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Patrick Roy

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Regarded as 1 of hockey’s greatest goaltenders of all-time, Patrick Roy was born October 5th, 1965, in Quebec City. He shares the same birthday as another hockey great, Mario Lemieux, who was born 200 km away in Montreal. Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 3rd round of the 1984 NHL Draft, Roy joined the Canadiens for the 1985/86 seasons as the team’s backup, and would win the starting job for the 1986 playoffs. Roy would go 15-5, with a sparking 1.95 GAA, leading the Canadiens to an unexpected Stanley Cup title, earning Roy the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Between the 1986/87 and 1991/92 seasons, Roy would earn 4 William M Jennings Trophies, given to the NHL goaltender who allowed the fewest goals against. Roy would also win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender 3 times between between 1988/89 and 1991/91. Roy also backstopped the Canadiens to game 6 of the 1989 Stanley Cup Finals, but lost to the Calgary Flames. In the 1993 playoffs, Roy went 16-4 and had a GAA of 2.13, winning his 2nd Stanley Cup with the Canadiens and his 2nd Conn Smythe Trophy. Traded to the Colorado Avalanche midway through the 1995/96 season, Roy backstopped his new team to the 1996 Stanley Cup, defeating the Florida Panthers in 4 games. This saw Roy earn his 3rd career Stanley Cup ring. Roy would continue to provide solid goaltending to a deep Avalanche team that routinely went deep into the playoffs. In 2001 playoffs, Roy went 16-7, with a career best 1.70 GAA, as the Avalanche won their 2ndStanley Cup (Roy’s 4th) and saw Roy win his 3rd Conn Smythe Trophy, an NHL record. Roy would play 2 more seasons, retiring from playing after the 2002/03 season. In retirement, Roy became majority owner and head coach of the Quebec Ramparts of the QMJHL, guiding the team to a Memorial Cup victory in 2006. Prior to the 2013/14 season, Roy returned to the Avalanche as the team’s head coach, a position he currently holds. In his first season as an NHL head coach, he guided an underdog Avalanche team to a 51-12-2 record, earning him the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year.

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Joe Sakic

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One of hockey’s greatest leaders, Joe Sakic showed promise in hockey as a child growing up in Burnaby, British Columbia, scoring 83 goals, 156 points in 80 games as a high school student. As a WHL rookie in 1986/87, Sakic scored 133 points in 72 games while adding 24 points in 10 playoff games for the Swift Current Broncos. As a result of Sakic’s outstanding rookie season, the Quebec Nordiques drafted him 15th overall in the 1987 NHL Draft. After 1 more season in Swift Current, Sakic made the jump to the NHL with the Nordiques, and in 1989/90, Sakic’s 2nd NHL season, he’d score 102 points in 80 games. In 1990/91, Sakic was named co-captain of the Nordiques and would take over as captain on a full time basis in 1992/93. Sakic would move to Colorado as part of the Nordiques relocation prior to the 1995/96 season. Sakic and the newly acquired Patrick Roy would lead the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup victory in their first season in Denver. Sakic’s 34 points in 22 playoff games earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Sakic would continue to be a top performer on a strong Avalanche team that routinely went deep into the playoffs. In 2000/01, Sakic scored 54 goals, 118 points in 82 games. In the 2001 playoffs, Sakic followed this up 26 points in 21 games, captaining the Avalanche to their 2nd Stanley Cup. Sakic was a part of a historical hockey moment during the Stanley Cup presentation, as he gave the Stanley Cup to Ray Bourque (who won his 1st Stanley Cup after 22 NHL seasons), allowing Bourque to be the 1st to raise the Cup. Sakic would continue to play at a high level, including a 100 point season in 2006/07, for 8 more seasons before retiring at the end of the 2008/09 season. On the International Stage, Sakic appeared for Team Canada in the 1998 Olympics and Captained Team Canada at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Sakic won a Gold Medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Sakic also won a Silver Medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, a Gold Medal at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and a Gold Medal at the 1988 World Junior Hockey Championship. Currently, Sakic is Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Avalanche.

