Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/24/11 at 11:00 AM ET
from Marty Gervais of the Windsor Star,
They called him “Bear.” They called him “The Gentle Giant.”
He stood six-foot-two, 235 pounds. He was all of 19. And today when the likes of NHL legends Darryl Sittler and Steve Shutt look back at that time 40 years ago, they remember battling against this lad from Maidstone. And they knew they had better step out of his way when they played against him.
I’m talking about Jim Mahon, a farm boy who learned the game of hockey on the icy ditches alongside the 401. He played from daylight till nightfall. He played with neighbouring farm kids, and stickhandled till he could hardly stand up anymore.
But six months shy of his 20th birthday, Jim, who had been a star right winger with the Peterborough Petes and heard talk that he would go first round with the Buffalo Sabres, died suddenly in a freak farm accident.
He was a week or two away from going back to camp. It was going to be special because he was bringing along his younger brother, John, for a tryout. And there was a chance 17-year-old John would make the team.
But Jim Mahon died that summer at his uncle’s farm. He was electrocuted while working on a sump pump in the basement. He was standing in a puddle of water on the concrete floor when it happened.
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