SPEAKERS

Johnny Bench

A generation after Johnny Bench’s last game, he remains the gold standard for baseball catchers of any era. By the age of 20 he had redefined how to play the position, and by 22 he was the biggest star, at any position, in all of baseball. Catching eventually took its toll, moving him to the infield by his early 30s and to retirement by age 35, but his first decade with the Cincinnati Reds was enough to make him most experts’ choice as the greatest catcher who ever played the game. Click for full biography.

Dave Dickenson

Dave Dickenson started his Canadian Football League (CFL) career with the Calgary Stampeders. During his first five years with Calgary, Dickenson participated in two Grey Cups, winning his first in 1998. Dickenson’s best season was during the 2000 campaign, where he was named a CFL and West All-Star, & won the Most Outstanding Player award. Once the 2000 season was over, the National Football League came calling and Dickenson decided to go south for the next three seasons. Click for full biography.

Colin Patterson

Colin Alexander Patterson (born May 11, 1960 in Rexdale, Ontario) is a former ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. He played hockey for three years at Clarkson University before signing as a free agent with the Calgary Flames. A skillful defensive forward, usually playing left wing, he was a finalist for the Selke Trophy in 1989. Click for full biography.

Jackson Payne

Canadian all-around champion in 2015 and 2016; silver medalist in 2017, named alternate for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Four-time World Championships team member (2009, 2011, 2014, 2017), Bronze medallist on HB at World Cup in Zibo, CHN in 2012.  Click for full biography.

Host: Marco Iannuzzi

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Marco Iannuzzi is a Harvard & MIT grad. Official Canadian honour recipient of the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

He was the BC Lions first round draft pick and went on to 7 memorable seasons with the Lions. Playing over 125 games he won a Grey Cup championship, and was the recipient of the CFL's Tom Pate memorial award for commitment to the community.

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History of Guest Speakers

1963 - Father Jim Whelihan

1964 - Herb Capozzi & Jim Finks

1965 - Father David Bauer

1966 - Otis Douglas

1967 - Rabbi Lewis Ginsberg

1968 - John Mariucci

1969 - Annis Stukus

1970 - Jim Coleman

1971 - Ron Barbaro

1972 - Danny Gallivan

1973 - Gordie Howe

1974 - Ed Dorohoy

1975 - Herb Capozzi, Ron Barbaro & Cap Capozzi

1976 - Howie Meeker

1977 - George Brancato & Jack Gotta

1978 - Babe Perelli

1979 - Bobby Hull

1980 - Ray Malavasi

1981 - Phil Esposito

1982 - Lou Nanne

1983 - Duke Snider

1984 - John Davidson

1985 - Tony Esposito

1986 - Dennis Hull

1987 - Herb Capozzi

1988 - Bob Johnson

1989 - John Cappalletti

1990 - George Springate

1991 - Red Storey

1992 - Franco Harris

1993 - Dennis Hull

1994 - Carl Brewer

1995 - Jim Ralph

1996 - Eddie Shack

1997 - Dennis & Bobby Hull

1998 - Derek Sanderson

1999 - Jim Bouton

2000 - Sparky Anderson

2001 - Chi Chi Rodriguez

2002 - Mike Ditka

2003 - Tommy Lasorda

2004 - Joe Theisman

2005 - Bob Knight

2006 - Pete Rose

2007 - Warren Moon

2008 - Dick Butkus

2009 - Phil Esposito & Gerry Cheevers

2010 - John Riggins & Larry Robinson

2011 - Larry Holmes & George Chuvalo

2012 - Joe Montana

2013 - Tony La Russa

2014 - Joe Buck

2015 - Mario Andretti

2016 - Chris Berman & Robyn Regehr

2017 - Bryan Trottier & Guests

2018 - Rocco Mediate & Franco Harris