The 15 biggest moments in Canadian sports history

Editor’s Notice: This is part of CBC Sports’ collection of memories celebrating several of Canada’s top sports activities, heroes, and moments because the United States marks its 150th birthday this yr. We’ve revisited the lives of baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins, speed skater Gaetan Boucher, skier Nancy Greene, parent skater Barbara Ann Scott, distance runner Tom Longboat, Kentucky Derby winner Northern Dancer, sprinter Harry Jerome, automobile racing’s Villeneuve circle of relatives and tune famous person/sports activities author Bobbie Rosenfeld. We’ve additionally explored the Richard Riot, Babe Ruth’s Canadian connections, and Canada’s function in inventing the most important North American sports activities. Find all of CBC Sports Canada’s one-hundred-fifty stories right here.

The urge to make lists runs deep. Name a magazine, website, radio or TV display, newspaper, weblog, blog, or podcast that doesn’t crank out at least the occasional Top 10 list. Media people, like anybody else, take comfort in making feel and order from lifestyles’ barrage of random stuff. Lists help. So, with Canada turning 150 years antique, your buddies at CBC Sports determined it’d be beneficial to create a definitive list of the 15 largest moments in Canadian sports history. It’s not one in line with the decade, but 15 kinds of rhymes with a hundred and fifty, so roll with us on that part.

There could be greater to argue approximately than the period of our listing. We convened a panel — skilled newshounds, stats humans, researchers, younger keepers, and wily veterans. We desired country-wide occasions sincerely. Moments that made a lasting difference throughout the United States. So a Grey Cup for the Roughriders or some other Stanley Cup for the Canadiens wasn’t correct sufficient. We fought like bobcats in a sack.


Vince Carter wins the Slam Dunk Contest.

During the 2000 NBA All-Star festivities, Vince Carter, the Toronto Raptors big name and Jordanesque “Air Apparent,” blew the doorways off the dunk contest with a chain of movements, including a via-the-legs slam. Carter’s display became a watershed second for basketball in Canada. The hype surrounding his feat helped usher in NBA-level infrastructure to the Greater Toronto Area. This home to at least one-5th of all Canadians became a hotbed for the competitive ball. Basketball exploded in Canada, turning into Vince’s jams that lit the fuse.

Schmirler the Curler captures Olympic gold.

At the 1998 Nagano Games, Sandra Schmirler and her rink brought Canada’s first Olympic gold in curling. To that date, it became the biggest single moment in our use of A’s history in the sport. Schmirler, Joan McCusker, Jan Betker, and Marcia Gudereit insisted that curling in Saskatchewan stored them humble — regardless of how prestigious their international wins; they said friends at home could nevertheless mission them on the ice. Schmirler’s rink received three Canadian championships and three worlds. They by no means misplaced an international tournament. Some say they were women’s curling’s nice foursome ever. Cancer ended the skip’s life tragically younger. However, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation contributes hundreds of thousands of bucks to neonatal units in hospitals throughout Canada.


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