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Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame announces 2019 inductees

Former Senators' defenseman Chris Phillips is one of five athletes to be honoured.
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Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame sign, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame announced their 2019 inductees on Monday.   

Chantal Benoit, Chris Phillips, Rick Desclouds, John Halvorsen, and the 1968 and 1969 Ottawa Rough Riders will be honoured on May 31 in the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne. 

Listen to Chris Phillips talk about being named to the hall on 1310 NEWS' Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe:

The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame is non-profit organization that documents, curates, and celebrates outstanding achievement in local sport heritage. 

It contains artifacts, photographs and memorabilia honouring our sporting heritage, as well as commemorative plaques honouring more than 275 inductees.

Each year, the Board receives nominations from the public, and then selects new inductees to be represented. 

Biographies for the five inductees, and how to purchase tickets for the ceremony can be found below:

Chris Phillips is a former Ottawa Senators' defenseman and alternate captain. He enjoyed an 18-year career in the NHL. In that time he played in 1,179 games, and holds the team record for longevity with the same club. He was selected first overall by the Senators in 1997 entry draft, and represented Canada twice at both the World Championships and the World Junior tournaments. Along with his wife Erin, Phillips is well known for his outstanding volunteer and philanthropic efforts in the community.

Chantal Benoit is a trailblazer in the sport of wheelchair basketball. A member of the Canadian National Team from 1984-2011, she is widely considered to be the best player in history. She represented Canada at six Paralympic Games, winning two Gold Medals. She received the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation 's highest honour, the Gold Medal Triad Award, for contributing to the growth of wheelchair basketball domestically and internationally.

Rick Desclouds coached championship teams in baseball, track and field, cross-country, and basketball to name but a few. But some of his most storied accomplishments involve the sport of volleyball. Across 35 years as a teacher at Glashan Public School, he coached the Spikers to an astounding 32 Elementary School Championships, and 10 Ontario Cups. His career win-loss record is estimated at 1,500 - 35. Rick also has an unparalleled track record of community service, engaging 'at-risk' and underprivileged youth by facilitating access to community sport. 

John Halvorsen has enjoyed an outstanding career as a middle distance runner. Born in Norway, he was Norwegian National Champion at 5,000 and 10,000 metres before moving to Canada, and settling in Ottawa. He has competed in two Olympic Games, and is a four time winner of the Canadian Intra-University Cross-Country Championships, and countless other honours in middle distance running. His time of 28:12 in Ottawa 10k was a course record that endured for 20 years. As the volunteer Race Director, John was instrumental in leveraging the growth of the Ottawa Race Weekend from a small race series, into one of a very few IIAF Gold Standard events, with more than 40,000 participants, and millions of dollars raised for local charities.

The Ottawa Rough Riders teams of 1968 and 1969 were powerhouses in the CFL, as they won Grey Cups in consecutive years. Led by Hall of Fame quarterback Russ Jackson, 29 of 36 players were on both teams. The 1969 team was named "Canada's Team of the Year" by the Canadian Press. Jackson's four touchdown passes in the 1969 game, remains a record to this day. Of the 29 players who played on both teams, eight are in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, in addition to legendary head coach, Frank Clair.

More information on the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame, and their inductees can be found here

Tickets for the 2019 Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony can be purchased online

The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame is located at City Hall.



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