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Lionel Conacher Award


Lionel Conacher Award

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Named Canada's male athlete of the half-century in 1950, Lionel Conacher won both the Grey Cup and Stanley Cup during his career as well as championships in baseball, lacrosse and boxing.

The Lionel Conacher Award is an annual award given to Canada's male

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  71. ^ Davidson, Neil (2002-12-27). "Mavericks' Nash wins Conacher". Toronto Star. p. B5. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
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  75. ^ The Canadian Press (2011-12-28). "Chan beats out Raonic for CP male athlete of the year". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  76. ^ The Canadian Press (2012-12-26). "Hesjedal wins Lionel Conacher Award for 2012". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  77. ^ The Canadian Press (2014-12-26). "Milos Raonic wins Lionel Conacher Award for 2nd straight year". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  78. ^ "Past winners of Lou Marsh Award". Toronto Star. 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 


See also

c No winner was announced for the years 1950 or 1999 as the Canadian Press instead voted for athlete of the half-century and century, respectively.[27]

b According to the Canadian Press, the award was discontinued between 1942 and 1945 because "sports writers decided athletes cannot rate as heroes while young Canadian pilots, paratroopers and corvette gunners fought for freedom in the shadow of death".[2]

a Denotes athlete also won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canadian athlete of the year.[78]


