Mike Commito is the Director of Applied Research & Innovation at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario. His job is to oversee the brokering of R&D projects between industry partners, funders and our faculty and student researchers at Cambrian.
Outside of his role at Cambrian, Mike is also the Team Historian for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League and a writer for the LA Kings. Prior to his roles with these two hockey clubs, Mike's writing was featured on Sportsnet, VICE Sports, The Athletic, The Hockey News, and Sports Illustrated.
His first book, Hockey 365: Daily Stories From the Ice (Dundurn Press) was released on September 8, 2018.
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2014: Riddell Award, Ontario Historical Society (professional)
Awarded for the best article on Ontario’s history published in the preceding year.
McMaster University: PhD, History 2015
Laurentian University: Masters Degree, History 2010
Laurentian University: Bachelor of Arts, History 2008
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Mike Commito: Laurentian history professor and bear-aware campaigner
MACLEAN'S Magazine print
Mike Commito: Canadian history professor Mike Commito became obsessed with black bears while doing his Ph.D. on the history of bear hunting. Bear-human interactions are still a hot-button issue, and there are lots of bears on Laurentian’s rural campus. So when he’s not teaching history, Commito visits local schools in Sudbury, Ont., to educate people on better bear habits. “Certainly food shortages are a factor, but there’s lots you can do to mitigate these issues,” explains the 31-year-old, who teaches locals when to take their garbage out, pull down their bird feeders and clean their barbecues. Commito is often seen around campus in his trademark bear coat. His family bought it for him as a joke—it’s got a fuzzy head and full paws—but Commito has fully incorporated it into his bear-aware campaign.
What exactly is Northern Ontario?
Just how northern is northern Ontario? Less than it used to be, according to a new commentary from Mike Commito Northern Policy Institute.
Where's the Beef?
What impact could a bigger cattle herd have here in northwestern Ontario? Mike Commito of the Northern Policy Institute takes a look at beef industry in the region.
More beef in the North? Mike Commito thinks so
CBC Thunder Bay online
Northern Ontario might benefit from taking a bigger bite out of the beef industry. That's the suggestion of one researcher. Mike Commito, the research coordinator at the Northern Policy Institute, wrote a blog post about the idea.
Sudbury PoV: Northern mentality holds region back
Sudbury Star print
Mike Commito, a policy analyst with the Northern Policy Institute, questions whether Sudbury -- or any of Northern Ontario's major cities -- can be considered a 'northern' city anymore. In a report released last week ("True North: How 'Northern' is Northern Ontario?"), Commito doesn't take issue with the fact Northern Ontario is located, well, in the north. But he goes on to suggest geography isn't the only factor in determining whether Sudbury and its sister communities can be considered a nordicity; that is, a northern city.
What does it mean to be ‘northern’ and why should we care
According to a new commentary by Northern Policy Institute researcher Dr. Mike Commito, the concept of what qualifies something as “northern” and what doesn’t, really does matter. In Commito’s most recent publication, True North: How “Northern” is Northern Ontario?, he argues the concept of “nordicity” has wide-ranging implications on language and policy decisions that impact the region, but ongoing development and climate change could change the geographical definition of Northern Ontario.
Is Sudbury still a 'northern' city?
Sudbury Star online
Sudbury may be located in Northern Ontario, but that doesn't necessarily make it a northern city, a new commentary from the Northern Policy Institute suggests. In fact, none of Northern Ontario's major cities -- including Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins and North Bay -- may truly be northern cities any more, author Mike Commito writes. Commito explores the concept of nordicity -- or what makes a community truly northern -- in his paper, "True North: How "Northern" is Northern Ontario?", published by the Northern Policy Institute, a think tank based in Sudbury and Thunder Bay.
New online project maps out Northern Ontario infrastructure
Where can you catch a bus in northern Ontario? What about a train? Where does the northern Ontario ice road really go? There's a map for that... A new interactive online map shows Northern Ontario's infrastructure... and highlights the problems.
Interactive map lets northerners view region's infrastructure
CBC Sudbury online
A new online map is offering a snapshot of northern Ontario's railways, roads, and even rest stops. The Northern Ontario Infrastructure Map shows passenger rail and bus routes, major highways, border crossings, airports, and more. Users can click on the interactive map to compare each route along with nearby cities, towns, and First Nations reserves.
