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Resources: Ontario's sport heritage
On the shelf
- Hot Foot: Walter Knox’s Remarkable Life as a Professional in an Amateur World, by David Town, Friesen Press, 2014.
- Puckstruck: Distracted, Delighted and Distressed by Canada’s Hockey Obsession, by Stephen Smith, Greystone Books, 2014.
- Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and the Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society. A Century of Sport in the Finnish Community of Thunder Bay. Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society, 2012.
- Gordie Howe. Mr. Hockey: My Story. Vikings Canada, 2014.
- George Chuvalo. Chuvalo: A Fighter’s Life – The Story of Boxing’s Last Gladiator. HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
Ontario Heritage Trust’s Snapshots of Ontario’s sport heritage: Explore the significant athletes, teams, buildings and cultural artifacts that have impacted the history of Ontario’s sport past.
Archives of Ontario: Significant Moments in Ontario’s Sporting Past: A virtual exhibit from the Archives of Ontario, focused on the influential moments of sport in Ontario with the use of items from their collection.
The Bobbie Rosenfeld and Lionel Conacher Award Winners: Since the early 1930s, Canada’s top male and female athletes have been recognized by The Canadian Press with either the Rosenfeld or the Conacher Award. This website gives a complete list of the winners along with stories and related artifacts.
Hockey Hall of Fame: For all things related to hockey and the sport’s history in the province, including biographies of honoured members, NHL player searches, Stanley Cup journals, hockey legends spotlight and photo galleries.
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is an excellent resource for sport history, with stories and statistics for each inducted athlete or sport builder.
CBC Digital Archives: The CBC Digital Archives has numerous fascinating sport videos, with some capturing key moments in Ontario’s sport history and interviews with influential athletes – including: broadcast clips from Foster Hewitt, George Chuvalo’s fight against Muhammad Ali and an interview with Fergie Jenkins.
Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute/Footprint Videos: Historica Canada has put together excellent short videos on some of the most influential athletes and key events in Canada’s sport history. Check out “Basketball” about Dr. James Naismith and the invention of the game.
Ontario Sports Hall of Fame: The Ontario Sports Hall of Fame has biographies for each honoured member, displaying the contribution they have made to sport in the province.
The Lou Marsh Legacy: The Lou Marsh memorial trophy has been given out since the early 1930s to individual Canadian athletes who have displayed great achievements in sport. Notables include Marilyn Bell and Sandy Hawley.