Ya, I know its not the Hockey Hall of Fame, but my inclusion into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame puts me in good company. NHLers Johnny Bowe Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens legend Ken Dryden, my former GM Bob Pulford, durable boxer George Chuvalo, and even my friend former Argo head coach Leo Cahill, all have found a cozy spot in the Etobicoke Hall. My fellow inductees for the class of 2009 are the late great John D’amico (NHL linesman) , the dearly departed Peter Zezel (who passed away last year at age 44), the elegant Doug Gilmour, field goal kicker Gerry Organ, and swimming legend Sheelagh Croxon. Do you ever feel that the whole world is wearing a black tuxedo and you’re just in a pair of brown shoes ? It was quite a night. The new hall of fame will be located at the old Lakeshore Arena that was built in 1951. The old girl has had a major facelift the last few years and it did not come cheap, $40 million worth to build a four pad and one major facility for the Toronto Maple Leafs for their much needed practices. The new building will go under the name of the Mastercard Center for hockey excellence and will house the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame. Oh baby you know what I like.
I can’t, with a clear conscience, say that I never attempted a cheap shot during a hockey game. In my book Been There Done That I admit to some antics, some were plain stupid and I’m embarrassed about many of them today.
The latest idiotic head shot for the high lite reel is one that curdles your boiler. Even the most blood thirsty, ”rabid”, “take no prisoners”, “hit ‘em again, they’re still breathing” hockey fan should cringe when viewing this latest chicanery from the big Q[QMJHL].
I told the viewers that tuned into my TV show last year ….”Someone’s going to be laid on the south side of the sod’ ‘due to belts to the head. You don’t have to be in a Kreskin-like state to conjure up that prediction. It’s only a matter of time; the tic-tock of the clock is almost ready to set off the alarm as most hockey purest slumber zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
I have to be really straight forward with you, my book Been There Done That was tough to do. It was a leap into a venture I knew nothing about…how hard could it be to gib gab into a microphone, and hang with a buddy [Steve Wilson ] who grew up with me?
After 25 hours of bull shitting into a pocket recorder, the real skill was to get it from audio to ink.