Last Thursday the BC Sports Hall of Fame inducted ten new honorees into its ranks. Among those honoured were well known Canadian sports reporter Greg “Dr. Sport” Douglas and local hockey star Joe Sakic. Both inductees have Canucks connections that they shared with gala guests. The new honourees were brought onstage, presented medals and asked to share their journey, in the spirit of “honouring the past, while inspiring the future”.
“Burnaby Joe” Sakic was born and raised in BC, and although he never played for the Canucks, we still claim him as our own. He told guests about watching his first ever hockey game, high up in the upper level of the Pacific Coliseum, watching the Canucks battle the Atlanta Flames, when he was only four-years-old. From then on he knew he wanted to play hockey.
In 2002, he helped bring Canada Olympic Gold for the first time in 50 years, and on December 11 of the same year, when the Avalanche played the Canucks, he scored his 500th NHL goal in his old hometown. The Canucks still won the game, and the Canadian hero received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Greg Douglas has been a mainstay in Vancouver sports media for decades. In addition to covering local sports in print and on the air, Douglas also served on the Canucks from 1968- 1977, climbing the ranks from public relations director to assistant general manager.
Douglas told guests about one misadventure as a PR guy when streakers took to the stadium and he almost lost his job. Looking back, Douglas laughs at the incident, apparently the joke was all in good fun.
He also shared the origin of his Dr. Sport nickname, it all started with some friends and a joke about a know-it-all Hawaiian radio announcer, evidently the nickname stuck.
Douglas rose from small-town beginnings, to become a mentor to many young broadcasters and a voice of sports in BC. He co-wrote the new book, Canucks at 40, which gives readers a backstage pass to Canucks history. It’s full of new pictures and untold stories of Vancouver’s favorite team. Douglas and co-writer Grant Ker will be at Rogers Arena on September 22nd from 6:30 – 7:15 to sign and discuss their book with fans. Click here for more info and to get your own copy.