Eric Staal is a Thunder Bay born, professional hockey player and the former captain of the Carolina Hurricanes. He is the eldest of the four Staal brothers. Carolina selected Eric second overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He holds the Hurricanes’ franchise records for: most hat tricks in a single season – 4; most career post-season points – 43; consecutive games – 349. Eric has played in 4 All-Star games and was selected as the game MVP in 2008. He is a member of the prestigious Triple Gold Club, having won the Stanley Cup (2006), a World Championship gold medal (2007), and an Olympic gold medal (2010). On February 28, 2016, Staal was traded to the New York Rangers. He has appeared in 929 games scoring 325 goals and 781 points. On July 1, 2016 Eric signed a 3 year contract with the Minnesota Wild.
Jordan Staal is a Thunder Bay born, professional hockey player and an alternate captain of the Carolina Hurricanes. Jordan was selected second overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. During his time with Pittsburgh, Jordan put up some of his best numbers and set a few NHL records: he became the youngest player to score a hat- trick (18 yrs.), the youngest player to score two shorthanded goals (20 yrs.), and the youngest player to score on a penalty shot (18 yrs.). Jordan won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009 and has played 689 games scoring 171 goals and 391 points.
Marc Staal is a Thunder Bay born, professional hockey player and an alternate captain of the New York Rangers. Marc is the only defenseman among the four Staal brothers. The Rangers selected him 12th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and he has appeared in 617 games for the club since, helping them reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014. Marc was selected to participate in the NHL All Star game in 2011 and he has seen success internationally, winning two gold medals at the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2006 and 2007. He was named the tournament’s top defenceman in the 2006 Championships.
Jared Staal is a Thunder Bay born, professional hockey player and the youngest of the four Staal brothers. Jared was drafted in 2008 by the Phoenix Coyotes, but joined his brothers Eric and Jordan in Carolina in 2010. On April 25, 2013, Jared made his NHL debut, playing alongside both Eric and Jordan, against the New York Rangers. He has played in more than 200 games in the AHL and spent the 2015-16 season playing with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays. Jared Staal is set to head to Scotland this August to join the British Elite League club Edinburgh Capitals for the 2016-17 season.
Robert “Bobby” Orr, is a retired professional hockey player, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Orr used his skating speed, scoring, and play-making abilities to revolutionize the position of defenceman. He played in the NHL for 12 seasons, starting with 10 with the Boston Bruins followed by two with the Chicago Blackhawks. As of today, Orr remains the only defenceman to have won the league scoring title with two Art Ross Trophies. He holds the record for most points and assists in a single season by a defenceman. Orr won a record eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the NHL’s best defenceman and three consecutive Hart Trophies as the league’s most valuable player (MVP). Orr was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 at age 31, the youngest to be inducted at that time. Orr entered the player agent business in 1996 and today is president of the Orr Hockey Group agency.
Grant Fuhr is a retired professional hockey goaltender who played in 868 games in the NHL from 1981-2000. In 1981, he was selected 8th overall by the Edmonton Oilers, where he went on to enjoy a decade of stellar play. He backstopped the team to five Stanley Cups He played in the National Hockey League All-Star Game in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, and 1989. In 1987, he played in goal for the NHL All-Stars in both games of the Rendez-Vous ‘87 series against the Soviet National Team. In 1987-88, Fuhr backstopped Canada to a victory at the Canada Cup, playing in all nine games,.Grant won the Vezina Trophy in 1988 and the William Jennings Trophy in 1994. In 2003, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Fuhr continues to stay involved in the NHL and spends a great deal of his time doing speaking and golf engagements.
Derek Stepan is a professional hockey player and an alternate captain for the New York Rangers. He was selected by the Rangers in the 2nd round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and he and his father Brad, are the first father-son combination both drafted by the New York Rangers. Stepan has played in 362 NHL games and has scored 89 goals and 252 points. He scored a hat-trick in his first NHL game on October 9, 2010, against the Buffalo Sabres, becoming the first rookie in Rangers history to do so. He is only the fourth player in NHL history to have scored a hat-trick in his debut. In 2010, Stepan captained the United States to their second gold medal ever at the World Junior Hockey Championships. He led the tournament in scoring with 4 goals and 10 assists, and was also selected to the tournament All-Star team. Stepan has been named to the Team USA roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
David Poulin is a retired hockey player who played 13 seasons in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals, He played in 724 games scoring 205 goals and 530 points. In his first full NHL campaign, he set a club record (now since passed) for most points by a Flyers rookie with 76. Poulin quickly established himself as a strong leader and a player that could play at both ends of the ice. Those attributes aided in his being named Flyers team captain replacing Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke. He was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 1986-87 and was named to the 1986 and 1988 NHL All-Star Games. In 2004, Poulin was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame. Poulin spent 10 years as head hockey coach at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. He currently works as a Hockey Analyst for TSN.
