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Thornton was drafted in the first round, third overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He also played left wing for the Edmonton Oilers, Montréal Canadiens, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks. In his first season with San Jose, he had a career year, scoring twenty goals playing alongside gritty centre Mike Ricci. He signed a two-year contract extension in the 2003/04 season. The first season of the extension coincided with the 2004/05 NHL lockout, and after the second year, Thornton became an unrestricted free agent and on July 1, 2006, he signed a 2 year contract with the Los Angeles Kings. Thornton announced his retirement on July 28, 2008.
A renowned restaurant consultant and celebrity chef, Corbin Tomaszeski is best known for starring in Restaurant Makeover, and being a judge on Dinner Party Wars. Both shows air on The Food Network. A graduate from the culinary arts program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Tomaszeski is currently the executive chef at the C5 Restaurant, located in the Royal Ontario Museum.
Turning pro with the WHA’s Houston Aeros at 18, John Tonelli played with the father-son combination of Gordie and Mark Howe. The Aeros only last three seasons and the New York Islanders picked up Tonelli. He became known as a digger, began to become more aggressive, and scored more. He was a key component of the Islanders’ Stanley Cup dynasty from 1980 to 1983. His hard work was rewarded with a Team Canada call-up for the 1984 Canada Cup series. He had nine points and was named the tournament’s top player. After that, he had his best season ever with 42 goals and 100 points. He then moved to Calgary for two and a half seasons, Los Angeles for three and then finished up his career in Chicago and Quebec. He retired in 1992 with 836 points in 911 games. The John Tonelli Arena in Milton, Ontario is named in his honour. He currently resides in New York City, working for Fidelity National Financial.
Originally a RCMP constable, Jim Treliving noticed how fast the popularity of the Boston Pizza franchise was growing and purchased a restaurant of his own in Penticton, British Columbia. Eventually, Treliving and his business partner George Melville, purchased the Boston Pizza chain. By the mid 1990s, Boston Pizza has grown to 95 restaurants in Western Canada with over $110 million in sales. Currently, Treliving is chairman of the board for Global Entertainment Corporation, which owns several properties, including the Central Hockey League. Since 2006, Treliving has been a regular on the television show Dragons’ Den, which airs on CBC.
Vladislav Tretiak is a former goaltender for the Soviet Union’s national ice hockey team. He is considered to be one of the greatest goaltenders in the history of the sport, he was voted one of six players to the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) Centennial All-Star Team in a poll conducted by a group of 56 experts from 16 countries. Tretiak was the first ever player born and trained outside North America to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is the current president of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia and was the general manager of the Russian 2010 Winter Olympic team.
Born in Dallas, Lee Trevino first got introduced to golf when his uncle gave him an old golf club and golf balls. Trevino would sneak into nearby country clubs as a child and hit balls. As a teenager, Trevino worked as a caddy and was able to further hone his golf game on 3 holes designated for caddies. After serving 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, Trevino became a golf professional in El Paso, Texas. Trevino’s professional career began when he qualified for the 1966 U.S. Open, where he would finish tied for 54th. Trevino would qualify for the U.S. Open again in 1967, where’d he finish 5th. Trevino’s 5th place finish earned him an exempt card for the remainder of the PGA season. The following year, Trevino would win the 1968 U.S. Open at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Throughout Trevino’s career, he would win 29 PGA Tour events, including the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship 2 times each. Trevino also has 29 victories on the Champions Tour, which is 2nd all time.
Drafted as an underage player by the New York Islanders, Bryan Trottier played his first game in 1975. In his second game, he had a hat trick and five points! He finished the year breaking rookie-scoring records and easily won the Calder Trophy. In 1978, he was the league’s top scorer and won the Hart Trophy as league MVP. In 1980, he won the first of four Islander Stanley Cups and picked up the Conn Smythe Trophy. He stayed in New York until 1990 when his defensive skills attracted the Pittsburgh Penguins. His presence was the missing link as Pittsburgh won two successive Cups in 1991 and 1992. He retired after the second cup but returned in 1993 as a player-coach. He then joined the Avalanche in 2000 as an assistant coach and won yet another ring. He is also one of only eight NHL players with multiple 5-goal games.
Darcy Tucker (born March 15, 1975) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player, who played most of his National Hockey League career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. A sixth round draft choice, Tucker began his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens. Throughout his NHL career he also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche. Tucker was born in Castor, Alberta, but grew up in Endiang, Alberta.
Tugnutt played in the NHL with several teams from 1987–2004 and is currently an assistant coach with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes. Tugnutt signed as a free agent by the Ottawa Senators, August 14, 1996. He helped lead the Pirates to the Calder Cup Finals and it was this strong performance that caught the attention of the Ottawa Senators. With the help of goaltending coach Phil Myre, Tugnutt worked on the fundamentals, gained some confidence and improved his game each season. While in Ottawa, he went from fighting for the backup position with Mike Bales behind starter Damian Rhodes to splitting duties with Rhodes the next two seasons and becoming the team’s undisputed starting goaltender by 1999.
Marty Turco was the Dallas Stars fourth selection in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Turco spent two seasons with the IHL’s Michigan K-Wings, winning the rookie of the year award in 1999.Turco made his NHL debut in ‘00/’01 season, and made the most of his opportunity. Splitting the season with Ed Belfour, Turco played in 26 games, and led the NHL with a 1.90 goals against average and with the best save percentage in ‘01/’02. Turco would establish himself as one of the league’s premiere netminders, appearing in the NHL All-Star Game on three occasions (2003, 2004, 2007) as a member of the Stars. On January 15, 2009, Turco competed in his 421st game for the Dallas Stars, becoming the club’s all-time leader in games played by a goaltender. On August 2, 2010, Turco’s time in Dallas would come to an end. He inked a one-year deal with the Stanley Cup Champion, Chicago Blackhawks as an unrestricted free agent.
