2013 — Cam Russell

Growing up in Cole Harbour, N.S., Cam Russell hardly ever watched hockey. There was no ritual of Hockey Night In Canada at his house. His first love was movies. Russell played hockey – lots of it – but didn’t consider himself a hockey fan. He says he didn’t bother watching games until he was drafted … [Read More …]

2012 – Mark Chipman

Mark Chipman has been the Governor for the Winnipeg Jets on the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors, as well as Chairman of the Board for True North Sports & Entertainment Limited which operates the MTS Centre, the Winnipeg Jets, and the MTS Iceplex. In the spring of 2011, Chipman, along with business partner David … [Read More …]

2011 – Jim Popp

Jim Popp comes from a hard-working, disciplined and loving family that has deep roots  in football thanks to his Dad, Joe. The senior Popp was an outstanding athlete during his time who became a renowned football coach. Looking at Jim Popp’s accomplishments in the game, one could easily determine that he learned his lessons well … [Read More …]

2010 John Furlong

The face of the 2010 Winter Olympics, for most Vancouverites and many Canadians, was John Furlong’s. And those who knew him from the early days of the bid process through the final, triumphant moments of the Games didn’t need a time-lapse series of photographs in a Vancouver paper to tell them how that face had … [Read More …]

2009 Bob Boughner

Bob Boughner By John Humphrey Bob Boughner, the two-time Coach of the Year in both the Ontario Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League and bench boss of the reigning Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires, has a long and proven track record of getting the most out of not only himself, but those fortunate enough to … [Read More …]

2008 George Gillett

George Gillett George N. Gillett, Jr., acquired the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club and the Bell Centre in 2001. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Hockey League (NHL) Board of Governors and owner of the Gillett Entertainment Group (GEG), which produces and promotes concerts and events at the Bell Centre, A … [Read More …]

2007 Bryan Colangelo

BRYAN COLANGELO by George Gross Basketball insiders refer to Bryan Colangelo as a genius…some call him a basketball magician. Colangelo, president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors, was selected as Magna International’s 2007 Sports Executive of the Year by the Sports Media Canada’s Selection Committee panel. The obvious reason for his selection was his … [Read More …]

2006 Stacey Allaster

STACEY ALLASTER by Don Goodwin A 15-year veteran of Tennis Canada and one of the most successful executives in the sport, Stacey Allaster, Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Tournament Director of the Rogers Cup went to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour on January 1, 2006 in the newly-created role of President. Responsible for … [Read More …]