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from the Toledo Blade,
Hockey echoes throughout the colorful story of the legendary Toledo Sports Arena.
The Sports Arena became part of hockey lore even as its rich life extended beyond its reasonable expiration date. As the historic building meets the wrecking ball tomorrow, any eulogy must shine a spotlight on the Sports Arena’s main tenant.
Eleven minor league hockey titles were won at the Sports Arena, including one in its first year of existence. That 1947-48 championship started a string that led to the most minor league hockey titles ever won in a single building.
The Sports Arena will forever be linked with teams that had a cast of characters and sported the familiar nicknames: Mercurys, Buckeyes, Blades, Hornets, Goaldiggers and Storm.
from the Windsor Star,
More than 400 mourners bid farewell to hockey great John Ferguson in a downtown Windsor church Saturday morning.
Ferguson, a former Montreal Canadiens player who made Windsor his home, died last week at the age of 68 after battling cancer.
A slow procession, including Ferguson’s son John Ferguson Jr., the Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager, and many former National Hockey League players, marched into All Saints Anglican Church to the piercing sound of bagpipes.
A Windsor police officer saluted them as a few onlookers bowed their heads in respect.
Inside the church, friends, family members and well-known hockey players and coaches of the past and present, such as Jean Beliveau, Serge Savard, Scott Bowman and Jean-Guy Talbot, filled the pews to listen to tributes to Ferguson, better known as Fergie.
from the Windsor Star,
Friday night’s visitation saw Ferguson’s son, John Jr., the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and his three sisters and their spouses accept condolences from a long line of friends.
The family members stood by a wooden urn containing the ashes of Ferguson, who was cremated earlier.
A video montage played on a screen above the urn, and the room was filled with flowers from many in the hockey community, including Thomas Steen, father of current Maple Leaf Alex, who played for Ferguson on the Winnipeg Jets.
There were several collages of photos showing Ferguson playing hockey, with his racehorses, and going about everyday life.
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I can truthfully say that today was, culturally, the most amazing day of my life.
The chance to be invited into the home of a villager of Nyamburi is something that cannot be bought from any safari company and has not found the pages of a travel guidebook.
Through the local connections and relationships of the “Right to Play” volunteers, our morning was spent as guests of one such villager, Mr. Pius Cha Cha, his five wives and fifteen children.
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from the Leader-Post,
Josh Harding’s sister, Stephanie Le Bruno, believes she has two angels watching over her - one on her shoulder and another on the ice.
Le Bruno, from Regina, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November while Harding was goaltending for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. He wasted little time in organizing a campaign to raise money for breast cancer research. He painted pink ribbons on his helmet and set up the Web site www.fundthefight.com.
On Wednesday, Harding announced his donation of $23,412 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
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from the News Journal,
Frank Costa’s life seems pretty normal on the surface. He owns a small business, has a couple of kids, loves his new girlfriend.
But a closer look shows that he’s got a $70-a-week habit.
Frank Costa is a hockey junkie.
Costa can’t not play, not even for a day. Today will mark 730 consecutive days he has skated, stickhandled and shot a vulcanized rubber puck.
That’s two years without a single day off. Rink owners throughout the region open on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day, so Costa can keep his streak alive.
from the New York Observer,
But every time a hockey player moves away, the neighborhood’s overall burliness suffers an immense blow. Alas, recent retiree Brian Leetch, a high-scoring New York Rangers defenseman for more than 16 seasons, has sold his apartment at the Bromley on West 83rd Street for $3.718 million.
“We had a painter that came in,” Mr. Kirman said. “The first thing he said is, ‘It looks like an athlete lives here.’” The apartment’s 47-foot-wide living and dining room has a floor-to-ceiling waterfall, which the Leetch family “turned off because their kids figured out that it was fun to play with the water.”
from the Hockey Hall of Fame,
The Stanley Cup arrived and was taken first to the Miller family home, where family and a few close friends ran their fingers over the engraved surface, pointing out friends, former teammates and heroes.
Drew took the Stanley Cup over to Sparrow Hospital and shared his victory with the children in the pediatrics ward. It wasn’t his first visit there by any means, as he regularly visited the youngsters while attending college as part of the Spartan Buddies program.
from the Windsor Star,
A memorial service scheduled Saturday for the late John Ferguson Sr. is likely to attract a who’s who of the hockey world to pay tribute to the Montreal Canadiens tough guy who made the Windsor area his home.
Ferguson, 68, the father of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr., succumbed to prostate cancer Saturday.
There will be no private service, Ferguson’s daughter Christina Ruhl said Monday, but they are anticipating a strong turnout from the hockey fraternity for the Saturday memorial.
“My brother (John Jr.) has been receiving quite a few phone calls,” said Ruhl.
“A lot of people have said they want to come and it’s just a question of getting flights and everything. We put it later in the week to give people time to get here.”
added 6:49am, from the Ottawa Citizen,
Hull respected Ferguson for his work as an NHL enforcer, although it might have cost Hull’s Blackhawks a Stanley Cup. In the 1960s and ‘70s, the Canadiens and Blackhawks met three times in the final, and Montreal won all three.
But in that ‘65 meeting, it was a beating put on Eric Nesterenko by Ferguson that swung the series. Whether accidentally or with a purpose, Nesterenko brought his stick down on Ferguson’s head in Game 5 of the series - and paid for it with three vicious rights to the face by Ferguson.
Bleeding profusely, Nesterenko went off for “repairs,” and did return, but sheepishly. Montreal won the game 6-0, and though the Blackhawks pushed the series to the limit, their will was gone. Chicago fell meekly in Game 7, 4-0.
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