Year Winner Sport Win # Achievement
1932 Somerville, RossRoss Somerville Golf 1 First Canadian winner of the United States Amateur Championship[7]
1933 Komonen, DaveDave Komonen Track and field 1 Canadian and American champion, second place in the Boston Marathon[17]
1934 Webster, HaroldHarold Webster Track and field 1 Winner of the marathon at the 1934 British Empire Games[18]
1935 Rankine, ScottyScotty Rankine Track and field 1 Winner of marathon in Berwick, Pennsylvania despite suffering from hernia[19]
1936 Edwards, PhilPhil Edwards[a] Track and field 1 Bronze medal winner in 800 metre race at the 1936 Summer Olympics[8]
1937 Apps, SylSyl Apps Hockey 1 National Hockey League rookie of the year[20]
1938 Stirling, BummerBummer Stirling Football 1 Top-scorer in Eastern Canada[21]
1939 Hanson, FritzFritz Hanson Football 1 Led the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to championship in the 27th Grey Cup[10]
1940 Côté, GérardGérard Côté[a] Track and field 1 Winner of the Boston Marathon and United States Amateur Athletic Union title[22]
1941 Golab, TonyTony Golab Football 1 Led Ottawa Rough Riders to appearance in the 29th Grey Cup game[23]
1942 No award (Second World War)[b]
1943 No award (Second World War)[b]
1944 No award (Second World War)[b]
1945 No award (Second World War)[b]
1946 Krol, JoeJoe Krol[a] Football 1 Led Toronto Argonauts to championship in the 34th Grey Cup[2]
1947 Krol, JoeJoe Krol Football 2 Led Toronto Argonauts to third consecutive Grey Cup championship[3]
1948 O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor Hockey 1 First player to be named both most valuable and most sportsmanlike player in National Hockey League history[24]
1949 Filchock, FrankFrank Filchock Football 1 Led Montreal Alouettes to championship in the 37th Grey Cup[25]
1950 Conacher, LionelLionel Conacher
Athlete of the half-century[c]
Multiple 999 Also football player of half-century; Member of Grey Cup, Stanley Cup, and Little World Series championship teams, Canadian light-heavyweight boxing champion[26]
1951 No award[27]
1952 Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard Hockey 1 Broke Nels Stewart's National Hockey League record of 344 goals[28]
1953 Hepburn, DougDoug Hepburn[a] Weightlifting 1 Canadian, British Empire and World champion at 90+ kg[13]
1954 Ferguson, RichRich Ferguson Track and field 1 Bronze medal winner and Canadian record breaker in the "Miracle Mile" race at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games[29]
1955 Kwong, NormieNormie Kwong Football 1 Broke four Western Interprovincial Football Union records during season[30]
1956 Béliveau, JeanJean Béliveau Hockey 1 Led Montreal Canadiens to Stanley Cup championship[31]
1957 Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard[a] Hockey 2 Scored 500th career National Hockey League goal[32]
1958 Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard Hockey 3 Returned from severe achilles injury to lead Montreal Canadiens to Stanley Cup championship[33]
1959 Jackson, RussRuss Jackson Football 1 Starting quarterback for the Ottawa Rough Riders[34]
1960 Stewart, RonRon Stewart Football 1 Set Canadian football record with 287 rushing yards in one game[35]
1961 Kidd, BruceBruce Kidd[a] Track and field 1 Broke numerous Canadian and American track records[36]
1962 Kidd, BruceBruce Kidd Track and field 2 Won gold and bronze medals at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games[37]
1963 Howe, GordieGordie Howe Hockey 1 Broke Maurice Richard's National Hockey League record of 544 career goals[38]
1964 Crothers, BillBill Crothers Track and field 1 Silver medalist in 800 metre race at 1964 Summer Olympics[39]
1965 Hull, BobbyBobby Hull Hockey 1 Voted most valuable and most gentlemanly player in the National Hockey League[40]
1966 Hull, BobbyBobby Hull Hockey 2 Set National Hockey League records with 54 goals and 97 points in one season[41]
1967 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins Baseball 1 First Canadian pitcher to win 20 Major League Baseball games in 50 years[42]
1968 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins Baseball 2 Second consecutive 20-win season[43]
1969 Jackson, RussRuss Jackson[a] Football 2 Canadian Football League's most outstanding player and Canadian, led the Ottawa Rough Riders to championship in the 57th Grey Cup[44]
1970 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr[a] Hockey 1 National Hockey League's most valuable player in both the regular season and playoffs, top defenceman and scoring leader[45]
1971 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins Baseball 3 First Canadian winner of Major League Baseball's Cy Young Award[11]
1972 Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito[a] Hockey 1 National Hockey League scoring champion and led Team Canada to victory over the Soviet Union in the Summit Series[46]
1973 Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito Hockey 2 Noted leader and goal scorer in the National Hockey League[47]
1974 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins[a] Baseball 4 Seventh 20-win season in eight years, also named comeback player of the year[4]
1975 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke[a] Hockey 1 National Hockey League's most valuable player and led Philadelphia Flyers to Stanley Cup championship[48]
1976 Joy, GregGreg Joy Track and field 1 Silver medalist in the high-jump at the 1976 Summer Olympics[49]
1977 Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur[a] Hockey 1 National Hockey League scoring leader and led Montreal Canadiens to Stanley Cup championship[50]
1978 Smith, GrahamGraham Smith[a] Swimming 1 Won six gold medals at 1978 Commonwealth Games and won gold medal with world record performance at the world championship[1]
1979 Villeneuve, GillesGilles Villeneuve Auto racing 1 Won three Formula One races and finished second in driver's championship[51]
1980 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Hockey 1 Named most valuable and most gentlemanly player in the National Hockey League[52]
1981 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Hockey 2 Set National Hockey League scoring records of 109 assists and 164 points in one season[53]
1982 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky[a] Hockey 3 Set National Hockey League scoring records of 92 goals, 120 assists, 212 points and fastest to 50 goals in league history[54]
1983 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky[a] Hockey 4 National Hockey League scoring leader[55]
1984 Baumann, AlexAlex Baumann Swimming 1 Double gold medalist and set two world records at the 1984 Summer Olympics[12]
1985 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky[a] Hockey 5 Led Edmonton Oilers to Stanley Cup championship[56]
1986 Johnson, BenBen Johnson[a] Track and field 1 Double gold medalist at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and named "fastest man in the world"[57]
1987 Johnson, BenBen Johnson[a] Track and field 2 Set world record in the 100 metre race at 1987 IAAF World Championships[58]
1988 Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux Hockey 1 National Hockey League most valuable player and scoring leader[59]
1989 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky[a] Hockey 6 Broke Gordie Howe's National Hockey League record of 1850 career points[60]
1990 Browning, KurtKurt Browning[a] Figure skating 1 Canadian and world champion[14]
1991 Browning, KurtKurt Browning Figure skating 2 Canadian and world champion[61]
1992 Tewksbury, MarkMark Tewksbury[a] Swimming 1 Gold and bronze medalist at the 1992 Summer Olympics[62]
1993 Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux[a] Hockey 2 Overcame Hodgkin's lymphoma to win National Hockey League scoring title[63][64]
1994 Stojko, ElvisElvis Stojko Figure skating 1 World Champion and silver medalist at the 1994 Winter Olympics[65]
1995 Villeneuve, JacquesJacques Villeneuve[a] Auto racing 1 First Canadian to win the Indianapolis 500[66]
1996 Bailey, DonovanDonovan Bailey[a] Track and field 1 Double gold medalist and set 100 metre world record at 1996 Summer Olympics[67]
1997 Villeneuve, JacquesJacques Villeneuve[a] Auto racing 2 Formula One World Champion[68]
1998 Walker, LarryLarry Walker[a] Baseball 1 National League batting champion[69]
1999 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky
Athlete of the Century[c]
Hockey 999 National Hockey League's all-time leader in goals, assists and points, four time Stanley Cup champion, named most valuable player nine times, league scoring leader ten times[5]
2000 Weir, MikeMike Weir Golf 1 Winner of a World Golf Championships event[70]
2001 Weir, MikeMike Weir Golf 2 Winner of the PGA Tour Championship[70]
2002 Nash, SteveSteve Nash Basketball 1 National Basketball Association All-Star and named to All-NBA Team[71]
2003 Weir, MikeMike Weir[a] Golf 3 Winner of the Masters Tournament[70]
2004 Shewfelt, KyleKyle Shewfelt Gymnastics 1 Gold medal winner at the 2004 Summer Olympics[15]
2005 Nash, SteveSteve Nash[a] Basketball 2 First Canadian to be named the National Basketball Association's most valuable player[72]
2006 Nash, SteveSteve Nash Basketball 3 Second consecutive National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award[73]
2007 Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby[a] Hockey 1 National Hockey League's most valuable player[74]
2008 Morneau, JustinJustin Morneau Baseball 1 Second place in voting for American League Most Valuable Player Award[16]
2009 Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby[a] Hockey 2 Led the Pittsburgh Penguins to Stanley Cup championship[74]
2010 Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby Hockey 3 Scored gold medal-winning goal at the 2010 Winter Olympics[74]
2011 Chan, PatrickPatrick Chan[a] Figure skating 1 Finished 2011 undefeated in competition. He was the 2011 World Champion (setting three scoring records), Canadian Champion and he won an additional three ISU Grand Prix events.[75]
2012 Hesjedal, RyderRyder Hesjedal Cycling 1 Became the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour when he won the Giro d'Italia[76]
2013 Raonic, MilosMilos Raonic Tennis 1 Became the first Canadian to reach the ATP's Top 10, help Canada Davis Cup team to reach first semifinal after 100 years, won two events and made the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.[6]
2014 Raonic, MilosMilos Raonic Tennis 2 At Wimbledon 2014 he made it to the final four; first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. First repeat winner since Sidney Crosby won in 2009 and 2010.[77]
A basketball player stares to his right as he moves up the court with the ball. He is in a blue uniform with red and grey trim, and the words
Milos Raonic is the first-ever tennis player to earn the award.

