Jack Donohue, who was the architect of the Canadian basketball program and coached such famous players as
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in high school, has died of cancer in Ottawa at the age 70 years.
He served as head coach of the Canadian men's basketball team for 17 years and was the longest-serving head coach in amateur
or professional sports in Canada. He led the team to the Olympics four times and won the gold medal at the 1983 World University
Games in Edmonton.
He led the Canadian basketball team to a fourth-place finish at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. He was inducted into the Olympic
Hall of Fame and retired from coaching in 1988.
Donohue to be Inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
May 20, 2004 - Toronto, ON - The Canadian Sports Hall of Fame announced yesterday that the late Jack Donohue
is one of six Canadian Sport achievers who will be inducted into the Hall in 2004.
Following a meeting of the Selection Committee, two builders and four athletes, were selected for induction.
The builders are: Donohue, basketball and William "Scotty" Bowman, hockey. The athletes are: Donovan Bailey,
track & field: Lori Fung, rhythmic gymnastics: Abby Hoffman, track and field: and Larry Robinson, hockey.
They will be formally recognized at the Induction Gala on Monday, November 1, 2004 at the Fairmont Royal York
Hotel in Toronto.
The late Jack Donohue had a tremendous impact on the sport of basketball in Canada. Previously a very successful
high school and college coach in the United States, he coached Canada's national team program from 1972 to 1988 and qualified
the Canadian team for the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympics.
William "Scotty" Bowman is being recognized for his legendary coaching career in the National Hockey League.
nine Stanley Cup wins behind the bench eclipsed the record previously set by "Toe" Blake and he ranks
first in wins with
1,244 as a coach. He retired in 2002 after his Detroit Red Wings swept the Carolina Hurricanes in four games.
Donovan Bailey thrilled all Canadians with his gold medal winning performance in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta
in a world record 9.84 seconds. He followed this up with another gold medal as part of the 4x100 metre men's relay team. Bailey
was also the winner of the Lionel Conacher and Lou Marsh trophies in 1986.
Lori Fung was the first ever gold medallist in the sport of rhythmic gymnastics at the 1984 Olympic Games in
Angeles, and continues to be involved in the sport as a coach following her 1988 retirement. The Vancouver
is also a member of the Canadian Amateur and British Columbia Sports Halls of Fame.
Abby Hoffman represented Canada with distinction from 1962 to 1976, competing in 4 Olympics. She also competed
in 2 Commonwealth Games, winning gold in 1966 in the 880 yards. A tireless worker for women in sport, she was the first female
director of Sport Canada (1981-91) where she developed the Athlete Assistance and Best Ever programs.
Larry Robinson was a multiple Stanley Cup winner as a defenseman with the Montreal Canadiens including one in
his rookie year. He was a member of Team Canada in 1976, 81, and 84 at the Canada Cup tournaments, all Canadian victories.
In 1999-2000 he took over from Robbie Ftorek and coached the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley
The addition of these six brings the total number of Honoured Members in Canadas Sports Hall of Fame to 436.
This summer Canada Basketball will host the 2004 Under-21 Tournament of the Americas in Halifax, Nova
from July 28 to August 1. For all the latest information on the tournament visit www.basketball.ca/u21.
Canada Basketball is a private, not-for-profit corporation that is committed to the growth of the sport in Canada.
Just as important, Canada Basketball is focused on the development and preparation of Canadas national teams for the Olympic,
Pan American and FISU Games as well as the World Championships. The aspiration of Canada Basketball is to instill the pride,
commitment, passion and respect that Canadians personify into the development of basketball across the country and internationally.