Lou Marsh Trophy

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Hockey player Wayne Gretzky has won the Lou Marsh Trophy four times, more than any other athlete.

The Lou Marsh Trophy, also known as the Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy[1] and Lou Marsh Award,[2][3] is a trophy that is awarded annually to Canada's top athlete, professional or amateur. It is awarded by a panel of journalists, with the vote taking place in December. It was first awarded in 1936. It is named in honour of Lou Marsh, a prominent Canadian athlete, referee, and former sports editor of the Toronto Star. Marsh died in 1936 and the trophy was named in his honour. The trophy is made of black marble and stands around 75 centimetres high. The words "With Pick and Shovel" appear above the engraved names of the winners.[2] The voting panel consists of sports media voters from across the country[4] including representatives from the Toronto Star, The Canadian Press, FAN590, The Globe and Mail, CBC, Rogers Sportsnet, CTV/TSN, La Presse and the National Post.[5]

The Trophy has been awarded 77 times and won by 60 individual athletes and three pairs. Wayne Gretzky has won the trophy four times, more than any other athlete, while Barbara Ann Scott has won the trophy three times, more than any other woman. It was not awarded from 1942 to 1944 due to World War II. There were ties between different athletes in 1978 and 1983. The most recent winner is Joey Votto, first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds.

Winners[edit]

Kurt Browning, 1990 winner
Donovan Bailey, 1996 winner
Jacques Villeneuve, 1995 and 1997 winner
Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, 2001 winners
Mike Weir, 2003 winner
Adam van Koeverden, 2004 winner
Steve Nash, 2005 winner
Sidney Crosby, 2007 and 2009 winner
Joey Votto, 2010 and 2017 winner
Key
Year Winner Sport Win #
1936 Phil Edwards * Track and field 1
1937 Marshal Cleland Equestrian 1
1938 Bobby Pearce Rowing 1
1939 Bob Pirie Swimming 1
1940 Gérard Côté * Marathon 1
1941 Theo Dubois Rowing 1
1942 None - -
1943 None - -
1944 None - -
1945 Barbara Ann Scott Figure skating 1
1946 Joe Krol * Canadian football 1
1947 Barbara Ann Scott ^ Figure skating 2
1948 Barbara Ann Scott ^ Figure skating 3
1949 Cliff Lumsdon Swimming 1
1950 Bob McFarlane Canadian football & track and field 1
1951 Marlene Streit Golf 1
1952 George Genereux Shooting 1
1953 Doug Hepburn * Weightlifting 1
1954 Marilyn Bell ^ Swimming 1
1955 Beth Whittall Swimming 1
1956 Marlene Streit ^ Golf 2
1957 Maurice Richard * Ice hockey 1
1958 Lucile Wheeler ^ Alpine skiing 1
1959 Barbara Wagner & Bob Paul Figure skating 1
1960 Anne Heggtveit ^ Alpine skiing 1
1961 Bruce Kidd * Track and field 1
1962 Donald Jackson Figure skating 1
1963 Bill Crothers Track and field 1
1964 Roger Jackson & George Hungerford Rowing 1
1965 Petra Burka ^ Figure skating 1
1966 Elaine Tanner ^ Swimming 1
1967 Nancy Greene ^ Alpine skiing 1
1968 Nancy Greene ^ Alpine skiing 2
1969 Russ Jackson * Canadian football 1
1970 Bobby Orr * Ice hockey 1
1971 Hervé Filion Harness racing 1
1972 Phil Esposito * Ice hockey 1
1973 Sandy Hawley Horse racing 1
1974 Ferguson Jenkins * Baseball 1
1975 Bobby Clarke * Ice hockey 1
1976 Sandy Hawley Horse racing 2
1977 Guy Lafleur * Ice hockey 1
1978 Graham Smith Swimming 1
1978 Ken Read * Alpine skiing 1
1979 Sandra Post ^ Golf 1
1980 Terry Fox Marathon of Hope 1
1981 Susan Nattrass Shooting 1
1982 Wayne Gretzky * Ice hockey 1
1983 Rick Hansen[6] Wheelchair racing 1
1983 Wayne Gretzky * Ice hockey 2
1984 Gaétan Boucher Speed skating 1
1985 Wayne Gretzky * Ice hockey 3
1986 Ben Johnson * Track and field 1
1987 Ben Johnson * Track and field 2
1988 Carolyn Waldo ^ Synchronized swimming 1
1989 Wayne Gretzky * Ice hockey 4
1990 Kurt Browning * Figure skating 1
1991 Silken Laumann ^ Rowing 1
1992 Mark Tewksbury * Swimming 1
1993 Mario Lemieux * Ice hockey 1
1994 Myriam Bédard ^ Biathlon 1
1995 Jacques Villeneuve * Auto racing 1
1996 Donovan Bailey * Track and field 1
1997 Jacques Villeneuve * Auto racing 2
1998 Larry Walker * Baseball 1
1999 Caroline Brunet Kayaking 1
2000 Daniel Igali Wrestling 1
2001 Jamie Salé & David Pelletier Figure skating 1
2002 Catriona LeMay Doan ^ Speed skating 1
2003 Mike Weir * Golf 1
2004 Adam van Koeverden Kayaking 1
2005 Steve Nash * Basketball 1
2006 Cindy Klassen ^ Speed skating 1
2007 Sidney Crosby * Ice hockey 1
2008 Chantal Petitclerc ^[5] Wheelchair racing 1
2009 Sidney Crosby *[7] Ice hockey 2
2010 Joey Votto[8] Baseball 1
2011 Patrick Chan *[9] Figure skating 1
2012 Christine Sinclair ^[10] Soccer 1
2013 Jon Cornish[11] Canadian football 1
2014 Kaillie Humphries[12] Bobsleigh 1
2015 Carey Price *[13][14] Ice hockey 1
2016 Penny Oleksiak ^[15] Swimming 1
2017 Joey Votto [16] Baseball 2

