The Hub June 2017 - Page 21

Hot on the heels of the Windsor Spitfires winning the 2017 Memorial Cup, we thought it only appropriate to look at other Canadian achievements in sport. Get ready to wow your team-mates with these great facts! The Great One After a successful 20-year career with four teams in the NHL (1979-99), Wayne Gretzky holds many records deemed to be unbreakable. Gretzky accumulated more assists than any other player scored total points and is the only player to ever total 200 points in a single season - he did this four times. When Gretzky retired in 1999 he held 61 NHL records. If Wayne Gretzky never scored a single goal in the NHL, he would still be the all-time point leader in the history of the NHL The newest star Penelope "Penny" Oleksiak is a 16 year-old Canadian swimmer who specializes in freestyle and butterfly events. She started swimming at the age of 9 and was rejected several times by clubs in Toronto as she was having trouble swimming the length of the pool. Seven years later, Oleksiak captured four medals in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and is Canada's youngest Olympic champion. Her success at the Olympics led to her to being awarded the 2016 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete and the Canadian Press team of the year. Basketball The game was invented by Canadian James Naismith at the YMCA International training school in 1891. Naismith was looking for an indoor recreational sport during the colder winter months. The or iginal game involved 13 basic rules and peach baskets hung 10 feet above the floor. Canada's professional basketball teams began playing in 1946 as the Toronto Huskies in the Basketball Association of America and the Vancouver Hornets of the Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League. The Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies brought major professional basketball to Canada for the first time as members of the NBA in 1995. Lacrosse Lacrosse is an indigenous contribution to Canada, though it is believed by many that the game was invented in the 1850s when the Anglophone middle-class of Montreal adopted the Aboriginals game of baggataway, an extremely violent game played by the First Nations teams. Games were originally played on fields a couple of kilometres in length and played a big role in the community and religious life of First Nations for years. Lacrosse was re-confirmed by Parliament as the National (Summer) Sport of Canada in 1994. The Stanley Cup The championship trophy awarded annually to the NHL playoff winner is named after Lord Stanley Preston, former Governor General of Canada. It was originally named in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, awarded to the top amateur ice hockey club. There are actually 3 parts to the Stanley Cup. the original bowl of the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the Presentation Cup and the Replica Cup which is kept on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The 1907 Montreal Wonderers were the first team to engrave every member of the team on the bowl’s interior surface. Fergie Jenkins Ferguson "Fergie" Jenkins was born and raised in Chatham, and is a former Canadian baseball player. Jenkins played for four different teams over his 18-year career (1965-83). Jenkins played a majority of his MLB career with the Chicago Cubs where he was a three time National League All-Star. He was a 20 game winner in seven seasons, including six consecutive. In 1971 he became the first Canadian to win the Cy Young Award, awarded to the best pitcher in the league. He is one of only 16 pitchers in MLB history to record over 3,000 strikeouts and is the first and only Canadian inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.