Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/08/06 at 09:19 AM ET
John C. Clark lives in Spring Hope, N.C., about 35 miles from Raleigh. "I'm not doing bad for an old guy," he said with a laugh this week. Spry and spunky at 85 years old, the retired farmer is one of those North Carolina residents who are getting caught up in the Stanley Cup finals without pretending to know the ins and outs of the sport. "I've been following the Hurricanes this year," Clark said. "It's been surprising how they've come up. They've got their heart in it!" Over the phone from Edmonton, Wally Strang, 80, admitted: "I don't want to say this, but I will. I think the Oilers have their hands full." So why John C. Clark, the ex-farmer, and Wally Strang, a one-time Vancouver police officer who went on to have a long career in newspapers, radio and advertising in western Canada? On the day this is being written, the June 6 off day between Games 1 and 2 of the Edmonton-Carolina series, the two men are symbols, representative of a generation's contributions.continued
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