Ottawa Canada Sports
The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the inauguration of four additional members of its first class of inductees. The launch will bring the membership of the famous Ottawa gym to 260 athletes, nominated and accepted by athletes, construction workers, coaches and the media. Five are honored for their service to sport in Canada over the past 45 years and five for their 45 years of leadership of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Association (OSEA) in Canada. Today, Ottawa's Sports Hall of Famers Phil Gagliardi and martial arts legend John Therien will both be eligible for induction into the 2015-16 Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame Class and today announced that the first ever induction of a Canadian Hockey League (CHL) player to their respective gyms will be in the hands of Hockey Canada head coach and general manager Mike Babcock. It was announced today that Ottawa's Hall of Famer Phil Gagnon and former NHL player and coach Chris Chelios will each not be eligible for the 2016-17 school year.
Ottawa will follow the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame with a reopening announcement at the Hockey Canada Awards 2015-16 in Toronto on Saturday, November 5, 2015. Canadian ice hockey player and former NHL player Chris Chelios will become the first Canadian hockey player ever to be introduced to his respective gyms in a special ceremony on Friday, June 16, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Canada's first ever inductee, ice hockey team captain and coach Mike Babcock will also be honored as a member of the Ottawa Sports Hall - of - Fame Class of 2015, which will take place on Sunday, November 6, 2014, at Ottawa City Hall in downtown Ottawa. Canada's second largest and all-time leading ice hockey player in Canada and one of the most successful ice hockey players in the world, ChrisChelios, is honored for his services to the game and to hockey.
Note: The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame, located in the historic Ottawa City Hall building, has closed its doors to the public for the first time in its history. Due to the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, we have decided to postpone the opening of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame until 2020. We had to cancel our original plans to postpone the opening ceremonies of our first annual Hockey Canada Awards 2015-16 in Toronto this fall. Given this, and the fact that we will be postponing our opening ceremonies for our second annual hockey awards until 2020, which has continued to impose dissociation on our communities, it has been decided to postpone this until the autumn.
The Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame announced today that its founding partner, the Ottawa Senators of the Canadian Hockey League, will host the Hockey Canada Awards 2015-16 in Toronto in the fall.
For thousands of athletes who have reunited and resumed action after surgery or physiotherapy, the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame will be inaugurated for the first time in its history. This is the moment for Daniel Alfredsson, who will enter the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and become a member of the Legacy Category for the first time. He has had an 18-year career in the NHL and will be recognized for his services to hockey and the sporting heritage of Canada and Canada.
The highly respected, small-time referee from Gloucester left the Women's Hockey World Cup in 1997 before women's hockey made its Olympic debut, and she was convinced she would never be allowed to compete in the Olympics. In the coming years, the city will witness the return of kayaking to the waterfront of Ottawa, while welcoming the arrival of the Ottawa Curling Club and the Canadian Olympic curling team. Ottawa also hosted the 2017 Olympic Curling Competitions in Canada, won by Homan, who is representing Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the 2016 Canadian Women's Competitions, 2017 Canadian men's and women's championships 2018. She skipped the first Ottawa team to win both the national women's and men's championships when she led her Ottawa curling club team from the 2013 Scottish Tournament of Hearts championship to a championship in 2013.
The city is no stranger to hosting major events, with the 2018 Ice Hockey World Cup and 2019 Pan Am Games taking place in Ottawa. Ottawa has clearly demonstrated its ability to host one of the largest sporting events of its kind in the world and is building on this to provide an unparalleled experience.
Over the past decade, Ottawa has joined the elite of sporting events and was named Sports and Tourism Destination of the Year 2017 by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. It may have taken 100 years, but in 1967 Ottawa began recognizing the excellence of its sporting heritage with the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame. To celebrate this important milestone, we have compiled a list of Ottawa's major sporting and tourism achievements over the past 50 years.