All Canmore Camps Still On

In light of this weekends extreme flooding across parts of Alberta, CHE is pleased to announce that all of our summer hockey programs are still going ahead as scheduled.  We have spoken with both the Canmore Recreation Centre and the Canmore High School and both facilities were fortunate not to suffer any damage, they assure us that the roads will be opening up this week and everything will be back tomorrow well before our camps start on July 14th.

On behalf of everyone at CHE we send our support and well wishes to all of those affected by the flooding and pray for a thorough and speedy recovery.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

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Is Fighting Part of the Game?

Video and article reigniting the fighting in hockey debate.  Is fighting just “part of the game”, or should players be held legally responsible for actions they take during a game?  With all the knowledge and awareness about the dangers of concussions and steps taken to drastically decrease hits to the head, has the game already transitioned away from the old time hockey standard?  One things for certain; you’ll see more articles like this than less in the future.

Lord Love a Duck! #tbt

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If you’ve participated in a youth or adult tournament with CHE, you may or may not have noticed that there is always a Lefty Wilson Division.  Since 2002 we’ve made a point of commemorating the great man who graced our office and tournaments with his humor, good nature and wonderful stories.

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Lefty was the trainer for the Detroit Red Wings from 1950-1982 and was instrumental in the adoption of goalie masks, including Terry Sawchuk’s iconic mask covered in stitches.  He also served as the emergency backup goalie and played 3 NHL games; 1 for the Red Wings, 1 for the opposing Toronto Maple Leafs and 1 for the opposing Boston Bruins. As you can see by his closed eyes in the Red Wings picture, he wasn’t terribly fond of getting hit by the puck.

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In 1987 Lefty joined the CHE staff.  He was our designated trainer during tournaments, which primarily consisted of him telling players they weren’t actually hurt and to get back up.  He helped us put together meal tickets in the office, often bruising his hand from the incessant stapling, to the point where we bought him the automatic stapler which we still use today.  More than anything, he provided staff and customers with a never ending string of laughs.  With patented G rated lines such as “go scrub your kilt”, “lord love a duck” and “keep your head up kid” as he raised his left fist and pointed the stub of his right index finger at you.

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Everyone who every knew or met Lefty misses him dearly, especially the staff at CHE.  So if you get a chance today, have a drink in his honor but don’t forget to say his patented toast: “Over the lips and past the gums, look out liver here she comes!”

We miss you Lefty.

Everyone at Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Hockey is Passion

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The two best things about working for Canadian Hockey Enterprises are the fantastic places we get to travel to, and seeing how passionate people are about hockey.  It doesn’t matter if I’m witnessing the joy on a girls face as she gets chased around the ice by Meghan Agosta, or the massive smile on the face of the captain of a men’s’ team when we present the Lefty Wilson Championship trophy, the passion and excitement is the same and it’s inspiring.  But like anything, when you’re constantly surrounded by it you tend to not notice it.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I peeked out at the game on Rink 2 at Isatis Sport Chambly on April 26th to watch The Cowboys from Barrie take on Strange Brew from Newcastle in the opening game of the 35+ division.  Both teams had been to Montreal before and there wasn’t anything particularly special about the game, except for the player wearing number 5 for the Cowboys.  Dave Gillham has a great stride and plays a sounds positional game on D, but as a member of Strange Brew breaks down his wing, Dave throws himself on the ice and takes out puck and player.  Not the most graceful play, but he gets the job done.

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You see, Dave had an electrocution accident at work and lost both of his arms, a setback that would have stopped most people from playing any sports at all, but not Dave.  A lifelong player, Dave had to basically learn the game from scratch and luckily he had a great group of guys to help him do that.  In the words of his captain Leonard Del Duca “he is my HERO!”, and the rest of the Cowboys feel the same and are more than happy to have on the team.  A couple of guys help him get dressed before the game, and when they pass to Dave they have to make sure to follow the pass so Dave can get it back to them just like a soccer play.  He blocks shots, chases down players and will literally throw himself in the way of anything if it will help the team.

And help the team he did as the Cowboys went on to win the Holiday Inn Midtown Championship trophy, but the true winners that weekend was anyone who had a chance to speak with Dave and his teammates.  That kind of passion for hockey combined with the camaraderie of his teammates and opponents was inspiring to everyone in Montreal that weekend.  You can read a more thorough article on Dave’s journey here and a great 16:9 video here.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises