Famous Residents Grimsby, Ontario
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Kevin Christopher Bieksa
Bieksa was born in Grimsby, Ontario, on June 16, 1981, to Al and Angela Bieksa. Bieksa's father works in the Ontario Federation of Labour. Bieksa graduated from Bowling Green University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in finance and a 3.42 grade point average. Bieksa now married to wife, Katie, they have a son, Cole Walter, and a daughter, Reese. Now living in a home in Smithville, Ontario, close to Bieksa's hometown of Grimsby, Ontario. Bieksa is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League, serving as an alternate captain for the Vancouver Canucks during away games. After a three-year junior hockey career in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with the Burlington Cougars, Bieksa was awarded a scholarship to Bowling Green University. Bieksa was a one-time All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association honourable mention during his four-year tenure with the Bowling Green Falcons of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Graduating from the university with a bachelor's degree in finance. Bieksa was a two-time Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic honourable mention in 2003 and 2004. Following his freshman year, Bieksa was selected 151st overall by the Canucks in the 2001 National Hockey League Entry Draft and joined their minor league affiliate, the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, upon graduating. Bieksa earned American Hockey League All-Rookie Team honours in his first and only full season with the Manitoba Moose, before joining the Vancouver Canucks as a regular member in 2005-06. Bieksa is known as a physical and aggressive defenceman.
With the Vancouver Canucks, Bieksa is known as a two-way defenceman capable of playing in all situations. Early in Bieksa's National Hockey League career, he formed a shutdown pairing with Willie Mitchell. Offensively, Bieksa regularly jumps into the rush and has led the Vancouver Canucks in defensive scoring in his only two full National Hockey League seasons. Bieksa's playing is characterized by aggressive and competitive components, earning a reputation as a fighter early in his career in the American Hockey League.
Kevin Neil Hearn
Kevin Hearn born July 3, 1969 as a child Hearn spent a lot of his time with his cousin actor and comedian Harland Williams. They released an album together in 2004, as a duo known as The Cousins. Hearn was born into a large family, they lived in a small home in Grimsby, Ontario. Hearn recalls buying Magical Mystery Tour and a Beach Boys greatest hits record, becoming his first two favourite albums, leading him on the path of performing music. Hearn has a classical piano background. Hearn attended Inglenook Community High School, also attended St. Michael's Choir School. Kevin Hearn is a Canadian musician is currently the keyboardist for the band Barenaked Ladies and his own group, Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle. Hearn is also a former member of Rheostatics. Hearn currently lives in downtown Toronto. Hearn spends time at a cottage which he acquired in the early 2000s. The isolated cottage is on a lake where his family spent time when he was a child. Hearn has a daughter, Havana Winter Hearn, born in November 2003.
Hearn joined Look People in 1988, playing with the band till they broke up in 1993. In 1995 Hearn replaced departed keyboardist Andy Creeggan in the Barenaked Ladies. Hearn didn't know any of the bands music and had a matter of weeks to learn their music. Hearn's early contribution to the Barenaked Ladies can be heard on the live release Rock Spectacle, which was recorded on his first tour with the group. Hearn played mostly keyboard on the songs included on the album, some accordion. Hearn's first music video with the Barenaked Ladies was "Shoe Box", followed by the video for "The Old Apartment", although Hearn hadn't played on the recording of either song. Thanks to the opportunities afforded him by his Barenaked Ladies gig, Hearn subsequently released his first solo album, Mothball Mint. After an extensive tour in the United States, to increase the success of Rock Spectacle. Rock Spectacle recorded their fourth studio album, Stunt. This was Hearn's first album with the band. Andy Creeggan was the one mainly focused on acoustic keyboards, Hearn's experience was more with electronic keyboards, synthesizers and samplers. This contribution to the band's sound is evident on Stunt. Hearn also contributed some lead electric guitar to the album, having a noticeably different style than Ed Robertson or Steven Page.
