Monday, November 8, 2010

Field of Dreams

With the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies taking place tonight, the inductee's are about to receive one of hockey's highest honours. All the hard work put into their craft will be rewarded as they take their place next to the games elite. Along with names like Howe, Richard and Orr, they will be joining one of Canada's most decorated individuals in the world of sports - Lionel Conacher.

Conacher was a gifted athlete who played in the National Hockey League and won 2 Stanley Cups, Also. he was successful in, count them, 5 other sports - Football (Grey Cup Champion), Baseball (Triple A Championship), Boxing (Canadian Amateur Light Heavyweight Champion), Lacrosse (Turned Pro in 1931), and Wrestling (27-0 as a Pro).

He is a member of not only the Hockey Hall of Fame, but the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Also, he was named Canada's Male Athlete of the first half of the 20th Century.

So, how did the City of Toronto honour one of their native son's? Well, the Summerhill neighbourhood near downtown Toronto named a park after Lionel Conacher.

Lionel Conacher Park

Can't you  just picture Lionel playing some football, baseball or lacrosse in this wonderful parcel of land? Then, heading down to the Hall of Fame to observe the festivities.

Indeed, A Field of Dreams.

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