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Boom Boom Geoffrion

Joseph André Bernard Geoffrion, "Boom Boom," hockey player (b at Montréal 16 Feb 1931; died on 11 March 2006 at Atlanta, USA). Geoffrion is known by hockey fans as the inventor of the slapshot.

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Mike Bossy

Michael "Mike" Bossy, hockey player (b at Montreal 22 Jan 1957). After starring for the Laval Nationals in junior, Bossy joined the New York Islanders in 1977-78.

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Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard, tennis player (born 25 February 1994 in Montréal, QC). At Wimbledon 2014, Bouchard became the first Canadian singles player to reach the final of a senior Grand Slam singles tennis tournament. Although she lost to Petra Kvitova, the match was watched by over a million Canadians and helped make Bouchard a media sensation. Two years earlier, Bouchard had won the Wimbledon 2012 girls’ tournament, becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title at any level. A two-time winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award (2013 and 2014), she was the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Newcomer of the Year in 2013 and won a WTA title in Nuremberg, Germany, in 2014.

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Frank Boucher

Frank Boucher, hockey player (b at Ottawa 7 Oct 1901; d at Kemptville, Ont 12 Dec 1977). He played for the RCMP, Ottawa and Vancouver before joining New York Rangers in 1926. He was the playmaking centre on the famous line with

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Gaétan Boucher

In 1977 he was world indoor speed-skating champion and in 1978, 1980 and 1982 he finished second at the more prestigious World Sprint Speed-skating Championships.

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Raymond Jean Bourque

Raymond Bourque, hockey player (b at Montréal, Qué, 28 Dec 1960). Raymond Bourque is one of the NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE's best-ever defensemen, holding the record for the most points, goals and assists for a defenseman in the league.

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Scotty Bowman

William (Scotty) Bowman, hockey coach (b at Montréal 18 Sept 1933). Bowman's junior hockey career ended in 1952 and he began coaching in the MONTREAL CANADIENS system from 1954 to 1966 when he joined the St Louis Blues as coach and general manager in 1967.

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Rob Boyd

Rob Boyd, alpine skier (b at Vernon, BC 15 Feb 1966). A skier from age 3, he began competing at 11, and entered both national (Fleischmann Cup) and international (Nor-Am) competition at 14.

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Jean Boyle (Profile)

Jean Boyle is used to being the best. An athlete as a youth in Ottawa's largely francophone east end, he won a black belt in judo by the age of 20. As an officer cadet at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont.

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Brent Hayden

Hayden began swimming with the Mission Marlins swim club at age six. As a boy, Hayden was diagnosed with dyslexia; this resulted in him not understanding all that was told to him, and occasionally having to repeat his swimming lessons.

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Brian McKeever

Brian McKeever, cross-country skier (born 18 June 1979 in Calgary, AB). McKeever has won 17 medals in men’s cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games between 2002 and 2018.

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Johnny Bright

John “Johnny” Bright, football player (born 11 June 1930 in Fort Wayne, Indiana; died 14 December 1983 in Edmonton, AB). One of the most talented running backs in the history of the Canadian Football League (CFL), Bright seemed destined for a career in America’s National Football League (NFL). A top college player in the United States, he was attacked during a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) game in his senior year (1951); most people, including Bright, believed the attack was racially motivated. He was drafted by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1952 but accepted an offer from the Calgary Stampeders instead. Bright played 13 seasons (1952–64) in the CFL with the Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos. In 1959, he became the first Black player to win the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player award. Bright holds the Eskimos franchise records for most rushing yards in a career (9,966) and most rushing yards in a season (1,722 in 1958).

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Debbie Brill

Although she has never claimed an Olympic medal, Brill won gold medals in the 1970 Commonwealth Games, the 1971 Pan-American Games and the 1979 World Cup, as well as a silver in the 1978 Commonwealth Games. In 1980 she was named BC's "Athlete of the Decade.

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Walter Broda

Walter Broda, "Turk," hockey player (b at Brandon, Man 15 May 1914; d at Toronto 17 Oct 1972). He was an outstanding goaltender with TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 1936-52, winning the VÉZINA TROPHY in 1941 and 1948, and

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Martin Brodeur

Brodeur was signed to the New Jersey Devils in 1991. He won his first game out when he was called up to replace the team's injured goaltender. In his first official season as an NHL player, 1993-94, his statistics were outstanding; he won 27 games and registered 3 shutouts.

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Brooke Henderson

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, golfer (born 10 September 1997 in Smiths Falls, ON). Golf phenom Brooke Henderson has won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada’s best female athlete three times (2015, 2017, 2018), as well as the ESPY Award for best female golfer in 2019. She is the youngest golfer ever to win a professional golf tournament (at age 14), the youngest ever to win the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship (at age 15), and the second youngest female golfer ever to win a major title (at age 18). She holds the record for most victories (nine) by a Canadian professional golfer on either the PGA or LPGA Tour, beating the previous record of eight held by George Knudson, Sandra Post and Mike Weir. In 2015, she became the first Canadian to win on the LPGA Tour since Lorie Kane in 2001. In 2016, Henderson became the second Canadian woman to win a major tournament (since Post in 1968) and the second Canadian ever to win the CP Women’s Open (after Jocelyne Bourassa in 1973).

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Todd Brooker

Todd Brooker, alpine skier (b at Paris, Ont 24 Nov 1959). Todd Brooker began skiing at 4 and by 12 was racing throughout Ontario and Québec. An extremely aggressive skier, he has experienced both spectacular wins and devastating injuries.