Eric Staal is a Thunder Bay born, professional hockey player. The oldest of four hockey-playing brothers, Eric is a member of hockey’s exclusive Triple Gold Club: He won Olympic gold in 2010 and a World Championship in 2007 with Canada, and he helped the Carolina Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup in 2006. Staal spent a decade rewriting the Hurricanes record book. He would lead the Hurricanes in scoring eight times from 2006-15 and represent the franchise in four NHL All-Star Games. This past year, Eric played in all 82 games for the Wild, scoring 42 goals to lead the Wild in goals and 76 points for the year. Eric had a resurgence last year and now for his career totaling 1093 games and a total of 395 goals and 922 points.
Jordan Staal is a Thunder Bay born, professional hockey player and a co 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 set 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. traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012. He has played 843 career games scoring 206 goals and 482 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 761 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 and the 2016-17 season with the Edinburgh Capitals of the EIHL in Scotland where he had 12 goals and 33 points in 44 games. Jared has signed on as an assistant coach with the OHA Edmonton of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League for the 2018-19 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.
Lindsay Hamilton joined TSN in September 2016 and is an anchor for SportsCentre. Hamilton started working in broadcasting at a young age, becoming the first host of the Family Channel in 2008. For more than five years she interviewed entertainment icons, athletes, and musicians across North America, including Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and One Direction. In 2012, Hamilton hosted events during the 100th Grey Cup Anniversary Week, and by 2014 she joined Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment as a host for Toronto Marlies, IIHF World Juniors, and Toronto Maple Leafs games and team events. The year following, Hamilton hosted the 2015 Pan Am Games torch relay across Ontario and the artistic gymnastics during the Games in Toronto. Hamilton also worked for CBC Radio as a sports reporter. During the Rio 2016 Olympics she was part of the CBC News Network team delivering national sports updates each morning of the Games.
Bryan Bickell is a retried professional hockey player who played for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Carolina Hurricanes. He won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Bickell spent nearly 10 years with the Blackhawks organization before being traded to the Hurricanes before the 2016-17 season. A massive presence on the ice, the 6-foot-4, 223-pound forward played a physical game, digging in the corners, going to the net and creating space for his linemates In a career of 395 games he scored 66 goals & had 192 points along 20 goals & 42 points in 75 playoff games. Bryan was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and retired from playing hockey at the end of the 2017 season. Prior to the start of the 2017/18 season, Bickell signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Blackhawks to retire with the team. The Blackhawks honored Bickell at the United Center before their 2017–18 season opener. Bickell and his wife established the "Bryan & Amanda Bickell Foundation", which helps rescue abused pit bulls.
Norman Maciver is a Thunder Bay born, professional hockey executive and former player. He is currently an assistant general manager for the Chicago Blackhawks. As a player, he played defence for six teams in the NHL during a thirteen-year professional career. Macivor played 500 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 55 goals and 230 assists for 285 points. In 2006, MacIver was hired by the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks to serve as the club’s director of player development, and was promoted to director of player personnel in 2011. After Marc Bergevin left the club to become the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens for the 2012-13 season, MacIver was promoted to assistant general manager. Norm has won 3 Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks.
Richard Vaive is a retired Canadian professional hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League from 1979 to 1992, with Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago & Buffalo. Vaive was selected 5th overall in the 1979 draft by the Canucks but was traded to the Leafs in 1980. Vaive scored prolifically with the Leafs, becoming the first 50-goal scorer in franchise history, surpassing that threshold three times. He recorded 54 goals in 1981-82, 51 goals in 1982-83, and 52 goals in 1983-84. He also served as captain of the Maple Leafs from 1982 to 1986. He played 8765 games in the NHL scoring 441 goals & 788 points as well as accumulating 1445 penalty minutes along with 27 goals & 43 points in 54 playoff games. Vaive currently hosts various shows on Leafs TV, an MLSE -run property focusing on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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 eventually became the Predators’ starting goalie for most of the 2013–14 NHL season. In the 2017-18 NHL season, as a member of the St. Louis Blues, Hutton appeared in 32 games posting 3 shutouts with a .931 save % and 2.09 GAA. His Career totals posting a 63-39-17 record with a .915 save %. Carter has taken over the role as host of the Hometown Heroes Children’s Charity Golf Classic in support of the George Jefferies Centre, which was previously hosted by Patrick Sharp.
Al Secord is a retired Canadian professional hockey player. He played in the NHL from 1978 – 1990, with Boston, Chicago, Toronto & Philidelphia. Secord was drafted 16th overall by the Boston Bruins . He made the Bruins' roster the next season, scoring 16 goals and adding seven assists. He improved to 23 goals in 1979–80. In 1980 he was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks In Chicago, Secord enjoyed the best years of his NHL career. In 1981–82, he scored 44 goals in 80 games. He was also assessed 303 minutes in penalties, making him the only player in NHL history to record 40 goals and 300 penalty minutes in a single season.