Ian Turnbull was a natural defenseman who could easily join the rush. Drafted by Toronto in 1973, he paired up with Borje Salming and successfully protected their net. However, in 1974, a mid-ice collision resulted in severe tears in his knee. Recovering after a year, he returned in 1977 where his career exploded again. In fact, he holds the records for most goals in a game by a defenseman: five goals in a 9-1 win over Detroit. In 1981, he moved to Los Angeles and then Pittsburgh before retiring in 1983. He is now a real estate magnate in California.
Norm Ullman played the first of 13 seasons for the Detroit Red Wings in 1955-56. He recorded 16 seasons with 20+ goals and only missed 21 games over a ten-game span. In 1964-65, he led the league in scoring with 42 goals and consistently led the playoffs in scoring as well. Because Red Wing management weren’t exactly happy that Ullman became president of the NHLPA, he was traded to the Maple Leafs in 1968 for Frank Mahovlich. The WHA’s Edmonton Oilers picked him up and Ullman scored 130 points over two seasons. He then retired in 1977. In 1998, he was ranked number 90 on The Hockey News’ list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
Rogie Vachon started as a back-up to Gump Worsley in Montreal in 1966 but ended up playing the majority of the games. Even though the Habs lost in the finals to Toronto, Vachon earned a starting spot. The next season the team won the Stanley Cup, repeating the feat in 1969. When Worsley left the next season, Vachon was the sole starter. He won one more Cup and then was traded to Los Angeles the next year. He helped the Kings achieve some respectability and is arguably the Kings most popular player behind No. 99. He played for Canada in every single Canada Cup game in 1976 and won Canada’s MVP. After stints in Detroit and Boston, he retired in 1982. He also served as interim head coach of the Kings on three separate occasions. He currently serves as a Royal Ambassador for the Kings organization.
Richard Claude Vaive (born May 14, 1959) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League from 1979 to 1992, and is best remembered as the first 50 goal scorer in Toronto Maple Leafs franchise history. Vaive was born in Ottawa, Ontario, but grew up in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Drafted by Toronto in 1974, he was a utility player for the Maple Leafs. Falling out of favour with Leafs management after three seasons, Valiquette was traded to the Colorado Rockies. A new kind of skate and the influence of Don Cherry seemed to energize him and he scored 107 points over two seasons. At the age of 25 Valiquette retired and he entered the business world through selling real estate, and later in business of his own. He is still active with both the Maple Leafs and NHL alumni.
Shaun Van Allen
Van Allen began his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers in 1987 being drafted 105th overall. While in Cape Breton, he won the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the American Hockey League’s leading scorer. Van Allen also played for the Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars, and the Montreal Canadiens. After being signed as a free agent with the Might Ducks he retired in 2005. Shaun can be heard on Team1200 radio during pre and post-game shows. Since, September 2008, he has appeared on Rogers TV broadcasts for the Senators’ games in Ottawa.
Andy Van Hellemond
Andy Van Hellemond (HHOF ’99) is a former National Hockey League referee and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1999. He refereed his first NHL game in 1972 at the age of 23. That game was the first of many over a twenty-five year career. He was ranked the league’s number one official 14 times and holds every major refereeing record, including most regular season’s games, playoff games and most appearances in the Stanley Cup finals. He was also the first ref to wear a helmet in 1984. He retired in 1996 and became senior vice-president of the East Coast Hockey League. On October 25, 2010 Van Hellemond was elected to Ward Two of the Guelph City Council, winning with 29.86% of the vote over both incumbents.
James Van Riemsdyk
The 2nd overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, James Van Riemsdyk played 2 seasons with the University of New Hampshire Wildcats before joining the Flyers for the 2009/10 season. Van Riemsdyk’s time with the Flyers would see them appear in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, which the Flyers lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. In the 2012 offseason, Van Riemsdyk was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Luke Schenn. He has since emerged as one of the Maple Leafs’ go to players and one of their most consistent scorers. In addition to his Stanley Cup Finals appearance, Van Riemsdyk also has an extensive resume on the International stage with Team USA. This includes a Gold Medal at the 2006 World Under 18 Championship, Silver Medal the 2007 World Under 18 Championships, 3 appearances at the World Junior Hockey Championships, including a Gold Medal in 2007. Van Riemsdyk was also a member of Team USA at the 2011 World Championships and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Starting in radio covering Lions and Canucks games, Jody Vance made the jump to TV in 1996 with BCTV. Launching the sports department for Vancouver Television, she also became the Pacific coast reporter for Sportsnet. She then became the first woman anchor for the network’s Sportscentral, appearing across the country in primetime. Jody Vance is one of Canada’s most popular sports anchor and her face and voice are instantly recognizable. Jody moved back to Vancouver in Spring 2009 as she joined the team that launched CHHR-FM Shore 104 FM. Jody Currently hosts City’s Breakfast Television and does occasional work for Sportsnet. She is an excellent guest speaker or Master of Ceremonies.
Born in Simcoe, Ontario, Ryan VandenBussche played three seasons with the Cornwall/Newmarket Royals franchise in the early 1990s and was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He played for 3 teams throughout his NHL career with New York Rangers (19961998) Chicago Blackhawks (19982004) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (20052006). VandenBussche’s role was as an enforcer. He has the distinction of being pound for pound one of the toughest enforcer’s at the NHL level.