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An Update On Jacques Demers’ Health

from CBC,

Former NHL coach and Canadian Senator Jacques Demers is in stable condition after being rushed to hospital on Saturday.

Radio-Canada and his employer, the sports television channel RDS, had earlier reported he had suffered a stroke — his second in six months.

But his wife, Deborah Anderson, told a Montreal newspaper last night that tests showed he was in fact suffering from an infection.

"He's fine, he underwent some tests and everything suggests that it is not a stroke, but an infection," she told Le Journal de Montréal.

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Morning Line- Scott Matzka

I tweeted this earlier today, but too moving not to post on KK.

Life does not end with a diagnosis of ALS. In a way, it’s like a new life has begun for me. And I don’t want to waste it.

This disease can do a lot of terrible things. But it won’t erase my memories, or the thought of my wife and kids smiling. I will never forget our trip to Traverse City the weekend after I was diagnosed. The pictures we have will never degrade. The irony of ALS is that while it destroys your body, your mind remains as sharp as ever. Those moments are moments I’ll never forget — this disease will not take that away from me.

I love my wife and kids so much. I love my family and friends so much. This disease may silence me, but it cannot silence all of us.

-Scott Matzka, former pro hockey player, also played at Michigan,  Read more from Scott at The Players' Tribune.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Stopped By The Gordie Howe Statue

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Mike Babcock and the Maple Leafs, particularly those with Saskatchewan blood, could not miss the Gordie Howe statue as the team bus pulled up to the SaskTel Centre on Tuesday.

Depicting Howe in full bore, with left elbow high and a somewhat menacing grin, the statue was site of a touching ceremony on Sept. 25. No. 9’s ashes were brought back to his home town at his request and laid under the pedestal with those of his wife Colleen. Howe was born about 40 minutes outside of town in Floral, but raised in Saskatoon with his large family. He died on June 10 at age 88.

“Bruce Clark, who drives the Zamboni here, was a good friend of mine growing up,” Babcock said. “His mom was Gordie’s sister and I’ve followed Gordie forever. He really was great to me and my family growing up (when Babcock coached Detroit). Mark Howe (one of Gordie’s sons) was very important to our organization there, too, so I have a lot of ties to the family.

“He was a much better man than he was a player and he was the greatest player, so when you add it all together, he was a special guy for hockey and for Saskatoon.”

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A Heartwarming Night For Jacques Demers

from Stu Cown of the Montreal Gazette,

If there is a nicer gentleman in the world of sports than Jacques Demers I have yet to meet him.

In fact, it would be hard to find a nicer man anywhere. So it was fantastic to see Demers’s smiling face again Wednesday night as he was inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame. It was also difficult to see him in a wheelchair and unable to speak, paralyzed on his right side. But it could have been much worse after the last Canadiens coach to win a Stanley Cup suffered a stroke in April.

Demers, 72, loved to golf as a member of the Whitlock club in Hudson and has always loved to talk, as anyone who knows him will tell you. He can no longer do those two things, but his wife Debbie says he does have some feeling in his right leg and doctors think he will eventually be able to walk with a cane. He’s also working on his speech.

But as anyone who has a family member who has suffered a stroke knows, the future is always uncertain.

“It’s a slow, long process and time will tell,” Debbie said over the phone from their West Island home Thursday morning.

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Hockey Greats Get Their Stamp In Canada

TORONTO – On the eve of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 semi-finals, and less than three weeks before the start of the 2016-17 NHL® Season, Canada Post today unveiled the fourth issue in its five-year NHL stamp series. 

The 2016 NHL® Great Canadian Forwards stamps highlight some of the greatest goal-scorers ever to play in the NHL: Phil Esposito (Boston Bruins), Guy Lafleur (Montreal Canadiens), Darryl Sittler (Toronto Maple Leafs), Mark Messier (Edmonton Oilers), Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings), and Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins). 

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Sport Chek Brings The Players To You In Toronto

Imagine walking into a sports super store and seeing some of your favorite NHL players  Well here is your opportunity brought to you by Sport Chek.

Head over to the Sport Chek's Facebook Live Desk at their Maple Leaf Square location (15 York Street) to check out a very impressive guest list.

Who: Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lighting
When: Monday, September 19 at 2 p.m. ET

Who: Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers
When: Tuesday, September 20 at 5 p.m. ET

Who: Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames
When: Thursday, September 22 at 3 p.m. ET

Sport Chek continues to provide authentic, real-time content which resonates with their fans. This is why they've converted a traditional in-store broadcast desk into a Facebook Live studio, giving their customers the ability to engage and interact with their favorite hockey players, both live in-store and on Facebook Live. 

They also have a slew of videos at their YouTube page all bringing a positive image the players, both professional and amateur and also those who watch them perform.

My favorite which I have posted before, is below which I call meeting Steven Stamkos.

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Graham James Granted Full Parole

from CBC,

Former junior hockey coach and convicted sex offender Graham James has been granted full parole.

James, who was serving a seven-year sentence for sexually assaulting young players he coached in the 1990s, has been on day parole and living in a halfway house in the Montreal area since January.

His hearing was held in Laval, Que., on Thursday morning.

In its decision, the board told James he has "made observable and measurable progress during your period of day parole."

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Afternoon Line- Pat LaFontaine

"It's a tremendous honor. 'm excited to be a part of this summit and conference that they're having at the Vatican on sports and faith and service for humanity. I think it's going to be a tremendous opportunity to sit down with all different faiths and delegations from different sports and talk about the impact that sports has and faith has.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

-Pat LaFontaine who will be traveling to Rome in early October for a sports global conference and will meet Pope Francis.  John Vogl of the Buffalo News has more.

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No Bigger Battle For Scott Matzka

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The first sign something was wrong probably came in the fall of 2013. Scott Matzka was putting up drywall in his garage when a finger on his right hand locked up.

More signs appeared early in 2014. If he opened the middle console in his car and reached for something, his right forearm cramped. If he clenched his right hand into a fist, he couldn't release it easily.

He was 35 then, married with two young children in Kalamazoo, Michigan, starting a new job as a consultant in the auto industry. He was two years removed from a career as a professional hockey player that included a training camp with the Nashville Predators, still an athletic man who ran, lifted weights, played racquetball.

He was used to his body obeying orders better than the average person, but he also was in tune with his body more than the average person. So he started researching on the internet, plugging in his symptoms.

What kept popping up was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, named for the New York Yankees great who died of the affliction in 1941, two weeks short of his 38th birthday.

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Ray Bourque Statement

via Celebrity Marketing Inc,

“For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory. I am not happy about the situation I put myself into on Friday Night. I am a very proud person that accepts the responsibility of my actions and have always accepted being in the media eye. I have used this popularity to try and positively impact as many lives as possible. I am happy that no one was hurt in the accident and thank everyone who has reached out in support of my family and me. Please be patient as I go through this process and respect my family and my privacy.

Thank you all for your understanding.

Sincerely, Ray”

– Ray Bourque

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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