Bret Hart honored with star on Canada’s Walk of Fame
Bret Hart has received his star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
Hart was honored alongside other inductees at a ceremony in Toronto on Friday. He joins names such as Wayne Gretzky and Terry Fox in the Sports & Athletics Pillar of Achievement category.
“I just want to say how special it was for me to be a wrestling hero or a TV hero for so many Canadians across the country,” Hart said after revealing his spot on the walk (transcriptions via Post Wrestling. “I’ve had such a great journey and such a great ride and I’m really proud of my career. I’ve always been especially proud of being from Canada and spreading my name and the goodwill of Canada across the world. I’d like to think that I showed everybody that Canadians can be the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be.”
Only 38 stars have been given out to athletes on Canada's Walk of Fame. Other inductees in this category include the 1972 Team Canada hockey team, Donovan Bailey, and Mario Lemieux.
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Following the ceremony, Hart spoke to Jack Wannan about the honor.
“I don’t think we ever got credit for being great actors, we never got credit for being great athletes. And we’re both. We’re great storytellers, we’re great actors, we’re great athletes. We’re amazing artists,” said Hart from the red carpet. “And I think me being on the Walk of Fame is hopefully a start for guys like Edge and other guys to be on the Walk of Fame. [Or] Trish Stratus, another great Canadian wrestler. It doesn’t just start or end with Bret Hart.”
Hart continued to say of the achievement:
“It’s a big honor. It really means a lot to me. It’s one thing to be appreciated as a wrestler, it’s another thing to be appreciated as a Canadian.”
The ceremony also recognized singer Bruce Cockburn, entrepreneur Ajay Virmani, actor Graham Greene, track and field athlete Damian Warner and retired senator Lt.-Gen. Romeo Dallaire. Posthumous awards were given to Frederick Banting, Charles Best, John Macleod, and James Collip, who discovered insulin at the University of Toronto in 1921, as well as singer-songwriter Salome Bey, and media mogul Allan Slaight.
Bret Hart was voted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996.