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Obviously, I am a big hockey fan. But I try my very best not to be an annoying hockey fan.

Which is why when I met Derek Ryan for the first time, I tried not to talk about hockey. I told myself, surely he doesn’t want to talk about the Calgary Flames all the time. Surely it’s annoying when people only see the hockey player and are not interested in talking about anything else.

Despite the fact that I have been writing about the Flames for a while now, I waited more than a full year before asking him to do an interview. My wife was a bit more courageous, asking him to sign my jersey as a birthday surprise to me not long after he moved here. Which he did. That’s how I came to own a Robyn Regehr jersey with a Ryan signature.

When I finally did ask for an interview, he was very gracious about it. He made time to talk at his house on one of his off nights during that long five-day break in the schedule. His corgi, Bronx, sat under my chair while we chatted.

Ryan says Bronx got his name because of his stout figure and feisty personality, just like the New York City borough. Plus, his fur pattern makes him look like he’s wearing hipster glasses.

I was surprised at how easy Ryan was to talk to. Obviously he’s used to doing interviews just like all players are, so I knew it would be easy for him. But I didn’t know it would be this easy for me. He is approachable and laid back. I can attest that he’s one of the good guys.

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Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and two assists as the Calgary Flames scored three power-play goals and a short-hander in defeating the host Dallas Stars 5-1 on Sunday.

Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist and Andrew Mangiapane, Mikael Backlund and Derek Ryan also scored for Calgary, which snapped a three-game winless streak and improved to 8-2-1 under interim coach Geoff Ward. Elias Lindholm added three assists and goaltender David Rittich made 26 saves while also being credited with his first assist of the season.

Denis Gurianov scored for Dallas and goalie Ben Bishop stopped 25 of 29 shots. The Stars are to 14-5-3 in their past 22 games against the Flames.

Calgary opened the scoring at 12:11 of the first period. Tkachuk and Lindholm sent the puck back and forth behind the Dallas net before Lindholm found Mangiapane open in the slot and his one-timer beat Bishop.

The Stars responded quickly, with Gurianov tying the score 38 seconds later by taking a pass from Justin Dowling and beating a defender down the boards on the right before cutting in front of the net and scoring past Rittich.

Monahan and Tkachuk scored power-play goals 1:53 apart in the second period as Calgary broke the 1-1 tie.

Tkachuk’s wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle at 12:28 of the period, off a pass from Lindholm, made it 2-1.

Monahan scored at 14:21, taking a pass from Tkachuk in the low slot and beating Bishop.

The goals came after hooking penalties against Dallas’ Corey Perry and Jamie Benn.

Backlund scored on a power-play goal at 10:21 of the third, finding his own rebound sitting in the crease and poking the puck into the net.

Ryan capped the scoring with a short-handed, empty-net goal at 17:56.

Dallas’ Tyler Seguin had his five-game point streak (four goals, three assists) snapped.

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CALGARY, Dec. 18, 2019 /CNW/ – E3 METALS CORP. (TSXV: ETMC) (FSE: OU7A) (OTC: EEMMF) (the “Company” or “E3 Metals”) is pleased to announce the successful closing of the first tranche (“Tranche 1″) of its non-brokered private placement financing (the “Offering”) announced on November 20, 2019. Under the Offering, the Company has issued 2,267,900 units of the Company (the “Units”) at a price of $0.40 per Unit for gross proceeds of $907,160. Each Unit comprises one common share (a “Share”) and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant a “Warrant”). Each Warrant entitles the holder to acquire one additional common share at an exercise price of $0.60 for a period of 30 months following the date of issuance. On Closing of Tranche 1 of the Offering E3 Metals has 27,341,885 common shares issued and outstanding. All securities issued are subject to a hold period under applicable securities laws in Canada expiring on April 18, 2020. There are no finder’s fees or warrants associated with the issuance.

“In spite of 2019 being a challenging year for companies in the lithium industry, E3 has made significant progress in advancing its unique Alberta Lithium project. The Company was successful in further testing its proprietary Ion Exchange Direct Lithium Extraction Technology; was selected for GreenCentre Canada’s Raising Innovative and Sustainable Enterprises (RISE) program, and most importantly entered into a Joint Development Agreement with Livent Corp., the world’s largest pure-play lithium producer, to further develop our lithium extraction technology. Numerous insiders, including all the Directors and members of the senior management team, have expressed their underlying confidence in the Company by electing to participate in the current financing,” stated E3 Director Paul Reinhart.

