Our 2018 celebrities included:


A Nova Scotia native, Rick played in the National Hockey League for six seasons, scoring 18 goals and 37 assists in 173 games. He coached Winnipeg’s AHL Moncton affiliate in 1987-88, finishing the season as the NHL Jet’s head coach. In 1991 he was named the Boston Bruins head coach and not even a year later he took over the Ottawa Senators expansion club leading the team for four years. Rick then joined the New York Islanders in 1996-97 before becoming an assistant coach in Phoenix. In July 2006 Rick left Phoenix to become the assistant coach of the Vancouver Canucks. Rick then took on the role of assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightening who went deep into the 2015 playoffs . Recently Rick took on an Assistant Coach role with the Dallas Stars. Rick was also inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2017 he reached a milestone, coaching his 2,165 NHL game, surpassing the legendary Scotty Bowman for most games coached.


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 weeknights on the Prime Time Edition of Connected on Sportsnet. Ken has covered just about everything during his 15 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. He recently released the book One Night Only, which chronicles a series of interviews with players who played just one game in the NHL. Ken is a proud native of Pictou, Nova Scotia.


A front-line player on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada for 36 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 released the book Now I’m Catching On: My Life On and Off the Air.


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.


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.
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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.

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 is a great addition to the Gallivan this year!


Drake is a proud native of New Minas, Nova Scotia -- the latest in a long line of Nova Scotians making their mark on the world hockey stage. Drake was drafted in the 2015 QMJHL draft by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. After flourishing in his second season with the squad, Drake was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL draft. In his 2017-2018 season, Drake scored a combined 29 goals and 48 assists in 51 regular-season games with Cape Breton and Blainville-Boisbriand of the QMJHL, and followed that up by potting 13 goals and 20 assists in 22 playoff games with Blainville-Boisbriand. Drake is well-known to Canadians for his spectacular showing at the 2017-2018 World Juniors, where he played a huge role in securing Canada's gold medal in Buffalo, scoring seven goals in seven games.


A member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 2007, Rebecca Johnston has competed at eight IIHF Women’s World Championships as well as three Olympic Winter Games, helping Canada win gold at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 as well as a silver at PyeongChang 2018 where she was among the team’s leading scorers. In her eight career appearances she has won seven silver medals to go with the gold medal in 2012. At the 2011 World Championship she led the Canadian team in scoring with four goals and two assists and was one of Canada’s top three players as selected by the coaches. She was also Canada’s top scorer at the 2016 World Championships. Johnston’s collegiate career took her to Cornell University, where she was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2007-08. After graduation Johnston was drafted by the Toronto Furies of the CWHL. She then played for the Calgary Inferno, where she won the Clarkson Cup in 2016.


Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jillian Saulnier first wore the maple leaf internationally as a member of the under-18 national team. She made her debut with the National Women’s Team at the Four Nations Cup in the fall of 2014, helping Canada win gold. She went on to become the first player from Nova Scotia to compete at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2015, helping Canada to a silver medal, followed by another silver in 2016. She recently achieved her life goal of representing Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, where she and Team Canada brought home a silver medal. Saulnier made history as she was the first female Nova Scotian to ever score a goal on the Olympic stage. Saulnier began her collegiate career at Cornell University in 2011-12 and was named the Ivy League and ECAC Rookie of the Year. As a junior in 2013-14 she was a First Team All-American, Ivy League Co-Player of the Year and a top-three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award given to the best female hockey player in the NCAA. After graduation, she signed with the Calgary Inferno of the CWHL, winning the Clarkson Cup in 2015-16.


Blayre Turnbull made her debut at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2016, going on to win back-to-back silver medals with Team Canada. In her Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018, Canada also won the silver medal. Turnbull had first worn the maple leaf in 2010 as a member of the U18 national team. In 2014 she was a member of the national development team before winning gold with the national team at the Four Nations Cup.

Turnbull played collegiate hockey at the University of Wisconsin. As a freshman in 2011-12, she was the Rookie of the Year for a Badgers team that advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game. She captained the team in her senior year as the Badgers won the WCHA Championship. After graduation, she was selected by Calgary in the 2015 CWHL Draft and won the Clarkson Cup in her rookie season with the Inferno in 2015-16.