Hearn was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Hearn began treatment at the same time the band was shooting the video "One Week", Hearn, doesn't appear in many of the shots. Hospitalized in Toronto while the band continued to tour in support of the new album. Several of the band's friends filled in at different points including Chris Brown and Greg Kurstin. Hearn ultimately required bone marrow transplants from his brother Sean Hearn, and eventually he went into remission. Hearn rejoined the band in 1999, though still dealing with the effects of the disease. Hearn released another solo album, called H-Wing, named for the hospital wing he was in when he wrote most of the songs which centered on his illness. This time his album was performed with a band, Thin Buckle all the members who performed in some level on his first album.
Hearn played the mandolin, Barenaked Ladies' next album, Maroon, featured one of Hearn's songs, "Hidden Sun" as a hidden track at the end of the disc, his song "Born Human", later re-recorded for Thin Buckle, was recorded and left off the album. Starting with the release of the band's sixth studio album, Everything to Everyone, the band entered into a new writing process in which Hearn and Jim Creeggan brought not only songs, but song ideas that the band would complete together. Everything to Everyone saw Hearn's first writing credits on the regular body of a Barenaked Ladies album. Hearn also released a third solo album, Night Light in 2003 with Thin Buckle. A fourth album, The Miracle Mile, was released on July 11, 2006 in Canada and online. The Barenaked Ladies writing process from the previous album continued for their seventh studio album, Barenaked Ladies Are Me, released in September 2006. Hearn's collaborations with the Rheostatics for their tribute album to Canadian painters, the Group of Seven, entitled Music Inspired by the Group of Seven, Hearn co-composed the music, played keyboards, and sang the song "Yellow Days Under a Lemon Sun". For the Rheostatics' 1999 release, The Story of Harmelodia, a thematic, and somewhat psychedelic, children's album, Hearn listed as a member of the group in the liner-notes. Hearn contributed significantly to the album and composed the songs "Wingophone" and "Monkey Bird". In addition to Hearn's contributions to these recordings, he performed live with the Rheostatics on many occasions throughout the latter part of the group's career. Hearn is pictured in the group's official portrait at Zunior Records' Independent Music Hall of Fame.
Tonya Verbeek born August 14, 1977 in Grimsby, Ontario. Verbeek is a Canadian wrestler. Verbeek took up wrestling in grade eleven and was undefeated throughout high school in Beamsville, Ontario. Verbeek trains at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, coached by Marty Calder. Verbeek won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in freestyle women's wrestling in the 55 kg category. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Verbeek won Canada's third medal overall, and third Canadian medal ever in women's wrestling, by winning a bronze.
Wanita May born January 30, 1975 in Grimsby, Ontario is a Canadian high jumper. Wanita May started competing at 16 and participated in World Junior Championships in 1992. May went on to place first in the Canadian Championships in 2000 and 2001. Some of May's performances include, 2005 Senior World Championships 3, 2004 Canadian Olympic Trials 1, 2003 Canadian Championships 1, 2002 Canadian Championships 4, 2001 Canadian Championships 1, 2001 Francophone Games 1, 2001 World Championships 15, 2001 Canadian Championships 1, 2000 Canadian Championships 1, 1999 Canadian Championships 2 and 1997 Canadian Championships 5.
Wanita (née Dykstra) May started competing at the age of 16. Braking the Canadian Junior record at the age of 18, jumping 1.92m. May attended Kansas State University on a track scholarship, graduating with a BS degree in Kinesiology. May also competed in the Pentathlon, holding the Canadian High Jump Pentathlon Record and Heptathlon. May was runner up at the 1994 indoor NCAA competition, placing 4th and 6th at NCAAs. May continued competing after college, representing Canada on numerous occasions. May retired in 2005, after the birth of her first child.
Interesting Facts about Wanita May, Wanita stands 1.70cm, her personal best is 1.92cm - that is 22cm over her head that she has jumped, for the imperial system, she is 5'7" and her PR is 6'3.5". Wanita May holds the Canadian record for greatest physical height to jump height differential as a female.
Dennis Andrew Ververgaert
Dennis Ververgaert born March 30, 1953 is a retired professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League from 1973 until 1981. Ververgaert is best known for his time with the Vancouver Canucks, where he was one of the club's top players in their first decade of existence. Ververgaert was selected to play in the National Hockey League All-Star Game in 1976 and 1978. Ververgaert had a dominant junior career with the London Knights, scoring 147 points in 1972-73, including a franchise record 89 assists, surpassed by Sergei Kostitsyn in 2005-06, selected 3rd overall in the 1973 National Hockey League Amateur Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. Ververgaert had size and skill together with a booming shot, Ververgaert was thought to have the potential to be the first true star player in the history of the young franchise.