A basketball player stares to his right as he moves up the court with the ball. He is in a blue uniform with red and grey trim, and the words
Steve Nash is a three-time winner and the only basketball player to earn the award.

Upper body of a man in his thirties. He is wearing a red golf shirt, white baseball cap and dark sunglasses.
Mike Weir won three times between 2000 and 2003

Head shot of a man in his late thirties. He has short, brown hair and is staring to his right.
Jacques Villeneuve's first win in 1995 came 16 years after his father Gilles won the award.

A hockey player stares intently to his left. He is in full uniform with a blue helmet and jersey, and red pants. The jersey has the word
Wayne Gretzky won six times, and was named athlete of the century in 1999

A middle-aged black man sitting. He is bald, smiling, and wearing a blue shirt with a white coat.
Ferguson Jenkins won four times between 1967 and 1974

Upper body of a young man in a suit and tie with slicked back hair and a serious look on his face
Maurice Richard was a three-time winner

A man is carried on the shoulders of two other men. He is in a white shirt and shorts with a stylized maple leaf logo above the letters
Phil Edwards (left) won in 1936

List of winners

Winners have represented a broad spectrum of sports. Individual sport winners include weightlifter Doug Hepburn in 1953,[13] figure skater Kurt Browning in 1990 and 1991,[14] and most recently, gymnast Kyle Shewfelt in 2004.[15] Participants in one of North America's "major league" team sports have won each year between 2005 and 2010. National Hockey League player Sidney Crosby and National Basketball Association player Steve Nash have each won three times overall and Major League Baseball player Justin Morneau won in 2008.[16] Overall, hockey players have finished at the top of the annual polls the most times at 25. Track and field is second with 13 winners and football third with 10.

Historically, the poll has not been limited to Canadians. Foreign-born athletes who were outstanding performers in Canadian sport have also gained consideration. Football player Fritz Hanson, a native of Minnesota, was named top athlete in 1939,[10] while American Don Jones finished fourth in voting in 1971 on the strength of his performances with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.[11] The poll became increasingly dominated by professional athletes since the 1960s – only three amateurs won the award between 1965 and 1984.[12]

The winner was originally selected following a straight vote of each writer's top choice. Golfer Ross Somerville won the inaugural poll after becoming the first Canadian to win the United States Amateur Championship.[7] By 1936, the poll was conducted via a points system where each writer ranked their top three choices. Their first choice received three points, second choice two, and third choice one point.[8] This points system has remained since. In 2001 golfer Mike Weir defeated hockey player Joe Sakic by two points in one of the closest votes in the award's history. He did so despite earning 13 fewer first place votes than Sakic.[9]



  • Voting 1
  • List of winners 2
  • Notes 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

The most recent winner was tennis player Milos Raonic, named the victor after winning two ATP events and becoming the first Canadian to reach the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings.[6]

The poll was suspended for four years during the Second World War after the CP decided it could not name a sporting "hero" at a time when Canadian soldiers were fighting in Europe.[2] Football player Joe Krol became the first repeat winner following the war, earning top spot in both 1946 and 1947.[3] Hockey star Maurice Richard was the first three-time winner in 1958, and baseball pitcher Ferguson Jenkins the first four-time winner in 1974.[4] Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky has won the most Lionel Conacher Awards, finishing top of the poll six times in the 1980s, and in 1999 was named the Canadian Press Athlete of the Century.[5]

, in which a select panel of sports writers vote for their top overall athlete. Lou Marsh Trophy The award is separate from the [1]

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