Secord joined the 50-goal club in 1982–83, posting 54 goals and 32 assists for a career-high 86 points and played in the NHL All-Star Game for the second consecutive season. Secord played 766 career NHL games, scoring 273 goals and 222 assists for 495 points and registered 2,093 career penalty minutes. When Secord was a teenager, he fought forest fires in Northern Ontario and fell in love with flying. During breaks from hockey, Secord took flying lessons and racked up flying time to eventually become a commercial pilot and currently works for American Airlines.
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.
Kerry Fraser is a hockey analyst, broadcaster and former NHL senior referee. During his career, he called over 1,900 regular season games, thirteen Stanley Cup Finals, and over 261 Stanley Cup playoff games. If you look back at photographs of some of the most important moments in NHL history over the past 30 years, you’ll often find Fraser in the picture. He was one of the last three NHL officials covered by the grandfather clause that allowed him to go without a helmet, thus allowing him to continue to be recognized by his signature hairstyle. Fraser officiated the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, which was the first Olympic tournament to feature NHL participation. Fraser retired from officiating after the NHL 2009–10 season working his last game on April 11, 2010. Fraser continues his involvement in the NHL community by participating in a TSN.ca blog named “C’mon Ref!” where he applies his NHL referee experience to controversial calls in current NHL games. Fraser also serves as analyst on TSN’s hockey highlight show, That’s Hockey 2Nite.
Trevor Letowski is a Thunder Bay born, Canadian hockey coach and former NHL forward. 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 has served as an Assistant Coach for the Windsor Spitfires for the past 2 seasons. a job he took following his departure from the Sting. Following the end of this season that saw the Spitfires win the Memorial Cup, Letowski was named new Head Coach of the Spitfires. During his playing career, Letowski won a gold medal as a member of Team Canada at the 1997 World Junior Hockey Championships. A newly-minted Memorial Cup champion, Trevor joins Canada’s National Junior Team’s coaching staff for the 2017-18 season. This will be Letowski’s second turn as assistant coach for Canada’s National Junior Team; he was an assistant coach with the team at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. He is currently the Head Coach of the OHL Windsor Spitfires
Katie Weatherston is a Thunder Bay born, Canadian Women’s hockey player. Weatherston played for Dartmouth College in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 2002 to 2007. She was then selected to play on the Women's National Team where she won gold in 4 Four Nations Cup tournaments (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008), as well as a gold medal at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, where she had 4 goals and 1 assist. Katie has played in two World Championships, winning a gold medal in 2007 and a silver medal in 2008. Although she was unable to compete in the 2010 Olympics, she had the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch and lighting the community cauldron in her hometown.
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.
Haley Irwin is a Thunder Bay born Hockey Player who has been a member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 2007. After competing with the national under-22 team, she made her world championship debut in 2009, helping the team win silver. Since then, she has been a constant at the most important events, making her Olympic debut as part of the gold medal-winning squad at Vancouver 2010 and capturing two more world silver medals in 2011 and 2013 to go with a world title in 2012. She won her second Olympic gold medal at Sochi 2014. Irwin played her collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. As a freshman in 2007-08 she led all NCAA first-years in points per game. She also helped her team win the NCAA national championship, scoring the championship-winning goal against Wisconsin. The following year she helped Minnesota-Duluth return to the NCAA Frozen Four. Irwin was named to Team Canada for the 2015 World Championships but was unable to compete after suffering a concussion. Just as it looked like she was ready to return to the ice, a chronic hip injury turned worse, requiring surgery. Away from the national team for almost two years, Irwin returned at the 2016 Four Nations Cup and helped Canada win a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships. Irwin and Team Canada earned silver during the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games, losing the gold medal to the United States 3-2 in a shootout.
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.
Dennis Owchar is a Dryden born Canadian retired professional hockey player who played 288 games in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Rockies. Owchar moved to Thunder Bay in the late 60’s. As he entered the junior ranks with the St. Catharines Blackhawks and then the Toronto Marlboros, Owchar was selected 55th overall in the 1973 by the Penguins. Throughout his career, Owchar established himself as a physical defenseman who specialized in bodychecking and playing the man. His favourite tactic was to catch opposing forwards coming across the middle with their heads down. By the time he was done, the rest of his opponent's body would be down as well. Owchar played 288 games scoring 30 goals & 85 points with 200 penalty minutes. Dennis was the first player from Northwestern Ontario to have won a Memorial Cup, Calder Cup & 2 Allan Cups.
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.