Chris Doornbos, E3 Metals’ President and CEO commented, “We are pleased with the closing of the first tranche of this financing with strong support from our executive team, existing shareholders and new local and international shareholders. The second tranche is well underway and we look forward to completing the financing early in the New Year.”

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National UK broadcaster BBC Radio 2 will begin a two-part celebration of the 90th birthday of Decca Records tonight (1) at 9pm with the documentary Decca’s Top Twenty. It’s the latest in the company’s series of anniversary events, releases and more that have run throughout 2019.

The show is presented by Rod Stewart, whose remarkable career has strong connections to Decca, who released his debut single ‘Good Morning Little Schoolgirl’ in 1964 and his most recent studio album of new material, the 2017 chart-topper Blood Red Roses.

The programme examines the most important pop releases and artists in Decca’s history, based on a chart which features many of its best-loved hits. Part one will feature numbers 20-11 in the countdown, while part two, to be broadcast on 8 December, also at 9pm, will contain the top ten. The chart was compiled after discussion with industry figures and Decca staff past and present, and also reflects sales figures.

Far from being merely a chart show, the documentary also has exclusive interviews with many Decca artists of today and earlier years. They include Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Lumineers co-founder Wesley Schultz, Marianne Faithfull, Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues, Katherine Jenkins, Dana Gillespie, Bryn Terfel, Imelda May, Roger Daltrey and Lulu. Other contributors include Tim Rice, Annie Nightingale, former Decca producer Mike Vernon, composer Steve Sidwell, broadcaster Dotun Adebayo and Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris.

In October, the celebrations included the Classic FM Live Decca 90 Gala at the Royal Albert Hall, where composer Debbie Wiseman performed the world premiere of the Decca 90 theme. It melody is constructed around the notes D, E, C, C, A.

Decca’s Top Twenty tracks the history of a company founded in 1929 by Edward Lewis, whose dream was to produce affordable music that could be owned by everyone. In 1934, Decca opened an American subsidiary, as its reputation as “the supreme record company” was established.

Other artists who would record for Decca included the Rolling Stones, Vera Lynn, Bing Crosby, Ball and Boe, Judy Garland, Bill Haley and his Comets, Ella Fitzgerald, David Bowie, Adam and the Ants, Genesis, Jacques Loussier, Billy Fury, Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, Thin Lizzy, Cat Stevens, Tom Jones and the Smurfs.

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Guy Lafleur et Réal Cloutier seront les deux derniers joueurs honorés par une oeuvre art à la place Jean-Béliveau, a annoncé la Ville de Québec, vendredi, suite à un vote du public.

Après Jean Béliveau (As de Québec), les frères Stastny (Nordiques de la Ligue nationale de hockey) et Joe Malone (Bulldogs de Québec), la Ville avait confié au public la responsabilité de choisir un représentant des Remparts et l’un des Nordiques de l’Association mondiale de hockey (AMH) pour compléter l’allée commémorative devant le Centre Vidéotron.

Sans surprise, Guy Lafleur a obtenu 75 % des voix chez les anciens Remparts, devançant aisément Simon Gagné (7 %), Alexander Radulov (6 %), Marc-Édouard Vlasic (6 %), André Savard (4 %) et Guy Chouinard (2 %).

Il faut dire que l’histoire d’amour entre le Démon blond et Québec remonte à loin. C’est dès l’âge de 10 ans dans l’uniforme de Thurso, sa ville d’origine, que le jeune Lafleur s’est présenté au public du Colisée, lors de la première de trois participations au Tournoi pee-wee de Québec. Trois titres de la classe C et 48 buts plus tard, tout le monde savait qu’on avait affaire à un joueur d’exception.

Venu s’installer à Québec en 1967 pour évoluer avec les A’s Jr. de Québec, Guy Lafleur a ensuite fait le saut avec les Remparts lors de la création de la Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec (LHJMQ). Auteur de 233 buts et 379 points en deux saisons avec les Remparts et vainqueur de la Coupe Memorial en 1971, c’est en tant qu’immortel de la LHJMQ qu’il a ensuite quitté pour une carrière professionnelle avec le Canadien de Montréal. Une carrière qui s’est finalement terminée avec les Nordiques.

Quant à Réal Cloutier, qui s’est mérité 36% des votes du public, il a devancé de justesse ses anciens coéquipiers Marc Tardif (35%) et Jean-Claude Tremblay (20%).

