Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Local Athletes

Angelo Bumbacco - Hockey

Also known as "Mr. Hockey" Angelo Bumbacco started out his hockey career in the 1940's
as a goaltender playing on the open-air recreation rinks. He soon decided he would make a
better coach and manager. Angelo, among others, formed the NOHA Junior League with
local players and applied for a Franchise in the Ontario Hockey League. He is a member of
the Sault Ste. Marie Hockey Hall of Fame and has a division of the OHL named after him.
In 1995 Angelo received the Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit.

Darren Zack - Pitcher, Fastball and Softball 

Darren Zack was born and raised in Garden River. In 1991, he was the Canadian Champion
and a Pan-Am Gold Medallist. He continued his achievements in 1992 when he became the
International Softball Federation-8th World Fastpitch Champion. In 1993, he was again a
Canadian Champion and an International Softball Congress World Champion. He became a
Canadian Champion again in 1995. Also in that same year he became an International
Softball Congress World Champion and a Pan-Am Gold Medallist. 

Guy Vetrie - Basketball   

Guy Vetrie started out as a young outstanding local high school athlete at Sir James Dunn.
He then went on to coach many basketball teams. He was the former head coach of the
University of Saskatchewan and the Men's Junior National Basketball Team. He was also
former assistant coach for the Canadian National Basketball Program and the Men's
Senior National Basketball Team. He was the master coach for the National Coaching
Institute and multiple winner of Canada's West Coach of the Year. 

John (Jack) Greenwood - Figure Skating

In 1980, Jack Greenwood became certified as a national judge/referee in singles, pairs
and dance. Since 1981, he has served as a judge for almost every Canadian National
Figure Skating championship. In 1985, he was certified as an international judge and by
1991 he had been certified as a championship judge by the International Skating Union.
He is one of six Canadians ranked by the International Skating Union as an ISU
Championship referee, which is the highest in the world. He highlighted his judging career
by working at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Jack's involvement in figure
skating began in 1958 with the Sault Ste. Marie Figure Skating Club as a competitor.

John Mealey - Skiing

John Mealey started skiing when he was two years old at Searchmont, Landslide and Heyden
ski hills. In 1985, he became the Canadian Junior Champion and went on to compete in
regional races with the Sault Ski Runners. From 1990 to 1995, he was in the Canadian top-10
ranking in all events. John competed for three years on the World Cup circuit and achieved
world ranking in the top-30 downhill in 1994. He coordinated the Alpine Events at the 1997
Special Olympics Winter Games and has been a coach with the National Ski Academy. 

Kevin Scott - Speed Skating

Kevin Scott started skating at the age of 13 at the Sault Ste. Marie Skating Club. He was the
Gold medallist in 1994 at the World Sprint Championships in Calgary and World Cup in Milwaukee.
He was a member of the 1992 and 1994 Canadian Olympic Team and twice recipient of Canadian
Amateur Speed Skating Athlete of The Year. 

Lynne Begin and Mark Gignac - Figure Skating

Lynne Begin moved from Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie to pursue a figure skating career.
On the advice of her coach to paired up with Mark Gignac also from the Sault. Together
the two won the bronze medal at the 1973 Canadian Championships in Novice Pairs and
the gold medal at the 1975 Central Division Championships in Junior Pairs. They went on
to become the 1976 Canadian Junior Pairs Champions and the 1982 Canadian Professional
Pairs Champions. They finished off their career together becoming the 1983 Silver Pairs
Professional Champions of the World.

Peter Perry - Powerlifting

Many awards and honours highlighted Peter Perry's powerlifting career. These include:
Eight-time winner of Ontario and Canadian Open Powerlifting Championships,
United States Deadlifting Champion, North American Powerlifting Champion, Fifth Place
in Open World's Powerlifting Champion, World Masters Drug-Free Powerlifting Champion
and Multiple recipient of the Ontario Sports Achievement Award. 

Phil and Tony Esposito - Hockey

Phil and Tony Esposito, brothers from Sault Ste. Marie, produced many career highlights
in the years they played in the NHL. Both were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame
and both were on at least one Stanley Cup Championship Team. Phil, is a two-time
Hart Trophy winner as the NHL's Most Valuable Player, two-time Lester B. Pearson Award
Winner and a five-time Art Ross Trophy Winning as the NHL's Leading Scorer. He is
also fourth on the NHL All-Time List in Goals. Whereas, Tony is a three-time Vezina
Trophy winner as the NHL's Top Goaltender and a Calder Memorial Trophy Winner as
the NHL Rookie-of-the-Year. They both appeared in numerous NHL All-Star Games and
were both named to the NHL's First and Second All-Star Teams. 