Borje Salming

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Every European player in the NHL owes a mountain of debt to Borje Salming. Before he came along, most perceived Scandinavian players as soft. Originally was known as the “Swedish Chicken”; he quickly earned the new nickname of “King Salming”. Recruited by Toronto in 1973, the defenseman finished his rookie season with 39 points. In 16 seasons with Toronto, he earned 620 assists (a club record) for 768 points. An iron man, he is third on the Leafs’ all-time games’ list with 1099 and possessed enormous stamina, even in his late 30’s. Even though he was considered a skill player, he wasn’t afraid to mix it up in the corners or block shots.

Derek Sanderson

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Known as “The Turk”, Derek Sanderson was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1965. He played his first full season with them in 1967-1968 and won the Calder Trophy. He was known as a tough guy but was also considered the best two-way forward in the game. He won two Stanley Cups with Boston in 1970 and 1972 and embraced the new “swinger” look of the 70’s. Jumping to the WHA in 1972, Sanderson became the world’s highest paid athlete at $2.65 million. After only eight games, the Philadelphia Blazers bought out his contract and sent him back to the NHL. Sanderson was traded to the New York Rangers in 1974 and then bounced between St. Louis, Vancouver and Pittsburgh before retiring in 1978. After facing tremendous personal struggles, he is now an investment specialist in Boston and helps athletes properly manage their assets.

Glen Sather

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“Slats” was the most successful hockey executive of the 80’s. As coach and general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, he won the Stanley Cup five times between 1984 and 1990. Although he spent 10 years as a professional hockey player, it was as a coach that he shone. After resigning from the Oilers as a player (in the WHA) in 1977, Slats took over as their bench boss and bought a young phenom named Wayne Gretzky. When the Oilers joined the NHL in 1979, Sather became the GM and started to build his dynasty of stars. He has the best winning percentage in the playoffs of any pro coach and he led Team Canada to victory in the 1984 Canada Cup. He is currently President and GM of the New York Rangers.

Denis Savard

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Drafted third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1980, Denis Savard scored 75 points as a rookie. The next year, he recorded 117 points and went on to hit the 100-point mark for the next five seasons including 131 points in 1988. After 10 seasons with the Blackhawks, Savard went to Montreal in exchange for Chris Chelios. Although his production slowed slightly, he still hit the 50-point mark in 1993 and won the Stanley Cup. The next year, he joined the Tampa Bay Lightning and then was reacquired by Chicago in 1995. A rejuvenated Savard helped the Blackhawks excel in the playoffs. He retiied after the 1996-1997 season and is now an assistant coach with Chicago.

Serge Savard

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Serge Savard played 17 seasons in the NHL, 15 of them with the Montreal Canadiens. Moving through their organization, Savard joined the major team in 1967-1968 and won the Stanley Cup in his rookie year. The next season, he won the Conn Smythe trophy and his second Cup. In fact, he would go on to win six more, despite suffering through several serious injuries throughout his career. He ‘retired’ in 1981 but returned for the next two seasons with the Winnipeg Jets. When he finally stopped playing in 1983, he became Montreal’s managing director. He eventually became the team’s general manager and engineered the Habs’ Cup victories in 1986 and 1993. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a successful entrepreneur.

Mark Scheifele

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The Jets made this Kitchener native Mark Scheifele; a centre with the Barrie Colts, their first selection in the 2011 NHL entry draft, selecting him seventh overall. Scheifele opted to forgo his commitment to Cornell University and instead decided to play in the OHL. Playing under head coach Dale Hawerchuk, Mark Scheifele currently is playing for the Barrie Colts. In November of 2010 Scheifele was honored by the Ontario Hockey League as the Academic Player of the Month for the month of October. At the 2011 Under-18 World Championships he was named one of Team Canada’s best players of the tournament after he recorded six goals and eight.

Al Secord

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Al Secord is a retired NHL player who played for 12 seasons in the NHL, he played for Boston, Chicago, Toronto and Philadelphia. Secord won a memorial cup in 1976 with the Hamilton Fincups of the OHA. In 1978 Secord was drafted 16th overall by the Boston Bruins, he made the team as a 20 year old rookie scoring 16 goals and adding 7 assists. In His third season in 1981he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks where he had his most productive years in the NHL. In his first full season he scored 44 goals, he followed that season with a 54 goal season. Secord would reach the 40 goal mark one more time in his career 1985-86. In 1987 he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Ed Olczyk. He would spend two seasons in Toronto before being traded to Philadelphia in 1989. After the 1989 season Secord would sign with the Chicago Blackhawks and end his NHL career there. Secord is now a pilot with American Airlines.