Researcher teaches local children to be 'bear aware'
With cutbacks to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Bear Wise program, Sudbury researcher Mike Committo saw an opening to make local children more “bear aware.” Commito, a research co-ordinator with the Northern Policy Institute, completed his PhD dissertation on the history of black bear management in Ontario, and has recently launched his own Bear Aware program to educate students with the Rainbow District School Board and the Sudbury Catholic District School Board about bear safety.
‘Political killing’ or ‘economic opportunity’? Ontario spring black bear hunt extended amid cheers and jeers
National Post online
Is it a “political killing” or an “economic opportunity?” Based on “bad science” or a reversal of bad public policy? Depending on who you ask, the return of Ontario’s spring bear bunt is either a short-sighted political decision or a way to support struggling outfitters and reduce bears wandering into cities. The province announced Friday it intends to extend an existing pilot for another three years, expanding the spring hunt from eight to 88 hunting regions and again allow visitors to Ontario to participate.
Spring bear hunt to be reinstated in Ontario
Toronto Star online
Black bears are back on the menu in the GTA, thanks to a provincial move to reopen the spring bear hunt province-wide for the first time in 16 years.
Why reviving Ontario’s spring bear hunt would be good for economy
National Post online
An investigation from a U.K. paper claims to blow open Canada’s secret history of black bear hunting, but that’s old news in Ontario where the spring bear hunt has been a source of controversy for decades. It’s easy to be outraged by videos that show hunters, cozy in their blinds, baiting bears to shoot them dead, as described in depth by Britain’s Daily Mirror this week, which piggybacked on outrage over big-game hunting in Africa to take aim at North America’s booming trade. It’s a lot harder to consider the cold hard economic facts, the dollars and cents, that drive the annual hunt and have renewed calls to resuscitate Ontario’s spring bear hunt. “It might be abhorrent to some people, it might be shocking to some people… but what you see there for many people is essentially how a bear hunt plays out,” said Mike Commito, a policy analyst with Ontario’s Northern Policy Institute, and author of a new report arguing the economic case for a spring bear hunt.
Spring bear hunt could re-inject millions into the province: report
CBC Sudbury online
Northern Policy Institute report huge revenue was lost by limiting spring bear hunt pilot project
Bring back spring bear hunt on trial basis: Report
Sudbury Star online
Reintroducing the spring bear hunt could puts millions back into the hands of Northern Ontario communities, a new report released Friday by a Northern think tank says. As a result, the Northern Policy Institute is recommending the provincial government reintroduce the spring bear hunt with a non-resident component on a trial basis. “History has demonstrated that non-resident bear hunting, primarily individuals from the United States, has been big business for outfitters and guides in Northern Ontario, particularly during the spring season (1937-1998),” Mike Commito, a policy analyst with Northern Policy Institute, wrote in his report, Does the Spring Bear Hunt Make ‘Cents?’
Northern Ontario historian and analyst looks at the history of bears
Mike Commito, a northern Ontario historian and analyst has been looking into the archives about how poor blueberry crops and how spring hunts influenced the amount of encounters between bears and people.
Don't blame the end of the spring bear hunt on Newmarket bear: expert
National Post online
A black bear shot dead by police just north of Toronto has sparked outcry from animal activists and a renewed call to reinstate the provincial bear hunt. However, one expert says a second bear hunt wouldn’t have prevented the tragedy or perceived danger to the public, but rebuilding Ontario’s broken down bear patrol could. The program officially called “Bear Wise” offers Ontarians a toll-free number to report nuisance bears that wander into yards and playgrounds, mostly in the north but sometimes farther south. It also includes a number of specialists who, unlike police, know how to tranquilize the bears. But Bear Wise was gutted in the 2012 austerity budget that also cancelled a chunk of the Ontario Northland’s rail service and the slots-at-racetracks program. Public education programs under Bear Wise were cancelled and its staff was cut from 48 officers in 25 communities to 21 in 15, according to Michael Commito, a PhD candidate at McMaster University studying the history of black bear management in Ontario. He also said the cuts to the Ministry of Natural Resources affected black bear tracking in Ontario.
Black bear management in Ontario
Global TV tv
PhD candidate and sessional instructor and Laurentian University Mike Commito discusses the challenges officials faces when dealing with black bears in the community and in the wild.
The Simpsons at 25
TVO's the Agenda tv
The debut stand-alone episode of The Simpsons aired 25 years ago today. To celebrate this anniversary, Steve Paikin asks a group of Simpsons fans why they're still quoting the show after all these years.
