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.
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.
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.
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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