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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Both players returned from Africa changed men forever. They visited orphanages and schools in some of Tanzania’s poorest areas where Right To Play has set up programs to try and help the poorest of the poor, many of them infected with HIV or AIDS and most of them without any parents.
“I didn’t have my bag for the first three days,” Montador said Tuesday. “But not having a change of underwear or socks for three days, big deal. I never even thought about it when I was hanging out with those kids and realized they were wearing the same ripped shirt for the past week.
“And some didn’t have any shoes. It absolutely put things in perspective.”
from the Windsor Star,
“The whistle is getting a rest, but the golf clubs are getting a real workout,” said O’Halloran, who is still a frequent visitor to his hometown.
“At least no one is hollering at me on the golf course. It’s a refreshing change for the summer.”
more on NHL ref Dan O’Halloran…
thanks to Snapshots for the pointer…
from the Legends of Hockey Network,
Here’s a little rundown on hockey’s history with gambling. Hockey had two scandals back in the 1940s.
On January 30, 1946 Pratt was suspended by the NHL. Pratt was the centerpiece of an infamous gambling scandal. Babe Pratt was suspended for betting on NHL games involving games that didn’t involve his Leafs. Initially the banishment was forever, but Pratt later admitted his ways and promised not to do them again. After 16 days, Pratt was reinstated. The NHL would change its constitution shortly afterwards to eliminate any appeal process for players found guilty of gambling.
from the Calgary Herald,
Move over, Harley Hotchkiss, Murray Edwards and Doc Seaman. Jarome Iginla has his sights on being an owner.
The Calgary Flames captain has joined fellow Kamloops Blazers alumni Shane Doan, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor in an attempt to purchase the Western Hockey League junior club.
A2Y pointed to a great story on the "Life of Chelios" today. In case you missed it, I suggest you take a few minutes out of your day and read it.
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.
If you haven’t been following the diary Andrew Ference is keeping while in Africa, you should be..
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.
more at BostonBruins.com…
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