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Jan. 04, 2023
Dan Plouffe was born and raised in Ottawa. His list of sporting accomplishments is very short. In Novice hockey, Dan tripped and slid into the goalie, knocking the puck in for the City of Ottawa tournament-winning goal at the same time. His Golden Diggers beach volleyball team once won a rec league title, and about the only legitimate performance award he’s received was as 2002 track-and-field MVP at Nepean High School.
A graduate of Concordia University’s journalism program in Montreal, Dan wrote for The Link, The Fulcrum, La Rotonde and Canadian University Press, and interned at the Canadian Junior Golf Association and Volleyball Canada during his student days. He has covered several international multi-sport events: the Rio 2007 Pan American Games, the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.
Dan began his professional career at the Port Hope Evening Guide (now Northumberland Today) and then came home to work for community newspapers including the Orleans Star. In 2011, he founded the Ottawa Sports Pages and SportsOttawa.com (now OttawaSportsPages.ca), and led the creation of the Ottawa Community Sport Media Team and its CAMPS Project, which provides free sports opportunities to youth living in Ottawa Community Housing neighbourhoods.