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Famous Canadians in Betting

Famous Canadians in Betting

Betting on your favourite sporting hero is extremely popular the world over. After all, you want to see your favourite players rise to the occasion and that is why so many Canadian nationals are betting on Canadian athletes. We have a rich history across such a broad spectrum of sports and this ensures that fans of almost every sport will have a national idol to look up to. Let’s take a closer look at how you can bet on Canadian athletes online.

Canada’s Sporting Pedigree

Canada has a rich history when it comes to sport with games such as baggataway being played by early indigenous tribes to being at the forefront of modern sports such as snowboarding and kite surfing. Many countries only have one national sport, however, here in Canada we have a pretty vast landscape and rapidly changing weather conditions so our summer sport of lacrosse is complimented nicely by our winter sport of ice hockey.

Sport started being taken seriously in the country in the late 19th century and organisations were formed for a whole range of sports including soccer, football, baseball, ice hockey, lacrosse and basketball. Traditionally sport was seen as being ‘manly’ and it wasn’t until the 1960’s where female participation became much more common.

Ice Hockey

Canada’s prominence in sport has mainly been displayed through ice hockey. Having won more than 25 IIHF World Championships and having taken silver on at least 15 occasions they are the dominant force in world ice hockey. They also boast seven teams that compete in the NHL that have won 43 Stanley Cups and counting between them all. Canada is also responsible for, at the very least, the three players regarded as the greatest NHL players of all time in Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr.

Formula 1

Back in 1997 Jacques Villeneuve put Canada on the global stage for motor racing as he fended off the great Michael Schumacher to claim the Formula 1 World Championship, becoming the first Canadian to do so.

Basketball

On the basketball court, Steve Nash dominated. An eight time NBA All-Star and winner of back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player awards, Nash is a global icon in basketball and a winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy.

Combat Sports

When it comes to combat sports, Canada also has a rich history. Lennox Lewis was a three-time world heavyweight champion in boxing while George St-Pierre is considered one of, if not the, all-time great inside the octagon in the UFC.

Soccer

Canada qualified for the soccer World Cup in Mexico in 1986. Although we may have lost all three group games, the group was particularly tough and it remains a landmark achievement in the sport. Canada has also produced several players who would go on to play in the Premier League including Thomas Radzinski, Junior Hoilett and Simeon Jackson.

The Olympics

When it comes to the Olympic Games, Hayley Wickenheiser stands out for Canadians. Wickenheiser won four Olympic gold medals with the ice-hockey team between 2002 and 2014 and was named the games’ MVP on two occasions. Kathleen Heddle and Marnie McBean secured three golds each in rowing and in doing so became the first women to earn multiple rowing golds at a single Olympics. Kaillie Humphries is widely regarded as the greatest female bobsledder in history winning gold in 2010 and 2014 before securing a bronze in 2018.

So, we’ve looked at some of the dominant moments in Canadian sport history, now it’s time to look at how you can place bets on your current Canadian sporting heroes who are dominating their chosen discipline.

Current Canadian Athletes

So, that is enough of focusing on the past. This article is all about which Canadian superstars you can bet on in the present and future. Sporting talent is widespread within the country and there are now some global household names coming from our fine shores. Here, we will tell you about all the major Canadian sports men and women that you should look out for and you can then decide if you want to add them to your overall betting strategy. 

Brayden Point

Brayden Point is a Canadian professional ice-hockey player who plays as a centre in the NHL. Point featured in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game before becoming a Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2020. At an international level, Point secured a gold at the U20 IIHF World Championships before securing silver in the full World Championships in 2017.

You can bet on specific proposition bet markets for Brayden Point that include things like over/under a specific score and whether or not he will score in a particular game. You can also similarly bet on Point to get assists in a game. Another betting option would be on Point to win individual trophies such as the Conn Smythe Trophy which is awarded to the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Stanley Cup playoffs, or the Hart Memorial Trophy which is awarded annually to the player judged as most valuable to a team throughout the entire NHL season.

Alphonso Davies

Alphonso Davies is one of the hottest prospects in world football. He has lit up Europe’s biggest tournament and helped Bayern Munich lift the Champions League in 2020 to add to his Bundesliga and DFB Pokal titles in 2019 and 2020. He has since added the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to his medal tally as he also secured a place in the UEFA Team of the Year for 2020. 

Davies has an eye for goal and you can bet on him on goalscorer markets as well as yellow cards and a whole range of other soccer bets when he plays for his club or represents Canada in international football. You can also place bets on Davies for him to win individual awards including the likes of the Ballon D’or or the FIFA Best Award which are awarded to the world’s best player each year.

Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov has broken onto the tennis scene with a bang. Born in Israel, Denis moved to Canada before his first birthday with his mother, a tennis coach, and his father. In 2016 Shapovalov won the Wimbledon Junior Final and propelled his career further. In 2019 he took his maiden ATP title having defeated Filip Krajinovic in straight sets to lift the Stockholm Open trophy. Just a month later he would lose out to tennis legend Novak Djokovic in the ATP Masters 1000 final.

Shapovalov has established himself as one of the top prospects in men’s tennis and he has already broken into the world top ten. You should be able to find plenty of options to bet on Denis Shapovalov online. Tennis is a widely covered sport and there are tournaments hosted around the world throughout the calendar which Shapovalov will be competing in. You will be able to place wagers on him to win the outright tournament as well as individual matches. There will be your usual selection of outright bets as well as over/under markets, total points, and a wide range of prop bets for you to enjoy.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is an NBA player who burst onto the scene following a successful college career which saw him make the 2018 draft. In his debut season he was placed in the NBA All-Rookie Second team. By the age of 22, Gilgeous-Alexander had amassed more than 150 NBA appearances and represented his national side. In 2016 he helped Canada achieve a silver medal in the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championships.

Gilgeous-Alexander currently represents Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA and you will be able to place bets on him throughout any Thunder game. Markets will include over/under for his total score, his total rebounds, his total assists, or an accumulation of all three.

Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays as a point guard in the NBA. Murray made a splash in 2016 when he was awarded the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for October/November. In 2017 he would continue his success where he was placed in the NBA All-Rookie second team for the season as well as winning the MVP award for the Rising Stars Challenge. Murray has also seen international success where he won a silver medal for his country in the 2015 Pan American Games.

Jamal Murray currently plays for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA and you will be able to place stakes on him with all major sportsbooks. The range of markets available will depend on which sportsbook you opt for, however, you will almost certainly find markets for over/under total points scored, total rebounds made, total assists made as well as cumulative totals for all of them. You will also be able to place future bets on individual honours that Jamal Murray might receive.

Andre De Grasse

Andre De Grasse is a Canadian sprinter who specializes in the 100m and 200m sprints. De Grasse excelled at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro taking silver in the 200m, beaten only by Usain Bolt as he became the first Canadian to win a medal in the 200m since 1928. De Grasse also broke the Canadian record with a time of 19.80 seconds in the semi-finals. He would finish the games with two more medals in the 100m and 4x100m relays rounding off a highly successful week for both De Grasse and Canada.

You can place wagers on De Grasse with most leading sportsbooks. Whether he is competing in the Diamond League, the Commonwealth Games, the Olympic Games, or any other athletics meet, there will be markets available for you to place bets on. These will largely be outright markets although you will also find top 3 finishes and proposition bets regarding over/under a specific time on De Grasse’s races.

Christine Sinclair

Christine Sinclair is a professional soccer player who is captain of the Portland Thorns FC and Canadian national team and is widely regarded as Canada’s greatest soccer player of all time. Sinclair is hugely decorated having won four championships: the 2010 WPS Championship with FC Gold Pride, the 2011 WPS Championship with Western New York Flash, and the 2013 and 2017 NWSL Championships with the Portland Thorns FC. She was named the Canadian Player of the Year on 14 separate occasions between 2000 and 2018 and in 2012 received the Lou Marsh Award. In December 2020, Christine Sinclair was honoured at the Best FIFA Football Awards as she became the top international scorer in history.

There is an abundance of markets in which you can bet on Sinclair with. Most leading sportsbooks will offer NWSL markets and you will be able to place bets on Sinclair as a first goalscorer, anytime goalscorer as well as prop bets such as Sinclair to have 4+ shots and to be yellow carded, among many others.

Kylie Masse

Kylie Masse is a Canadian swimmer who specializes in backstroke. At the 2016 Olympic Games, Masse won bronze in the 100m backstroke which spearheaded her success. At the 2017 Canadian Swimming Championships she broke the 100m backstroke Americas record with the third fastest time in history, before breaking the world record at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest just a few months later. As well as breaking the world record, Masse would secure her first ever World Championship and, in the process, become the first Canadian woman to be a world champion swimmer. She would go on to win the 2018 Commonwealth Games 100m gold as her dominance continued.

Although swimming events are not widely covered, you are able to bet on Kylie Masse during all the major aquatic events such as the World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, the Olympic Games as well as the International Swimming League. Most markets will be based on outright winners but you will also be able to bet on prop bets including ‘will a world record be broken?’, for example.

Damian Warner

Damian Warner is a Canadian track and field athlete who specializes in the decathlon. Warner won a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships and secured bronze medals at the 2016 Olympic Games as well as the 2013 and 2019 World Championships. He also won the 2015 and 2019 Pan American Games and he broke the Canadian Record at the 2015 championship in Beijing.

Decathlon is not the most prominent sport with bookmakers. However, you will be able to bet on all the major events including the Commonwealth Games, the Olympic Games, and the Pan American Games. Markets will include over/under a specific number of points to be achieved as well as being able to bet on Warner being an outright winner.

Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu is a female, Canadian tennis player who is the highest ranked Canadian in the history of the Women’s Tennis Association. In 2019 she became the first Canadian tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title as she beat Serena Williams in the US Open. She would follow this up by beating Serena again in the Canadian Open in what was a momentous year for the then teenager. In 2019 her world ranking reached number 4 as she would go on to be awarded the WTA Newcomer of the Year and the Lou Marsh Trophy.

Tennis is a hugely popular sport for bettors and you will not struggle to find markets for Andreescu. You will be able to bet on outright tournament wins as well as individual matches. Within matches you will be able to bet in-play and also on over/under a certain number of points, how many sets she will win as well as the total number of games. As we touched on earlier, tennis betting is hugely popular so there is a continuous collection of exciting and innovative markets to bet on.

Mackenzie Hughes

Mackenzie Hughes has been a professional golfer since 2012 and has established himself on the PGA Tour. By 2013 he sealed his first victory at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic on the PGA Tour Canada. Three years later he took first place at the Price Cutter Charity Championship on the Web.com Tour before his first win on the PGA Tour in 2016 at the RSM Classic. 2017 saw Hughes make the cut at Augusta in the Masters while he has seen similar success at the US Open and PGA Championship since.

Golf is widely covered by all the major online betting sites so you will not find it difficult to find Mackenzie Hughes bets online. You will be able to bet on him as an outright winner or to place in the top three on any PGA Tour Event that Hughes takes part in. Most events will offer a much more comprehensive range of markets than just outright bets, but you should pay close attention to the four majors: The US Open, the PGA Championships, the Masters and the Open Championship.

Brooke Henderson

Brooke Henderson is a Canadian professional golfer who competes on the LGPA Tour. Henderson was named the Canadian Press female athlete of the year in 2015, 2017 and 2018. She broke onto the golf scene in spectacular fashion and in 2016 became the youngest winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship aged just 18. She has since gone on to secure many other wins in the LGPA Tour including the 2018 CP Women’s Open, the 2018 and 2019 Lotte Championship and the 2019 Meijer LGPA Classic. All of this results in Henderson being consistently placed within the top ten women golf players in the world.

The LGPA Tour coverage is fantastic with all of the main events covered where you will be able to place bets on Brooke. You can place stakes on her to win tournaments, place in the top 3 or even finish as the highest ranked North American. There are also markets for individual matchups as well as a whole load of prop bets including over/under a specific score.

Corey Conners

Corey Conners is a professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. In 2019 he took his debut win at the Valero Texas Open as well as making the top 10 at the 2020 Masters. You can place bets on Conners at every PGA Tour event he plays in. Golf markets are fairly comprehensive and you will be able to bet on a whole host of things including outright winner, to finish in the top three, as well as other prop bets and head-to-head matchups against individual golfers.

Look out for the major tournaments as these will offer the most comprehensive Corey Conners betting markets, such as The Masters in April, the PGA Championship in May, the US Open in June and the Open Championship in July.

Conclusion - A wide range of talented athletes

So, it is now fairly obvious that Canada has a huge selection of high-profile athletes competing at the very top of their sports. The talent breaking through the country covers a vast range of sports as we see our elite athletes compete across the globe from the major leagues in the USA, to European soccer and not forgetting the global tournaments of athletics, golf, tennis, swimming and many more. With so many huge talents, you are likely to have an idol to look up to in your favoured sport and to also follow and bet on.

Following your favourite Canadian sports stars is a great tactic that you should consider adding to your betting strategy. It allows you to not only watch and enjoy their success but you also get to know all aspects of their game. Following them this closely will allow you to gain a great wealth of knowledge that you can use to your advantage, especially in sports where the bookmakers are less likely to take a keen interest. You will learn patterns of play or seasonal shifts that sportsbooks may not be aware of, and you will also learn players strengths and weaknesses and learn when you should be backing them and when you should avoid doing so. Using this knowledge on well-placed markets can see your profits rise, so not only will you take delight in seeing your favourite sports stars succeed but also in your betting balance rising.