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The Simpsons will eventually feature The Great One as the first ever hockey player who will have his voice used in the long-running TV show on their Dec 11 episode. Mr. Buns, the Homer Simpson’s boss, said that the top scorer in the history of the NHL will be part of the December 11 episode as after reaching out to him and agreeing to the deal. During his active days, Wayne Gretzky played for Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers and NHL betting still depends on his statistics to date.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Mike Commodore has been known as many things to many people.
The guy with the big, red Afro who would shave his head for charity; the guy who wore the white bathrobe; a Stanley Cup champion; the guy who played 484 career regular-season games for seven teams over 12 years; the guy with a pathological dislike for Mike Babcock; and the guy, at times, with a funny Twitter account that popularized the hockey catchphrase #PackYourS---.
Now you can add one more: Uber driver.
The soon to be 37-year-old retired defenceman who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., tweeted last week he had signed up to be an Uber driver. Last Friday night, from 6 to 11 p.m., he was driving people around the Valley of the Sun region in his hybrid Cadillac Escalade.
For that, he got $94 plus $5 in tips and a lot of a good conversation, as well as some entertaining tweets on Twitter.
Former NHL coach and Canadian Senator Jacques Demers is in stable condition after being rushed to hospital on Saturday.
Radio-Canada and his employer, the sports television channel RDS, had earlier reported he had suffered a stroke — his second in six months.
But his wife, Deborah Anderson, told a Montreal newspaper last night that tests showed he was in fact suffering from an infection.
"He's fine, he underwent some tests and everything suggests that it is not a stroke, but an infection," she told Le Journal de Montréal.
I tweeted this earlier today, but too moving not to post on KK.
Life does not end with a diagnosis of ALS. In a way, it’s like a new life has begun for me. And I don’t want to waste it.
This disease can do a lot of terrible things. But it won’t erase my memories, or the thought of my wife and kids smiling. I will never forget our trip to Traverse City the weekend after I was diagnosed. The pictures we have will never degrade. The irony of ALS is that while it destroys your body, your mind remains as sharp as ever. Those moments are moments I’ll never forget — this disease will not take that away from me.
I love my wife and kids so much. I love my family and friends so much. This disease may silence me, but it cannot silence all of us.
-Scott Matzka, former pro hockey player, also played at Michigan, Read more from Scott at The Players' Tribune.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Mike Babcock and the Maple Leafs, particularly those with Saskatchewan blood, could not miss the Gordie Howe statue as the team bus pulled up to the SaskTel Centre on Tuesday.
Depicting Howe in full bore, with left elbow high and a somewhat menacing grin, the statue was site of a touching ceremony on Sept. 25. No. 9’s ashes were brought back to his home town at his request and laid under the pedestal with those of his wife Colleen. Howe was born about 40 minutes outside of town in Floral, but raised in Saskatoon with his large family. He died on June 10 at age 88.
“Bruce Clark, who drives the Zamboni here, was a good friend of mine growing up,” Babcock said. “His mom was Gordie’s sister and I’ve followed Gordie forever. He really was great to me and my family growing up (when Babcock coached Detroit). Mark Howe (one of Gordie’s sons) was very important to our organization there, too, so I have a lot of ties to the family.
“He was a much better man than he was a player and he was the greatest player, so when you add it all together, he was a special guy for hockey and for Saskatoon.”
from Stu Cown of the Montreal Gazette,
If there is a nicer gentleman in the world of sports than Jacques Demers I have yet to meet him.
In fact, it would be hard to find a nicer man anywhere. So it was fantastic to see Demers’s smiling face again Wednesday night as he was inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame. It was also difficult to see him in a wheelchair and unable to speak, paralyzed on his right side. But it could have been much worse after the last Canadiens coach to win a Stanley Cup suffered a stroke in April.
Demers, 72, loved to golf as a member of the Whitlock club in Hudson and has always loved to talk, as anyone who knows him will tell you. He can no longer do those two things, but his wife Debbie says he does have some feeling in his right leg and doctors think he will eventually be able to walk with a cane. He’s also working on his speech.
But as anyone who has a family member who has suffered a stroke knows, the future is always uncertain.
“It’s a slow, long process and time will tell,” Debbie said over the phone from their West Island home Thursday morning.
TORONTO – On the eve of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 semi-finals, and less than three weeks before the start of the 2016-17 NHL® Season, Canada Post today unveiled the fourth issue in its five-year NHL stamp series.
The 2016 NHL® Great Canadian Forwards stamps highlight some of the greatest goal-scorers ever to play in the NHL: Phil Esposito (Boston Bruins), Guy Lafleur (Montreal Canadiens), Darryl Sittler (Toronto Maple Leafs), Mark Messier (Edmonton Oilers), Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings), and Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins).
Imagine walking into a sports super store and seeing some of your favorite NHL players Well here is your opportunity brought to you by Sport Chek.
Head over to the Sport Chek's Facebook Live Desk at their Maple Leaf Square location (15 York Street) to check out a very impressive guest list.
Who: Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lighting
When: Monday, September 19 at 2 p.m. ET
Who: Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers
When: Tuesday, September 20 at 5 p.m. ET
Who: Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames
When: Thursday, September 22 at 3 p.m. ET
Sport Chek continues to provide authentic, real-time content which resonates with their fans. This is why they've converted a traditional in-store broadcast desk into a Facebook Live studio, giving their customers the ability to engage and interact with their favorite hockey players, both live in-store and on Facebook Live.
They also have a slew of videos at their YouTube page all bringing a positive image the players, both professional and amateur and also those who watch them perform.
My favorite which I have posted before, is below which I call meeting Steven Stamkos.
Former junior hockey coach and convicted sex offender Graham James has been granted full parole.
James, who was serving a seven-year sentence for sexually assaulting young players he coached in the 1990s, has been on day parole and living in a halfway house in the Montreal area since January.
His hearing was held in Laval, Que., on Thursday morning.
In its decision, the board told James he has "made observable and measurable progress during your period of day parole."
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