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Steve Stavro (CAN)

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Date of birth: 1927-09-27
Birthplace: Gabresh, MKD
Raised: Toronto, ON, CAN
Date of death: 2006-04-23
All Positions: Canada Soccer Life Member (†)
Hall of Fame honoured member
Profile Text Last Updated 2018-04-04
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he was seven years old when his family moved from Gabresh to Toronto... he was 78 years old when he passed away on 23 April 2006... served as President of Knob Hill Farms Ltd... he was involved in the organisation and management of five soccer leagues: Continental Soccer League; International Soccer League; Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League; United Soccer Association; and North American Soccer League... he was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada on 21 October 1992 (for his “support for charitable and cultural organisations” and “his well-known involvement in sports, particularly for his part in giving soccer an increasing higher profile in Canada”)... 
wrote George Gross in 2000, “the four-team Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League (was formed) thanks to the efforts of Steve Stavro and Peter Bosa”... also wrote Gross in 2000, “Stavro opened his purse strings and the star players were paid more in two months (with 1961 Toronto City SC) than they were making all year in Britain”... said Stavro in 2002 after being named a Canada Soccer Life Member, “soccer has always been one of my passions and I am delighted to receive recognition for my love of the beautiful game”... wrote George Gross in 2003, “as a philanthropist, Stavro will continue to support different charities which he has been doing for years and for which he received the Order of Canada more than a decade ago”... 

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founder of the Eastern Canadian Professional League... a co-founder of the Continental Soccer League in Toronto... served as President of Toronto City SC (1961-1967)... in June 1966, awarded the Toronto franchise in the North American Soccer League... 
served as a director with the Toronto Maple Leafs... served as a governor in the National Hockey League... 
Year Prize Honour
2005 Honoured Builder / Bâtisseur honoré Canada Soccer Hall of Fame
2002 Life Member / membre à vie (†) Canada Soccer Life Member
2002 Recipient / Récipiendaire Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal
1992 Member / Membre Order of Canada


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