Superstack has historical significance: Blog
Kaleigh Bradley and Mike Commito wrote an online blog about the historical significance of the stack and what it has meant to the city over the years.
PhD student talks about bear hunt science
Both hunters and animal advocates use science to back up two very different arguments regarding whether sows will be killed and whether a hunt actually limits bear and human conflicts.
The History of Ontario's Spring Bear hunt
Mike Commito talks about the history of Ontario's spring bear hunt.
Cambrian once again among Canada's top 50 research colleges
As it has for five years, Cambrian College cracked Research Infosource's list of Canada's top 50 research colleges — the only college in Northern Ontario to do so. But in its most recent ranking, for 2015, it sunk ten spots over the previous year. Cambrian ranked 44th on the list last year. It ranked 34th in 2014, 36th in 2013, 37th in 2012 and 34th in 2011 (that's the earliest year for which information on this ranking is available on Research Infosource's website). “There was a change in the ranking, certainly, but I think that sort of speaks to how strong some of our other competitors are,” said Mike Commito, applied research developer with Cambrian Innovates. “I don't think there's any concern with the change in the ranking, and I think ultimately with these there's such a strong pool of competitors across the country. Ultimately that's a win-win for everybody in terms of pushing forward innovation and applied research in Canada.”
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Why Baltimore Failed to Land an NHL Expansion During the Expansion EraVICE Sports
Fifty-two years after the National Hockey League signalled its bold plans to double in size and expand to 12 clubs, Baltimore is still waiting for its NHL team. While the Vegas Golden Knights have officially become the league's 31st franchise, the NHL has yet to arrive in "Charm City." Despite being earmarked as an early favourite for expansion, way back when the league first drafted plans for six new squads on March 11, 1965, Baltimore was unable to wrangle a team.
Mayhem in Philly: An Oral History of the Senators-Flyers BrawlVICE Sports
This weekend marks the 13th anniversary of the Senators and Flyers matchup that set an NHL record for the most penalty minutes in one game: 419. That's not a typo. Both Ottawa and Philadelphia combined for four-hundred and nineteen minutes worth of infractions. It eclipsed the previous mark (406) set by the Bruins and North Stars in 1981. To reflect back on that bruising, record-setting game, VICE Sports caught up with some of the players involved to try to make sense of what happened on that raucous night in Philly.
How a Former Pro Hockey Player Chilled with Paul Newman and Landed a Cameo in 'Slap Shot'VICE Sports
Bob Jones may not have been a household name, but he had a better hockey career than most can hope for. After a successful tour of the junior ranks with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey Association (now the OHL), he went on to play in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL). Then, midway through the 1968-69 season, he got the call that every young hockey player dreams of—he was going to the NHL. Although Jones would only suit up in two games for the New York Rangers, he made it to the pinnacle of professional hockey. After his brief stint on Broadway, Jones was back in the AHL, the WHL, and later found himself playing in the upstart World Hockey Association, the NHL's rival competitor in the mid-1970s. But the most interesting stopover of Jones' career may have been his final seasons with the North American Hockey League (NAHL), which just so happened to be the league that served as the inspiration for the movie Slap Shot. How does Jones rank the film's portrayal of the game as he knew it? "Nothing I saw ever captured the game better the way it was being played at the time than that movie. Those things all happened, at a time when hockey was played in a very brutal, punishing way," he told VICE Sports. If anyone is qualified to say that, it's Jones. Not only did he play in the NAHL, but he also had a minor role in Slap Shot. You may not remember uncredited Broome County Blade player #5, but that was Jones, and 40 years later, he still remembers his brief brush with fame on the set during the making of the iconic film.
Canada's Destruction of Denmark, and the Most Lopsided International Hockey GamesVICE Sports
Sometimes hockey teams simply have a bad game. Often, the bounces just don't go their way or they run into a hot goaltender. Other times, you're Team Denmark and you get shutout while allowing 47 goals against. It's all just part of the game.
