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Without His Grandfather, Iginla Would Not Be In Hockey Today

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

When you are one year old and your parents split, no one knows how it can effect the trajectory of life.

Jarome Iginla knows one thing, however: He wouldn’t be a hockey player today had he not landed back at his grandparents’ home at the age of one, his mother Susan working to pay the bills, and his grandfather — a fine fellow named Rick Schuchard — taking over as his father figure.

“The NHL?” asked Iginla on Thursday afternoon. “I wouldn’t have been able to play at all had I not had my grandparents there for me. My mom was busy working. My dad was going to school. I wouldn’t have even BEEN in hockey as a kid.”

They will lay Schuchard to rest on Friday afternoon at the St. Albert United Church, and Jarome will eulogize on behalf of the grandchildren.

Rick was Susan Schuchard’s father, Frances’ loving husband, Jarome Iginla’s grandpa, and an old friend of this sportswriter.


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