Ververgaert's first National Hockey League season, Ververgaert did not disappoint, stepping straight into the Vancouver Canucks' roster and recording a team-leading 26 goals along with 31 assists for 57 points. Ververgaert led all rookies in goals, second in points to Tom Lysiak, and finished 4th in Calder Trophy voting as the league's top rookie. Ververgaert 26 goals remained the Vancouver Canucks rookie record until broken by Trevor Linden in 1988–89. In 1974-75 Ververgaert was even better, recording 51 points in 57 games despite missing substantial time due to a serious shoulder injury. Ververgaert's production was a key factor in the team's improvement, winning their division and making the playoffs for the first time. Ververgaert would have his finest season in 1975-76, leading the Vancouver Canucks with 37 goals and 71 points. Ververgaert selected to play in his first National Hockey League All-Star Game and proceeded to score two goals in 10 seconds to set an All-Star record, since broken by Owen Nolan.
After the success of his first three seasons, Ververgaert appeared to be on the verge of stardom. However, his career would go sideways after 1976 as his production dropped off and he came under increased criticism for his poor defensive play. Ververgaert greatest success had been with center André Boudrias, and after Boudrias left for the World Hockey Association, Ververgaert was never able to find the same sort of chemistry with later line mates. In 1976–77, Ververgaert slumped to 27 goals and just 45 points, while recording a dismal plus, minus rating of -35. Ververgaert rebounded slightly in 1977-78 to tally 21 goals and a career-high 33 assists for 54 points, and was selected to play in his second All-Star game.
In 1978–79, Ververgaert started the season slowly with 9 goals in his first 35 games, facing stiff competition for ice time from star rookie Stan Smyl. Mid-way through the season, Ververgaert was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers for Kevin McCarthy and Drew Callander, finishing the year with career lows of 18 goals and 44 points. With the Philadelphia Flyers, Ververgaert was used more as a utility player instead of the front-line forward he was with the Vancouver Canucks, and occasionally a healthy scratch. Ververgaert recorded 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 58 games in 1979–80, but only appeared in two games as the Philadelphia Flyers reached the Stanley Cup finals.
Released by the Philadelphia Flyers, Ververgaert signed with the Washington Capitals for 1980-81. Turning in a decent performance for the Washington Capitals, finishing the year with 14 goals and 41 points in 79 games. However, at the start of the 1981-82 campaign he was assigned to the minors, and chose to retire rather than accept the assignment.
Ververgaert finished his career with totals of 176 goals and 216 assists for 392 points in 583 games, along with 247 penalty minutes. His 139 goals as a Vancouver Canuck uniform place him 11th all-time, and only Don Lever scored more goals for the club during the 1970s. Ververgaert returned to Vancouver where he operates an insurance business and is an active member of the Vancouver Canuck' alumni organization.
Marvin Palmer Morris "Cyclone" "Cy" Wentworth
(January 24, 1905-October 10, 1982)
Marvin Wentworth a Canadian hockey player, born in Grimsby, Ontario. Wentworth played his first National Hockey League game in 1927 for the Chicago Black Hawks.
In 1931–32, Wentworth, who had become the picture of defensive efficiency, was named the team's captain. Near the beginning of the 1932–33 season, Wentworth was traded to the Montreal Maroons. In Montreal, Cy won his first and only Stanley Cup when the Montreal Maroons defeated Toronto in the 1935 finals after eliminating his old team mates from Chicago. Wentworth was the Montreal Maroons leading point-getter in those playoffs with three goals, two assists in seven games.
Wentworth was traded again just before the Montreal Maroons folded in 1938. Wentworth didn't have to move far to continue his career, however, as Wentworth was traded to the Montreal Canadiens. Wentworth played two seasons with the Montreal Canadiens before retiring in 1940, after which Wentworth moved to Toronto and became involved in a variety of business interests.
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