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Marty Knack

Bell Memorial - Inducted 1985

The Edmonton Journal and the world of amateur sport are fortunate to have Marty Knack's ability and enthusiasm working for them. Name any amateur sport and it is likely he has reported it in his features and profile stories. Marty Knack covered the World University Games in 1981 and basketball in 1983 when the Games were held in Edmonton. His ability was proven when he reported the International Cup Baseball Tournament of 1981 and the World Freestyle Wrestling Championships of 1982, both held in Edmonton. But it is his coverage of daily sport events that Marty Knack has contributed to amateur sport the most, particularly by publicizing sports that receive little attention from other sports journalists.


After Induction

Marty was a sports reporter for more than 29 years. He worked for the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun for at least 14 years where he was assigned mostly to high-performance amateur sports. He covered three Summer Olympics, the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, two World University Games, two Commonwealth Games, two world figure skating championships and numerous Canadian championships. After Marty passed away in 2005, the Alberta Junior Hockey League created the Mary Knack Award in his honour. Presented annually, the award is given in recognition of distinguished members of the media who have brought honour to the Alberta Junior Hockey League through journalism. Marty was member of the City of Edmonton's Salute to Excellence Awards Committee and was its chairperson for 2004/05.



1980 - 1993 Journalist for the Edmonton Journal, covering professional and amateur sport.

1991 - Sport Federation of Canada Doug Gilbert Award for amateur sports coverage

1993 - 1998 President, Alberta Junior Hockey League (five years)

1994 - Canadian team media officer – World aquatic Championships (Rome)

1998 - 2005 President, Canadian Junior “A” Hockey League.

2004/05 Member of the Salute to Excellence Awards Committee

Media Relations capacity for the CFL Edmonton Eskimos (five years)