Famous Canadian Sports Personalities

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Though Ice hockey is the most popular sports in Canada, the country has produced some great athletes in various sports who have left their impression on the minds of fans all over the world. The list of famous Canadian Sports Personalities would be incomplete without the mention of Lionel Conacher who won laurels for his country in football, baseball and ice hockey. The famous athlete was nicknamed ‘The Big Train’. Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe are two among the most famous ice hockey players the country has seen. Ben Johnson who held the record of being the fastest man in the world during the 1980s was a Canadian. While mentioning famous Canadian Sports Personalities, it is imperative to name Jacques Villeneuve, the famous race car driver; and Mike Weir who has made a niche for himself among the top 50 golfers in the world. The names of athletes like Terry Fox and Kurt Browning will be remembered fondly among sports lovers. Not lagging behind, the female Sports Personalities of the country such as Lela Brooks, Ethel Cartherwood, Nancy Greene and Myriam Bedard have earned international acclaim. Here we present to you a collection of biographies of some of the most famous Canadian Sports Personalities. To know more about their lives, timeline, explore the collection where we have even revealed some interesting facts and trivia about the personalities.
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Wayne Gretzky
(One of the Greatest Ice Hockey Players in the History of the National Hockey League)
Wayne Gretzky
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Birthdate: January 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brantford, Canada
Nicknamed "The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky is a four-time Stanley Cup Champion and a six-time All-Star record-breaker. The Hockey Hall of Fame inductee played for four NHL teams from 1979 to 1999, was the leading scorer in NHL history, and served as the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
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Roddy Piper
(Canadian Professional Wrestler and Actor)
Roddy Piper
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Birthdate: April 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada
Died: July 31, 2015

Canadian professional wrestler, amateur boxer, and actor, Roddy Piper, is best remembered for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).  He headlined multiple PPV events and hosted the popular WWF interview segment Piper's Pit. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He also appeared in a few films and TV shows.

 3 
Georges St-Pierre
(One of the Greatest Fighters in the History of Mixed Martial Arts)
Georges St-Pierre
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Birthdate: May 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Quebec, Canada

Considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history, Georges St-Pierre is a former professional mixed martial artist. Starting from 2008, he was named by Rogers Sportsnet as the Canadian Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years. When he defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 217, he became only the fourth fighter to be a multi-division champion in UFC history.

 4 
Steve Nash
(Former Canadian Basketball Player, Coach and 8-Time NBA All-Star Winner)
Steve Nash
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Birthdate: February 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Canadian national Steve Nash is a basketball coach and a former player. Known for his playmaking skills, he played for Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers in America’s coveted National Basketball Association. He also played for the Canadian national men’s team from 1991 to 2003. He became the head coach of Brooklyn Nets of NBA in September 2020.

 5 
Terry Fox
(Canadian Athlete and Activist Who Became a National Hero and an Inspirational Figure for His Battle Against Cancer)
Terry Fox
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Birthdate: July 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: June 28, 1981

Terry Fox was a popular cancer research activist and humanitarian. Despite suffering from cancer and having lost one of his legs to cancer, he embarked on a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. Although he died at the age of 22, his efforts resulted in a worldwide legacy and gave rise to the annual Terry Fox Run.

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Bret Hart
(Professional Wrestler & a Member of the Hart Wrestling Family)
Bret Hart
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Birthdate: July 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Bret Hart is a Canadian-American former professional wrestler. Regarded as one of the all-time greats, Bret Hart was one of the most popular and important WWF wrestlers during the promotion's New Generation Era. In 1996, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. He is amongst the seven people who have entered the WWE Hall of Fame twice

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Sidney Crosby
(Ice Hockey Player)
Sidney Crosby
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Birthdate: August 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada

Canadian professional ice hockey player Sidney Crosby is the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, he made his professional debut in 2005. Immediately rising to stardom, he has continued to impress the audience with his powerful gameplay.

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Chris Benoit
(Canadian Professional Wrestler Known for Winning 22 Championships Under WWF/WWE, WCW, NJPW, and ECW)
Chris Benoit
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Birthdate: May 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: June 25, 2007

Often regarded as one of the best wrestlers of all time, Chris Benoit was known for putting his body on the line to create a greater impact than most of his fellow wrestlers. One of his popular moves, a diving headbutt, was cited as one of the reasons for his deteriorating mental health that eventually resulted in his suicide.