Robert Bortuzzo is a Thunder Bay born, professional hockey player. Bortuzo is a Fort William North Star Alumni in the SIJHL. Bortuzzo played in the OHL for the Kitchener Rangers where he was then Drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he spent 4 years. Bortuzzo is currently playing
Patrick Sharp is a professional hockey player who was born in Winnipeg but moved to Thunder Bay at the age of 9 & remained in Thunder Bay for the rest of his childhoood. Patrick has played 15 seasons in the NHL for the Philidelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Dallas Stars. Sharp began his NHL career with the Flyer's organization but was traded to the Blackhawks in 2005. As an Alternate Captain wit the Blackhawks, he became a three-time Stanley Cup champion in 2010, 2013, and 2015. In 2011, Sharp won the NHL All-Star Game MVP Award. Sharp was dealt to the Stars in 2015, where he spent two seasons before returning to the Blackhawks in 2017. Sharp was a member of the Canadian national team at the 2014 Winter Games, where he won an Olympic Gold Medal. Sharp played in 939 games in the NHL and scored 287 goals & 620 points along with 47 goals and 87 points in 142 playoff games.
Lonny is retired Canadian NHL right winger. He played most notably for the Vancouver Canucks & Toronto Maple Leaf’s. Sharp shooting Bohonos had unquestionable skill and natural hockey sense as well as an excellent touch around the net. In 83 games in the NHL, he recorded 19 goals & 35 points in the regular season as well as 3 goals and 9 points in 9 playoff games with the Leaf’s while skating on a line with Mats Sundin. Later in his career, Bohonos left North America to sign with Davos HC in the Switzerland. He became one of the top players in the National Liga A, leading the league in scoring with 60 points in 2000–01. That same year, he won a Spengler Cup with Davos, defeating Canada in the final. He spent another year with Davos and was the Spengler Cup runner-up in 2002, then joined the ZSC Lions. He retired in 2006.
John Adams is a Thunder Bay born former NHL goaltender. Adams, a stellar goaltender throughout his youth, appeared in four consecutive Memorial Cup tournaments between 1964 and 1967. At 18, Adams joined his hometown Port Arthur North Stars where he backstopped the team for three years. In his final year of junior eligibility in 1966-67, Adams tended goal for the Port Arthur Marrs. Adams played in the Memorial Cup tournament four years in a row. Adams turned pro in the fall of 1967, signing a contract with the Dayton Gems of the IHL where he remained for two years before taking on the first-string goaltending position with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL. At the age of 26, he finally got his shot at playing in the NHL, and it was with the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, who were going through goaltending woes with the loss of Gerry Cheever’s to the WHA. In 14 games with the Bruins, Adams officially posted a 9-3-1 record with a 3.00 goals against average. Adams also played eight games for the Washington Capitals in 1974-75. In the late 1970s, Adams moved back to northern Ontario where he became a player/coach with the Thunder Bay Twins.
Ric Nattress is a former National Hockey League Defencemen. He was drafted in the second round, 27th overall, by the Montreal Canadians in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.Ric Nattress was a solid positional defenseman in his own end who could move the puck up ice to his forwards with a minimum of difficulty. He played over 500 regular season games for five different teams: Montreal, St. Louis, Calgary, Toronto & Philadelphia.In Calgary, Nattress was a stalwart on the club's blueline helped the Flames win the Stanley Cup in 1989. He also represented Canada at the 1991 World Championships.After joining the Philidelphia Flyers for the 1992-1993 Season Nattress retired. In his NHL career, Nattress played in 536 games. He recorded 29 goals and 135 assists. He also appeared in 67 playoff games, scoring five goals and adding ten assistsNattress has been a successful radio co-host of "Blue & White Tonight", a post-game show after every Toronto Maple Leaf’s game on Sports net. He is a sought-after speaker attending sports dinners across Canada entertaining thousands of guests with his great sense of humor and stories from his playing days.
Danny Gruen is a Thunder Bay born former professional hockey player. who played 49 games in the National Hockey League and 181 games in the World Hockey Association. He played with the Colorado Rockies, Detroit Red Wings, Michigan Stags, Winnipeg Jets, Cleveland Crusaders, Calgary Cowboys, and Minnesota Fighting Saints. He was a talented goal scorer who could win battles along the boards and in front of the net. Most of his success came in the WHA, the minors, and the senior hockey level. Gruen played junior with the local Vulcans of the TBJHL. He was chosen 58th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1972 and became a farmhand on the club for two years while receiving the occasional recall. In 1974-75, the young forward joined the Michigan Stags of the WHA and remained in the league for 2 1/2 seasons. His best performance came in 1975-76 when he scored 26 times for the Cleveland Crusaders. After the Red Wings traded Gruen's rights to the Colorado Rockies in February, 1977, he returned to the NHL and recorded 18 points in 29 games. Following training camp the next season he was relegated to the Kansas City Red Wings of the CHL and played in the minors for three years before retiring. Gruen returned to Thunder Bay and played with the senior Thunder Bay Twins and won the Allan Cup.