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from Graeme Bruce of the Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune,
NHL great Reggie Leach blames his absence from the Hockey Hall of Fame on his struggles with alcoholism during his decorated career between ’71 and ’83.
Nicknamed “the Riverton Rifle”, the Manitoba-born Métis spoke with Grade 7 and 8 Harry Balfour students Wednesday about his journey through 14 seasons with the Boston Bruins, California Golden Seals, Philadelphia Flyers, and Detroit Red Wings.
The youngest of 14 children, the 62-year-old began drinking at the age of 12.
“I didn’t realize I was an alcoholic until I was 31 or 32,” he said to the junior high school students. “I performed on ice, and hockey came very easy to me.”
from Tony Briscoe of the Detroit News,
The Detroit Historical Society celebrated the opening of its own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday morning, showcasing the handprints and signatures of almost two dozen Detroit icons.
Detroit Legends Plaza had its official ribbon cutting ceremony just outside the Detroit Historical Museum's southwest entrance in Midtown.
The plaza, located at 5401 Woodward Ave., features 22 mounted display boxes marked with the mitts and autographs of Detroit celebs including: Mayor Dave Bing, former Lions running back Barry Sanders and boxer Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns.
continue and see the celebraties who are in so far...
from Kevin Pates of the Duluth News Tribune,
Kara Pavelich, the wife of former U.S. Olympic hockey and NHL star Mark Pavelich, died Thursday, Sept. 6, at their Lutsen, Minn., home when she accidentally fell approximately 20 feet from a second-story balcony that has no railing. She was 44.
Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk said Saturday that deputies were called to the Pavelich home at 11:32 a.m. Thursday. It is likely that Kara Pavelich was on the balcony seeking better cell phone reception; a cell phone was found beside her. The death is being considered accidental.
from US Magazine,
Elisha Cuthbert is getting her happily ever after!
The Happy Endings actress, 29, is engaged to hockey player Dion Phaneuf, 27, Cuthbert announced via Twitter September 2. "Happily, happily, happily, happily engaged!" the blonde star wrote. "This has been the most amazing weekend ever."
continue reading if you want more details...
One of the faces in the video may look familiar, Jared Keeso played Don Cherry in Keep Your Head Up Kid; The Don Cherry Story.
from Tony Saxon at The Record,
It didn’t take long for former Guelph Storm defenceman Lucas Nehrling to go from National Hockey League prospect to drug-addicted criminal.
The road to redemption will be much longer.
Nehrling, who also played in the Ontario Hockey League with Sarnia and Kingston, is sitting in the visitation room at Kingston’s Collins Bay Institution, four months shy of parole eligibility for a 42-charge crime spree that included burglary, drug possession and assault.
“I was basically a hockey player for 23 years and a criminal for 16 months,” says Nehrling, 32, speaking openly about his downward spiral.
“Not a day goes by when I don’t regret what I did,” he says, leaning his 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame back on a plastic chair.
from David Graham of the Toronto Star,
Hockey players got back.
And now they’ve also got their own brand of jeans that are tailored to accommodate the fuller contours of those sports-related thunder thighs and muscular booties.
Yesterday, Ottawa’s Gongshow Gear released its new line of “hockey ass jeans” labeled Beauty Fit Jeans – Built for Hockey Players. They’re the world’s first brand created with the deluxe derrière of the average hockey player in mind.
from Glen Schaefer of the Vancouver Province,
Vancouver actor and long-time hockey fan Michael Shanks is heading to Winnipeg for his dream job - the lead role as hockey legend Gordie Howe in the CBC biopic Mr. Hockey.
The 41-year-old Shanks (Saving Hope, Stargate SG-1), who heads to Winnipeg in late August for four weeks of filming, played midget rep hockey as a teen and spent some time on the University of B.C.‘s junior varsity team as a student there.
“This is the most exciting thing I’ve done in a while,” he said last week.
“I get to go back to my old hockey roots, I’m pumped.”
The movie, which focuses on the hockey legend’s return to the ice at age 45, is being directed by Andy Mikita.
from Pierce Greenberg of the Nashville City Paper,
Local radio personality Adam Davis was running through a rehearsal of the Nashville Predators’ human hockey puck promotion last December when things went awry. Now, he’s suing the Predators organization and Bridgestone Arena management in Davidson County Circuit Court to recover medical costs totaling more than $25,000.
Davis, better known on WRVW-107.5 The River as Intern Adam, was supposed to be slung down the ice on a sled and into a set-up of bowling pins. But during the rehearsal prior to the Preds’ game against the Calgary Flames, he missed the pins completely and crashed into the side of the rink.
Here’s the video of the incident…
thanks to Adam Gretz of Eye On Hockey for the pointer
So far, a snow hockey news day…
from Tyler Olsen of the Chilliwack Times,
A Chilliwack man’s tale of a road trip that ended with him walking through San Jose, Calif., in a hospital gown may be headed to the big screen.
Last week, Hollywood newspaper Variety reported that a pair of film companies have teamed up “to develop and finance a screenplay” based on Danny Hebert’s first-person account of the trip….
It was last May when, in the midst of the Vancouver Canucks’ playoff run, he, Jared Rempel, Cody Schlamb and David Vink decided on a whim to drive to California to cheer on their team.
After cheering a Vancouver victory, the road trip took a turn when they ran into Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini at a local bar. Hebert, who had been drinking, became ill and eventually had to be taken to hospital by paramedics. After waking up alone in hospital, he walked five miles through the city back to his hotel.
The men then drove back to Vancouver, where they found tickets to the next playoff game waiting for them, courtesy of Aquilini.
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