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Owen Hart
(Canadian Professional Wrestler)
Owen Hart
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Birthdate: May 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
Died: May 23, 1999
Owen Hart, also known as “The Golden Nugget” and “Blue Blazer,” was part of the Hart wrestling family. He had won several titles, such as the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the WWF World Tag Team Championship. He died in an equipment malfunction accident at the 1999 WWF Over the Edge.
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Lennox Lewis
(British-Canadian Former Professional Boxer and Three-Time World Heavyweight Champion)
Lennox Lewis
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Birthdate: September 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Ham, London, England
Three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis also won the super heavyweight gold for Canada at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He has won numerous accolades, including the CBE and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He has been named as the sixth-best heavyweight boxer of all time by BoxRec.
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Trish Stratus
(One of the Most Popular Female Professional Wrestlers in WWE)
Trish Stratus
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Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Canadian fitness model and former wrestler Trish Stratus is known for her stint with WWF (later renamed WWE). The Diva of the Decade and three-time WWE Babe of the Year has also been a WWE Hardcore Champion. She also became the first female to earn the Lou Thesz Award.

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Bianca Andreescu
(Tennis player)
Bianca Andreescu
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Birthdate: June 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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Edge (Wrestler)
(One of The Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time)
Edge (Wrestler)
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Birthdate: October 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orangeville, Canada
Canadian wrestler Edge is a seven-time World Heavyweight champion. He competed in the 2020 Royal Rumble match after a 9-year hiatus due to neck injuries. He has appeared as Dwight Hendrickson in Haven and as Ketill Flatnose in Vikings. He was also part of the film Highlander: Endgame.
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Gordie Howe
(Ice hockey player)
Gordie Howe
5
Birthdate: March 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Floral, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: June 10, 2016
 15 
Mario Lemieux
(One of the Greatest Ice Hockey Players of All Time)
Mario Lemieux
5
Birthdate: October 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Canadian former professional ice hockey player Mario Lemieux spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing parts of 17 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons. A gifted playmaker and fast skater, he is considered to be one of the best players of all time. With a 0.754 career goals-per-game average, he ranks second in NHL history, behind only Mike Bossy.

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Andrew Wiggins
(Canadian Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as a 'Small Forward')
Andrew Wiggins
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Birthdate: February 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thornhill, Canada
Canadian basketball player Andrew Wiggins was initially drafted by the NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers and then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year playing with the Timberwolves. He was also named Mr. Basketball USA and the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2013.
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Tristan Thompson
(Canadian-American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as a Power Forward / Center)
Tristan Thompson
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Birthdate: March 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brampton, Canada
Boston Celtics center/power forward Tristan Thompson, known for his rebounding skills, was initially drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and won the 2016 NBA Championship with them. He has also played for Canada’s national basketball team. Thompson has been in the news for his relationship and messy break-up with Khloé Kardashian.
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Natalya Neidhart
(Professional Wrestler Known for Her Guinness Record for Most Wins for Female WWE Wrestlers)
Natalya Neidhart
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Birthdate: May 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Natalya Neidhart is a Canadian-American wrestler and columnist. She is best known for her appearances in WWE, where she is one of the most important members of the women's division. She is the first female wrestler to hold both the SmackDown Women's Championship and the Divas Championship in the history of WWE.

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Rocky Johnson
(Canadian Professional Wrestler and Father of Actor and Former WWE Wrestler Dwayne Johnson)
Rocky Johnson
9
Birthdate: August 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amherst, Canada
Died: January 15, 2020

The father of former WWE wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson, Rocky Johnson was a popular Canadian professional wrestler. He was the first black wrestler to win the Georgia Heavyweight Championship. He inspired several popular wrestlers, such as The Rock. He is also credited with helping wrestlers like Hulk Hogan establish themselves in the wrestling world.

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Rick Fox
(Actor and Former Basketball Player Who Played at the 'Small Forward' Position)
Rick Fox
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Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario

Rick Fox is a Canadian-Bahamian actor, businessman, former basketball player, and e-sports franchise owner. He is best known for representing the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After retiring from the sport, Rick Fox went on to establish himself as a media personality, appearing in TV shows like Dancing with the Stars.

