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Arlene Dickinson

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Born in South Africa but raised in Calgary, Arlene Dickinson is a well known author, entrepreneur, television personality and venture capitalist. Dickinson joined Venture Communications in 1988, eventually becoming the company’s sole owner in 1998. A small local sized company when she joined, Dickinson has made Venture Communications 1 of the largest marketing and communication firms in Canada. In 2011, Dickinson published her first book, Persuasion, which was a best seller for several weeks. She has since published a second book titled All In. Dickinson is perhaps known to many Canadians as a Dragon on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, having been a regular on the show between 2007 and 2015.

Marcel Dionne

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Marcel Dionne (HHOF ’92) was one of the NHL’s most prolific scorers ever. Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1971, he scored 77 points in his rookie year, earning him an invitation to the 1972 Summit Series. A contract squabble in 1976 brought him to the Los Angeles Kings where Dionne really shone. Over a dozen seasons, he would top the 100-point mark seven times and was a two-time winner of the Lady Byng and Lester B. Pearson trophies. In 1980, he won the Art Ross trophy when he tied young Wayne Gretzky with 137 points and edged him on goals. In 1987, he was a late-season trade to the New York Rangers where he finished his career. Dionne currently sits fifth on the all-time scoring list (1,771 points) and fourth on the all-time goals list (731). He currently operates a successful sports marketing business.

Mike Ditka

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Player, coach and broadcaster – Mike Ditka is one of North America’s most recognizable sports personalities. After being All-American at the University of Pittsburgh, Ditka was drafted fifth overall by the Chicago Bears in 1961 and won Rookie of the Year. He played in Chicago for six seasons and played in the Pro Bowl each of those years. After a stint in Philadelphia, Ditka went to the Dallas Cowboys where he helped them win their first Super Bowl (1972). After his retirement, he was an assistant coach with Dallas for nine seasons. Offered the Chicago Bears’ head coaching job, Ditka went on to lead a football renaissance in the Windy City. The Bears won the Super Bowl in 1985, the same year that Ditka won Coach of the Year. He would win the same award in 1988. After spending 11 seasons with the Bears, Ditka became a broadcaster with NBC. He returned to coaching with the New Orleans Saints for three years and is now a football analyst with CBS.

Gary Doak

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A textbook, stay-at-home blue liner, Gary Doak had a jumpy start to his career. Starting with Detroit, he was traded to the Boston Bruins after a couple of minor league seasons. Even though his injury troubles continued, he still managed to play some playoff games and won a Stanley Cup in 1970. After being selected by Vancouver in the expansion draft, Doak made pit stops with the New York Rangers and then back to Detroit before finishing his career with 9 seasons in Boston. After a 16-year playing career, Doak spent five years as an assistant coach with the Bruins, as well as two years coaching UMass’s hockey program.

Shean Donovan

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Donavan played in 951 games spanning over seven clubs. Donovan was born in Timmins, Ontario, but grew up in North Bay, Ontario. On July 17, 2007, Donovan was traded by the Bruins to the Ottawa Senators for Peter Schaefer. Donovan played for the Senators until the end of the 2009–10 season. Donovan recorded 112 goal 129 assists for 241 points and 705 penalty mins in his NHL career.

Colin Doyle

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One of the most recognizable members of the Toronto Rock, Colin ‘Popeye’ Doyle is the franchise’s leading scorer with 428 goals in 13 seasons. He was originally added to the roster when a teammate missed a flight to Toronto. In that game, he scored four goals and became a permanent member; he has not missed a game since. He was Rookie of the Year in 1998 and led the National Lacrosse League in shooting percentage. He has lead the Rock in scoring almost every season that he’s played and has been NLL Playoff MVP three times. Doyle is very active with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.

