Our 2019 celebrities included:


Nathan MacKinnon, from Cole Harbour, is an all-round talented Canadian professional hockey player in the National Hockey League. Nathan played his QMJHL rookie season for the Halifax Mooseheads in 2011. In his second season, MacKinnon lead the Mooseheads to their first Memorial Cup championship and was named Most Valuable Player. Following that, he was drafted 1st overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft to the Colorado Avalanche where he currently plays. In his NHL rookie season he won the Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year becoming the youngest player to ever win it, and was selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Nathan was also selected to play for team Canada in the 2015 IIHF World Juniors where he scored 4 goals and added 5 assists to help Canada win the gold medal. Nathan was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game in 2017 and 2018.
Nathan had a true breakout season in 2017-18, finishing fifth in the League with 97 points in 74 games. He was a finalist for the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player. He helped Colorado return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after finishing last in the NHL in 2016-17, then had six points (three goals, three assists) in six games against the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference First Round.


For the past ten years Evanka Osmak has been an anchor on Rogers Sportsnet. This is Evanka's fifth visit to the Gallivan. Evanka has passion for giving back through sports – aside from her time commitments to the Gallivan, she is also very involved in Special Olympics Ontario and Canada. One of the highlights of her career was working at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics where she was thrilled to be part of one of the greatest sports moments in Canada's history. Aside from her work on Sportsnet, Evanka is also an accomplished speaker, educator, and podcast host. We are thrilled to have Evanka back for the 2019 Gallivan.


Jack’s vast knowledge and passion is well known - and respected - throughout the basketball world, where he has spent his entire broadcast career focusing on the Toronto Raptors. Over the course of his 15+ years in broadcasting, Armstrong has become one of the most recognizable faces - and voices - in Canadian sports. A highlight of course would have been this years remarkable and historic run to the NBA Championship, over the Golden State Warriors.

Armstrong began coaching when he was 19 years old. He was an NCAA Division Coach for 14 years. He coached at Niagara University for 10 year, where he ranks 4th for all-time wins as head coach, and then at Fordham University for 4 years. He spent two years as a High School Coach at Nazareth High School in Brooklyn. In 1993, Armstrong was awarded with the NCAA New York State Division Coach of the Year and the MAAC Conference Coach of the Year. Jack has been a great addition to the Gallivan this year!


Born in Oliver, BC, John Shannon began working with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada in 1978, producing NHL games across the continent. In 1980, he moved to Calgary to become the show’s western producer during what was to be an outstanding period for the Flames. As a result, he was able to produce the Stanley Cup Final every year that decade. Some career highlights include working the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway; producing Wayne Gretzky’s last NHL game in Canada on April 15, 1999; experiencing Canada’s first Olympic hockey gold in 50 years at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and launching both Leafs TV and Raptors NBA TV.


You can catch Ken alongside co-anchor Evanka Osmak on the Prime Time Edition of Connected on Sportsnet. Ken has covered just about everything during his 16 plus years in television, from the Olympics to the Stanley Cup finals, Grey Cups and the Super Bowl. Ken started his broadcasting career at Access Cable in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, followed by stops in Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton and finally Toronto. Ken is also a bestselling author. One Night Only, which chronicles a series of interviews with players who played just one game in the NHL, is his most recent Title. Ken is a proud native of Pictou, Nova Scotia.


A front-line player on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada for 46 years, Cole began as an announcer and newsreader in St. John’s Newfoundland in 1956. The road to Hockey Night in Canada began on radio in 1969 and in 1973, Bob was asked to join Hockey Night in Canada. When Bill Hewitt retired, Cole became the Toronto-based play-by-play announcer for HNIC. In 1985, Cole and game analyst Harry Neale joined forces, and continue to be one of hockey’s strongest on-air teams. Bob Cole was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996 and has been honored with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for excellence in hockey broadcasting. Bob recently retired, with accolades from across the global hockey world.His final play by play broadcast was on April 6, 2019 at the Bell Centre arena in Montreal as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 6-5 in a shootout.


Murray Wilson has been a popular guest at the Gallivan for many years. A former Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings forward, Wilson became familiar to local fans with the AHL Nova Scotia Voyageurs in 1971-72, helping the Halifax-based club to a Calder Cup and later, becoming a member of Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame with that team. In his six years with Montreal, Wilson won four Stanley Cups. He retired in 1979 with 181 points to his credit, including 90 goals and 91 assists in 352 games.


The Halifax Mooseheads general manager and played nine years in the NHL, eight with Chicago and one with Colorado. Russell was a tough 6’4’’, 200 lb, defenseman, spearheading a strong defense unit while scoring nine goals and adding 21 assists in 396 games. He joined the Halifax Mooseheads as an assistant coach prior to the 2000 Memorial Cup in Halifax. After the 2005-2006 season, he was named head coach. In 2009, he added the GM role with a goal to bring the Mooseheads back to the upper echelon of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In recent years, as GM, Cam has led the rebuilding of the franchise which culminated with a dominant on-ice performance by the “Moose” en route to its first Memorial Cup Championship in 2013. The “Moose” enjoyed another outstanding year in 2019, recently reaching the Memorial Cup Final, here in Halifax.