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Kevin Steen
(Professional wrestler)
Kevin Steen
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Birthdate: May 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada

Kevin Steen, popularly known by his ring name Kevin Owens, is a Canadian professional wrestler. One of the most popular WWE superstars of his generation, Steen has won several WWE championship titles, such as the Universal Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the United States Championship. In 2017, he was ranked third in the PWI 500 list. 

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Connor McDavid
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Centre)
Connor McDavid
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Birthdate: January 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Richmond Hill, Canada

Canadian ice hockey player Connor McDavid currently serves as the captain of the NHL team Edmonton Oilers. The two-time Art Ross Trophy-winning player became the youngest NHL captain and has won the gold at the 2016 Ice Hockey World Championships, the 2015 Junior Championships, and the 2013 U-18 Championships.

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P. K. Subban
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Defenceman)
P. K. Subban
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Birthdate: May 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

P.K. Subban is a Canadian ice hockey player who currently plays as a defenceman for the NHL's New Jersey Devils. In 2013, Subban was adjudged the NHL's top defenceman and was honored with the Norris Trophy. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Subban promised in 2015 that he would help raise $10 million by 2022 for the Montreal Children's Hospital. 

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Maryse Ouellet
(Professional Wrestler)
Maryse Ouellet
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Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Maryse Ouellet is a Canadian-American businesswoman, actress, and professional wrestler. Currently signed to WWE, Ouellet often appears alongside her husband and WWE superstar The Miz. In 2008, Maryse won the WWE Divas Championship and went on to become the third-longest reigning Divas Champion in the history of WWE. In 2009, she was ranked ninth in the PWI Female 50 list.

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 25 
Bobby Orr
(Ice hockey player)
Bobby Orr
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Birthdate: March 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Parry Sound, Canada
Canadian ice-hockey star Bobby Orr is known for his 12-year NHL career, 10 of which were spent playing for the Boston Bruins. His Stanley Cup win in 1970 marked the Bruins’ first title in 29 years. Post-retirement, the septuagenarian Hockey Hall of Fame inductee has also experimented with golf.
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Jacques Villeneuve
(Canadian Formula One Driver and Winner of 1997 Formula One World Championship )
Jacques Villeneuve
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Birthdate: April 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada

Canadian race-car driver Jacques Villeneuve is known for his association with the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Son of F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve, he has won 11 Grands Prix and is the only Canadian to win the Indianapolis 500 and the F1 Drivers' title. He has also released a music album.

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James Naismith
(The Inventor of the Game of 'Basketball')
James Naismith
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Birthdate: November 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Almonte, Mississippi Mills, Canada
Died: November 28, 1939
Canadian-American physician and coach James Naismith is considered as the inventor of basketball. He authored the first basksetball rule book and established the University of Kansas basketball team. He served as the Kansas Jayhawks athletic director and coach, and trained legends such as Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith.
 28 
Lance Stroll
(Canadian-Belgian Motorsport Racer Who Competes for Canada in Formula One)
Lance Stroll
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Birthdate: October 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The son of Canadian business tycoon Lawrence Stroll and Belgian designer Claire-Anne Callens, Lance Stroll began his motorsport career with karting at age 10. He became F1’s youngest rookie podium finisher at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. His achievements include wins at the 2014 Italian F4 and the 2016 FIA European Formula 3.

 29 
Ben Johnson
(Sprinter)
Ben Johnson
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Birthdate: December 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Falmouth, Jamaica
 30 
Kenny Omega
(Wrestler)
Kenny Omega
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Birthdate: October 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Transcona, Winnipeg, Canada

Kenny Omega is the ring name of Tyson Smith, a Canadian-born professional wrestler. He had a successful tenure in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) after which he joined All Elite Wrestling (AEW), in which he is an executive vice president as well. He also appears in Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide and Impact Wrestling. He considers himself straight edge. 