Rod Seiling

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Originally in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, Rod Seiling only played one game there before they relegated him to the minors in 1962. In 1964, he played for Team Canada in the Innsbruck Olympic games. When he returned to Canada, the Leafs traded Seiling to the Rangers where he spent the next ten seasons. A stay-at-home blue liner who made few mistakes, the Rangers exposed him in the 1967 Expansion draft and then traded back for him when he was chosen by St. Louis! In 1971-1972, he earned 41 points in 78 games and played for Canada in the Summit Series. In 1974, Washington claimed him off of waivers then traded him to Toronto. He played two seasons in Toronto, two more in St. Louis and then finished off his career in Atlanta, retiring in 1979.

Teemu Selanne

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A native of Helsinki, Finland, Teemu Selanne played 3 years of junior hockey in Jokerit’s development program, with his last season of junior in 1987/88 during which he scored 66 points in 33 games. This led to the Winnipeg Jets drafting Selanne with their 1st round pick, 10th overall in the 1988 NHL Draft. Selanne would then play 3 more seasons for Jokerit’s senior team competing in Finland’s top professional league before joining the Winnipeg Jets for the 1992/93 season. Selanne’s 1st NHL season was truly a magical one, as he set rookie records with 76 goals and 132 points.After 3 and a half seasons in Winnipeg, Selanne was traded to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on February 6th, 1996. In Anaheim, Selanne was put on a line with a young left-winger named Paul Kariya. In parts of 6 seasons with the Mighty Ducks, Selanne scored more points than games played in 5 seasons, including 2 seasons of 51 and 52 goals in 1996/97 and 1997/98. On March 5th, 2001, the Mighty Ducks traded Selanne to the San Jose Sharks, where he would spend 2 and a half seasons before joining the Colorado Avalanche for the 2003/04 season. After a disappointing 2003/04 campaign followed by the 2005 NHL lockout, Selanne returned to Anaheim for the 2005/06 season. Selanne would bounce back from previous disappointing seasons, scoring 90 points in 80 games, claiming the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy for his perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The following season, Selanne would follow up with 94 points in 82 games, as Selanne and the Ducks would win the 2007 Stanley Cup, defeating the Ottawa Senators in 5 games. Selanne sat out the first half of the following season, contemplating retirement.Selanne ultimately retuned to the Ducks in January of 2008 and would finish the season strong with 23 points in 26 games. Selanne would continue to play at a high level for the Anaheim Ducks for 6 more seasons, before retiring after Anaheim was eliminated from the 2014 NHL playoffs at the age of 43. On the international stage, Selanne appeared for Finland at 6 Olympic Games, and is the all time leading scorer at the Olympics, with 43 points. Selanne and his wife Sirpa, have 4 children and reside in Orange County, California.

Eddie Shack

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Known as “The Entertainer”, Eddie Shack played for the New York Rangers for two years. In 1960, the Rangers shipped him to Toronto where he fit in instantly. In his first full season with the Leafs, he won the Stanley Cup. He would win two more in the next two years and scored the Cup-winning goal in 1964. Shack won another in 1967 before he was traded to Boston. Over the next seven seasons, he moved to Los Angeles, Buffalo and Pittsburgh before returning to the Leafs and retiring in 1975. A three-time All Star, Shack has involved himself in several business ventures over the years.

Jessica Shepley

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Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, Jessica Shepley began playing golf when she was 9 years old. A multisport athlete in high school, Shepley was a winner of the Ontario Secondary School Golf Championship and was MVP of both her school’s basketball and volleyball teams in 1998. Shepley attended the University of Tennessee on a golf scholarship, graduating in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Shepley turned professional and joined the Futures Tour in 2005. After finishing 7th on the Futures Tour money list in 2008, Shepley earned limited status on the LPGA in 2009. Shepley won her 1st tournament as a professional on July 24 2011, at The International at Concord at Beaver Meadow Golf Course in Concord, New Hampshire.

