Harness legend among seven inductees

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:40 AM ET

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is about to welcome seven new members who excelled on land, ice and water.

John Campbell, Caroline Brunet, Warren Moon, Hugh Campbell, Mark Messier, Angela James and Ken Shields will be honoured tonight at a dinner at the Fairmont Royal York.

On July 12, 2008, John Campbell won his 10,000th race as a driver, at the reins of the aptly named Share the Delight.

The Ailsa Craig native is harness racing's all-time leading driver in earnings.

Campbell was a winner at age 17 at Western Fair Raceway and as a 35-year-old in 1990 was the youngest driver ever elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. In 1991, he broke the $100-million plateau in lifetime purses. He also won the Hambletonian six times and had 42 Breeders Crown victories.

Brunet won three Olympic kayaking medals and was the flag bearer at the 2000 Games in Sydney. At world championships, she won eight gold, four silver and three bronze, unrivalled in the history of Canadian kayaking.

Wayne Gretzky was the talent that symbolized the Edmonton Oilers' domination of the NHL in the mid-1980s, but Mark Messier surely was its driving spirit. When Edmonton's five Cups between 1984-90 were complete, he took his act to Broadway, as the inspiration for the Rangers first Cup in 54 years.

Angela James paved the way for hundreds and perhaps thousands of Canadian girls and women to break into male-dominated contact hockey. When the women's world championship became a reality in 1992, James helped Canada's gold-medal effort in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1997.

Joining an already dominant Edmonton Eskimos club in 1978 after a great career at the University of Washington, Warren Moon was the offensive catalyst for six seasons, including five consecutive Grey Cups from 1978-82.

In his final CFL season in 1983, Moon tossed for a league-record 5,648 yards. Starting in 1984, a 16-year NFL career took him through Houston, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City.

Order of Canada winner Ken Shields, the legendary leader of the University of Victoria's men's team, won seven Canadian university basketball titles and more games than any coach in the country.

Shields also coached the men's national team from 1990-1994.

As a wide receiver, Hugh Campbell was part of the 1966 Grey Cup title team with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

After retiring in 1969, he came back as a coach in 1977, to take the Eskimos to the Grey Cup that year, losing in the Ice Bowl to Montreal, but then reeling off five straight titles.


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