 

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Tim Horton
(Ice hockey player)
Tim Horton
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Birthdate: January 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cochrane
Died: February 21, 1974
 32 
Steve Yzerman
(Ice hockey player)
Steve Yzerman
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Birthdate: May 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cranbrook, Canada
 33 
Gilles Villeneuve
(Canadian Formula 1 Racing Driver)
Gilles Villeneuve
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Birthdate: January 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada
Died: May 8, 1982
Canadian race-car driver Gilles Villeneuve is remembered for his 6-year stint with Grand Prix, racing with Ferrari. He won six races but died in a violent collision with Jochen Mass’s car during a qualifying race for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix. His son, Jacques, later became a F1 champion.
 34 
Mike Fisher
(Ice hockey player centre)
Mike Fisher
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Birthdate: June 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peterborough, Canada
 35 
Gail Kim
(Wrestler)
Gail Kim
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Birthdate: February 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 36 
Renee Paquette
(Television host)
Renee Paquette
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Birthdate: September 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Renee Paquette is a Canadian television personality and host. She is best known for appearing in WWE, where she worked as an interviewer, presenter, and commentator from 2012 to 2020. In 2013, Renee Paquette received the Slammy Award for her work in The JBL and Cole Show. In 2020, she started hosting Oral Sessions, her own podcast.

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Jonathan Toews
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Centre and Captain of the ‘Chicago Blackhawks’ Team)
Jonathan Toews
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Birthdate: April 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Chicago Blackhawks captain and three-time Stanley Cup-winning ice-hockey player Jonathan Toews became the second-youngest NHL captain ever, at 20. Known as Captain Serious, he is not the one to be found in the middle of any controversy. He was named to the 100 Greatest NHL Players list in 2017.

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Chase Claypool
(American Football player)
Chase Claypool
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Birthdate: July 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Abbotsford, Canada
 39 
Emilie Livingston
(Canadian Dancer, Aerialist, Contortionist, and Former Rhythmic Gymnast)
Emilie Livingston
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Birthdate: January 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada

Canadian rhythmic gymnast and contortionist Emilie Goldblum (née Livingston), wife of actor Jeff Goldblum, is a three-time national champion and was placed 18th in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She also won a gold at the 1999 Pan American Games. She has been a body double for Emma Stone and Rihanna.

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Eric Lindros
(Ice hockey Centreman)
Eric Lindros
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Birthdate: February 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
 41 
Martin Brodeur
(Ice hockey player)
Martin Brodeur
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Birthdate: May 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Anthony Bennett
(Canadian Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as the Power Forward)
Anthony Bennett
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Birthdate: March 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Anthony Bennett is a Canadian basketball player who has represented several NBA teams like Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Toronto Raptors. Bennett is also one of the most prominent members of the Canadian national team. He is currently playing for the Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club in the Israeli Basketball Premier League (IBSL). 
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Christian Cage
(Professional Wrestler Best Known for his Tenure in WWE from 1998-2005)
Christian Cage
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Birthdate: November 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kitchener, Canada

WWE wrestler Christian Cage is known for his interesting pseudonym, which is said to be a combination of the names of actors Christian Slater and Nicolas Cage. Apart from winning several wrestling titles, he has also appeared in series such as Murdoch Mysteries and movies such as Dark Rising.

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Carey Price
(Ice Hockey Player)
Carey Price
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Birthdate: August 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia

Carey Price is a Canadian ice hockey goaltender. Currently an important member of the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL, Price is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalies in Montreal Canadiens history. Also regarded as one of the world's best goaltenders, Carey Price helped the Canadian national ice hockey team win a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Joe Thornton
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Centre)
Joe Thornton
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Birthdate: July 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, Canada
Canadian–American–Swiss ice-hockey player Joe Thornton, or “Jumbo Joe,” currently plays for the NHL team Toronto Maple Leafs. He previously played for the San Jose Sharks and the Boston Bruins. He is one of 13 players with 1,000 NHL assists and also won an Olympic gold for Canada.
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Mark Messier
(Former Ice hockey centre who won six Stanley Cups throughout of his career)
Mark Messier
5
Birthdate: January 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Albert, Canada
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Patrick Roy
(Ice hockey player)
Patrick Roy
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Birthdate: October 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quebec City
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Félix Auger-Aliassime
(Tennis player)
Félix Auger-Aliassime
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Birthdate: August 8, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
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Brett Hull
(Ice hockey player)
Brett Hull
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Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belleville, Canada
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Leylah Fernandez
(Winner of the singles title at the 2021 Monterrey Open)
Leylah Fernandez
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Birthdate: September 6, 2002
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada