Jun 28, 2016
2016 Award Winner Announced
Born into the first family of pro wrestling, Bret “Hitman” Hart has risen to become one of the world’s most recognizable wrestlers and has made a name for Calgary as a cultural icon and co-founder of the Calgary Hitman.
Trained by his father, Stu, Bret launched his career through Stampede Wrestling—a cultural phenomenon that is still fondly remembered today—and gained championship success with both the World Wrestling Foundation and World Championship Wrestling. He is credited with revolutionizing the professional wrestling industry, and is considered to be one of the most technically proficient wrestlers of his era.
While his on-screen persona is larger-than-life, Bret lived up to his status as a role model by visiting sick children while travelling all over the globe. Although he was forced to retire in 2000 due to a severe concussion (which was followed by a major stroke), Bret battled back and has explored new adventures, including a recurring role on Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years and starred as the Genie in Aladdin The Magical Family Musical.
In addition to being an inspirational motivational speaker and lending himself to charity events, Brett spent seven years writing his critically acclaimed autobiography, Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling and is currently working on a fictional novel.