Throwback Thursday: When the Red Wings Played an Outdoor Game Against InmatesVICE Sports
The Red Wings went to jail. No, seriously. Back on Feb. 2, 1954, Detroit played its first outdoor game in franchise history against a gang of inmates in a penitentiary. It's almost too incredible to believe but it actually happened. The origins of the game dated back to June 1953, when Red Wings general manager Jack Adams and captain Ted Lindsay were doing a promotional tour across Michigan, and one of their stopovers just so happened to be Marquette State Prison, better known as the Alcatraz of the North. As the two Red Wings strolled the grounds with warden Emery Jacques, the latter suggested to Adams that he should bring the whole team back for a game. The Wings GM initially shrugged it off, but after hemming and hawing, Adams eventually accepted the offer on the condition that Marquette finance the club's entire trip and stay in the Upper Peninsula. The warden called his bluff, and agreed. The Red Wings were going to the big house.
John Scott, Owen Nolan's Called Shot, and the NHL's Best All-Star Game MomentsVICE Sports
The NHL All-Star Game in Los Angles is coming up this weekend, so we here at VICE Sports thought we'd throw it back to some of the most memorable moments in ASG history.
Big in Japan: The story of the 1954 Kenora ThistlesSportsnet
Many know the story of how Kenora won the Stanley Cup in 1907, but few know about the time the town became international hockey ambassadors and helped grow the game in Japan. In 1954, Kenora’s intermediate team, the Thistles, traveled to the land of the rising sun to represent Canada in a 10-game goodwill hockey tour. But the story begins back in the 1952–53 season.
When the Kenora Thistles owned the Stanley CupSportsnet
Kenora has a rich hockey history. While the small community in northwestern Ontario is currently home to just over 15,000 people, it lays claim to something that has escaped the grasp of many large-market NHL cities: the Stanley Cup. Back in 1907, the Kenora Thistles enshrined themselves into hockey lore by defeating the Montreal Wanderers in a challenge series for Lord Stanley’s chalice. At the time of the victory, the lumber-and-mining town had a population just north of 5,000, making it the smallest community ever to win the trophy.
Throwback Thursday: NHL Approves Sale of Winnipeg Jets, Kickstarting Move to ArizonaVICE Sports
When Jets fans heard the news that the NHL's board of governors had approved the sale of their team, 21 years ago today, they probably just shrugged it off. After all, it was a rather anticlimactic way to end a tumultuous saga that had been going on for months, which saw the Winnipeg faithful read their club its last rites and bury it several times over. The announcement might have been the team's official obituary notice, but the Jets had already been long dead heading into the 1995-96 season.
The History of NHLers Scoring Hat Tricks in Their DebutVICE Sports
The pork pies and fedoras were raining down for Alex Smart 74 years ago on Jan. 14, when he became the first rookie in NHL history to score a hat trick in his debut. Well, actually, Canada was in the middle of fighting the Second World War, so no self-respecting citizen would have discarded a perfectly good hat in the face of wartime material shortages and restrictions, but you get the idea. When Smart got the call to suit up for the Canadiens, it was the club's 21st game of the season. The left winger had previously been playing in the Quebec Senior Hockey League. He had posted some respectable numbers but was by no means expected to make headlines.
Throwback Thursday: NHL's Landmark TV Deal with CBS Goes LiveVICE Sports
"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We, the National Hockey League, in conjunction with the Columbia Broadcasting System, are controlling the transmission." Alright, so that's not how CBS began its first NHL broadcast, 60 years ago today—that's plucked from the introduction of the 1960s science fiction show The Outer Limits. The NHL didn't need an eerie cold open that day because the programming was already significant enough on its own. In broadcasting the Saturday afternoon game between the Chicago Black Hawks (stylized as two words until 1986) and the New York Rangers, it marked the first time that an NHL contest was televised from coast to coast in the United States.
Throwback Thursday: The NHL's Best Christmas Day MomentsVICE Sports
Christmas hockey games used to be a holiday tradition. For over a half century, from 1919-1971, you could count on an NHL game on Christmas Day, just as much as you could count on unwrapping a pair of socks from your grandmother. But all that changed after the 1971-72 season. Although this was the last time the NHL played games on Dec. 25, the official policy change and moratorium on Christmas contests wasn't established until 1973.
Throwback Thursday: When Jets Rookie Deron Quint Scored Two Goals in Four SecondsVICE Sports
Winnipeg Jets rookies scoring in December is an annual holiday tradition. Teemu Selanne piled up 11 goals in 14 games in December 1992 en route to his incredible 76-goal rookie campaign. Meanwhile, Patrik Laine has four goals this month, own-goal notwithstanding, as he continues to make his case for the Calder Trophy. Two of those goals came in a game against the Oilers, where he channeled the Finnish Flash with a memorable celebration that harkened back to Selanne's days in Winnipeg. It wasn't quite a shooting-your-own-glove-out-of-the-air celebration, but twirling your stick and then holstering as if it were a rapier is still pretty slick.