Bill “Goldie” Goldthorpe was born in Hornepayne, Ontario & is a retired professional ice hockey player who served as the inspiration for “Ogie Ogilthorpe” in the 1977 film Slap Shot. Goldthorpe, who grew up in Thunder Bay, is widely regarded as one of the most infamous hockey enforcers to have ever played the game, a man once dubbed the “wildest, meanest, most unpredictable player in hockey. In his eleven-year career (1973–84), Goldthorpe played for no fewer than ten minor league teams and four World Hockey Association squads; he also suited up for exhibition games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins. Along the way, Goldthorpe racked up an amazing 1,132 penalty minutes in just 194 professional games. His play was representative of his personality, fierce determination and perseverance with a very low tolerance for actions that could be interpreted as threatening or disrespectful of himself, his teammates or associates either on the ice or off.
Carter Hutton is a Thunder Bay born, professional hockey player. On April 27, 2013 he made his first NHL start as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago went on to win the Stanley Cup that year and Hutton was given a championship ring. He has been a member of the Nashville Predators since 2013. He posted an impressive 2.33 gaols against average and .918 save percentage with 2 shutouts this season. The Nashville chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association chose Hutton as the Predators’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. Carter will be taking over the role as host of this summer’s Hometown Heroes Children’s Charity Golf Classic in support of the George Jefferies Centre, which was previously hosted by Patrick Sharp. On July 1st 2016, Hutton signed a 2 year contract with the St.Louis Blues.
Mike Krushelnyski is a retired professional hockey player who played 15 seasons in the NHL with the Boston Bruins, the Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Detroit Red Wings. Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley were part of the 1988 trade in which Wayne Gretzky (who had personally requested McSorley and Krushelnyski to be part of the trade) was sent to the Los Angeles Kings. Before being traded, he played on three Stanley Cup winners with the Edmonton (1985, 1987, and 1988). In a career of 897 games, Krushelnyski recorded 241 goals and 569 points. His single best season was 1984-85, in which he scored 43 goals and 88 points while often playing as a winger on a line with Gretzky and Jari Kurri.
Trevor Rodney Kidd is a retired NHL goaltender who played in 387 games over 12-years in the NHL. Kidd played for the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs. A first-round draft pick, Kidd was selected 11th overall by the Flames in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Kidd represented Canada three times at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning gold medals in 1990 and 1991. He also won a silver medal as a member of Team Canada at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
One of the National Hockey League’s most well-known Referees is Kerry Fraser. During his career, Kerry called a NHL Record 1,900 regular season games, 13 Stanley Cup Finals, and over 261 Stanley Cup playoff games. Fraser will be attending Sunday’s Pairings Party , Officiating Monday’s Pandora Intercity Summer Classic Road Hockey Game and will also be golfing in Monday’s Porter Celebrity Pro-Am.
Trevor Letowski is a Thunder Bay born, Canadian hockey coach and former NHL forward. During his playing career, Letowski won a gold medal as a member of Team Canada at the 1997 World Junior Hockey Championships. He had a successful playing career with several NHL teams, including the Carolina Hurricanes, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets, playing in 616 games, scoring 84 goals and 201 points. Letowski coached the OHL’s Sarnia Sting from 2013-2015 and is currently an Assistant Coach for the Windsor Spitfires. He was an Assistant Coach for Team Canada Black at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and served as an Assistant Coach for this year’s Canadian World Junior Team.
Krista McCarville is a Thunder Bay born Canadian curler. McCarville skipped the Northern Ontario team in three Canadian Junior Curling Championships (2000, 2001, 2002). McCarville won the Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts in 2006, 2007, 2009 & as well in 2010, where her Team finished the entire tournament undefeated. It was the first time in provincial history that a team went undefeated. With the win, she claimed her 4th trip to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 5 years. On February 13, 2013, she announced she was taking a year or more off from the game to spend time with her two young children and concentrate on her teaching career. McCarville returned to competitive curling for the 2015–16 curling season and highlighted her return by winning the 2016 Northern Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts and advancing to the championship game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Stew Gavin is a retired professional hockey player who played in the NHL between 1980 and 1993. He was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, and played in 768 career NHL games with three teams (Toronto, the Hartford Whalers, and the Minnesota North Stars), scoring 130 goals and 286 points. In 2003 he founded the Gavin Management Group. His elite roster of clients includes professional athletes and leaders in the corporate community. Gavin has also served as the President of the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Association, and remains on the Board of Directors, where the association’s efforts have raised more than $4,000,000 for various charitable and gift giving endeavours.
Al Hackner nicknamed “the Iceman”, is a Canadian Hall of Fame curler from Thunder Bay, Ontario. He is a two-time Brier and World Champion skip. Hackner has skipped the Northern Ontario team at nine Briers. He won the Brier in 1982 and again in 1985 when he defeated Pat Ryan of Alberta. To tie the game with last rock in the 10th end Hackner had to make a near impossible double-take out, coming around a guard to hit two stones some 8 feet apart, which would later go down in curling infamy as the “Al Hackner double”. Hackner’s team then stole a single point in the extra end for the win. The shot was named the greatest moment in Northern Ontario curling history by the Northern Ontario Curling Association. In 2004, Hackner was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Hackner won the 2006 Canadian Senior Curling Championships which he the followed up with a silver medal at the World Senior Curling Championships in 2007. He lost the men’s provincial final to Brad Jacobs in 2015.
