Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 01/10/08 at 03:52 PM ET
From Chris Zelcovich at The Star,
“I was telling him about how even though he has cerebral palsy and is one of the smallest guys on the team, he’s one of our best players,” says Peddle. Then he said that Johnson was his hero.
Peddle’s father, who winters in Tampa, mentioned he lived next door to Johnson’s godfather, Jeff Horne. A few phone calls later, the rendezvous was set up after Horne learned that Hill was taking Desmond to L.A. to visit his aunt and attend Thursday’s game against the Maple Leafs.
Johnson says he jumped at the opportunity to meet Desmond when Horne called him.
“I had trouble believing anyone in Canada liked me,” Johnson says with a laugh, referring to some of the devastating hits he registered against Team Canada while playing for the U.S. at the world junior tournament in 2006. “When I heard he had cerebral palsy but was playing with older boys I thought I had to meet him.”
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