Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/24/09 at 08:45 AM ET
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The old backyard rink at the Crawford house was a labor of love – and a haven for hostility.
Such was Marc Crawford’s life growing up in a family of nine kids in picturesque Belleville, Ontario, halfway between Toronto and Montreal.
Crawford’s dad, Floyd, would work every winter to get the rink going, and would add pieces as the kids got older. Brother helped brother with shoveling snow, hanging lights and constructing wooden boards and a penalty box.
But once the teamwork ended, the competition began.
“Those games on that rink,” said older brother Bob Crawford, a veteran of 246 NHL games, “were the toughest games I ever played in my life.”
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