Martin Short

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An accomplished actor, writer, singer, producer and comedian, Martin Short is an expert in virtually all aspects of entertainment. The youngest of 5 children raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Short attended McMaster University, graduating in 1971 with a degree in social work. Initially intending to pursue a career in social work, Short became interested in a career in acting after casting in a Godspell play in Toronto. In 1977, Short joined the improvisation show SCTV. In 1984, Short joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, appearing in 18 episodes as a regular cast member. Throughout his television career, Short has also appeared on well known television shows such as Arrested Development, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Canada’s Got Talent and How I Met Your Mother. Short also hosted in own television show, The Martin Short Show, from 1999 to 2000. Short has 3 grown children and lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

Steve Shutt

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Steve Shutt was chosen fourth overall by Montreal in 1972. He won the Stanley Cup in his rookie season and then scored 30 goals the next season playing with Peter Mahovlich and Guy Lafleur. In 1976, he had 45 goals and won the first of four consecutive Cups, bringing Shutt’s total to five. The next year, Shutt played with Lafleur and Jacques Lemaire. They were so offensively dominant that the Habs established the best ever single season record of 60-8-12. Shutt led the league with 60 goals. He was traded to Los Angeles in 1984 and recorded 41 points in 59 games. However, Shutt had enough and retired. He has worked as a hockey commentator and coach and is currently active on the NHL alumni circuit.

Christine Simpson

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Originally the Marketing Manager of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Christine Simpson made the move to broadcasting in 1998, when she joined the newly formed Sportsnet (now Rogers Sportsnet). Since then, she has emerged as one of the most familiar television personalities in hockey, having covered the biggest games in hockey, such as the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Olympic Game. In addition for her work with Rogers Sportsnet, Simpson has also done work in the United States with networks such as ABC, ESPN and Versus.

Craig Simpson

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A true student-athlete, Craig Simpson was just 16 years old when he began his college career at the University of Michigan. After a highly successful 2 year college career, both seasons being an underage player, Simpson was drafted 2nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1985 NHL Draft. Simpson would make the jump to the NHL as an 18 year old and play 2 full seasons with the Penguins. Early in Simpson’s third NHL season, Simpson was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in a deal that saw future Hall of Fame defenseman Paul Coffey go the other way. Placed on a line with Glenn Anderson and Mark Messier, and receiving tutelage from Wayne Gretzky, Simpson exploded. He would score 56 goals and 92 points in the 1987/88 season between the Penguins and the Oilers. Simpson also added 19 points in 19 playoff games to help the Oilers win the 1988 Stanley Cup. Simpson would go on to have several more productive years in Edmonton, and won his second Stanley Cup with the Oilers in 1990. Simpson would also play 2 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres before chronic back problems forced him to retire at the age of 28 in 1996. In retirement, Simpson has emerged as a prominent broadcaster on Hockey Night in Canada and spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Oilers from the 2003/04 season through the 2006/07 season.

Darryl Sittler

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Darryl Glen Sittler (born September 18, 1950) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League from 1970 until 1985 for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989, and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

Brian Skrudland

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A native of Peace River, Alberta, Brian Skrudland won the Stanley Cup as a rookie with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986. Skrudland would play 7 and a half seasons with the Habs, narrowly missing out on the 1993 Stanley Cup as he was dealt to the Calgary Flames midway through the 1992/93 season. Skrudland would begin the next season as the first ever captain for the expansion Florida Panthers. Skrudland spent 4 seasons in the Sunshine State, highlighted by a run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996, where the Panthers lost to the Colorado Avalanche. After a brief stint with the New York Rangers, Skrudland joined the Dallas Stars, with whom he won his 2nd Stanley Cup with in 1999. Following another run to the Stanley Cup Finals, which the Stars lost to the New Jersey Devils, Skrudland retired after the 2000 season. In retirement, Skrudland has served as an assistant coach with both the Flames and the Panthers. Currently, Skrudland is the Panthers’ Director of Player Development.

Sami-Jo Small

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Sami-Jo Small became a household name when she backstopped the Canadian National Women’s hockey team to a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. As a mechanical engineering major at Stanford, Small designed special upper-body padding for her senior project. She was named PAC-10 Hockey Player of the Year in 1997. Small was the goaltender for the Brampton Thunder for two seasons and won Gold Medals at the World Championships in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Sami Jo currently works as a motivational speaker as well is an owner of a hockey school that runs throughout four provinces.