Daryl ‘Doc’ Seaman, a decorated World War II veteran, was one of six Calgary businessmen to bring the Atlanta Flames to Calgary in 1980. He was instrumental in getting the Saddledome built in 1983 and in getting the 1988 Winter Olympics to Calgary. A passionate hockey fan, Seaman partnered with his friend Harley Hotchkiss to create Project 75 (now known as the Seaman Hotchkiss Hockey Foundation) in 1980. The Foundation has contributed over $5,000,000 to minor hockey development initiatives, such as offering scholarships, helping to build arenas in Canada, and contributing to charities in Alberta.
Marion Lay was a successful swimmer, competing in two Olympic Games and winning a bronze medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay at the 1968 Olympics. After retiring as an athlete, she dedicated her career to sport; establishing Canada’s first government-led women in sport program, organizing Canada’s first women and sport conference, helping to establish WomenSport International, Promotion Plus for girls and women in sport in BC and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activitiy (CAAWS). She’s headed operations for Rick Hansen’s 1985-87 Man in Motion World Tour, was the founder of the Canadian Sport Centre, Vancouver, served as chair of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation and is a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Charmaine Hooper is one of Canada’s women soccer pioneers for her participation in the country’s first-ever women’s national soccer team camp in 1986 when she was 18. Her 20-year career has included numerous NCAA records, becoming North Carolina State University’s all-time leading scorer, and playing professional soccer in Norway, Italy, Japan, U.S.A. and Canada. She established a national record of 129 appearances with 71 goals at the international level and has represented Canada at three FIFA Women’s World Cups.
Bobsledder Pierre Lueders is the most decorated slider in Canadian history. He is a five-time Olympian and won our country’s second-ever medal in bobsleigh at the 1998 Winter Olympics – gold. During his athletic career he’s won a total of 85 medals on the World Cup circuit in the combined men’s event, the two-man event and four-man event and won eight medals at FIBT World Championships
Scott Niedermayer is the only hockey player to win every major North American and international championship in his career – he’s won the Memorial Cup, the IIHF World Junior and World Championships, the World Cup, four Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals. He was drafted to the NHL in 1991 and played 18 seasons with the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Canadian figure skating pair Jamie Salé and David Pelletier are not only 2001 World Champions, 2001 Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy winners and 2002 Olympic Champions, but are role models for their charm in dealing with a judging scandal that initially robbed them of Olympic gold. The issue was resolved and resulted in changes to ISU judging and Salé and Pelletier receiving Olympic gold medals.
Canadian Derek Porter is a two-time Olympic medallist and 1993 World Champion rower. He joined the National Rowing Team in 1989 and started his career in the men’s eight event, earning second place finishes at the 1990 and 1991 World Championships and a gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games. He then made a successful switch to sculling in 1993 and in his first year, won the World Rowing Championships. Porter went on to win silver at the 1996 Olympic Games and place fourth at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Jeremy Wotherspoon is the most successful male speed skater in World Cup history with 67 victories. In 2003 Wotherspoon achieved this marker with his 49th World Cup victory. His career continued for another seven years and another 18 World Cup wins. He is not only the best male sprinter (500 and 1,000 metre events) in Canadian history, but is the best is the history of the sport. He’s won four World Sprint Championships titles, won a silver medal at the 1998 Olympic Games, and set ten world records in his career.