The Definitive Guide to the Simpsons' Greatest Hockey MomentsVICE Sports
The Great One is going to Springfield. That's right, Wayne Gretzky will be making a cameo appearance on The Simpsons this weekend. Although the show has focused on hockey a number of times throughout its 28-season run, No. 99 will be the first hockey player to lend his voice to the series. In honour of Gretzky's Springfield debut, we took a look back at some of The Simpsons' greatest hockey moments over the years.
Throwback Thursday: Ron Hextall's Historic Empty-Net GoalVICE Sports
With a two-goal lead in the final minutes of the third period against the Bruins on Dec. 8, 1987, Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall made history. With Boston's net empty, Hextall fired a shot from just outside his crease, becoming the first NHL goalie to score a goal by shooting the puck into the opponent's net.
Throwback Thursday: The NHL's First Game in United StatesVICE Sports
When the first National Hockey League game was played in the United States, it did not begin with screeching bald eagles dropping apple pies from the rafters or a pyrotechnics display that would have rivalled 4th of July celebrations. Rather, NHL hockey got off to an inauspicious start in America when the puck dropped at Boston Arena for a game between the Montreal Maroons and Bruins on Dec. 1, 1924.
Throwback Thursday: The Last Time an NHLer Scored on His BrotherVICE Sports
Thirteen years ago today, the Florida Panthers were up 1-0 over the Buffalo Sabres. With less than two minutes remaining in the first period, defenceman Mathieu Biron scored what would be the game-winner to give the Cats a two-goal lead. The kicker? Biron's tally came against his older brother, Martin.
Throwback Thursday: Mr. Hockey and the Great one Square Off in the NHL for First TimeVICE Sports
Before there was Gretzky vs. Mario and Crosby vs. McDavid, there was Mr. Hockey vs. The Great One. On this day in 1979, Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe squared off for their first of four NHL matchups.
Throwback Thursday: NHL Introduces the Penalty ShotVICE Sports
It's Nov. 10, 1934. The Maple Leafs are hosting the Canadiens for their season opener. Montreal is up 1-0 and forward Georges Mantha has the puck on his stick as he drives toward Toronto's net. He had broken away and, according to Toronto newspaper the Globe, "was all set for an open sally" on goaltender George Hainsworth. But Mantha was unable to fire off a shot. Instead, he was hauled down by Maple Leafs forward Bill Thoms. The PA announcer at the Gardens chimed in, saying, "Oh my, looks like that's going to be a penalty shot."
How Angela Gorgone became the NHL's first assistant GMThe Hockey News
It was the night before her first official meeting as the scouting co-ordinator for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Angela Gorgone was out for dinner with assistant GM Pierre Gauthier, director of player personnel David McNab and the scouting bureau. She was in uncharted waters. After having spent the previous four years in the New Jersey Devils’ front office as a hockey assistant, Gorgone now found herself on the west coast in a new job, with a new team. One of her first duties was to inform the scouts that the organization was adopting a computerized system for its scouting process. It was 1993, and most scouts were still mailing their reports and relaying quick information by rotary telephone. Yet here was Gorgone, just 26 at the time, having to tell these seasoned veterans they were about to enter a brave new world. The scouts just stared at her. When she returned home that night, she cried. The season hadn’t even started yet and she thought her scouting department already hated her.
Disputes, Fire and Arrests: Tales from a wild, goal-filled inaugural NHL seasonSports Illustrated
The NHL had its share of highlights in 1917-18, its first season. Among them, the Toronto Arenas won the Stanley Cup, the Montreal Canadiens’ Joe Malone scored 44 goals in 20 games and his teammate George Vezinas recorded the league’s first shutout. The inaugural season pretty much had it all with standard record book moments, but there was much more to it: Fire. League disputes. Arrests. Here’s just a smattering of the lesser-known moments that highlighted the NHL’s opening season.
Hockey's unusual history at the Summer Olympic GamesSportsnet
The 2016 Olympic Summer Games are nearly upon us. The quadrennial celebration brings us the best athletes in sports ranging from beach volleyball to hockey. Wait, what? Yeah, that’s right. Ice hockey.