Originaire de Saint-Émile, à Québec, « Buddy » avait été le 1er choix des Nordiques au repêchage de 1974 après une belle carrière avec les Remparts. Auteur de 283 buts et 566 points en 369 matchs dans l’AMH avec les Nordiques, Cloutier a également été un pilier des premières années de l’histoire de l’équipe dans la LNH, entre 1979 et 1983.

Le sondage pour déterminer les deux dernières oeuvres d’art de la place Jean-Béliveau a récolté plus de 6300 votes. Une participation dont s’est réjoui Régis Labeaume, ravi par les deux sélections.

“Les Remparts seront heureux de rendre hommage à celui qui portait leur chandail lors de la fondation de l’équipe, en 1969, alors que l’époque des Nordiques dans l’AMH sera bien représentée par celui qui a été consacré meilleur buteur de l’équipe”, a souligné le maire de Québec.

Les deux œuvres d’art seront aménagées à l’automne 2021. Les détails de réalisation seront dévoilés ultérieurement.

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Bernard Morley hailed Chester FC’s superb 3-1 win at Southport on Boxing Day as one of the best of his and joint-manager Anthony Johnson’s reign at the club.

Twelve months to the day since a chastening 3-0 loss at Haig Avenue that was met with much anger, Chester were simply irresistible against their promotion-chasing hosts, who sat in third spot coming into the game and on the back of three successive wins in the National League North.

And while they fell behind to a goal against the run of play through former Blues defender Ryan Astles on 20 minutes, a George Waring goal and two in the second half from Akwasi Asante and Gary Roberts, the latter a rocket from 30 yards, ensured a deserved three points for Morley and Johnson’s side to see them back up to third.

To a man Chester were excellent, the display one of the most complete in recent memory and one that energised the travelling 700 or so Blues fans and ignited the promotion dream once more, a dream that had seemed to be disappearing of late.

“That was probably one of the best performances I’ve seen in my 18 months at Chester,” said Morley.

“I felt like we stuck to the game plan. We had to outwork them on their patch to get something out of the game which we clearly did. We went 1-0 down but we reacted really well and everybody stuck to their job and that is the reason we have had a great result.

“You could say we’ve been under a bit of pressure of late, and the players feel it to as they don’t just divert it to the managers, we collectively take it as a group.

“The result, 3-1, makes it looks like it was a contest but it could easily have been six or seven. Fair play to Southport they tried to keep the scoreline down and I have a lot of respect for Liam (Watson) and Jon (McCarthy) as they are always humble when we play against them. We’ll just go away and know that we have got to do that again on Saturday (at home to Curzon Ashton). We need to put back-to-back results together.

“As a Chester manager I’m proud of the performance and for Chester fans, I know it was difficult for them to get here today with no trains and what not. There had to be a good six or seven hundred standing in the rain and in here (main stand), it was unbelievable and it drives us on.”

Chester’s midfield three of Roberts, George Glendon and the recalled Gary Stopforth ran the show all afternoon.

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ST. PAUL — On the night the Minnesota Wild feted the guy who has never strayed, they got a rare visit from the one who got away.

Marian Gaborik was among a handful of former teammates who surprised Mikko Koivu on Tuesday, Dec. 10, as the Wild celebrated the longtime captain’s 1,000 NHL games, all in a Minnesota sweater, with a pregame ceremony at Xcel Energy Center.

Gaborik had been back as an opposing player, but never as what you’d call alumni — despite the fact that he’s still being paid handsomely by the Ottawa Senators — and received a generous ovation. The prodigal son had returned to visit the responsible brother who stayed to help.

A mercurial personality who just wanted to score goals, Gaborik remains the most-talented player in franchise history, a blazing-fast sniper who helped push the Wild into the 2002-03 Western Conference final with nine goals and eight assists in 18 playoff games. He set the franchise single-season scoring record (since tied by Eric Staal) with 42 goals in 2007-08.

But Gaborik left as soon as he could, signing a five-year, $37.5 million deal with the New York Rangers despite playing only 17 games in his last season in Minnesota because of a groin injury that became the most interesting thing about the 2008-09 season until Jacques Lemaire retired and Doug Risebrough was fired.

Gabby wanted a bigger stage; Koivu, it turns out, is a Minnesota guy, even if the locals sometimes wish he were something else — something more like Gaborik, someone who scores more goals.

Koivu still doesn’t have as many goals (203) as Gaborik scored in eight seasons with Minnesota (219), but he long ago passed him as the franchise scoring leader, 700-437.

