Pinball Clemons among inductees into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Stanley Cup winner Bryan Trottier, CFL star Mike (Pinball) Clemons and two-time world champion curler Colleen Jones highlight the 2016 inductees into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Trottier won four Cup titles with the New York Islanders team that dominated the NHL in the early 1980s, and two more with the Pittsburgh Penguins later in his career. He also was an assistant coach with the Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche in 2001.

The nine-time NHL all-star was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

Clemons spent 11 seasons with the Toronto Argonauts as a star running back, leading them to three Grey Cups.

He added another Grey Cup title with Toronto as a coach.

Jones led Canada to world women’s curling titles in 2001 and 2004 and skipped her Halifax rink to six Canadian women’s championships.

Paralympian Stephanie Dixon, cross-country skier and kayaker Sue Holloway and speedskater Annie Perreault are the other athlete inductees.

Dixon won five gold medals in swimming at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, and added Paralympic golds in the S9 100-metre backstroke in 2004 and 2008.

Perreault won Olympic gold in the 3,000-metre relay in 1992 and the 500 metres in 1998. She also was a member of four 3,000-metre relay world champion teams over her career.

Holloway appeared in both the Summer and Winter Olympics in 1976, becoming the first woman in the world to compete in both Games in the same year. She won silver and bronze medals in kayaking at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Dr. Frank Hayden, a driving force in the creation of the Special Olympics, is entering the hall as a builder.

– CP