Ken Dryden

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One of the greatest goaltenders of his era, Ken Dryden is known for being goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens dynasty in the 1970s. Born in Hamilton in 1957 and raised in Islington, Dryden was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 1964 NHL Draft. The Bruins then immediately traded Dryden’s rights to the Montreal Canadiens. Instead of signing with the Canadiens, Dryden played college hockey for the Cornell Big Red, Backstopping Cornell to the 1967 NCAA Championship and leading Cornell to 3 consecutive ECAC Championships. Throughout his college career, Dryden won 76 of 81 starts. After graduating from Cornell in 1969, Dryden spent the 1969/70 season with the Canadian National Team before joining the Montreal Canadiens for the 1970/71 season. After spending the majority of the year in the minors, Dryden played 6 games for the Canadiens near the end of the 1970/71 season, winning all of them while carrying a 1.65 GAA. Due to his late season performance, the Canadiens stuck with Dryden for the 1971 playoffs. Montreal would defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in 7 games to win the Stanley Cup and Dryden would win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. In Dryden’s first full NHL season in 1971/72, he appeared in 64 games, winning 39 of them. As a result of a strong first full year in the NHL, Dryden was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL Rookie of The Year. Dryden became the first and only player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy before winning the Calder Memorial Trophy. After another strong 1972/73 season, which saw Dryden win his 2nd Stanley Cup and Vezina Trophy as the NHL top goaltender, Dryden took the 1973/74 season off to complete his law degree at McGill University. Dryden would return to the Canadiens for the 1974/75 season. Beginning with the 1975/76 season, the Canadiens solidified themselves as a true dynasty, willing the 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979 Stanley Cups. Dryden also won the Vezina Trophy in all of those years. After the Canadiens 1979 Stanley Cup victory, Dryden retired from hockey at the age of 31. Since retiring from hockey, Dryden has pursued several avenues. Dryden is an accomplished author, having written several books and served as a colour commentator for the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympic Games. From 1997 until 2004, Dryden served as President of the Toronto Maple Leafs. After leaving the Leafs in 2004, Dryden joined the Liberal Party of Canada, representing Toronto’s York Centre, a position he held until 2011. Dryden currently lives in Toronto with his wife Lynda and has 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Dick Duff

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Starting as a three-game call-up, Dick Duff became a regular in the Maple Leaf line-up in 1955. He remained a Leaf for the majority of 10 seasons, winning two Stanley Cups. He was traded with Rod Seiling and others to the Rangers for Andy Bathgate and Don McKenney; his time with New York was short and he was traded to Montreal the next season. Duff won a Stanley Cup in four out of five seasons with the Habs before being traded to Los Angeles and Buffalo. After retiring, Duff was an assistant coach with the Leafs and was even head coach for a couple of games during a bizarre 1979-80 season.

Ron Dugay

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Duguay was drafted 13th overall in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. In his rookie season with the Rangers, Duguay netted 20 goals and assisted on 20 others and quickly became entrenched as a fan favourite in New York. At the start of the 1983-84 season, Duguay was traded to the Detroit Red Wings where he played two 80-game seasons prior to being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins more than half way through the 1985-86 season. He returned to the Rangers in 1986 before moving to the West Coast and the Los Angeles Kings for the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons. Ron played his last year in the NHL in 1989 but continued to play in the minors with the San Diego Gulls until he retired in 1998 at the age of 41.

Tim Duncan

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A power forward and a centre, Tim Duncan has played with the San Antonio Spurs since 1997. Initially an aspiring swimmer while growing up on the US Virgin Islands, Duncan had to resort to swimming in the ocean when Hurricane Hugo destroyed the island’s only Olympic sized swimming pool in 1989. Duncan quickly abandoned his swimming aspirations due to a fear of sharks and took up basketball. Duncan would begin his college career with Wake Forest in 1993. Despite an outstanding NCAA career and pressure to leave college early for the NBA, Duncan refused to leave until he graduated to honor a promise to his late mother. Duncan declared himself for the 1997 NBA Draft and was selected 1st overall by the San Antonio Spurs, and has been a fixture on the Spurs since. Duncan made an immediate impact in the NBA, averaging 21.1 points per game, and took home the 1998 NBA Rookie of The Year Award. Throughout his NBA career, Duncan has led the Spurs to 5 NBA Championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014). During 3 of those victories, Duncan was the NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005). Individually, Duncan won back-to-back NBA MVP Awards (2002, 2003) and won the 2003 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. Duncan, the Spurs all time leading scorer, continues to make his mark in the NBA. Duncan is a 7 time NBA All-Defensive team, with the most recent being 2015. Duncan also received the 2015 NBA Teammate of The Year Award.