“He’s the face of the Wild, the way he plays and (what) the Wild is all about,” Gaborik said of his former teammate, and it’s true. Koivu is the backbone of the franchise, a physical, responsible center who always seems to make the right play — hence the 497 assists.

That might be less a knack than an uncontrollable urge. Koivu has scored 20 goals only three times in 15 seasons, and never more than 22, but don’t mistake that as a deficit, said former teammate Niklas Backstom, who joined the Wild as a 28-year-old rookie goaltender midway through the 2006-07 season.

“He’s playing the game the right way. He’s not cheating,” Backstrom said. “He could probably have a lot more points if he would cheat, but it’s never about him. It’s all about the team. He asks a lot of things for himself. … He plays the game the right way. As a goalie, you appreciate that.”

Backstrom flew in from Finland to surprise Koivu, and he was joined by former teammates Nick Schultz, Stephane Veilleux, Kyle Brodziak and Gaborik, the one who got away.

Few fans fret over Gaborik these days. His exit was contentious, and the fact that he scored seven goals in the final 10 games of the season — after sitting out nearly the entire season — made it somehow worse.

Gaborik didn’t want to play for Lemaire or Risebrough, yet new GM Chuck Fletcher never seemed to have a chance. He scored 114 goals in three-plus seasons in New York, then won a Stanley Cup in 2014 with Los Angeles, going 14-8—22 in 26 playoff games.

It’s no coincidence that Koivu and Gaborik were big parts of Minnesota’s most talented team, the 2006-07 squad that earned 104 points before losing to a great Anaheim team in the first round of the playoffs. The next season, the Wild won their only division championship.

Then Gaborik, for all intents and purposes, was gone. Seeing him on Tuesday, it was difficult not to wonder what could have been. Great teams need a Gaborik and a Koivu, and the Wild briefly had one of each.

It’s too bad their paths diverged.

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The Maple Leafs don’t have a lot of Stanley Cup tales to tell of late, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been great stories about the team.

In his 30-plus years on the beat, Toronto Sun columnist Lance Hornby has been covering a few such episodes and heard many more yarns about the franchise’s 102-year history.

So he’s added If These Walls Could Talk to his collection of Leafs and hockey history books, a compendium from the ice, locker room and press box of the NHL’s most talked-about team.

From the formative days of the league in Toronto, through the golden Gardens era, Harold Ballard, the crazy 1980s and Doug Gilmour on to the young guns of the Shanaplan, this will entertain fans of the Leafs and the game at large.

Published by Triumph Books, with a foreword by former Leaf Mark Osborne, it’s available for Christmas at book stores and online. Here are some excerpts:

Harry Mummery was a 5-foot-11 defenceman whose bulk, estimated between 220 and 240 pounds, made it hard for opponents to get around him when facing the 1917-18 Toronto Blueshirts.

In the recollection of Ottawa’s Cy Denneny, there was a real fear the unstable skating of Mummery would see the big man topple on another player, even a teammate, and do serious harm. The Illinois-born, Manitoba-raised Mummery made quite an impression in Toronto’s first NHL season, starting with his dining habits.

He didn’t reach that weight missing many meals and teammate Jack Adams once caught him cooking a huge steak in the Mutual St. Arena boiler room, putting it on the end of a shovel and holding it over the open flame. On game nights, Mummery’s torso was wrapped like a mummy into a 12-foot long elastic band by a team trainer that allowed him to squeeze into his equipment.

♦ Four-time Stanley Cup captain George Armstrong had plenty of fun at the expense of his uber-polite friend Johnny Bower.

Knowing Bower was always on his best behaviour around women, the mischievous Armstrong invited him out one afternoon on the road to a major department store, on the pretext of buying their wives a purse or scarf.

Armstrong kept leading Bower deeper and deeper into the ladies’ section to a discreet aisle with intimate apparel. He then told Bower to wait a moment while he went to the washroom — then giddily watched from afar as the nervous Bower stood uncomfortably next to all the gaudy bras and panties for almost a half hour while suspicious, frowning females passed him by.

♦ Harold Ballard’s connection to Inge Hammarstrom did not end when the owner virtually ran the talented Swede out of town in the late 1970s with the cutting comment that the winger could go into the corner with six eggs in his pocket and not break any.

Fast forward to the 1989 draft in Bloomington, Minn., which Hammarstrom attended as a Central Scouting employee. Despite very poor health, the wheelchair-bound Ballard insisted on going that year and sitting at the Leaf table with all the staff. But the attendant pushing his chair that day took the ramp at draft floor level much too fast and Ballard was jerked forward, heading straight for a face-first landing on the concrete floor, only to be caught by Hammarstrom, who happened to be standing at the gate.

