Episode 9: Doreen and Dr. Cal Botterill

Episode 9 features two members of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Doreen and Dr. Cal Botterill!

Doreen was inducted for her incredible speed skating career. She made her Winter Olympics debut at the age of 16, as she represented Canada at the 1964 Games in Innsbruck, Austria. She also competed at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. When Doreen retired from the sport in 1969, she held 31 Canadian records.

Dr. Cal was inducted for his world-renowned work as a sport psychologist. Cal has worked with elite athletes at 10 Olympic Games, with five NHL teams (including the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers) and countless athletes at the national, university and provincial levels in everything from hockey to curling to basketball.

Doreen and Cal are also the parents of Jennifer and Jason Botterill. Jennifer is a 3x gold medalist in women’s hockey and Jason is a three-time gold medalist at the World Junior Hockey Championships. He is now the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres.

On this episode, we talked about how Cal and Doreen met, how sport psychology has evolved over the years, Doreen’s Olympic debut, the role of a sport psychologist, the dominance of Manitoban women in speed skating, working with Mike Keenan and Jack Donohue, the careers of Jason and Jennifer and much more!

Read our story on the Botterill family in the Winnipeg Free Press

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