history. In 2017 the city celebrates its sesquicentennial, marking 150 years as Canada’s Capital. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame. To recognise this important milestone, the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame is compiling a list of 50 standout moments in Ottawa sport history. With countless possibilities, The Hall of Fame is seeking help and suggestions from the public. ‘Moments’ might be represented by a team or individual performance, a milestone or achievement, but must have a strong connection to Ottawa. Contributors can visit to submit an entry. As an added incentive, one lucky contributor- chosen in a random draw- will receive two complimentary tickets to the 2017 Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and a chance to rub shoulders with some of the most outstanding athletes who call…
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Daniel Alfredsson Humbled By ‘Tremendous Honour’

Posted: June 03, 2016
Daniel Alfredsson was originally stunned when he heard he was going to be inducted into the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame. After all, when he was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 1994, he didn’t know if he would ever leave his native Sweden to play in the NHL. When he first arrived in Ottawa, he thought he might last only a year or two. Accordingly, in the beginning, his knowledge of the city was basic. “I knew it was the capital city, or at least I think I knew that, anyway,” Alfredsson joked before officially joining fellow inductees Bob O’Billovich, Jeff Bean, Tina Takahashi and Barclay Frost in the Hall of Fame Friday. “I knew Canada loved hockey, but they weren’t very good at soccer. That was pretty much the extent of my knowledge at that point. I didn’t know what to expect.” Beginning with his first modest apartment on Lyon Street, where he lived during his Calder Trophy winning season as NHL rookie of the year in 1995-96, Alfredsson certainly never imagined the life that was to come. When his career finally ended after 1,246 games, 444 goals and 1,157 points, he also owned the legacy as…
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Ottawa Sport Hall Of Fame Announces Five New Inductees

Posted: April 07, 2016
OTTAWA, ON _ Daniel Alfredsson, who is recognized as one of the city’s greatest professional athletes as well as an unselfish humanitarian away from the arena, will be one of five new inductees into the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame. The 2016 induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 3 in the Horticultural Building on the grounds of the rejuvenated Lansdowne Park. The building is located at 1525 Princess Patricia Way. Alfredsson, a highly accomplished, all-around leader during his 17 years with the Ottawa Senators and the fifth longest-serving captain in the NHL, will be welcomed into the hall with fellow athletes Jeff Bean, a world championship silver medallist on the international freestyle skiing circuit, and Tina Takahashi, a female judo icon, as well as builders Bob O’Billovich, an all-rounder in football, and Barclay Frost, a veteran international and national track and field official. Their inductions will boost membership in the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame to 260 honoured sports figures, who were nominated and accepted either as athletes, builders, coaches or media. Two teams also have been inducted into the hall. “I am in awe of the accomplishments of our inductees,” says Dave Best, the chair of the Ottawa…
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