Toronto, ON – Bob Gainey, a Petes alumnus and Peterborough native, has been elected to the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall is a volunteer-driven not-for-profit organization devoted to honouring Ontario’s greatest athletes, builders and writers for their lifelong contributions to the Ontario sports scene.
Robert Michael “Bob” “Le Capitaine” Gainey is the former executive vice president and general manager of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. He is also a former professional ice hockey player who played for the Canadiens from 1973 until 1989.
Gainey, a forward, began his career with his hometown Peterborough Petes. He recorded 22 goals and 21 assists for 43 points in 53 games with the Maroon and White between 1971 and 1973.
He was a cornerstone of the Montreal dynasty between 1976 and 1979, when the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup four consecutive times, and later their captain for eight years, including in 1985-86, when they recaptured the Cup. But Gainey was hardly a prolific scorer — he finished with 239 goals and 501 points in 1,160 NHL games. What he did better than any forward of his generation was stop the opposition’s prolific scorers.
Gainey will be honoured at the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony and Awards Gala in Toronto at The Westin Harbour Castle’s Metropolitan Ballroom on Oct. 2.
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