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An E-mail Interview with Jim Boone, the head of the NHLFA

When it comes to our favorite sport, it seems like almost everyone has a voice whether it is the league, the players association or the media.

With that said, there is one important group in hockey that also also has a voice but yet, it does not get recognized as one and and that is the fans. As it turns out, one person who has been trying to make that happen is Jim Boone, co-founder of the NHLFA (National Hockey League Fans Association).

Jim was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into the game of hockey, how the NHLFA got started and what he hopes to accomplish with it.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
JB: I have been playing and watching hockey since I was four years old in Ottawa. My earliest recollection of hockey is playing tyke hockey in 1972 in an old arena in west Ottawa and watching the Summit Series that year (I was born in 1967).

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player?
JB: I was mainly a Habs’ fans. I had the great fortune of enjoying great Montreal hockey in the 1970s. Dryden was my favourite player, but Robinson, Shutt, Lafleur, Cournoyer, Lemaire, Lapointe were close seconds. Oh, and also Bunny Larocque was a favourite.

Outside of Habsville, I liked Chico Resch, Darryl Sittler, Lanny MacDonald, Mike Palmateer, Bobby Hull and Stan Makita. Are you sorry you asked?

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