Rick Francis - Skiing

Rick Francis started in the Special Olympics when he was about 4 years old. He
competed in swimming at the provincial games in 1982. He has competed many
times at the regional, provincial and national levels in swimming, floor hockey,
nordic skiing and 10-pin bowling. In 1997, he qualified for the World Winter Games
in Collingwood after he competed at the Nationals in cross-country skiing in
Canmore, Alberta. At the World Winter Games he won a pair of gold medals.
Also in 1997, Rick won the Ontario and Canadian Athlete of the year and the
Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit.

Rocky DiPietro - Football

After a junior and senior football career in Sault Ste. Marie, Rocky DiPietro
went on to a brilliant all-star CFL career. He was inducted into CFL Hall of Fame
in 1997 after playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He retired after the 1991
season with numerous awards and honours, which include: All-Eastern All-Star,
All-Canadian All-Star, Most Outstanding Canadian Player Award, Lew Hayman
Trophy- Most Outstanding Canadian Player Eastern Division, Grey Cup Participation,
Grey Cup Championship Team and the Tiger-cats Walk of Fame.

Ron Francis - Hockey

Ron's hockey career started at an early age. He started playing hockey when
he was 3 years old and continued to play in the Sault with the Soo Greyhounds.
He was then drafted into the NHL by the Hartford Whalers. He has won the
Stanley Cup twice, both while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins and has also
won the Lady Byng and Selke Trophies. 

Ted Nolan - Hockey

At the age of 16 Ted left the Garden River Reserve to pursue his hockey career.
In 1978, he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings and played professionally for
the following eight years. He began his coaching career for the Soo Greyhounds
when a serious back injury forced him to retire from playing. He coached the
Greyhounds for five years, producing two consecutive league championships and
the national title, the Memorial Cup in 1993. After that he became the assistant
coach with the Hartford Whalers and then in 1996 the head coach of the Buffalo
Sabres. Ted was named NHL Coach of the Year after his team won the Northeast
Division title. Ted has been the recipient of many awards including the National
Aboriginal Achievement Award, Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit and the Order of Ontario.

Bridgette Acton - Skiing

An alpine skier. Acton competed at the 2006 Winter Games, where she finished
11th in the giant slalom, 17th in the slalom, and 10th in the combined. She also
competed at the 2010 Winter Games. She finished first in Slalom in the 2006
Canadian National Championships, second in Giant Slalom and seventh in Super G.

Aaron Fiaconi - Football

A retired professional football offensive lineman. He most recently played
for five seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
He was signed as fourth round draft pick (32nd overall) by the Montreal
Alouettes in the 2002 CFL Draft. He played college football at Mansfield.
Fiacconi has also played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Currently, he stays
involved in football by coaching offensive linemen at a high school in the Edmonton Area.

John Parco- Hockey

An Italian-Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played most
of his professional career with Asiago HC in the Serie A. He participated at
the 2010 IIHF World Championship as a member of the Italian National men's
ice hockey team.

Jessica Tuomela - Swimming

A paralympic competitive swimmer, although blinded by retinoblastoma at
the age of three, she has succeeded in competitive swimming despite her
disability. Competing at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, Australia,
Tuomela earned a silver medal in the 50-metre freestyle as well as three
sixth-place finishes in the 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke and
200-meter medley.At the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, where
she placed fourth in the 50-meter freestyle and had two sixth-place finishes
in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke. Tuomela also set five
Canadian records in swimming. She won two gold medals in May, 2006 at
the Belgian Paralympic Championships in the 50-meter breaststroke and
100-meter backstroke. She also took the silver medal in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Tuomela currently resides in Scotland pursuing post-secondary activities.

Marty Turco- Hockey

A former professional hockey goaltender who played 11 seasons in the NHL.
He played nine seasons with the Dallas Stars and one season each with the
Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. Because of his puckhandling,
Don Cherry named Turco: "the smartest goalie in the NHL." Turco is also an
in-studio analyst at NHL Network.

Tyler Kennedy- Hockey

A professional hockey player was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the
4th round, 99th overall of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Kennedy played two
seasons with Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. He began playing for
the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in AHL. Both the AHL and the OHL
are minor league In the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, Kennedy had a goal in Game 4,
and added a game-winning goal in Game 6. The Penguins would go on to defeat
the Detroit Red Wings in seven games to win the Stanley Cup. Kennedy currently
plays with the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League.

Mac Marcoux - Skiing

A Paralympic Alpine skier who won three titles at the IPC Alpine Skiing
World Cup at the age of 15 with his brother B.J. Marcoux as his guide.
Mac also won three medals in alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Paralympics,
including gold at the in the men's visually impaired giant slalom with guide Robin Femy.

Team Jacobs - Curling

The team is the current men's Olympic champion, having led Canada to a
gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Jacobs is also the 2013 Tim Hortons
Brier champion and the 2013 World Championship runner-up. The team is a
five-time Northern Ontario provincial champion, and one time provincial junior champion.

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