Matt Dunnigan

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Originally a player with Louisiana Tech, Matt Dunigan became a major league quarterback with the CFL. He led five teams to the Grey Cup and won the championship with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1987 and the Toronto Argonauts in 1991. Passing for over 14,000 yards in his career, he holds the single-game passing yards record – 713 as a Winnipeg Blue Bomber. Now a member of TSN’s CFL football panel, Dunigan can be seen on Friday nights during the CFL season.

Lori Dupuis

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Lori Dupuis is a Canadian women’s ice hockey player. She was born in raised just outside of Cornwall, Ontario. Dupuis joined Team Canada in the mid-1990s. In 1995 she was a member of Team Canada, winners of the Pacific Rim Tournament. She helped the team win world championships in 1997, 1999 and 2000. In 1998, she helped her team win the silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. The pinnacle of her career was Team Canada’s gold medal win at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Darian Durant

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A native of Florence South Carolina, Darian Durant played college football at the University of North Carolina. While at North Carolina, Durant set school freshmen records with 17 touchdown passes, 142 completions, 1843 passing yards 1971 yards of total offence. By the time his college career was over, Durant set UNC records with 1159 passing attempts, 701 completions, 69 passing touchdowns, 8755 passing yards and 9630 yards of total offence. After a brief stint on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice roster, Durant signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2006. Since joining the Roughriders, Durant has emerged as an elite quarterback in the CFL, winning both the 95th and 101st Grey Cup with Saskatchewan, and being a CFL West All-Star in both 2009 and 2013.

James Duthie

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A household name for many Canadian hockey fans, James Duthie is best known as the host of The NHL on TSN. The holder of a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Carleton University, Duthie initially worked for CJOH in Ottawa, an affiliate of CTV. From there, Duthie moved on to CTV Ottawa where he was recognized for outstanding news reporting. Duthie subsequently moved to TSN in 1998, where he has been ever since. Prior to taking over as host of The NHL on TSN, Duthie hosted other TSN programs such as CFL Live, NBA on TSN and Sportscentre. In addition to his duties at TSN, Duthie has been a main host of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 Olympic Games on TSN’s parent company, CTV.

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Jordan Eberle

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One of the young stars on the Edmonton Oilers, Jordan Eberle was drafted by the Oilers 25th overall in 2010 and has since emerged as one of their go to guys. In his first NHL game, Eberle scored a highlight reel shorthanded goal that would later be voted Goal of Year by NHL fans. As a sophomore in the NHL, Eberle racked up 76 points in 78 games. This season also saw him nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and the NHL’s most gentlemanly player. Eberle is perhaps best known for his performances at the World Junior Hockey Championship. At the 2009 Tournament, with Canada down a goal and facing elimination in the semi-finals to Russia, Eberle 5.4 seconds left to tie the game and eventually force a shootout, in which he scored and Canada defeated Sweden to win the Gold Medal. Eberle is currently tied with Brayden Schenn for 2nd on the World Junior Hockey Championship all time scoring list.

Aaron Ekblad

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Commonly regarded as one of the best young players in hockey, Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad already has an outstanding resume in hockey circles despite still being a teenager.  After netting 55 points in 48 games in AAA Minor Midget as an underage player for the Sun County Panthers, Hockey Canada granted Aaron Exceptional Player Status.  This designation allowed Aaron to compete in the Canadian Hockey League a year earlier then his eligible age.  Following Aaron’s Exceptional Player Status designations, the Barrie Colts drafted the Belle River, Ontario native 1st overall in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection.  Aaron also joined an exclusive group that includes Bobby Orr, Jason Spezza and John Tavares to play in the OHL at the tender age of 15.  Following a stellar 29 points in 63 games rookie season, Aaron continued to blossom as a 16 year old, netting 34 points, and improving to a +29, a drastic improvement from the -5 he accumulated during his rookie season.  Aaron also led the Barrie Colts to the 2013 OHL Finals, where the Colts lost in 7 games to the London Knights.  Named the Barrie Colts captain for his NHL draft year, Aaron posted a career high 53 points in 58 games and he also played for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships.  At the end of the 2014 OHL season, Aaron received the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s Top Defenseman.  Following an outstanding junior career, the Florida Panthers selected Aaron Ekblad 1st overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.  Aaron made an immediate impact with the Panthers as an 18 year old, netting an assist in his first NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Aaron later scored his first NHL goal on November 1st 2014 against Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason.  Aaron finished his rookie NHL season with 12 goals, 27 assists for 39 points in 81 games played.  Aaron led all NHL rookie defensemen in goals, power play goals, power play points and shots.  Aaron also finished second amongst rookie defensemen in assists, plus-minus, hits and blocked shots.  As a result of Aaron’s successful rookie season, he was the recipient for the 2015 Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of The Year.

