Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Da lil Guy on 10/02/13 at 07:24 PM ET
Federal Court of Appeal Justice Marc Nadon is Prime Minister Stephen Harper's pick to fill a vacancy on the nation's top Court. However, while his nomination was being reviewed by a Parliamentary committee (usually a pro-forma exercise in Canada), he let it slip that the red ermine lined robes of the Supreme Court Justices was not the first red uniform his honour had considered wearing.
From the CBC:
The new justice said that as a youth his ambition in life was to play hockey. Nadon said he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings at the age of 14.
However, someone seems to be casting doubt on the learned Justice's claim. Blogger Stephen Smith checked the record for his Puckstruck blog:
The first NHL amateur draft took place in June of 1963, when Justice Nadon was just 13. The following year Detroit selected Claude Gauthier first over all. While Judge Nadon may have been scouted by the Red Wings. he may have been praised, and even promised big things. But there’s no indication in any hockey reference that a Marc Nadon was ever drafted at any point by any NHL team.
This, of course, would be a major embarassment for the man who reccommended the appointment - Prime Minister Stephen Harper - who has long held himself out as a hockey historian, and recently offered a sneak peek of his long awaited book on the subject.
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