Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is a Canadian sports hall of fame located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The institution's building and museum is located at Canada Olympic Park, a multi-purpose training and competition facility in the Paskapoo Slopes. The Hall operates under a mandate to "preserve the record of Canadian sports achievements and to promote a greater awareness of Canada's heritage of sport." There are 665 inductees into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
Building in Calgary
|Location||Canada Olympic Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
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The Hall was established in Toronto as the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955. Originally situated in New Fort York's Officer Barracks, the Hall was relocated twice within Exhibition Place, before the construction of BMO Field required the Hall to close its museum in 2006, and move its collections back to the Officer Barracks. In 2008, the Hall formally announced its move to Calgary, with a new building for its museum opened at Canada Olympic Park in 2011.
The Hall of Fame, initially established as the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, was founded in 1955 through the efforts of Harry I. Price, a former assistant athletics commissioner of Ontario. It was first housed in the New Fort York's Officers' Quarters, located on the grounds of Exhibition Place in Toronto. In 1957, the Hall was relocated to the Canadian National Exhibition Press Building, also at Exhibition Place.
In 1961, the Hall moved to a wing of a new building at Exhibition Place, shared with the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1993, the Hockey Hall of Fame vacated the building for a location in downtown Toronto, leaving the entire building to the Sports Hall of Fame. Without the Hockey Hall of Fame, attendance declined and the Sports Hall made plans to move to Ottawa. The move to Ottawa was eventually cancelled, as the venues originally committed to the Hall by the Government of Canada were allocated for other uses.
In 2006, the Sports Hall of Fame building was demolished to make way for BMO Field, although the facade for one side of the building, including its tile mosaic, was incorporated into BMO Field's facade. The Hall's collection were relocated to the Officers' Quarters building in 2006 preparation for an opening at a new location. With the Hall seeking a new location for its museum, nine cities across Canada made a bid for the right to host the new hall. In 2008, a proposed site at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary was chosen. The new facility opened on Canada Day, July 1, 2011. It has 11 galleries and numerous interactive displays.
As of November 2019, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame has 665 inductees, categorized either as athletes, or builders of the sport. Nominations for inductees are accepted from the Canadian public throughout the year. Athletes nominated are required to have been retired for at least four years, although builders may be nominated when they are still active in their careers. Animals and inanimate objects may be considered for induction, although their nomination requires the approval of the Hall's Board of Governors. A new group of inductees has been introduced into Canada's Hall of Fame annually since its inception in 1955.
On June 17, 2015, the Hall of Fame introduced the Sport Legends class of inductees, made up of athletes whose careers occurred before 1955. The creation of the Sport Legend class was undertaken in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. Inductees into the Sports Legend class includes:
- Canadian Sport Legends Class, athletes
- George Burleigh
- William Cecil Billy Christmas
- Alex Decoteau
- Carol Ann Duthie
- Alfred Cam Ecclestone
- Larry Gains
- Bob Goldham
- Gerald Gratton
- Robina Higgins Haight
- Barbara Howard
- Bill Isaacs
- Joe Keeper
- Johnny Loaring
- Harry Xul-si-malt Manson
- Vincent McIntyre
- Robert McLeod
- Aileen Meagher
- Albert Murray
- Charles Murray
- Alf Philips
- Robert Pirie
- Robert Powell
- Harvey Pulford
- Robert Scotty Rankine
- Hilda Ranscombe
- Eileen Whalley Richards
- Winnie Roach-Leuszler
- Mary Rose Thacker
- Elizabeth Whittall
- Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele
- Canadian Sport Legend Category, builders
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