5.5 Questions with Matt MurrayThe Walleye
The Stanley Cup will be making its way to Thunder Bay this year. After an impressive post-season campaign by Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins, it appears that Lord Stanley’s chalice is destined for the Sleeping Giant. Murray stepped into the breach for the Penguins and proved his mettle throughout the playoffs. Backstopping Pittsburgh to the Cup, Murray matched Patrick Roy, Ron Hextall, and Cam Ward for the most post-season wins by a rookie goaltender. Pretty impressive, but now he’s just looking for a fresh Persian. The Walleye spoke to the Stanley Cup champion about his playoff experience and his plans for the summer.
The History and Future of Hockey's Most Polarizing StatisticSportsnet
Plus-minus is the most polarizing statistic in hockey. There’s no quicker way to draw battle lines in the hockey community than by starting a dialogue about plus-minus. Some still look to it as a way to measure a player’s defensive value, while others see it as the most useless number in the box score. And it’s not just fans and writers who are dismissive of it. Plenty of players have gone on record over the years to voice their disdain for it. When asked about it this past March, Boston Bruins defenceman Torey Krug said that he personally hates it and finds it to be misleading. While plus-minus has certainly come under fire in recent years with the advent of more sophisticated metrics, it has a much longer, complicated history that includes criticisms about its usefulness dating back to its inception.
Four Questions with Matt MurrayThe Walleye
By this point in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Matt Murray has become a household name. But for those of us in the Northwest, the Thunder Bay netminder has already been considered among the premier goalies to come out of the Lakehead. Drafted eighty-third overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Murray is now establishing himself as a bona fide starter in the NHL. Although he spent most of this year with the Penguins’ AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he shone in a late season recall, picking up nine wins with a combined .930 SV%. Despite missing the start of the postseason, while recovering from an upper body injury, Murray returned in game 3 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and has been near lights out ever since. Heading into the first game of the Stanley Cup Final, Murray is 11-4 and boasts a .924 SV%, the third highest this postseason. The Walleye spoke to Matt Murray about the Stanley Cup Playoffs and his hometown.
Canuck teams miss the playoffs, but cheer for these northernersSudbury.com
There's plenty of Northern Ontario talent vying for Lord Stanley’s Cup
VICE Sports Q & A: Darryl Sittler Reflects on His Record-Setting 10-Point GameVICE Sports
For Darryl Sittler and the Toronto Maple Leafs, Feb. 7, 1976 appeared as though it was going to be just another ordinary game against the Boston Bruins. At the end of the first period, Sittler had two assists and the Leafs were winning 2-1, but by all accounts it seemed to be business as usual at The Garden. After the first intermission, however, something transpired on the ice that changed the hockey world. In an offensive tour de force, Sittler scored three goals and added two assists in the second period, setting a new franchise record for most points in a period. More importantly, his performance in the middle frame also put him within striking distance of the NHL record for most points (eight) scored in a single game. Originally set by Maurice "Rocket" Richard in 1945, and later tied by Bert Olmstead in 1954, Sittler had the chance to make history, and as the third period commenced, he did not disappoint. Within 44 seconds of puck drop, Sittler scored another goal to tie the record and later added two more tallies to set a new benchmark that remains unparalleled to this day.
An Encyclopedic Look at the NHL AwardsHistorica Canada
Another National Hockey League season is in the books. The Chicago Blackhawks have won their third Stanley Cup in six seasons and a new crop of young and exciting players will be drafted into the league later this week in Florida. But tonight the focus is on Las Vegas where the game’s best players, coaches and managers are gathering for the annual NHL Awards. Let’s take a look back at the history behind some of these awards and other interesting tidbits that can all be found at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
Tim HortonCanadian Encyclopedia
Miles Gilbert (Tim) Horton, hockey player, entrepreneur (born 12 January 1930 in Cochrane, ON; died 21 February 1974 in St. Catharines, ON). Horton was one of the best defenseman from the National Hockey League’s Original Six Era and spent the majority of his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. A fixture on the blue line, he was well regarded for his imposing strength and skill. As a member of the Leafs, Horton was part of four Stanley Cup–winning teams. While many know of Horton because of his professional hockey career, for many more his lasting legacy is his eponymous coffee franchise, Tim Hortons.
