Yzerman, 6 others headed into Canada's Sports Hall
David Dore, Pat Gillick to be recognized as builders at gala dinner Nov. 5
Seven people from seven different sports will be recognized in November as the newest members of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
Former NHL star Steve Yzerman, one-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, the Olympic champion 4x100-metre relay team, swimmer Nancy Garapick and short-track speedskater Marc Gagnon will be inducted at a gala dinner Nov. 5 in Toronto.
Longtime figure skating official David Dore and former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Pat Gillick are being inducted as builders.
Yzerman played his entire NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, becoming their youngest captain in 1986 and leading them to Stanley Cup titles in 1997, 1998 and 2002.
Widely regarded as one of the classiest players in the game, Yzerman retired on July 3, 2006, at age 41, standing sixth in all-time NHL scoring (1,755 points) and eighth in regular-season goals (692).
A 10-time all-star, he captured the Lester B. Pearson Award honouring the league's outstanding player (as voted by the players) in 1989, the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1998 and helped Canada win gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
Lewis, who went on to fight for England, captured gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, knocking out Riddick Bowe to take the super heavyweight title.
As a professional, he collected the World Boxing Council title, recording wins over Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, the latter in an eighth-round knockout.
Lewis retired in 2004 with 41 wins under his belt, including 32 by knockout, two losses and a draw.
The Canadian men's 4x100 relay team of Donovan Bailey, Bruny Surin, Glenroy Gilbert, Robert Esmie and Carlton Chambers — who ran the heats and semifinals — was the toast of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, beating the favoured Americans for gold.
At 14, Garapick broke the world 200-metre backstroke record in 1975 and went on to capture a pair of bronze medals in backstroke events at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Gagnon boasts the biggest medal haul of a Canadian male athlete in Winter Olympic history after the speedskater collected five medals — three gold and two bronze — on the short-track oval.
In the builder category, Dore spent almost 17 years as president/director of the Canadian Figure Skating Association.
Gillick was responsible for building the Toronto Blue Jays to five-time American League East division winners and two-time World Series champions in '92 and '93.
He has been GM of the Philadelphia Phillies since the start of the 2006 Major League Baseball season.
With files from the Canadian Press