♦ In the early days of team charters in the 1980s, winger Steve Thomas recalled a hairy landing or two on the club’s Air Ontario prop plane.

“We called it Air Treetops,” Thomas chuckled. “Once, we were coming into Toronto and came down pretty hard. Borje Salming always sat at the back of the plane, right beside one of the exit doors, and when we hit, it flew open. Everyone looked around and all you could see was Borje with his tie blowing around his head in all that wind.”

♦ When Mike Murphy coached the Leafs in the 1990s, late-season wins were vital to stay in the playoff hunt. The competitive Murphy proposed a faster plane be chartered to get the team back from a road game in St. Louis, in time to beat the strict curfew at Toronto’s Pearson airport for landings after midnight and get extra sleep.

“We might get two or three exemptions for those late arrivals a year, but that was it,” said Bob Stellick, the business operations manager at the time. “We usually flew on a turbo prop, but Murph insisted we had to have a jet to save an hour and 10 minutes of flying time. It costs us four times as much.

“So we lose in St. Louis, but do land in plenty of time in Toronto. But the next morning there’s a buzz around the dressing room. Someone had called The FAN 590 to complain, saying ‘I was at an airport strip club last night and about six Leafs came in at 12:30 for last call’.

“He was a real Leaf fan and it bugged him. So much for our good intentions.”

♦ Wayne Gillespie was one the long serving building superintendents at 60 Carlton St.

His duties often took him inside the Gardens dressing room, through the oversized wooden door that had been there since 1931. Captains from Hap Day to Mats Sundin had come through the same portal, familiar to many people through Hockey Night In Canada.

“You walk through that door, you’re stepping back in time and hockey history,” Gillespie said.
Gillespie could be found inspecting the front lobby where star-struck visitors came to look at the famous black and white photos of players and game action going back to the dawn of the Leaf era in 1927. Often, Gillespie would be touched to see an entire family come by to see such artifacts. If they were out-of-towners or first-time visitors, he’d treat them to an impromptu tour of the Gardens if his schedule permitted.

“I’d take them into the Leaf room before the players arrived, the Hockey Night studio, the boiler room filled with all the old machinery and ice making equipment and then let them sit in the penalty box. We always kept a minimum of 44 frozen pucks for a game on hand and I’d give them one. It was real warm and fuzzy stuff for a Leaf fan. We’d end the tour at centre ice, where they could stand on the big Leaf logo for a picture.”

On one occasion, Gillespie noticed a boy about 9 or 10-years-old who seemed overwhelmed by the whole experience. After he and his parents had their Kodak moment at centre, Gillespie noticed a yellow puddle had spread itself over the blue Leaf logo.

“The kid just got too excited and peed himself,” laughed Gillespie. “So I had to go in the workroom and get the guys to scrape it off. They were somewhat mad, but we all took it as a personal compliment that the building had a such an impact on the young fan.”

♦ When non-team sports events were held and the Gardens was in concert mode, performers and VIPs were put in a ‘green room’, a temporary set-up near the visitors’ dressing quarters at the north end of the building, with fine food, drinks and creature comforts.
At one tennis event in the ‘80s, the promoter brought in a pinball machine for the players. Jimmy Connors was due to arrive and a big deal was made to assure everything was just right for the former World No. 1. Until someone noticed the rather revealing art work theme featured on the machine was Connors’ wife at the time, former 1977 Playmate of the year Patti McGuire. A blanket was thrown over it and Gardens’ workers hustled to carry it away just as Connors was coming in.

♦ The early ‘70s Leafs, freed from manager Punch Imlach’s vice-like grip on their lives were a team of good-time Charlies.

They loved to hoist a pint and stay out late, which didn’t sit well with old-school goaltender Jacques Plante.

“Plante would squeal on us a lot for drinking,” said Jim McKenny, one of the most notorious of the wild bunch at the time. “But John McLellan, our coach, would say ‘I know they’re drinking Jacques. Tell me some real news. John just didn’t want any empty bottles rattling around the dressing room.”

♦ The deeply troubled John Kordic was brought in under a cloud, a highly unpopular trade with Montreal for the skilled Russ Courtnall. Coach John Brophy, who pressed young general manager Gord Stellick to make the deal to give the Leafs an enforcer, could not envision what a train wreck Kordic would become. One Leaf youngster was unlucky enough to draw Kordic as a road roommate. But when he checked into the hotel, Kordic’s luggage was there, but no sign of the belligerent winger.

