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On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame will present a major event called One Night Only: The Top 15 to honour the Top 15 Nova Scotia athletes of all time and celebrate Nova Scotia sport.
Sponsored by Scotiabank Centre and media sponsors The Chronicle Herald and Q104, The Top 15 will be a one-night-only dinner event at the Halifax Convention Centre. Living members from the Top 15 list will share their stories with event emcee and Hall of Fame CEO Bruce Rainnie. Headlining the evening will be the athlete voted #1 in Nova Scotia history, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby of Cole Harbour.
“I’m happy to be part of this unique celebration of Nova Scotia Sport,” says Crosby. “It’s amazing what athletes from our province have accomplished. I am excited to meet the other members of the ‘Top 15’ list and hear their stories firsthand.”
“We have a rich history of hosting world-class sporting events at Scotiabank Centre, many that have profiled our talented local athletes over the years,” says Carrie Cussons, President & CEO of Scotiabank Centre, the event’s presenting sponsor. “This event is a natural fit for our business and we’re so proud to partner with the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame to honour these amazing individuals.”
The other athletes scheduled to attend are curling legend Colleen Jones of Halifax, Hockey Hall of Famer Al MacInnis of Port Hood, Olympic medallist for canoeing Steve Giles of Lake Echo, international softball star Mark Smith of Halifax, Kayaking World Champion Karen Furneaux of Waverley, Canada’s top gymnast Ellie Black of Halifax, Paralympic gold-medallist Jamie Bone of Dartmouth, and Olympic medallist for kayaking Mark De Jonge of Halifax.
Proceeds from the event will be shared by the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame and The Sidney Crosby Foundation. The Sidney Crosby Foundation financially assists charities that improve the lives of disadvantaged children, including Breakfast Club of Canada, Family SOS, IWK Teen Lounge and KidSport Nova Scotia.
The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame is a free-admission museum and charitable organization that provides a free province-wide education program to Nova Scotia youth, along with many other free services and programs.
Attendees of One Night Only: The Top 15 will experience the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the province’s greatest athletes all share their stories at one incredible dinner, as well as the chance to purchase priceless collectibles on auction and see a surprise musical performance by a Nova Scotia Legend.
The Hall of Fame launched the Top 15 project in 2017 in order to honour Nova Scotia’s rich sport heritage during Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. A panel of sport-knowledgeable people, along with a public vote, named and ranked the 15 greatest Nova Scotia athletes of all time, who were then revealed weekly on CBC Nova Scotia from September 11 to December 18. The Top 15 athletes (in order from the fifteenth to first) are Rob McCall, Mark De Jonge, Jamie Bone, Ellie Black, Karen Furneaux, Mark Smith, Steve Giles, Aileen Meagher, Johnny Miles, George Dixon, Sam Langford, Nancy Garapick, Al MacInnis, Colleen Jones and Sidney Crosby.
The Top 15 exhibit will remain on display at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame for the rest of 2018. The Hall of Fame will release a book, The Top 15: Nova Scotia’s Greatest Athletes, this summer with Nimbus Publishing. Every attendee of One Night Only: The Top 15 will receive a free copy of the book.
The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame is located above the Scotiabank Centre box office in downtown Halifax. Hours of operation are 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday, year-round; 12pm-4pm, Saturdays & Sundays in July and August; and, before Scotiabank Centre events. You can find out more at www.nsshf.com.