Yesterday was November 11th. A day to remember our fallen soldiers and to give thanks.
Very few hockey players died in wars. Joe Turner WW2, Red Garrett WW2, Russell McConnell WW2 and in World War 1: George Richardson and Allen Davidson. I found a website that states all the players who died in wars. www.sihrhockey.org
One person who gave me the love of the game died one day after, on November 12th 2003, my dad passed away. He took me to games when I was little. He and I would stay up late to watch Stanley Cup games. He gave me the love of the game, the joy and spark when my team was winning. He taught me to scream out loud when my team was having a bad day or when they tied. Without my dad, hockey would not be in my grammar and I would be writing for another website.
I felt so special when I went to the games with him. It felt like we shared more than the game, we were connected. His face would lit up when his team won and he would growl a bit when they lost.
As you are reading this column today, please just think of those around you who have fought in a war or who have passed away that you miss.