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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.
via Hometown Hockey,
PJ Stock tells the story of his brother Dean, who was recently diagnosed with ALS. PJ and Dean want to bring the fight against ALS back into the forefront, much like it was this summer, and help raise awareness for this disease.
Yesterday Hometown Hockey was in Charlottetown, PEI.
Here is a video introduction and you can find more stories and videos here.
While most of us stayed hibernating indoors as the temperatures plummeted to -30 C, the Bunton family of Grimsby spent their week out in the backyard.
Southern Ontario's cold, cold week finally froze the Bunton's backyard hockey rink, welcoming the first skate of the season.
What started off as a tiny, 13 x 30 “patch of ice” in 2008 has grown over the last seven years into a massive, 34 x 98 hockey rink, complete with four foot boards, flood lights, a penalty box and change room with a wood burning stove inside to keep warm.
“It’s growing every year until it can’t go bigger. I think I’d have to move to go bigger,” said Mike Bunton. He spent 750 hours building the rink this season.
continued with more pictures and a video too...
By Michael Gergiou,
Dewar’s is one of the worlds’ premier Scotch whisky brands, and one that has earned a reputation for celebrating the lives of extraordinary people. These include individuals such as Hilary Knight, who is a two-time silver medallist in female hockey and an Olympian who has achieved almost every personal accolade that the sport has to offer. Rather than treating this success as finite and rating her achievements as the pinnacle of a stellar career, however, she has decided to utilise it as a platform for helping others and inspiring a better world for all.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
In Calgary, Athabasca University will unveil its executive MBA, “The Business of Hockey.”
The idea began with player agent Ritch Winter, who took his brainchild to Brian Burke when Burke was GM in Toronto. Burke loved it, and, a few years ago, made a presentation at an NHL Board of Governors meeting to help along the process. But it takes time.
“It was all about finding the right university,” Winter said. “What I did learn was there are a lot of rules and restrictions. You don’t just walk in and start. It took two full years to get through all of the provincial hoops and regulations.
“We are looking for a new pool of candidates,” he continued. “People who can bring a different perspective. (Blackhawks president) John McDonough came over from baseball and brought a new perspective. Is there someone in Silicon Valley who created a successful (mobile) app or a production technique?
from Rob Antle of CBC,
The father of Newfoundland-born NHL player Ryane Clowe is among those charged in the wake of a police investigation targeting "high-level" cocaine trafficking in the St. John's area.
Anthony Clowe, 51, of Paradise is charged with money laundering and possessing property obtained by crime.
His case was called at Newfoundland and Labrador provincial court in St. John’s on Wednesday morning.
Defence lawyer Randy Piercey declined comment on behalf of his client.
Ryane Clowe, a forward with the New Jersey Devils, is not implicated in the Operation Battalion probe, and does not face any charges.
via Hometown Hockey,
From the jersey Wayne Gretzky wore during 81-82 when he broke all those records (worth more than $300,000 today), to Wayne’s 1986 Mercedes convertible (license plate: WAS 99S), Shawn Chaulk, the Wayne Gretzky of Wayne Gretzky collectors, talks about how a Newfoundlander who came to Fort McMurray 30-odd years ago to raise a family and build a home fell in love with the Oilers and built the world’s largest collection of game-worn Gretzky memorabilia.
More at HometownHockey including a few pictures of some of the memorabilia.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Eventually, it's going to be framed. Maybe have a place on a wall. For now, the body armor that saved Wade Scott's life is stored at home, with the damage from bullets a reminder of a rescue mission against the Taliban in Afghanistan that altered his life. It nearly ended it.
One bullet went through his hand and ripped out his wrist. Another bullet went right through his arm.
"It didn't do much of anything," he said. "Four [bullets] on my side filleted me a bit. The ones that hit my vest I didn't even notice. They did such a good job. I'm a big fan of body armor."
In all, he was shot between seven and nine times on a hostage rescue mission that also included suicide bombers.
"I don't recommend it," he said.
They say hockey players are tough.
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