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.

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.


Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, her team is always the Toronto Maple Leafs. Instead of falling for movie stars, Rochelle fell for hockey players. As she grew up, her passion grew to include wanting to be the first female NHL player, the first female 'water' girl for her team and catching a true NHL puck. She did try for the puck, only to learn that A) the puck could have killed her, if she tried to get it or B) you needed to buy one. Years later Rochelle still loves the game! Now a days instead of wanting to join the players, (don't let her fool you, she still wants to join the team) she writes about them. Her one wish in the world is to be alive when the Toronto Maple Leafs win their next Stanley Cup! Rochelle has a certificate in Marketing/Communications at the British Columbia School of Technology and a writing certificate from Simon Fraser University. She has started her own writing company, "From Rochelle's Pen".



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