Ranking the Canadian Gords

1. Gordie Howe - 97/100

If you're going to rank the Canadian Gords, you've got to open with Mr. Hockey. The man scored 801 goals and recorded 1049 assists over his lengthy and respected NHL career.

Gordie Howe also played the unsuspecting object of Ms. Krabappel's affections in Bart the Lover.

LoverHowe

2. Gord Downie - 92/100

The quality of Canada's Gords is so impressive, the lead singer of my favourite band of all-time only comes in second. I've seen Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip (including fellow Gord bass guitarist Gord Sinclair) eleven times and counting.

He also covered Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah for Saint Ralph, a version that lovingly haunts my dreams to this day.

Gord and Neil

3. Gordon Lightfoot - 91/100

Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Early Morning Rain, If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, Carefree Highway... these are iconic songs of Canadiana. After the holy trinity of Young, Mitchell and Cohen, you've got Lightfoot.

4. Gordon Sinclair - 83/100

Everything I learned about Sinclair I learned from the archives. Author, radio host and beloved commenter, many of his opinion pieces, such as The Americans, survive to this day.

5. Gord Martineau - 76/100

It's difficult for me to remember a time in this city before Gord Martineau. He's been at Citytv since its inception in 1977 and he's still their anchor.

Fucking bint.

6. Gord Stellick - 75/100

The youngest GM in NHL history when he assumed that role for the Maple Leafs in April 1988, Stellick went on to become a much better hockey commentator on television and radio, as well as a long-time host on The Fan.

7. Gord Miller - 72/100

You'll hear him calling games on the NHL on TSN, but Gord Miller is best known as the current voice of the World Junior Championships.

8. Gordie Johnson - 70/100

When I think of Gordie Johnson, I think of his rendition of O Canada on an electric double neck guitar.

Sure, he was also lead singer of Big Sugar, but this was his defining moment.

9. Gordon Korman - 69/100

As a young reader, my favourite books were from Gordon Korman. I thought his Bruno and Boots series was the bomb.

10. Gord Ash - 65/100

Today he's assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, but we know Gord Ash best as GM of our Toronto Blue Jays from 1995 to 2001. Under his watch we drafted Roy Halladay, and that alone scores him 65.

11. Gordie Sampson - 61/100

This Nova Scotian singer-songwriter's claim to fame is writing "Jesus, Take the Wheel" for Carrie Underwood. Even if that's not your cup of tea, you've got to respect the rewards that tune won, including a Grammy.


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Jason C

I agree with the list for the most part but might have added Gord Sinclair (bass player), because I'm a huge Hip fan myself.

November 24, 2014 @ 10:28 AM

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@Jason C

There was great debate about this in the Toronto Mike newsroom... in the end we decided to tip our hat to him in the Gord Downie section, but he's certainly worthy of a mention on his own.

November 24, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Argie

You'll have to do a "Ranking The Dougies" list as well.

November 24, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

Elephant

Just so I can continue to think favourably about you, I'm going to pretend you didn't leave Gord Deppe off that list.

November 24, 2014 @ 11:17 AM

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@Elephant

I forgot Gord Deppe.

But I did see The Spoons in concert fairly recently: http://www.torontomike.com/2011/10/michael_williams_and_i_at_a_sp.html

November 24, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

Boomer

"Toronto Mike newsroom". That little beauty made me laugh out loud. Good one Mike. :)

November 24, 2014 @ 11:41 AM

Lynne

Gordon Pinsent

November 24, 2014 @ 12:02 PM

this guest

Love this idea.

November 24, 2014 @ 12:24 PM

Argie

Does anyone name their sons "Gordon" anymore?

November 24, 2014 @ 1:09 PM

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@Lynne

Another Canadian Gord missed! I'm going to have to have a stern, closed door meeting with the interns...

November 24, 2014 @ 1:25 PM

Joshua

I'd be tempted go with a little personification and add the Barenaked Ladies album: 'Gordon' to this list.

November 24, 2014 @ 1:33 PM

The World of Gord

Being a "Gord" makes me love this list. Gordie Howe is definitely #1 Canadian or otherwise.

November 24, 2014 @ 2:40 PM

519 Rob

Joshua stole mine. Well played sir.

November 24, 2014 @ 2:52 PM

this guest

what about the Gordian Knot

it *can* be Canadian

at times

November 24, 2014 @ 4:17 PM

Al The Royal Pain

How about some love for Mr. Gordon Pinsent.

November 24, 2014 @ 4:32 PM

Al The Royal Pain

He isn't Canadian, not even from this world, but Gordon Shumway was also a Gordon of note. Sound familiar? Google it.

November 24, 2014 @ 4:35 PM

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Let the record show I somehow forgot the wonderful Gordon Pinsent and Gord Deppe.

Not only is Gordon Shumway not Canadian, but he eats cats, and I simply can't condone that behavior.

November 24, 2014 @ 4:38 PM

markosaar

Where does Gordon, ON rate?

November 24, 2014 @ 6:49 PM

NW

Don't forget about Gord McKee and Gord McLellan from Monday Night Curling on CBC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF1chLj1fro

November 24, 2014 @ 7:40 PM

Lynne

@Mike You get what you pay for LOL

November 24, 2014 @ 8:35 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Gord Bamford, Country Singer to add another Gord to the list.

November 24, 2014 @ 10:01 PM

Teena in Toronto

My fav is my husband, Gord :)

November 25, 2014 @ 9:05 PM

Roshan

Some great names on the list.

November 27, 2014 @ 9:55 AM

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