Winners by sport[edit]

Terry Fox, who was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy for the Marathon of Hope rather than participation in a sport in general, is not included in this table.

Wins Sport # of
Individuals
13 Ice hockey 9
9 Figure skating 7
8 Swimming 8
7 Track and field 6
5 Alpine skiing 4
4 Rowing 4
Football 4
Baseball 4
3 Golf 3
Speed skating 3
2 Kayaking 2
Shooting 2
Wheelchair racing 2
Auto racing 1
Horse racing 1
1 Basketball 1
Biathlon 1
Bobsleigh 1
Equestrian 1
Harness racing 1
Marathon 1
Synchronized swimming 1
Weightlifting 1
Wrestling 1
Soccer 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • Bob Ferguson, Who's Who in Canadian Sport, Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd., 2005, p. 532 (through 2004).
  • "Winners of the Lou Marsh Trophy". The Globe and Mail. 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  • "Lou Marsh winners". Toronto Star. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  • "Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
Specific
  1. ^ "Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  2. ^ a b "Sidney Crosby wins Lou Marsh award". Toronto Star. 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  3. ^ "Sidney Crosby wins Lou Marsh Award". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  4. ^ Dave Perkins (2006-12-12). "Turin queen reigns in 2006". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-12-12.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Petitclerc wins 2008 Lou Marsh Award". The Sports Network. 2008-12-09. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  6. ^ "Honoured members — Rick Hansen". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  7. ^ The Canadian Press (2009-12-15). "Crosby beats out Kucera, Nash for Lou Marsh Award". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2009-12-18. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  8. ^ The Canadian Press (2010-12-14). "Votto wins Lou Marsh Award as Canada's athlete of the year". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  9. ^ The Toronto Star (2011-12-14). "Patrick Chan wins Lou Marsh award". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  10. ^ "Christine Sinclair wins Lou Marsh Award". 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  11. ^ "Stamps' Cornish wins Lou Marsh Award as Canada's Top Athlete". 2013-12-09. Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  12. ^ "Bobsled pilot Kaillie Humphries wins the Lou Marsh award as Canada's top athlete". Winnipeg Free Press. December 11, 2014.
  13. ^ "Canadiens goaltender Price wins Lou Marsh Trophy". NHL. 15 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Price earns the Lou Marsh Award". Montreal Canadiens. 15 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Swimmer Penny Oleksiak wins Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete". The Globe and Mail. December 13, 2016.
  16. ^ . Sportsnet. December 12, 2017 https://web.archive.org/web/20171213010912/http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/reds-slugger-joey-votto-wins-lou-marsh-award-canadas-top-athlete/title=Reds. Archived from Slugger Joey Votto Wins Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s Top Athlete the original Check |url= value (help) on December 13, 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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