Dave Ellett

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Dave Ellett is a college graduate (Bowling Green University) and an American citizen, growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets, Ellett played five seasons for John Ferguson, a former teammate of his father. Traded to the Maple Leafs in 1990, he provided solid leadership as Toronto made two solid cup runs. After seven seasons, Ellett moved to the New Jersey Devils for a smattering of games and then finished off his career in Boston and St. Louis. Always a solid, dependable defenseman, he remains in the top 200 for NHL games played.

Ron Ellis

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A native of Lindsay, Ontario, Ron Ellis made his NHL debut during the 1963-64 season, playing in 1 game with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a call up from the Toronto Marlboros. Ellis made the Leafs full time the next season, scoring 23 goals and racking up 39 points in 62 games. His style of play impressed many, including line-mates Dave Keon and Bob Pulford. Leafs great Ace Bailey was also so impressed with Ellis’ play that prior to the 1968/69 season, he insisted that Ellis wear his retired number 6 jersey. The youngest regular on Toronto’s 1967 Stanley Cup winning team, Ellis played his entire career in Toronto. Ellis was also a member of Team Canada for the 1972 Summit Series. Ellis initially retired after scoring a career high 61 points in 79 games in 1975, but came out of retirement 2 seasons later prior to the 1977/78 season. Ellis would retire for good in 1981. After retiring from hockey, Elis went into the business world and later joined the staff at the Hockey Hall of Fame, where he serves to this day.

Mike Eruzione

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A native of Winthrop, Massachusetts, Mike Eruizone captained the Winthrop Senior High School varsity team before spending a year atBerwick Academy to fine tune his hockey skills before playing NCAA hockey for 4 years at Boston University. Throughout his career at BU, Eruzione averaged over 20 goals a season. Throughout his time in college, Eruzione also played for Team USA at the 1975 and 1976 World Hockey Championships. After BU, Eruzione would play 2 seasons in the IHL for the Toledo Golddiggers. Eruzione is best known captaining the USA Olympic team to a Gold Medal in the infamous “Miracle On Ice”, scoring the infamous winning goal against the heavily favored Soviet Union in the semi-finals. Despite having NHL offers on the table after the Olympics, Eruzione decided to retire stating he’d reached the pinnacle of achievement already. In retirement, Eruzione has been an hockey analyst consultant for the Miracle On Ice film.

Tony Espisito

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Unlike many Hall of Famers, Tony Esposito’s path to stardom was a long one. Esposito had a highly successful college hockey career at Michigan Tech, during which he was a 3-year hockey letter winner, a 3 time All American and led Michigan Tech to a 1965 National Championship, which also earned him a spot on the NCAA All Tournament Team. Following his successful college career, Esposito turned pro, but with the exception of 13 games with the Montreal Canadians during the 1968-69 season, spent the next two seasons in the minors. Prior to the 1969-70 season, the Chicago Blackhawks claimed Esposito off of waivers and the rest is history. After an outstanding first full NHL season, Esposito won both the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year and the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender. Esposito would also go on to win 2 more Vezina Trophies (1972, 1974) throughout his career. Not bad for a guy who didn’t make the NHL fulltime until the age of 26. Esposito was enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988. In retirement, Esposito served briefly as General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and as Chief Scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 1992 to 1998.