Brett Cleverdon began his career at the 1996 Remax World Long Drive Championships at the age of 19 where he finished in 15th place, narrowly missing advancing to the final 8. This was the highest finish ever by a teenager. Cleverdon performed his first exhibition in October 1996 and has made his exhibitions a full time career ever since, performing at over 850 golf events worldwide. Cleverdon is well known as one of the best trick shot golfers in the world and can also hit 400 yard drives on the course.
Tessa Bonhomme is a Canadian hockey player and sports reporter and anchor for TSN’s Sportscentre. She began playing for Women’s National Team in 2004, and has helped Canada win gold at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, the 2010 Four Nations Cup, and the 2007 and 2012 World Championships. She also won a silver medal at the 2009, 2011, and 2013 World Championships. Bonhomme made her TSN debut in 2014 as a panellist for hockey broadcasts during the 2014 Winter Olympics, and continues to be a contributor for Hockey Canada events.
Gino Reda is the long-time host of Canada’s #1 daily hockey magazine show, That’s Hockey, keeping viewers up-to-date on all the latest headlines from the world of hockey. Reda joined TSN in 1988 as a reporter and was quickly promoted to host of SportsCentre (then called SportsDesk). He anchored more than 3,000 shows over 12 years on SportsCentre before taking over the reigns of That’s Hockey in 2002. During his tenure at TSN, Reda hosted numerous IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, including the Gemini Award-winning one in 2003. Reda devotes much of his time to giving back. He has been a strong supporter of World Vision Canada and Special Olympics Canada for more than 15 years.
Glenn Schiiler is a Thunder Bay born, anchor and reporter for TSN’s That’s Hockey 2 Nite. He graduated with a diploma in TV Broadcasting from Confederation College and has 13 years of broadcasting experience. Previously, Glenn worked for Thunder Bay Television and The Score in various roles including videographer, reporter and anchor. Schiiler also spent two years as an anchor for NHL Network, covering highlights and analysis from around the league on NHL On The Fly.
Laura Diakun is an anchor and host for TSN’s SportsCentre. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto and has been involved in the television broadcasting industry for the last 11 years. Previously, Diakun worked for the Score, CBC as a studio host for the Sochi Olympics as well as the FNTSY Sports Network before joining TSN in December of 2015.
Rick Curran is a NHLPA agent who brings over 35 years of experience to the Orr Hockey Group. During that time, he has negotiated several of the industry’s precedent setting contracts. Rick’s initial association with Bobby Orr began in 1969 as a staff member of the Orr Walton Sports Camp. Following a successful college hockey career at Merrimack College, he was appointed International Hockey Coordinator for Hockey Canada. Rick served as Business Manager for Team Canada for two world championships (1977-Vienna and 1978-Prague) and for the Team Canada Juniors (1978-Montreal). Many of the players Curran has represented are now key decision makers in the game today. His current client list consists of the Staal brothers, Patrick Sharp, Jason Spezza, Taylor Hall, Jeff Carter to name a few and he has represented the likes of former NHL greats such as Eric Lindros, Mark Recchi and Brendan Shanahan.
Darren Kent is professional basketball player. Darren played at Kansas State University where he appeared in 96 games through 2005-09, averaging 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds. He was Kansas State’s third leading scorer (9.0ppg) and leading rebounder (5.8rpg) playing 23 minutes per game as a senior in 2008-09. He played professionally in France and is currently employed by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Darren is an avid golfer with a 2 handicap and stands 6’10” tall.
Lonnie Bohonos is a retired Canadian professional hockey player. He played most notably for the Vancouver Canucks. The high point of Bohonos’ time with the Canucks came in 1996-97 when he registered 22 points in 36 games. In March 1998, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he scored three goals & six assists in nine playoff games when the club reached the semi-finals in 1999. After spending the 1999-00 season with the Manitoba Moose, Bohonos headed for Switzerland to play for HC Davos where, in 2001, he led the league in scoring and in the same year won the Spengler Cup with Davos in a victory over Canada.
Kevin Hayes is a professional hockey player currently playing for the New York Rangers. Hayes was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, 24th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but was not signed to a professional contract until 2014 by New York. Hayes played for Boston College in the NCAA’s Hockey East conference between 2011 and 2014. He emerged as a star player in his final, senior year, where he played on a line with current Calgary Flames players Bill Arnold and Johnny Gaudreau. He earned a top ten nomination for the Hobey Baker Award and garnered a reputation as a large, two-way player with a prolific shot and power play effectiveness. Hayes was also named MVP of the 2014 Beanpot Tournament. Over the past 2 seasons, Hayes has played 158 games in the NHL, scoring 31 goals, 50 assists and 81 points.