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TORONTO (March 25, 2015) – Jim Gregory, Vice-Chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that one of hockey’s most renowned team leaders, Lanny McDonald, will become the next Chair of the Board effective July 1, 2015. This appointment to fill the vacancy left by the untimely passing of Pat Quinn on November 23, 2014, was confirmed at the Board of Directors meeting held this morning in Toronto with the effective date to occur following McDonald’s final meeting as a member of the Selection Committee in June.
from Jane MacDougall of the National Post,
It was a year that just about killed me. It was the year I moved not once, not twice, not three times, but four times. I didn’t just move within my city. Or province. Or time zone. Or country. I moved to places I had never been to before. To places I had no interest in moving to, or even visiting. And I did so on short notice. I had no say in the matter. I was a hockey wife — and it just about killed me.
For a spell, I was married to NHL veteran Kirk McLean. He was a lovely guy who had a long and stable career as a net-minder. He’d proposed, I’d said yes, but within the week he’d been traded. I’d presumed that life would have continued as the courtship had: a predictable program of practices, games and road trips with the team for which he’d become a marquee player. I was wrong. I learned that life in the NHL is like being in a faulty witness protection program. I learned what NHL really stands for: No Home Life.
And so it came to pass that we moved to a rental in Florida, then bought a house, then sold that house, then returned to Vancouver where we were renovating a house, then headed off to New York to look for a house, then buying a house after determining that apartment life in Manhattan was an adjustment we didn’t want to make. All this took place within 11 months. I was still settling the loss and damage claims from the first move while we were embarking on the third move.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
Eric Lindros has launched a $3 million defamation lawsuit against one-time NHL referee Paul Stewart and the Huffington Post, after Stewart wrote a column for the online news website that allegedly made the former Philadelphia Flyers star forward look like a "*#$%@&."
In documents filed in an Ontario court, Lindros says his reputation has been sullied after Stewart wrote about his poor on-ice relationship with Lindros, which was capped by an incident when Lindros allegedly tore up posters he was asked by Stewart to autograph for a charity.
Lindros's claims have not been proven in court and the Huffington Post has not filed a statement of defence. Lindros's lawyer Geoff Shaw said in an interview that Stewart has served him with a statement of defence, although it has not yet been been added to the public court record.
In an emailed statement, Huffington Post Canada managing editor Kenny Yum wrote, "This is before our lawyers and I can't comment." Stewart, reached in the U.S., declined to discuss the case. "I don't have anything to say," he said. "I don't have a comment."
Eventually, many laughs and drinks later, Herb had to go his way; we had to go ours. We said our goodbyes and just as Gord (Miller), Pierre (McGuire) and I were about to depart, Herb pulled me aside, and delivered a most solemn, serious and sincere message. Herb told me I had a unique (media) platform in hockey, that I had a voice and opportunity to wield tremendous influence but that I should never forget that also comes with great responsibility. He told me I should use my voice to be progressive, to do right by the game, protect the game, celebrate the game, put the game of hockey above all else because it's such a great game but it can be so much better than it is.
Then he shook my hand, patted me on the back and walked away.
It was the last time we ever spoke. Seventeen months later, he was dead.
-Bob McKenzie on Herb Brooks. More on Brooks from McKenzie at TSN.
One shift, one minute long was all it took. In 1948, Larry Kwong became the NHL’s first ever Asian player. But there is far more to the story and talent of this Vernon native born of Chinese immigrants.
Christine Simpson with the feature...
from Tim Ghianni of the Daily News,
“Mostly when they order they want the original six,” he says: “New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.”
If no specific teams are picked, the Red Wings and Toronto are put on the board. And, he’s found over the years, that if someone is buying another team “the Chicago Blackhawks are by far, and have always been, the most popular team.”
For a moment, he leaves the game alone and talks again about the lifelong love of hockey that even had him put one of those massive 10-foot-in-diameter satellite dishes in his yard 30 years ago so he could pick up games from Canadian TV.
“Nashville always had good Eastern League hockey games,” he says. “Minor league hockey and the NHL are two different breeds. The minor league hockey I like the best. There’s a different feeling when you go to the games. It’s more personable, almost like our friends are out there playing instead of these NHL superstars.”
It should be noted that he has a fondness for the big-timers as well, particularly admiring the near-magical stick-work of Wayne Gretzky, whose poster helps decorate the walls of the 12-by-28-foot workshop building in the backyard where games are imported, assembled, packaged and shipped around North America. “I have a lot of customers up in the Northeast,” he notes.
Ex-NHLer Don Dietrich doesn’t let Parkinsons Disease stop him from playing the game he loves.
So I’m in the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel – NHL headquarters — when I see Gordie Howe walking toward me. He’s 81 at the time, but spry, and as he heads in my direction, he passes two women about his own age. He slows down enough to smile at them and maybe exchange a few words. And as he passed them, they both turned, looked back and started to giggle a little.
When Howe reached me, he looked over, tilted his head, grinned and said, “Still got it” in the most charming, innocent and non-salacious way possible.
-David Pollak of Working The Corners where you can read more on Gordie Howe.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
He walked on his own from the shadows and into the spotlight to his place at the table of honor.
Though the steps might have been slow, maybe little more than a shuffle, they were nonetheless the steps of a giant.
And in the end, as the crowd in his hometown rose as one to celebrate one of the greatest athletes of all time, we should have expected nothing less from Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe.
"He knew what was going on. I could see it in his eyes," Hall of Famer Bobby Hull told a trio of reporters shortly after Howe was honored by the Saskatoon Kinsmen at their annual sports celebrity dinner.
As the event came to a close, Wayne Gretzky stood with Howe on the stage in the middle of a jam-packed ballroom and delivered a check for $25,000 for Alzheimer's research. The two hockey legends stood shoulder to shoulder with the crowd of 1,500 again on its feet, and Gretzky talked of his affection for the entire Howe family.
And then, as if to punctuate the evening, Gretzky said of Howe: "He was, is and will always be the greatest hockey player of all time."
The 55th Annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner will hold a live news conference in Saskatoon where the club is honouring hockey legend Gordie Howe on Friday. Catch it live on Sportsnet, sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet 590 The Fan.
Wayne Gretzky is expected to be in attendance at the news conference, as well as Mark and Howe, Bobby Hull, Brett Hull and Kelly Chase.
The Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner will be Mr. Hockey’s last public appearance.
Watch below... Conference scheduled to begin at 11:30am ET.
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