Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/20/10 at 01:52 PM ET
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
When the Predators depart today on their annual fathers’ trip, forward Joel Ward will be accompanied by the man that in his own words “taught me the ropes” — how to drive a stick shift, how to tie a tie, how to play a little pool.
The twist here? It’s not his dad.
Randall Ward, the man who inspired Joel to play hockey, died when Joel was 14, days after suffering a stroke in the stands while watching his son play in a youth game.
Three years later, Joel Ward found a second father in Rodger Minard, the man whose family housed Ward when he left home at age 17 to pursue a professional hockey career. Ward would spend the better part of the next four years at the home of Minard and his wife — raiding the pantry, sleeping late whenever he could and forming bonds that have carried on to this day.
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