Three for the show

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

They were the glory of their times.

And it's at times like this that we're reminded of what intoxicating times they were, and how privileged we were to be part of it.

Mark Messier, Warren Moon and Hugh Campbell, it was announced yesterday, have been selected to go into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in November.

Along with all those other greats, they created the City of Champions, winning five Grey Cups and five Stanley Cups from 1978 to 1990.

They walked the streets of this city together, shared these sports pages together.

'VERY PROUD'

"It's something I'm very proud of now. But when you're in it, you don't really realize that's going on and the amount of success that one small city would have," Moon said on a conference call yesterday.

"I don't think you'll see a pro team in any sport win five straight championships ever again. It's very special.

"And then there were the hockey players. They were even younger than myself. Greztky was even younger than me. It was fun watching them have their success. We'd run into those guys in restaurants and bars all the time.

"They'd come to my cookie store. They used to practise in West Edmonton Mall once in a while and come over to my cookie store afterwards."

Campbell, being the youngest head coach in all of pro sports and involved in all sorts of stuff with Oilers coach Glen Sather, thrived on it all as well.

"I think we fed off each other. And don't forget, there were other athletes doing well in town.

"I remember when we scored a touchdown and the fire truck went around the field with Kristi Yamaguchi and Kurt Browning riding on the back," he said of the women's Olympic figure skating champion and four-time men's world champion.

Campbell said he loved Messier.

"Mark grew up in Edmonton. St. Albert, I guess. He was a fan. When he told me we better beat Calgary, I knew he meant it. He felt as strongly about it as I did."

The Edmonton legends aren't the only ones going into the Hall.

Also to be inducted are five-time Olympic kayaker Caroline Brunet, harness racing great John Campbell, women's hockey star Angela James and Canadian college basketball coach Ken Shields. But they're going to wish they'd picked a different year.

ICING ON THE CAKE

For the Edmonton legends, entry to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame is icing on the cake - in Moon's case two cakes. The quarterback who won five Grey Cups in a row with the Eskimos and went on to play in the NFL made it to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and still had enough greatness to qualify for the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Campbell won five Grey Cups as coach of the Eskimos and another four as GM and CEO. He also won one as a player. He too is in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Messier, who won five Stanley Cups in Edmonton and another in New York, was recently inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Moon and Campbell going in together is the best part of the whole deal.

"It wouldn't be right going in there without him," said Campbell.

"It's very special to go in with coach Campbell. He brought me to Canada and when I went to the NFL he was my coach there, too," said Moon.

"It's very special to be recognized in the sport that you play in, but this one is all sports, not just football. To be recognized in another country, the first country that gave me an opportunity to play pro football, is special.

"I'd like to thank Canada for that opportunity. There is no question Canada played a huge part in my success. People ask me about how many records I'd have had if I'd left sooner and I tell them I wouldn't trade those days for anything.

"I stayed longer because I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the environment of great guys on and off the field."

Campbell said he's going to enjoy hearing Moon say all that stuff again at another induction ceremony.

"I was so proud of you in Canton, mentioning how much Canada and the CFL meant to you, very strongly and more than one time," he told Moon yesterday.


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