“So I went to bed, figuring there must have been a mistake, maybe John was in another room. But at about 1 a.m., he bursts through the door, yelling about something, takes the old metal key you used to have at hotels and whips it at the window, which breaks. Then he flops into bed.

“I spent the whole night wide awake under the covers worried about what he might do to me.”

♦ When away from the rink, Brophy was a sharp dressed man. When he saw any piece of clothing he liked, he simply had to have it.

In one home game in the minors, a St. Catherines Saints player suffered a serious leg injury and had to be taken to hospital. Seeing the guy’s coat left at the rink, Brophy tried it on and claimed ownership.

“The problem was the team was leaving for a nine-day road trip,” the player recalled. “So I had no coat — and my wallet and ID was still in the pocket.”

♦ In March of 2016, pals William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen were called up by the Leafs after their practice with the Marlies had ended.

Elated at the news, but not wishing to make the other feel bad about being ignored, the two sons of NHLers didn’t share a text about the good news.

“We were kind of quiet,” said Kapanen. “But when I saw Willy in the (Leaf) locker room, we started laughing.”

♦ Radio colour man Jim Ralph and a couple of members of the Leafs broadcast crew were on the road a few years ago at a nice steak house and happened to sit a table or two away from goaltender Jonathan Bernier and defenceman Stephane Robidas.

The players finished eating first, exchanged pleasantries with the group and departed. When the media members asked for their bill, the waiter explained that Robidas had picked up their entire tab, including the tip. Everyone texted their thanks, with the mischievous Ralph adding “Hey Robie, I had a coffee afterwards, so you still owe me four bucks.”

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Curt Bennett was the first American bred player to score 30 goals in an NHL season, doing so in the 1975-76 season with the Atlanta Flames.

“My best years were with Atlanta. I led the team in goal scoring 1975-76, and 1974-75. When I scored 31 goals in 1975, I was the first American bred player to score 30 goals or more in the NHL. I scored 34 the next year. I had to work hard to stay in the league and was always in good shape.”

Curt Bennett was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on March 27, 1948, but grew up in Rhode Island. The move to the United States came when Curt was just 3 months old as his father, Harvey Sr., was a goaltender for the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League. Curt remained in Cranston until he was 21, being a high school hockey star at Cranston East and later a collegiate star at Brown University. He excelled at both defense and forward while at Brown and was an All-American choice at defense in 1970.

During his sophomore year at Brown, 1968, Curt was drafted 16th overall by the St. Louis Blues. However it wasn’t until Curt graduated from Brown University in 1970 before the Blues saw him turn professional. Bennett spent his first pro season playing left wing with the Kansas City Blues, the Blues farm team. He played well in the CHL, scoring 19 goals and 42 points in 63 games. He even got a late season call up and scored his first two NHL goals in 4 games before appearing in 2 1970-71 playoff games.

Curt was unable to use his rookie glimpses of success as a springboard to full time NHL employment in 1971-72. He split the season between the Blues and their farm team, this time with the WHL’s Denver Spurs. He scored just 3 goals and 8 points in 31 quiet regular season games with the Blues, and no points in 10 playoff games. During the summer, the Blues sent Curt packing to the New York Rangers to complete an earlier trade for troubled tough guy Steve Durbano.

Bennett played briefly with the New York Rangers, appearing in limited ice time in 16 games, and picking up just one assist. He was then traded to the Atlanta Flames in exchange for Ron Harris.

It was in Atlanta that Curt blossomed into a full time NHLer. In his first of two stints with the Flames he topped the 30-goal mark twice and twice represented the Flames at the NHL all star game. Curt was a consistent 20 goal man while rarely missing a game due to injury. A big man, playing at 6’3″ and 195 lbs, Curt wasn’t noted as the toughest guy in hockey, but he did use his size when needed.

“I came into the league when Americans had to use their fists instead of scoring goals. This was good because I had a tough time scoring goals,” said Curt.

Late in his career Curt rejoined St. Louis for parts of two seasons before returning to Atlanta for one more season to close out his NHL career. Ironically Curt’s last NHL season was in 1980 with the Atlanta Flames, the organization’s last year in the state of Georgia (They made the move Calgary after that season).

“The media talk in Atlanta was, ‘Hell, if Curt can’t play for the Flames anymore we’re going to get rid of them,” joked Curt.

