Famous Canadian Sports Personalities

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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 1 Wayne Gretzky

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: January 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brantford, Ontario, 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.

 2 Georges St-Pierre

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: May 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Isidore

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.

 3 Roddy Piper

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saskatoon
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.

 4 Steve Nash

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Famous As: Basketball Player
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 Bret Hart

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Famous As: WWE Wrestlers
Birthdate: July 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 6 Sidney Crosby

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
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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 7 Trish Stratus

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Flemingdon Park, Metropolitan 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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 8 Tessa Virtue

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Famous As: Ice Dancer, Figure skater
Birthdate: May 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
Canadian former ice dancer Tessa Virtue is a two-time Olympic champion and a three-time world champion, with her dance partner Scott Moir. She has also won the Canadian national championship eight times. Virtue and Moir are the only winners of the Career Super Grand Slam in ice-dance history.
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 9 Mario Lemieux

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Famous As: Former Ice Hockey Star
Birthdate: October 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, QC, 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.

 10 Gordie Howe

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: March 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Floral, Saskatchewan
Died: June 10, 2016
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 11 Kevin Steen

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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec

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. 

 12 Andrew Wiggins

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: February 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thornhill, Vaughan
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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 13 Natalya Neidhart

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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, 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.

 14 P. K. Subban

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
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. 

 15 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.

 16 Rubin Carter

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Clifton, New Jersey
Died: April 20, 2014

Rubin Carter was an American-Canadian boxer whose boxing career was overshadowed by his murder conviction; after serving almost 20 years of prison term, it was revealed that he was wrongfully convicted of murder. His autobiography, The Sixteenth Round, which he had written during his time in prison, inspired the 1999 film, The Hurricane, where Denzel Washington played Rubin Carter.

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 17 Bobby Orr

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: March 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Parry Sound, Ontario, 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.

 18 Milos Raonic

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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Podgorica, Montenegro

 19 Connor McDavid

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: January 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Richmond Hill, Ontario, 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.

 20 Akshay Kumar

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India

 21 Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo Johnson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dennis, Massachusetts, United States

 22 Jesse Palmer

Jesse Palmer
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Famous As: American football player, Sports commentator
Birthdate: October 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto
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 23 James Naismith

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Famous As: Invented Basketball
Birthdate: November 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Almonte
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.

 24 Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin.
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Famous As: Olympics Gold Medalist Swimmer
Birthdate: May 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pasadena
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 25 Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett
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Famous As: basketball player
Birthdate: March 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brampton

 26 Tim Horton

Tim Horton
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: January 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cochrane
Died: February 21, 1974
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 27 Chase Claypool

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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: July 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Abbotsford, Canada

 28 Scott Moir

Scott Moir
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Famous As: Ice Dancer, Figure skater
Birthdate: September 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada

 29 Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: June 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mississauga, Canada

 30 Bobby Roode

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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: January 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto

 31 Jacques Villeneuve

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Famous As: Formula One Driver
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.

 32 Gilles Villeneuve

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Famous As: Racing Driver
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.

 33 Martin Brodeur

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: May 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal

 34 Gail Kim

Gail Kim
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: February 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 35 Eric Lindros

Eric Lindros
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: February 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London

 36 Jim Neidhart

Jim Neidhart
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: February 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, USA
Died: August 13, 2018

 37 Mark Messier

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: January 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edmonton

 38 Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: April 15, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

 39 Brett Dier

Brett Dier.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
Canadian actor Brett Dier is best known as Michael Cordero Jr. from the popular series Jane the Virgin. Fans also loved him in the Canadian series The L.A. Complex and Bomb Girls, and as C.B. in the sitcom Schooled. He has appeared in several TV movies, too.

 40 Brett Hull

Brett Hull
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belleville

 41 Amber Marshall

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada

 42 Joe Thornton

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: July 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Thomas, 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.

 43 Marc-André Fleury

Marc-André Fleury
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: November 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sorel‐Tracy

 44 Dion Phaneuf

Dion Phaneuf
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: April 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 45 Jarret Stoll

Jarret Stoll
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: June 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melville

 46 Adonis Stevenson

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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: September 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 47 Joe Sakic

Joe Sakic
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burnaby

 48 Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu
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Famous As: Poker player
Birthdate: July 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto

 49 Donovan Bailey

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Famous As: Former Sprinter
Birthdate: December 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manchester, Jamaica

Donovan Bailey is a retired Jamaican-Canadian sprinter. He once held the world record for the 100 meters and is considered the greatest Canadian sprinter of all time. Noted for his top speed, he became the first Canadian to legally break the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters. In 2004,  he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

 50 Maurice Richard

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: August 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: May 27, 2000