Few Nova Scotians get to play professional football, and finding one who played at the pro level for 16 years is rare. Bridgewater native Terry Baker has conquered that feat, enjoying a 16-year career with the Canadian Football League (CFL) that included two Grey Cup wins and a pair of scoring titles. After playing at Mount Allison University from 1982-84 and Acadia University in 1986, Baker began his professional career with the Saskatchewan in 1987. Throughout his CFL career he played with Saskatchewan, Ottawa, Toronto and ended his career in Montreal. He won his first Grey Cup with Saskatchewan in 1989 and his second with Montreal in 2002. In 1996 Baker was named Eastern Division All-Star and in 2002 he was named a CFL All-Star. In 1998 and 2000 he led the league in scoring. Terry was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2006.


Karen Furneaux is a 3-Time Olympian and 2-Time World Champion and winner of over 50 World Cup Medals! Karen is a 2-time Finalist for Canada’s Female Athlete of the Year and 4-Time winner Nova Scotia Female Athlete of the Year and has been honoured with Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal, the 2013 recipient of the Progress Women of Excellence Award for Health and Wellness as well as the Charles Yatzman Award for Sports Person of the Americas. Karen completed her Masters of Science Degree from Dalhousie University in Kinesiology, with specialization in Sport Psychology. She holds multiple certifications, and has undergone extensive Team and Leadership training through Cornell University. In 2010, Karen founded a pro-active corporate health and wellness company, I Promise Performance, Inc., which leads corporate teams to create and sustain a high performance environment through wellness programming.


A long standing celebrity at the The Gallivan, Liisa is a World Cup championship skier. With numerous podium finishes, her career is highlighted with a victory in the Super G in FuranoJapan in 1986. In 1987 she also won the Canadian Downhill Championship in Rossland B.C. and placed second in the giant slalom. The 1984 Olympian had over 20 top finishes however her career officially came to an end in 1988 following serious injuries sustained in Vail, Colorado. In 1997, Liisa was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and she now devotes her energy and skiing talents to helping others enjoy the sport. In 2006, Liisa, Karen Stemmle and Laurie Graham were named co-recipients of the Rob Thompson Memorial Award for long-time dedication to this tournament and the battle against CF.


Born in Cambridge, Ontario, Ian Leggatt was a Canadian professional golfer from 1990 until 2009. Career highlights include winning the PGA Tour’s Touchstone Energy Tuscan Open in February 2002, and the Nationwide Tour’s BUY.COM Dayton Open in 2000. Other top finishes include 2002 U.S Open finishing T-54, 2003 U.S Open finishing T-20, and the 2008 U.S Open finishing T-74. After retiring from professional golf in May 2009, he began working for Wasserman Media Group as an agent/consultant in their golf management division. He appears on Sportsnet as their golf analyst and has been the Director of Golf at The Summit G&CC since 2013.


Damien Cox born in Hamilton, Ontario, has covered the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs as a reporter and columnist for over 22 years, as well as the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, and many other international hockey events. Cox has worked extensively in radio and television in the past two decades and has been a frequent contributor to The Hockey News and ESPN.com He has covered the CFL and the Grey Cup since 1999, and Wimbledon tennis since 2004. Cox was a regular on TSN's The Reporters and That's Hockey until he left TSN in January 2011 to rejoin Rogers and Sportsnet Radio Fan 590 as a co-host on Prime Time Sports and to become an analyst on Rogers Sportsnet.


Peter is a Canadian Comedy Award Winner (“Breakout Artist” 2008) and nominee (“Best Male Standup” 2013). A proud native of Pictou, Nova Scotia, he has established himself as one of the most passionate comedians in the country, constantly pushing the envelope and developing his distinctive, hilarious point-of-view.

Some of Peter’s credits include: Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, CBC’s Halifax Comedy Festival, Toronto’s North by Northeast Festival, CBC Radio’s The Debaters and television appearances on The Comedy Network, MTV, and CTV's Comedy Now, as well as bringing the house down at the 2016 Gallivan.
many others.


A proud native of Cape Breton, Mike is a former NHL’er. He began began his professional career with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League, after being selected in the sixth-round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He began his NHL career with Montreal in 1984. McPhee was a member of Montreal's Stanley Cup winning team in 1986. His best NHL season came in 1987-88, with linemates Guy Carbonneau and Russ Courtnall, when he scored 23 goals and 43 points. The following season, he took part in the NHL All-Star Game. He was also a three-time winner of the Jacques Beauchamp Trophy as the Montreal Canadiens’ unsung hero. Now based in Halifax, Mike is a successful investment advisor and volunteers with numerous organizations around the city. Mike was a long time Gallivan Committee member and we are thrilled that he returns to play in the 35th Anniversary, after a few years absence.


Karen is a world-class alpine skier and former Olympian, having represented Canada at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Karen was always an excellent athlete, participating in provincial figure skating competitions in her youth, but found her calling in Alpine Skiing at the age of seventeen. In 1982, new to the Downhill racing scene, finished 4th at the Canadian Championships in Lake Louise where she was also awarded Junior Canadian Champion. The Canadian Alpine Ski Team invited Karen to join them on the World Cup Ski Circuit and within a year, she finished 6th at a World Cup race in Mt. Tremblant. In 1984, a 4th place World Cup Downhill finish in Verbier, Switzerland qualified Karen for the Canadian Olympic team and she went on to march in the Opening Ceremonies at the 1984 Games. Since retiring as an athlete in 1988, Karen has continued to make a valued contribution to her most-loved sport by instructing at the Georgian peaks Club, where she learned to ski with her parents, and on other ski hills across North America – dedicated to helping skiers improve their skills and techniques. Karen is a motivational speaker, volunteer and fundraiser whose talent, hard work and passion for her sport have inspired many others.