Bennett retired from the NHL with 152 goals, 182 assists and 334 points in 580 regular-season games.

While his NHL days were done, his hockey days were not. He played the next two seasons in Nikko, Japan, as a player-coach for the Furukawa Electric Ice Hockey team. His brother, Harvey Jr. – a veteran of 268 NHL games himself – also played with him. A third brother in this great hockey family, Bill, also breifly played in the NHL – 31 games with Boston and Hartford.

“I was fast, smart, tough and good under pressure — but only during practice,” joked Curt as he described his own play.

While the two 30 goal seasons and a penalty shot goal on Bernie Parent in 1977 are career highlites for Bennett, he had fond memories away from the big show too.

“I think I enjoyed the international games the most, though. I played for Team USA in the Canada Cup and in the World Championship games in Prague in 1978, and Moscow in 1979. When I retired in 1980, I played two years in Japan. The international flavor of hockey is what I most remember.”

Curt also enjoyed his two All Star games.

“I also played in two All-Star games representing Atlanta. Those were the most fun hockey because the event was more a celebration of hockey rather than a battle.”

Curt, who was also a talented tennis player, worked in real estate in the Atlanta area following his hockey days.

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If I had a nickel for every time someone said to me, ‘Thanks, won’t forget this,’ I would be rich as Artemi Panarin.

Not that myself, I can claim to be as altruistic as, say, Karl Dykhuis could be with the puck in his own end. In the case of Ilya Bryzgalov, still collecting $1.6 million a year from the Flyers until 2026-27, charity definitely begins at home. As once put by an old coach named Michel Bergeron when asked by a reporter for one additional piece of candor: “I give you the gun, you want the bullets, too?”

Indeed, there are limits to everyone’s largess. But while in the NHL Christmas technically comes on July 1, ‘tis not the season to look at everything as quid pro quo, the relative bang for the buck the Devils are receiving from P.K. Subban illustrating our point.

So, in the spirit of the season, we’re going to suspend our usual sarcasm for the next 15 paragraphs or so and remember the kindnesses extended to me in 44 years covering sports. No overnight visits from any Christmas ghosts were required to wake up this Scrooge. Yeah, I needed a column but still am in the mood for reflection.

Everybody whose paycheck depends on the public’s interest has some obligation to feed it by talking to the media. Still, I always have looked at every interview granted to be at least to some extent, a courtesy. And every once in a while, things have been done for me beyond the minimum standard.

Sorry, my thanks must leave out those who gave me story tips and unattributed insights, sources to be protected to the deathbed. But at my end, I also hope to remember examples of thoughtfulness bestowed upon me. The majority came from fellow journalists providing quotes missed in severe deadline situations where I couldn’t be in two places at once, background information shared, etc. But there also some recognizable names in this game, past and present, who you should know are really good people.

I thought long and hard about writing this piece at the risk of it seeming to be more about me than them. Ultimately, I decided it was not. There is a good chance these persons don’t remember doing these things. As the recipient, it’s more important that I do.

The nicest man I ever met in hockey was the late Sid Abel, the general manager of the team, the Kansas City Scouts, that was my first beat. Sid unfailingly answered the phone with a cheery and exaggerated “and howwwww’s Jay?’ whenever the inexperienced and insecure 24-year-old kid reporter would call, never condescending to his shortage of knowledge.

There might be 100 people tied for second on my list, among them being Brad Marsh. The Greenbergs, two pre-teen daughters included, were relocating in Toronto in 1992 and having breakfast at a hotel there before a day of house hunting when Marsh’s Ottawa Senators were in the same coffee shop. Marsh chose to eat with the family of the guy who had covered him for seven years as a Flyer and, being a recent Leaf, offer what he knew about the market.

The year of my Elmer Ferguson Award honor by the Hockey Hall of Fame was coincidentally the same as Fred Shero’s induction. Ed Snider chartered a plane to bring the Broad Street Bullies, and out of courtesy I also invited them to the luncheon for the media honorees, Harry Neale and myself.

What an honest reporter wants from athletes is not really friendship but and acknowledgment of his fairness and professionalism. Human nature and decency, however, blur the lines sometimes on both sides. It was overwhelming to me when practically all those Flyers I had covered attended, and apparently not because the event was in Toronto and they might have a chance to beat on Borje Salming again, just for old time’s sake.

“I think you guys like me more now than you did then,” I said to Don Saleski. “Oh, way more,” he laughed.

