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Happy Drew Year Buffalo

It was a memorable hat trick on a late night that likely caused panic among writers trying to meet deadline.  Could there have been a more fitting evening to honor Alexander Mogilny and Jim Kelley?

Following the pregame ceremony inducting the former Sabres sniper and the late legendary hockey writer into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame, Drew Stafford had a night that was typical of so many by Mogilny during his heyday. 

And as if the tying goal with 27 seconds left in regulation to get him the hat trick wasn’t enough, he set the tone for the shootout with a 15-foot wrister that beat Tim Thomas, and the Sabres won a 7-6 thriller over the Boston Bruins.

The irony of the evening wasn’t lost on Sabres beat writer Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News in his game night blog as regulation was winding down:

Here come the hats on Mogilny’s Hall of Fame night. Somehow appropriate. And it’s 6-6. And our man Kelley is laughing from above at his buddies in the press box sweating out deadline now.

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In Memory Of Jim Kelley

You can read the death notice of Jim Kelley and a monetary donation will be made to the Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in Buffalo tomorrow from Kukla’s Korner and its members.

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Getting The Story Right

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

It was a little after midnight. As usual, Jim Kelley was sitting at his computer, working on a column. Jim called to his wife, Susan, and said he’d be up to bed soon. Susan smiled. She had spent most of her life as a sportswriter’s wife, and she knew “soon” could mean hours or even days when Jim was determined to get the story right.

Kelley put the finishing touches on a column about Brian Burke, the GM of the Maple Leafs. In the last sentence, he wished Burke a happy second anniversary on the job. He filed the column with Sportsnet.ca, the Canadian Web site, at 1:30 Tuesday morning.

Later Tuesday, Kelley went to Buffalo General, where he died late that afternoon after a 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer.


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Afternoon Line

Rest in peace old friend - and make sure the champagne, when you crack it open, is iced to perfection.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail writing about the late Jim Kelley.  Read remembering Jim Kelley.

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You Are Now At Peace Jim Kelley

Sorry to report long time hockey writer Jim Kelley passed away today after battling pancreatic cancer.

If you are a regular at KK, you know from time to time I would point to stories from Jim.

Out of the clear blue one day, about three years ago, I received an email from Jim, thanking me for spreading the news of the sport we both loved.

We would stay in contact via email and phone calls and I did know Jim was ill and was trying his hardest to win the fight.

Now Jim is free of pain.

Here is Jim’s bio at Sportsnet, written in his own words.

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Buffalo Loses Hockey Writing Legend

Hockey Hall of Fame writer Jim Kelley has passed away.  Kelley was a hockey media legend in Buffalo who started covering the Sabres in 1981 and went on to cover the Stanley Cup Finals for 23 straight years.  He announced in December 2009 that he was battling pancreatic cancer.

Sadly, Kelley will miss his induction into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame with Alexander Mogilny on January 1.

There is a wonderful bio presented on the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall’s web site.  Kelley is a 2005 inductee.

It was only eleven days ago that Kelley wrote a touching piece about his last conversation with Pat Burns.  Whether you were a fan of Burns, a reader of Kelley’s articles, or have dealt with a loved one facing cancer, it would be worth a few minutes to read it.

For more on Kelley, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News has been tweeting other pieces and tidbits this evening.

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Not Part Of The Story

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

I have cancer. It’s a very serious kind of cancer, and one that has put me in what is easily the toughest fight of my life….

It has always been important to me that you people, the people who give a writer the ultimate compliment of reading his work, approach that task unencumbered by needless distractions, distractions that include my health. No writer ever wants to be a part of the story let alone the story. That’s especially true in the world of column writing. An opinion is put forth on a subject or a person. It should stand alone rather than be mired in matters that don’t add to the issue and may very well subtract from it.

My health is an issue to me, but it shouldn’t be one to you. I appreciate all the comments wishing me well, but the issue should never be about me, how I feel, or how the battle is going, it should be about you, you getting a chance to read a piece on a topic we both love (the greatest game in the world) and being able to respond to it unencumbered by personal considerations.

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