Tom PatonCanadian Encyclopedia
Thomas Laird Paton, athlete, businessman, volunteer (born 30 September 1855 in Montréal, QC; died 10 February 1909 in Montréal). Paton was an accomplished amateur athlete who excelled in lacrosse and hockey. A goaltender with the Montreal Hockey Club, he helped his team to six straight league championships (1888–93). In his final season, the club was awarded the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup — what would later become known as the Stanley Cup. Paton was also a tireless promoter of amateur athletics in Montréal and served on a variety of sporting bodies, including the Montreal Curling Club and the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association.
Reggie LeachCanadian Encyclopedia
Reginald Joseph Leach, hockey player (born 23 April 1950 in Winnipeg, MB). Known as the “Riverton Rifle,” Leach is widely regarded as one of the premier goal scorers in the National Hockey League (NHL) during the 1970s. As a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Leach won the Stanley Cup in 1975. The following season, he won the league goal-scoring title with 61 goals and added 19 more in the post-season. Although the Flyers missed the Stanley Cup, Leach was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs. He is the only skater (non-goaltender) to earn that distinction as a member of the losing team. Leach played 934 games in the NHL, registering 381 goals and 285 assists. He shares all-time league records for most goals scored in a single playoff game and most goals scored in a single post-season.
Pierre PiloteCanadian Encyclopedia
Joseph Albert (Pierre) Paul Pilote, hockey player (born 11 December 1931 in Kénogami, QC). Pilote was a National Hockey League (NHL) defenceman and was regarded as one of the best blueliners from the Original Six era. He played a hard-hitting style but was also respected for his offensive prowess. Pilote won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961 and was awarded the James Norris Memorial Trophy three times. During his NHL career he scored 80 goals and tallied 418 assists and 1,251 penalty minutes during the regular season; in 86 career playoff games, he scored eight goals and 53 assists.
Harry HowellCanadian Encyclopedia
Henry (Harry) Vernon Howell, hockey player, coach, manager, scout (born 28 December 1932 in Hamilton, ON). Howell was a defenceman in the National Hockey League (NHL) and played for the New York Rangers, Oakland Seals, California Golden Seals, and Los Angeles Kings. Following the end of his playing career, he served as a coach, manager or scout for several teams, including Team Canada (1978 world championships), the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers. Howell was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979.
Pat BurnsCanadian Encyclopedia
Patrick John Joseph Burns, police officer, hockey coach (born 4 April 1952 in Saint-Henri, QC; died 19 November 2010 in Sherbrooke, QC). Burns is regarded as one of the National Hockey League’s best coaches, having won three Jack Adams Awards for coaching as well as the Stanley Cup in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014.
Pat QuinnCanadian Encyclopedia
John Brian Patrick (Pat) Quinn, OC, OBC, hockey player, coach, manager (born 29 January 1943 in Hamilton, ON; died 23 November 2014 in Vancouver, BC). Quinn was a defenceman in the National Hockey League (NHL) and played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, and Atlanta Flames. He was also considered one of the best coaches of the NHL, winning two Jack Adams Awards and advancing two of his teams to the Stanley Cup Final. Quinn also coached Canada at the international level, winning gold at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation (IHHF) Under-18 tournament, and the 2009 World Juniors.
Barbara HanleyCanadian Encyclopedia
Barbara McCallum Hanley (née Smith), teacher, politician, Canada’s first female mayor (born 2 March 1882 in Magnetawan, ON; died 26 January 1959 in Sudbury, ON). Hanley was elected mayor of Webbwood on 6 January 1936, becoming the country’s first female mayor. Trained as a teacher, she decided to enter municipal politics in an attempt to improve conditions for the town, which had been hard hit by the Great Depression. Hanley won annual re-election campaigns from 1936 to 1943, and retired as mayor in 1944. A true servant of the public, she sat on many boards and committees throughout her life, including the town ration board during the Second World War.
Wayne GretzkyCanadian Encyclopedia
Wayne Douglas Gretzky, CC, hockey player, coach, entrepreneur (born 26 January 1961 in Brantford, ON). Gretzky is regarded by many as one of the greatest hockey players of all time. His nickname, “The Great One,” attests to his on-ice abilities and impact in the sport. He was a part of four Stanley Cup–winning teams with the Edmonton Oilers and holds or shares an incredible 61 National Hockey League records. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on 22 November 1999. His name is synonymous with number 99, which he made iconic during his illustrious career.