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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Known to millions as the host of Hockey Night in Canada, Scott Oake has been keeping something quiet for more than a year now: the loss of his eldest son Bruce to a fatal spiral of addiction.
Thirteen months ago, Bruce died in Calgary of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 25. After a brief leave to grieve, the CBC sportscaster returned to the broadcast booth to complete the 2011 playoffs and 2011-12 regular season. But the pain remains.
Scott Oake with his wife Anne and youngest son Darcy, an acclaimed illusionist, who is performing a charity magic show at Manitoba Theatre Centre June 14 and 15 in support of addiction.
“That’s the one thing we learned,” Scott says, recounting the tragedy from the living room of his Winnipeg home, accompanied by wife Anne and their youngest son Darcy. “That addiction knows no socioeconomic boundaries. We’re just an average family.”
Bruce Oake was one of more than 36,000 people who died of a drug overdose in North America in 2011.
Bruce Oake lost his battle with addiction at age 25. Bruce is the son of Scott Oake of Hockey Night in Canada.
I have had the opportunity to speak with Scott on occasion who comes across as a caring and down to earth man.
My prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of Bruce Oake.