I offered Mark Howe, a Flyer of a later generation whose autobiography I had written, a seat either at the table with the Bullies or the one with my family and me. Mark, fair to call him a friend now, not just a subject or business partner, chose to sit with the Greenbergs.

Big honor, made that much larger. Trust me, the grander things like this becomes in the retrospection of someone soon to enter his eighth decade.

There is no defining explanation for some of the stuff you remember against the stuff you don’t, but the level of embarrassment probably factors in. At a Super Bowl interviews session, I tipped a coffee cup onto the sleeve of Cowboy receiver Michael Irvin and he could not have been nicer about it. By contrast, I once knocked over a couple of the meticulously stacked bats of Alex Rodriquez, and while short of irate, he left me uncomfortable.

The confessions of my life as a klutz continue with a story that may surprise you. During a year when John Tortorella, for whatever reason, turned from engaging to a total media miscreant, I forgot to mute my cell phone going into a post-playoff game press conference. Such interruptions were his ultimate pet media peeve. Sure enough, my wife called.

Mortified, my cape waived before the bull, I fumbled to mute the ring while Tortorella went into a rant on camera about professionalism, or lack of same. You can watch it today in a Tortorella compilation on You Tube. Yep, it was me who set that one off.

That night, as soon as I had made deadline, I texted John: “I have been around too long to let something like that happen and it never will again.” Within seconds he texted back. “Had no idea it was you. I am so sorry.” He apologized again in person the next day. It’s Hanukah, too, so it’s okay to use the word mensch in a Christmas column, yes?

I once sought the phone number of a player agent from a fellow New York media person, who accidentally gave me Brian Leetch’s home number instead. Having no idea the voice message I left was on the wrong phone, it would have been waiting for a callback never to come had Leetch not taken the time to call and let me know.

Common courtesy? Do this as long as I have, waited out enough athletes taking long showers while the clock ticked toward my deadline, and this was uncommon, a little thing that meant a lot in a world where the vast majority of my subjects assumed their time to be more valuable than mine.

Part of the job has always been asking question that, myself, I probably wouldn’t want to answer. On the first anniversary of the horrific deaths of pitches Steve Olin and Tim Crews in a spring training boating accident I arrived at the camp of the Cleveland Indians, assigned by The New York Post to do a lookback.

The Indians were talked out on the subject, their grief too personal and their healing too far along to want to rehash it publicly for a compete stranger. Following reject after rejection, not all of them polite, a pitcher named Derek Lilliquist could not have been more gracious or expressive. Saved the piece and me from an abject failure early in a new job.

A lot of sports people are nice. And then there are some especially gifted with a greater sense of their surroundings. Wayne Gretzky had time for the media in a way that Mario Lemieux never would, No. 99’s efforts resulting in more favorable press that created jealousy/cynicism in Pittsburgh. The realities of life on the pedestal had been pounded home by Walter Gretzky from his earliest realization that he had a special child. But to those who knew Wayne the best believe it was a complete insult to suggest all his kindnesses were self-serving.

Gretzky had incredible peripheral vision off the ice, too. His first handoff of the Stanley Cup won in 1987 was to defenseman Steve Smith, whose own-goal blunder a year earlier had sent the Oilers down in a Game Seven against Calgary.

On the August 1988 morning that the unbelievable news of Gretzky’s trade to the Kings was confirmed, I called Mike Rathet, my sports editor at the afternoon Philadelphia Daily News “Press conference in LA tonight, too late for the Inquirer to do anything with it,” I said. . (Remember, this was pre-Internet days) “I could get there in time.”

“Go,” he said. Ran for a plane and five hours later walked into an LAX hotel ballroom to much more party than press conference, all the beautiful people gathered to fawn over Hollywood’s new star, the media getting essentially shut out of time with him.

The story had been in Edmonton, where Gretzky had cried in front of the camera before getting on the plane to LA, so practically all I had to write was the same thing I could have written by staying home. Waste of hustle, waste of travel budget until, this very disgusted and discouraged reporter was leaving for his hotel to write who-knew-what and he felt a tap on his shoulder.

“Wayne wants you to have this,” said the guy, I opened a note to find Gretzky’s LA phone number and “Call me tomorrow.”

Thanks for coming was saying the greatest hockey player who ever lived to a familiar face–but hardly to the point a confidant–he perceptively had picked out of the mob during one of the most wrenching/exhilarating days of his life.

The Great One, ndeed. So sorry was Gretzky about bad arrangements that were out of his control. So considerate as to want to make good. And so thankful do I remain during a holiday season all these years later for kindnesses both large and small.